The 20th annual Cape Photographers Congress, 11th biennial PSSA AV Convention and 3rd PECC International Audio Visual was highly successful and well received. Many thanks to Nicol du Toit, the Regional Director for the Western Cape, who did the following write-up:

Prince Albert Cape Photographers’ Congress another winner

The Showroom 

We have just returned from a highly successful Cape Photographers’ Congress combined with the PSSA National AV Forum and PECC International Audio Visual Festival 2018 in Prince where organisers Paul and Mackie Rixom, Roel and Adri van Oudheusden and their teams swept delegates off their feet with an exhilarating programme of speakers and events in the town’s Art Deco Showroom theatre. It was supported by a very well-run catering team made up of Johanna Luttig and her team who provided delegates with lunch and supper in the adjacent historic church hall.

Delegates from CTPS enjoyed the abundant food prepared by Johanna Luttig and her team Lionel and Elmara Willis Neels Beyers and Margaret Collins

Delegates from Cape Town Photographic Society enjoyed the abundant food prepared by Johanna Luttig and her team: Lionel and Elmara Willis, Neels Beyers (also a member of Tafelberg and Helderberg) and Margaret Collins.

The Showroom must be one of the best venues available on a platteland town in South Africa with modern audio-visual facilities and comfortable seating, run by professional local team Daniël Dercksen (Marketing and Media Liaison) and Marilize Vorster (Theatre Manager). 

Cape Photographers' technical boffins Roel van Oudheusden and Antenie Carstens saw to the everyday smooth running of the congress.

Left Adri and Roel van Oudheusden talking to Izak van Niekerk Helderberg Club Antenie Carstens middle and 2018 congress organiser Paul Rixom right who doubled as MC 

Left: Adri and Roel van Oudheusden talking to Izak van Niekerk (Helderberg Club); Antenie Carstens (middle) and 2018 congress organiser Paul Rixom (right), who doubled as MC.

Prince Albert itself, with its quaint houses and Karoo landscapes and mountain ranges, provided sufficient photo opportunities before and after every day’s events to satisfy most delegates.

Some of the speakers who exhilarated the audience with their creativity Chris Daly Willem Oets talking to Gretha van Heerden and Martin Barber 

Some of the speakers who exhilarated the audience with their creativity: Chris Daly, Willem Oets (talking to Gretha van Heerden) and Martin Barber.

The programme ran from Sunday evening to Thursday evening last week and included no less than 16 talks by experts on a variety of topics relating to photography and AV. There were too many speakers to mention, but the highlights were undoubtedly provided by Willem Daffue who held the audience spellbound with his talks on the disappearing animals and tribes of Africa and Martin Barber with his talks on compositing and other Photoshop techniques. Willem Oets had the audience breathless with his boundary-pushing creativity while Daleen Engelbrecht had them in stiches with laughter with her take on how not to make an AV.

Wildlife vet photographer and speaker Willem Daffue in conversation with Roel van Oudheusden Speaker and AV salon judge Wayne Webb is drinking tea

Wildlife vet, photographer and speaker Willem Daffue in conversation with Roel van Oudheusden, and speaker and AV salon judge Wayne Webb is drinking tea.

Koos Roets, famous South African film maker who lives in nearby Klaarstroom, delivered the last presentation of the congress, illustrating the massive effect digitalisation had on cinematography.

Western Cape AV makers Heiner and Hannelore Seifart and Nellian Bekker

Western Cape AV makers Heiner and Hannelore Seifart and Nellian Bekker.

Hannelore Seifart from the Western Cape gained two certificates of merit in the 3rd PECC International Audio Visual Festival 2018 that was judged in Prince Albert as part of the congress. She was the only South African to achieve this in the international salon that attracted 152 AVs from 13 countries.

Western Cape members socialising Steff Hughes myself Kim Stevens and Len van Wyk from CTPS and Elizma Duvenage Izak van Niekerk and Hilldidge Beer from Helderberg

Western Cape members socialising : Steff Hughes, myself, Kim Stevens and Len van Wyk from CTPS, and Elizma Duvenage, Izak van Niekerk and Hilldidge Beer from Helderberg.

As can be expected, the various clubs from the Eastern Cape, Western Cape and Garden Route were well represented, but almost 25% of the approximately 100 delegates came from clubs and towns outside of the Cape Photographers’ region, some from as far as Johannesburg, Pretoria, Secunda, Westville, Durban, Hopetown and Upington, which proves how popular this well-run congress has become.

The Western Cape region has been tasked to organise the 2019 congress and the Eastern Cape will organise the 2020 Cape Photographers’ congress.



Congratulations to all the winners, especially Richard Brown (GBR), who won the FIAP Gold Medal with “In search of Christina”! Enrico Romanzi walked away with the FIAP Silver Medal for “Tor, the dream of the giants”. It came as no surprise that Howard Bagshaw (GBR) won the FIAP Blue Pin for the most successful author. Howard won the FIAP Bronze Medal for “Kelpies”, PSSA Silver Medal for “The land God made in anger”, and a Certificate of Merit for “Ride to the Wall”. The PSSA Gold Medal went to Jacek Zaim (POL) won the PSSA Gold Medal for “Kaddish” and the PSSA Bronze Medal went to Leo Verzijl (NLD) for “Donker Afrika”.

FIAP Ribbons went to Riva Dario (ITA) for “Geometries”, Daniela Borsari and Lorenzo de Francesco (ITA) for “Of Sidereal Rooms”, Guiliano Mazzanti (ITA) for “Yellow Bracelets” and Marcel Batist (NLD) for “Tranquil Waters”.

Certificates of Merit went to Ian Bateman (GBR) for “Dismaland”, Margaret Finlay (IRL) for “The Black Lake, Francesca Gernetti for “Textur’Expo”, Hannelore Seifart (SA) for “Pillars of Tranquility” and “A prayer for Ciska”.

Congratulations to the following successful South African participants on their acceptances! Elizma Fourie received an acceptance for “A smile to remember”, Luana Laubscher received no less than four acceptances for “Lalena”, ”The dark side of the sun”, “Go-Pro Heroes” and “Listen to the Wind” respectively and Ernest Preiss received an acceptance for “Kolmanskop”.

Thanks to all for your tremendous support, without you we could not have done it! It was refreshing to see such a variety of subject matter. The overall standard was high and judges had their work cut out for them.

Please click here for the full Results, the FIAP catalogue and Statistics.


Congratulations to Nellian Bekker for her AV, “Impressions”, which received a commendation from the judge, Howard Bagshaw. Judging from the results, she had some really tough competition! Well done Nellian!

Bridgend 5 to 8 2018 Results

Ian Bateman “Going Underground”

Runners Up
Martin Addison “Finding Narnia”
Norman Horsham “Autumn”

Highly Commended
Martin Addison “Glassworks”
Martin Fry “Winter White”

Nellian Bekker “Impressions”
Bert Schmitz “Abandoned”


Citta di Garda Logo   6th CITTA DI GARDA (FIAP Patronage 2018/264) Closing on 10 June 2018 - Click here for more information


RPS LogoRPS (FIAP Patronage) Closing 24 August 2018 (Entries accepted from 1 August 2018) - Click here for more information


Digirama LogoAnyone who is active as (amateur) photographer can participate in this Festival. Accepted languages: Dutch, French, English, German, or "not spoken".

 The jury will be:

Jan Claessens President “DIKA” - International AV Author
Paul Van Nylen Chairperson “Acina” – International AV Author
Luc Moreels International AV Author – Board OVU

The subject is free, the work must be recent (2015-2018), a maximum of two AVs per author are allowed. The closing date is 17 September 2018. This is a challenge to all participants to bring their story in a shorter time, the total projection time is limited to 8 min. per author if two AVs are submitted. The entry form & regulations can be downloaded here



PSSA Patronage 'B' # 2018/29
The Knysna Photographic Society and George Camera Club will be hosting their AV Salon, which closes on 1 June 2018. The entry fee is R50 for PSSA members. You are limited to a combined total duration of 12 minutes – and your imagination! For more information please click on this link.


The closing date for our National AV Salon is 11 August 2018, please feel free to get your entries ready in the meantime. This Salon is free of charge to PSSA members. Please click on this link for more information as well as the entry form.




Please see the list of National and International AV Salons for more information on closing dates, fees and links under the AV Salon Scene tab.


Please see the updated Salon Results under the AV Salon Scene tab. Remember that the Garden Route National AV Salon is the last AV Salon that will count towards this year’s Impala Trophy. We look forward to your entry!


Please let me know if you have tried out Keynote software for your AVs. For more information, go to their website here


Anyone who has any comments on the draft AV Salon Directors Manual, currently on the PSSA Website also on the Salon Scene page, please let me know.


Please see the Events page for updates on various S.A. club activities.


Enjoy your AV making!
Adri van Oudheusden

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