Words cannot express the horror at the devastation caused by the fires fuelled by storm winds on 7 June 2017 in Knysna, Plettenbergbay, Thornhill, van Stadens, Rocklands, Lady's Slipper, Elands River and the Greenbushes, Bushbuckrige, Longmore Forest, Schoenmakerskop, Sacramento and Noordhoek areas in Port Elizabeth. Precious lives have been lost. Many homes and businesses have been destroyed. Our thoughts are especially with those Knysna Club members who lost their homes, possessions, and in some cases their livelihoods. Worst areas that were affected in Knysna were Belvidere, Brenton, Welbedacht, Eastford, Green Pastures, Paradise and Knysna Heights.

This community is already doing everything it can to mitigate the situation. This life-changing disaster has drawn the community together, and the focus is on rebuilding and restoring. Thanks to all for their continuing support and assistance to those in need!

I must apologise for the late update on AV matters. Unfortunately I ended up in hospital as a result of smoke inhalation, pneumonia, cardiomyopathy and a viral infection (all at the same time), but I am finally recovering. Some tasks are a little like climbing Mount Everest, but I am getting there. Thanks to everyone for their get-well-soon messages.


Well done and congratulations to Jeff Morris, on being awarded the AV-AFIAP honour. If I am correct, Jeff must be the third person in South Africa to achieve this distinction in Audio Visual!


The PSSA Board of Directors recently held a Bosberaad in Lady Grey in the Eastern Cape. Many strategies were discussed. Now it is down to the nitty gritty and some hard work will follow over the next few months to put the strategies in place.


Again, Mondiavisueel has succeeded in compiling a diverse program that includes exciting adventures, exotic destinations and exceptional performances. Should you find yourself in Rijswijk, South Holland between November 2017 and April 2018, be sure to attend any live multimedia presentations by professional speakers, please see their website for locations, data and maps.


The event will again be a 3-in-1 event, consisting of the Cape Photographers Congress, the PSSA Audio Visual Convention and the PECC Audio Visual Festival at The Showroom, which is just about one of the best venues to showcase audio visuals. Dates are from 18 – 22 March 2018. You may now log your programme and any suggestions when you register for this event. Total capacity of the venue is 120 and bookings are OPEN!



The organizers received 51 entries from 24 individuals, of which 9 authors were successful with 18 acceptances. There were no disqualifications. Some AVs did not play correctly, authors were informed and could resubmit.

DVDs of all successful AVs are available from VSS Creative.com at R50 a DVD. Please enquire at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We thank Anton la Grange (salon director), the judges and all the authors who entered.

Anne d'Oliveira Reinette Kriel Hein Waschefort
Gonnie Myburgh Ryno Oosthuizen Ryno Oosthuizen
Anton la Grange Ria Katzke Charlaine Gerber

Congratulations to the following successful entrants!

Freeing Ivar the Great - Nellian Bekker - PSSA Silver Medal
Pillars of tranquility - Hannelore Seiffart - PSSA Bronze Medal
All from the same tree - Nellian Bekker - COM
Nights Treachery - Hein Waschefort - COM
Playing with fire - Luana Laubscher - COM
Plentiful - Adri van Oudheusden - Acceptance
The Roadshow - Denise Preiss - Acceptance
Flower Funtasia - Denise Preiss - Acceptance
Onder in my whisky glas - Hein Lass - Acceptance
Lalena - Luana Laubscher - Acceptance

Take this longing - Charlaine Gerber - PSSA Silver Medal
Another baby born - Hein Waschefort - PSSA Bronze Medal
Bookends - Charlaine Gerber - COM
Le Chant du Violon - Adri van Oudheusden - Acceptance

Fairietale - Hein Lass - PSSA Silver Medal
Boney M - Adri van Oudheusden - PSSA Bronze Medal
Red Rock - Adri van Oudheusden - Acceptance
Little deuce Coupe - Reinette Kriel - Acceptance


3-2-1 AV COMPETITION (No FIAP patronage)

The final results of the abovementioned competition can be found by clicking here.

Congratulations to the following members!

Luana Laubscher - Lalena - COM and 3rd overall plus prize
Mary Hunter - Aerobatics - Acceptance

Judges for the 3-2-1 were Jill Sneesby Hon MPSSA MPSSA MFIAP ESFIAP Hon. FIP,  Wayne Webb AV-APSSA and myself.

Please let me know if your club would be interested in becoming a judging station for the 3-2-1 in the 2017/2018 year.

A PHOTOREPORTER FIAP Patronage 2017/238

Please go to the website for a full list of all the successful entrants. Unfortunately this time round there were no South African successes.

5th Concorso Internazionale Audiovisivi “Citta di Garda” FIAP Patronage 2017/227

Well done to the following entrants!

Luana Laubscher - Dark Side of the Moon - Acceptance and Most successful author
Luana Laubscher - Kerse in die donker - Acceptance
Luana Laubscher - Lalena - Acceptance
Anne d'Oliviera & Franz Jesche - Tears from heaven - Acceptance (Judges choice - Ron Davies)
Adri van Oudheusden - Le Chant du Violon - Acceptance


This AV Salon had four categories, Theme, Documentary, Music, Poetry and Song and The world of nature. Congratulations go to Luana Laubscher and Mary Hunter who have done exceptionally well!

Theme - Luana Laubscher - Dark Side of the Sun - Certificate of Merit
Mary Hunter - Innishannon - Acceptance

Documentary - Mary Hunter - Fresh start - Acceptance

Music, Poetry & Song - Luana Laubscher - Lalena - Winner
Luana Laubscher - Playing with fire - Acceptance
Mary Hunter - Aerobatics - Acceptance


Congratulations and well done to Anne d'Oliviera and Franz Jesche who received the Photo Club of Triel trophy for the AV with the best soundtrack, as well as audience choice for the same AV!


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 note that the abovementioned AV Salon had to be postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. The new proposed date is mid-September 2017. The brochure will be forthcoming soon, but in the meantime you can start preparing for this salon!


This competition closes on 4 November 2017. “Life: the condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continual change preceding death.” The on-line entry form will be available from the 21st October 2017.


35th Città di Garbagnate FIAP Patronage 2017/356

A special international AV section will run within the 35th "Città di Garbagnate" Photographic contest, closing 9 September 2017, a worldwide well-renowned competition for digital and analogue photography. A qualified international jury will judge both competitions. For the brochure /registration form, please click here.

3rd PECC INTERNATIONAL AV SALON FIAP 2018/008 & PSSA 2018/03 Patronage

The closing date of the third PECC International AV Salon is 15 March 2018. We hope to attract many South African entries – there is ample time to show the world what you are capable of!

EPINAL (no FIAP patronage)

For only 15 Euros, authors may send as many sequences as they wish. A thematic competition “Mirages” will be run within the general competition. Entrants may choose to participate in the general competition only, or in both.

IPF INTERNATIONAL (unfortunately no FIAP patronage)

In conjunction with the 35th Irish National Federation's National Audio Visual Championships, 2017, there will be an international section this year, limited to one sequence per author and there is no FIAP accreditation. We invite you to enter. The judges are Richard Brown & Andrew Gagg, both FRPS. The closing date is 15 September 2017. Please find the identification sheet, entry form and rules and conditions of entry here.


The Federation Internationale de’l art Photographique https://www.fiap.net/ (or International Federation of Photographic Art) is an International body made up of photographic federations and associations on five continents. As an affiliated Society, we enjoy all the benefits of belonging to the largest body representing photographic art in the world today, including all the benefits or participating in FIAP sponsored Salons and attracting entries from abroad to Salons on the SA International Circuit which enjoy FIAP patronage.

Fully paid-up members of the PSSA are welcome to apply for FIAP honours. For AV FIAP distinctions requirements please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Diamond ratings are for achievement by PSSA members in SA National and International Salons with PSSA patronage and all other International Salons with patronage by one or more of the Royal Photographic Society, the Photographic Society of America, the Australian Photographic Society and FIAP. To apply, please download the necessary forms here.

For help or advice on any AV-related matters, please do not hesitate to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Happy AV making!


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