Thursday, 16 July 2020


Whitianga Camera Club's inaugural exhibition to open early next month

The Whitianga Camera Club’s inaugural exhibition, “Dusk till Dawn,” will open at the The Back Room at Lotus Realm Music Shop and Emporium in Thames on Saturday 3 August. The exhibition will run until Saturday 31 August.

Entry to the exhibition is free and all images will be for sale.

“At the beginning of this year, I was tagged in a social media message about the Whitianga Camera Club taking part in a photography exhibition in Thames with other Coromandel-based photographers,” says Kate Beauchamp, coordinator of the club. “Unfortunately, we were a bit late to the party and all the exhibition space was taken. Then in June, the curator of The Back Room contacted me to ask if we would be interested in holding our own exhibition. Naturally we jumped at theopportunity.”

Over the past few months, members of the club have been experimenting with long exposure, light painting and astro photography. The “Dusk till Dawn” theme of the exhibition was chosen to reflect these techniques.

The Whitianga Camera Club is highly regarded. Hakan Nedjat, Lia Priemus, Karen Moffatt-McLeaod, Kate Beachamp, Paul Schrader, Kay Evison, Anita Ruggle-Lussy and Tina Macrae are all members who can be proud of their achievements over the course of the past 18 months.

Hakan was a finalist in the 2018 New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year competition. He has also recently became a Sony New Zealand advocate. He regularly runs photography workshops.

Two of Lia’s entries were accepted into the prestigious North Shore Salon of Photography competition.

Karen achieved a third place in the 2018 Monochrome Category of the D-Photo Sigma Photographer of the Year competition. She has also achieved both bronze and honours at the North Shore Salon of Photography competition. In addition, she gained her Licentiate Photographic Society of New Zealand qualification and has recently been shortlisted in the People Category of the 2019 Sigma Amateur Photographer of the Year competition.

One of Kate’s images featured in the Practical Photography magazine, the UK's leading photography publication.

A large 6.7m print of one of Paul's images is displayed in the Pauanui Village Center. Most of Paul's images are taken within a 3km radius of his home in Pauanui.

Kay's digital art regularly featured in the Artists Down Under magazine.

Anita Ruggle-Lussy and Tina Macrae have both been shortlisted in the Still Life category of the 2019 Sigma Amateur Photographer of the Year competition.

“We have different challenges every month” says Kate. “Anyone interested in joining us and taking part in our monthly challenges can contact us through our Facebook Page. Just search for ‘Whitianga Camera Club.’ New keen photographers are always welcome to join us.

“We hope many Mercury Bay residents will be able to get to Thames to have a look at our “Dusk till Dawn” exhibition.”

Pictured: The three Whitianga Camera Club members who have recenly been shortlisted in th 2019 Sigma Amateur Photographer of the Year competition. From left to right - Tina Macrae, Karen Moffatt-McLeod and Anita Ruggle-Lussy


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