2015 WDACC Hosted By Parkes Camera Club

The association of camera clubs is set up  to provide a positive environment in which to learn about photography and develop photographic skills through competition, presentations and social activity.  This year our little club got to host the annual Western Districts Association of Camera Clubs.   A lot of work was put in by our secretary Frances Thornton and our president Steve Ostini so that September 19th and 20th weekend went without a hitch. ( well only a small hitch in the form of missing judges)   After finding judges the rest of the event was a huge success.

Three guest speakers spoke on Saturday. Eric Lippey and Kerry Boytell showed photos of their international photography travels.  Giving us tips on photographing birds, animals and landscapes.  John Sarkissian finished up Saturday’s events with a talk on Astro Photography.

During Saturday’s events announcements were made on the winners of each category.  Our Parkes Club won for the third year in a row the WDACC interclub digital competition title with a total of 116 points.  Of our 10 entries no one got lower then 10 in their score out of 15.  Well done Barry Green, Julie Brown, Tim Ruckley, Steve Ostini, Denis Crute, Frances Thornton and Joanne Strom.

We also got 7 individual member wins.  In the Colour Open Print Marg Gosper received 1st and Barry Green received 3rd. Marg Gosper received a 3rd in Mono Open Print.  In Digital Open Steve Ostini received 1st and Cathy McPherson received a 3rd.  Jackie Charlton received 1st in novice digital and Cathy McPherson received 2nd.  Amazing work everyone!!

Sunday The Central West Car club was very kind to take a small group of photographers from some of the 9 western camera clubs in their cars and drive to Forbes.   A tour of the McFeeters Motor Museum in Forbes was followed by lunch.  The group continued on to Eugowra.
The weather was interesting , they left Parkes in sunshine, run into rain between Forbes and Eugowra , mostly sunny at Eugowra  and finally ran into more rain on the way home. Over all it was a great day out.

(photo below taken by Frances Thornton and Joanne Strom)

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