John Hodgson EFIAP/b, AV-EFIAP, FAPS, AV-MAPS, ESFIAP, Hon FAPS, Hon AFB
John has been active in amateur photography in Australia for more than 40 years. Over that time, he has exhibited with considerable success at both national and international level, winning numerous awards for monochrome prints and, more recently, colour prints and audio-visual sequences. He is a former President of the Australian Photographic Society and is Patron of the South Australian Photographic Federation.
Since 1980, John has judged regularly at club, state, national and international level, including Adelaide, Sydney, VIGEX and Maitland Internationals and the Adelaide International AV Festival. In 2007, he was one of the judges for the 12th China International, conducted in Lishui, China, and was a jury member for the Royal Photographic Society’s AV International in 2014. In 2017 and 2018 he was a judge for the Photographic Society of New Zealand’s International Exhibition.
John has given presentations at photographic conventions both in Australia and overseas, and has a particular interest in landscape, architectural and still life photography, and audio-visual productions. His work has appeared in a number of books and magazines and is in public and private collections in several countries.
Sue Riach APSNZ, ARPS, AFIAP
I took up photography as a consistent hobby 8 years ago by joining the Hibiscus Coast Photographic Club and the North Shore Photographic Society. I belong to both the NZ Photographic Society and the Royal Photographic Society and have my Associate Honours with both, along with my Artiste credentials with the International Federation Of Photographic Art. I have been judging for clubs for 2 years and last year I was invited to judge the Creative Focus Competition. I have gained a lot of creative insight and photographic development from entering various competitions and am honoured for the opportunity to ‘give back’ through judging. The National Competitions that NZ clubs offer to all photographers provide the perfect platform and opportunity to showcase our photographic skills and to discover unlimited imaginations, create visual poetry and help unleash our inner artist. The Nelson Triptych competition offers another unique perspective into the world of photography as an artform. I believe it is a much needed and valuable addition to the diverse series of National Competitions within NZ.
I seem to have been behind a camera or looking at images for a very long time. Over that time I have become a fellow of the PSNZ, been on the PSNZ Council and then the Honours Board for 10 years, lectured to clubs, assessed people's images, run workshops, been published, sold images around the world and am currently the Patron of the Southland Photographic Society. The best thing is that I still love the process, being challenged and still get inspired by the skill and talent of other photographers. I am looking forward to seeing what is entered into this year’s competition.