The Hermanus Photographic Society had its first meeting of the new year on Wednesday 5 February, which doubled as the Annual General Meeting. The club’s President, Elizma Fourie, gave the members a short review of the club’s activities over the last 12 months. These included not only the very successful hosting of the Western Cape Interclub’s Annual Photographic exhibition held at the Sanlam Centre Art Gallery in Bellville, but also the club’s continued participation in the annual FynArts Festival and its joining of Hermanus First Fridays in 2019.

Klein River Lagoon Kite Surfers by David Wilson.

At the AGM, various members of the club were recognised for their photographic achievements over the past year. Hestie das Neves was awarded the trophy for the Best 5-star Photographer of the Year, while the Best 4-star Photographer of the Year was the club’s President, Elizma Fourie, the Best 3-star was David Wilson, the Best 2-star was Ansie du Toit and the Best 1-star Photographer was The Village NEWS’ very own Taylum Meyer.

The evening included the club’s regular photographic competition. The set subject, and also the theme for the upcoming FynArts Exhibition, was ‘Poetry in Motion’ and a good selection of work by members was evaluated. The senior Image of the Month was ‘Uniquely Amsterdam’ by Hestie das Neves with the Junior Image of the Month ‘Let’s Twist Again’ by Marie Botes.

For the upcoming year the major challenge for the club is to expand the junior section of the club with beginners and less practised photographers, who will be mentored by those more senior, so they can increase their photographic skills. So on the third Wednesday of every month (this month it will be on 19 February) the club will hold a series of Camera Basics Appreciation Classes to share information with members of the public on how to operate all types of cameras being used by members of the club. In addition, a camera workshop will be available to explain the hidden techniques of the participants’ own cameras and to adjust the settings accordingly.

Join the Hermanus Photographic Society on Wednesday 19 February at 19:00 at the Dutch Reformed Church in Church Street Hermanus. Further details of the classes can be found on the club’s website. A small donation would be appreciated by the club to cover the hall hire. In addition to these classes, the club members meet on the first Wednesday of every month at 19:00 at the Dutch Reformed Church. Visitors are most welcome.

The Hermanus Photographic Society is affiliated to the Photographic Society of South Africa (PSSA). For more information, visit or contact Elizma Fourie on 082 499 5116 or

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