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E-News – Issue 17:

To the 17th newsletter from the PSNZ Hutt2019 National Convention team. The weeks are flying by and these fortnightly emails seem to be rolling around faster and faster.

In this and future issues we will continue to cover workshops and presenters that haven’t already been featured.

As we have said before, if there are specifics with the convention that you would like to know, then drop us a line and we will include them. You can use either the contact form on the website or email to

PSNZ Canon National Exhibition closes this month

A reminder that entries into the PSNZ Canon National Exhibition entries close in two week’s time on February 22. This year has a per image charge which makes it easier to spread your shots across the various categories.
In addition there are new awards for portraits, and the Ron Willems medallions for the most successful exhibitors in both print and digital.

Please remember if you have any questions regarding entries into the National Exhibition can you please direct to the convenor Glen Innes at gleninnesphotography@gmail.comrather than using the contact form on the Convention website.

Sunday only options

As detailed in the last newsletter, we are offering a ‘Sunday only’ option which is now live on the website. This will allow you to attend the Sunday morning partner presentations (to be announced at the end of February), visit the trade area, attend one of the most important AGM’s in recent years and the Sunday afternoon offsites.

The option does not include the CRK Honours Banquet as that is already available as a separate option.

The Sunday only option will cost $160.00. We have been asked why is not simply ¼ of the overall registration price. The answer is that the Sunday is the most expensive single day in the budget, especially as we made the decision that they would be no additional costs charged for the off-sites.

If you wish to attend the Sunday option and the Banquet you will need to tick both options when registering.

Change in presenter

We are sorry to report that Lara Gilks, who was to lead the Sunday offsite D3O10 on creative story-telling is now longer available to make the convention.

Rather than cancel the session we have managed to secure Wellington photographic educator Jordyn O’Keeffe. We will be profiling Jordyn in the next mailout. We are currently working on the finer details of the session, although at this stage it will be along similar lines to that which was planned with Lara.

Featured Presenter – John Reid APSNZ ANPSNZ AFIAP

In the 1980’s John’s passion for photography developed, when he started working in Westland National Park as a Ranger.  “I was working and playing in an incredible environment, big mountains, amazing light, and photography gave me the format to capture some of these scenes forever”.

John lives in Greymouth and is currently working for the Department of Conservation based in Hokitika.

He is a member of the Photographic Society of New Zealand and the Nature Photographic Society of New Zealand.
John enjoys landscape, macro, wildlife and photojournalism photography.  Some highlights of John’s photograph career has been to photograph wildlife in Botswana in different parts of the Okavango Delta in 2014, this was followed up with a second trip to the African continent visiting Namibia in 2016, photographing wildlife, landscapes and some of the Namibian culture.

John has been an accredited judge for PSNZ for a number years and judges in the Open and Nature categories.

John will be part of the nature panel for the Saturday morning workshop (D2W1 – What makes a great nature image), and then on Sunday he will lead the afternoon off-site D3O3 In Search of Fungi. (which is being supported by Canon).

Featured Presenter – Mike Moran

Mike Moran is a Wellington freelance sports photographer. He was a member of the Hutt Camera club for a number of years, as well as shooting sports for local community papers. For at least the last decade he has covered both soccer and rugby at the Westpac Stadium. Without the backing of larger photographic providers or newspapers, Mike was not able to afford the high end gear that you will often see at such events. Therefore he has learned to use the standard of equipment that most PSNZ members can afford.

Mike will lead the Saturday afternoon workshop (D2W11 – Capturing the Action) where the group will make the short walk to the Hutt Recreational grounds to practise shooting sport.

New on the YouTube channel

In this issue we want to profile the video of our opening night speaker Mark Gee. You can find his video at

We are loading videos to the channel more often that posting them via the email so if you want to see them first then subscribe to our youtube channel.

There are still workshop sessions available on all three days, and plenty of space in the off-sites. Registrations will close on April 10. Go to for all of the details and to register.

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