Our AGM and the annual Wairarapa Theme competition were held on Tuesday 5 August.
A brief report of the AGM is available on the Members Only page.
47 print images were submitted for the Wairarapa Theme competition. This is something of a recent record, and is especially interesting because, while other competitions this year have attracted large numbers of projected image entries, the greatest number of print entries has been 12.
The quality of the images and their presentation was outstanding. Kevin Morgan organised voting and 11 images were chosen by the members present to be passed on to the Licensing Trust for final selection.
Another interesting aspect of this competition is the interpretation of the theme. Prominent amongst member’s discussions are comments like “but this could have been made anywhere”. Images of well known places and events seemed to be preferred. There’s a conundrum worth thinking about in this. To what extent should the Wairarapa Theme entries broadly reflect the Wairarapa and what goes on here, versus to what extent should they reflect people, places, and events that are exclusive to the Wairarapa? I don’t have an answer to this. However, the club could usefully debate the extent to which, in an effort to choose images that have a Wairarapa-exclusive component, we may be prepared to pass over exceptionally good photographs which, while they may have been made in the Wairarapa, present a more cosmopolitan view. Comments?
All debates aside, the 11 images selected to go forward featured some exquisite photography, as did the remaining 36 images.
We’ll update this post when the Licensing Trust comes back with its final choice.