Geoff Dickinson writes: Waikato Photographic Society Young Photographers Awards
You will by now, I hope, be aware of this exciting project devised by Sam Gray. The Committee has agreed that this is worth supporting provided we can secure some sponsorship and get as many members behind us as possible. The Committee is working on the sponsorship, now we need your help.
So what?s it all about? Following the financial success for the Society of the Hamilton Girls High Centenary project, we hope this Competition will give children and young adults in the Waikato the chance to express themselves; take ownership of creating something; share their view with others; see other points of view and appreciate a different perspective on the Waikato and the living world; become more aware of the world around us; create something tangible in a digital world; learn a new skill; celebrate excellence and encourage aesthetic/cultural growth and development. Need I go on?
What’s in it for the Society? Public awareness of who we are and what we stand for and to be seen supporting the reasons above. Hopefully we can expand our membership and convince younger people that joining the Society is a cool thing to do.
What can you do? We need volunteers for the organisational side but we are also after cold, hard cash to cover venue hire, equipment hire, drinks and nibbles for exhibition opening and other bits and pieces) plus the all important prizes for place winners and good ‘spot prizes’. Obviously the Society cannot underwrite all of this which is why we are on the lookout for sponsorship. So, if you know a friend of a friend of a friend whose cousin?s husband knows someone who runs an equipment hire company who would lend us equipment free of charge in return for an ad in the Competition rogramme we would very much like to know about it!
Any offers of help whether practical, financial or otherwise please get in touch with Sam Gray as soon as possible within the next 14 days. The Committee will take a final decision in early September whether to take this project further.
And finally………..don?t forget World Photography Day, 19th August 2011.
See you around, Geoff Dickinson (August 2011)