The Tau­ranga Pho­to­graphic So­ci­ety holds an in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion to en­cour­age and ac­knowl­edge the pho­tog­ra­phers work­ing in the art of the au­dio-vis­ual. We find out about the Tau­ranga Au­dio-Vis­ual Salon, as well as the club’s up­com­ing au­dio-vis­ual work

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One of the pho­tog­ra­phy scene’s lesser-known gen­res is steadily grow­ing in pro­file, as ev­i­denced in the high bar set by both in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal artists in the lat­est round of a lo­cally hosted pho­tog­ra­phy salon ded­i­cated to the art of the au­dio-vis­ual (AV). An AV com­bines still pho­tog­ra­phy, au­dio com­po­nents, and mo­tion tech­niques in aid of telling a co­he­sive story. Each year, the Tau­ranga Pho­to­graphic So­ci­ety holds an in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion to en­cour­age and ac­knowl­edge the pho­tog­ra­phers work­ing in the form. En­tries into the 2017 edi­tion of the Tau­ranga Au­dio-Vis­ual Salon were a step up in qual­ity from last year’s batch, said club mem­ber Tr­ish McAus­lan, point­ing out the large num­ber of en­tries that only just missed out on awards this year. “We thor­oughly en­joyed the cre­ativ­ity and di­ver­sity of ideas of many of the au­dio­vi­su­als in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion,” she says. “The skill of sto­ry­telling with well-taken still im­ages, and maybe a lit­tle video, is con­tin­u­ing to de­velop.” This was clearly il­lus­trated by this year’s Cham­pion Au­dio-Vis­ual, Red Wrens of Caba, by Aus­tralian pho­tog­ra­pher Sally Hin­ton. The pre­sen­ta­tion, which also took out the newly in­tro­duced World of Na­ture cat­e­gory, ex­plores the pre­car­i­ous lives of red-backed fairy wrens in their frag­ile Cabarita Beach en­vi­ron­ment. “One of the out­stand­ing fea­tures of Sally’s se­quence was the qual­ity of the pro­duc­tion,” ex­plains McAus­lan. “She sup­ported the story with ex­cel­lent still pho­tog­ra­phy and short video se­quences, backed by an au­dio track, which in­cluded ap­pro­pri­ate mu­sic, sounds, and nar­ra­tion.” Hin­ton also took out the Doc­u­men­tary cat­e­gory with an emo­tive look at Hiroshima’s groundzero re­mem­brance, the Peace Memo­rial Park. Mar­cel Batist of the Nether­lands won the Theme cat­e­gory with a green­house-fo­cused pre­sen­ta­tion, and South African Luana Laub­scher cel­e­brated women in her piece Lalena, to take the Mu­sic, Po­etry, and Song cat­e­gory. The Novice Award is a cat­e­gory es­tab­lished to grow par­tic­i­pa­tion by lo­cal artists in the AV field, open only to New Zealan­ders who have not pre­vi­ously had an en­try suc­cess­fully ac­cepted into the com­pe­ti­tion. This year, that hon­our went to Jane Mackay of the North Shore Pho­to­graphic So­ci­ety. “Jane took blue as her theme to take us on a vis­ual jour­ney through Venice,” McAus­lan says. “Her pho­tos took us from the gon­do­las on the main is­land to the glass­works in Mu­rano and the coloured houses of Bu­rano.” To fur­ther en­cour­age work in the form, the Tau­ranga Pho­to­graphic So­ci­ety will be hold­ing a work­shop to de­mys­tify both the cre­ative and tech­ni­cal as­pects of pro­duc­ing an AV. The work­shop will be held on the af­ter­noon of Satur­day, Au­gust 5, just ahead of the salon’s pre­sen­ta­tion at the Tau­ranga Arts and Crafts Cen­tre — for de­tails, head on­line to tau­ran­ The pre­sen­ta­tion event is worth a look for any in­ter­ested pho­tog­ra­phers, as it is likely to be the last time many of the in­ter­na­tional en­tries will be view­able to a lo­cal au­di­ence. “It is this in­ter­na­tional in­volve­ment that gives us the op­por­tu­nity to see what the top AV work­ers in other coun­tries are pro­duc­ing, which, in turn, en­cour­ages us to con­tinue to de­velop our own skills,” says McAus­lan.

Sally Hin­ton, Red Wrens of Caba

Jane Mackay,

Venezia Blu Ef­fect

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