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Xmas Message from Jill – President of PSSA


Once again some stunning work being produced by our Clubs every month. It was great to see this month was the highest entries ever for our Web Site Image Competition.  We would still like to see more of our clubs entering each month.   This competition does not run in December but if your club meets in December you are allowed to enter two images in the January Competition.

You can click on the images below to see the winning image enlarged on the PSSA web site with the 1st and 2nd runners-up in each category

Bloemfontein Kameraklub – Trix Jonker with “Waterdruppels”
What a wonderful moment to have captured. A very different perspective. WELL DONE to the club and the author.

Harties Fotografie Studiegroep – Marita Coetzee with “Agony”
Very strong impressive image and stands out very well in mono.  WELL DONE to the Club and the author.

Author Chris Botes – Pretoria Photographic Society with “Dream come True”
This certainly was a dream come true, wonderful moment to have captured at the right time. CONGRATS to the author.

We certainly would love to hear from the winners how they use their voucher for R500 that they receive every month from Print Wild – one of PSSA’s sponsors. Looking forward to seeing the images coming from all our holiday experiences next year.


Arrangements are certainly beginning to be put in place very fast for our Congress next year.  It really looks very exciting indeed and something for us all to look forward to.   Go to our web site and click on this banner on the home page to learn more about it and put the dates in your diary.  Thank you to the Western Cape for getting us all inspired for our 2022 Congress.


Please take note that Photovault is already open for applications for Honours which closes on 25th January 2022.   The Honours judging will take place 11, 12, 13 February 2022.   Good luck to all the applicants.


Just a last reminder that the Annual Membership fees were due to be paid by the end of November 2021.  If you have not paid as yet your name will be taken off our database.   Also we need to reiterate to our members that you must make sure that your ID number and correct email address is on our database. Please contact our membership Secretary Ria at to double check that this is all in place.

As you might know by now, a MEMBER ZONE for PSSA members only was created on the PSSA web site.  Our first e-IMAGE, edited by Jill Sneesby, was published in the Member Zone for PSSA members to access and read online or to download.

You can click on the banner on the right to access the Member Zone on the PSSA web site. 
  • Follow the prompts to login and use your SA id number as username. 
  • Click on Forgot password if you have not been sent one.
  • You will get a verification code that might also sit in your junk mail - have a look there
When stuck, email our web master, Melanie for assistance.  Your SA id number might not be on the database and you will have to be registered.

To date there was a low number of our members who logged into our Members Zone to read our first e-IMAGE.  You can CLICK HERE to head over to the Member Zone.

The Honours Magazine, which will be a physical magazine, will be distributed to our members in January 2022 – something great to look forward to.   The anticipated plan for the future is to have 3 e-Magazines scheduled per annum, after each Honours Judging session and after Congress.

The Salon Committee is hard at work fine tuning the Salon Brochures and the Salon Directors Manual – all Salon Directors must ensure that they read the documents carefully and thoroughly as it is important that all the requirements are met.  
We have found that quite a number of images are being manipulated and entered into categories where manipulation is not allowed.   A new rule, to be introduced immediately, is that all recipients of Medals and COMs in the categories where manipulation is not allowed, will be required to send the raw image to the Salon Director before the final results are published.                                

Another important point is that of judges being experienced in the section in which they are judging - if you are asked to be a judge in a Salon in a specific category you must be familiar with that category, for example if I take myself for instance - if I was asked to judge the Category Macro, I would say NO as I am not familiar with that Category and although I have done a little Macro work it is not something that I am used to photographing. 

Clubs wanting to apply to host a Salon in the up and coming year of July 2022 to June 2023 must be sure to send their applications to their Regional Director before the end of January 2022.


If going away, stay safe, have fun, drive carefully and enjoy this festive season with friends and family. We look forward to your continued support for PSSA in 2022.

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