22 May 2015
On Sunday 10 May members of the Australian Chapter met with Roy Robertson HonFRPS and his wife Barbara in Melbourne at the end of their Australian holiday. It was a very productive day, full of interesting discussion and exchange of information.
Since last meeting with the Chapter some seven years ago Roy has been RPS President, so he reviewed that time, discussed the priorities he’d given as President to enhancing particular functions of The Society and spoke a little of his travels to other RPS Overseas Chapters, showing also a few of his photographs of those experiences. Part of the day was given to discussing RPS Distinctions and the requirements of the different levels and categories. Several members considering applying for a Distinction then had the opportunity to get Roy’s advice on their panels, a rare opportunity as overseas members do not usuallly attend the UK Distinction Advisory Days. As it happened, one Australian member was holidaying in Norway – and he, too, was able to discuss his application with Roy via a Skype link! This was most successful with no technical hitches at all, and could lead the way to other Australian members taking advantage of this technology.
A highlight of the day was Roy officially presenting the Fenton Medal to Alan Elliott OAM ARPS; this had been awarded to him in September 2013 but Alan had been unable to travel to the UK to receive it in person. Roy also presented several members of the Chapter Committee with RPS Certificates of Appreciation.
The Australian Chapter extends an invitation to all RPS members who may be visiting Australia to make contact. Australia offers a unique environment with quite different photographic possibilities; it’s a big country with lots of variety, and visiting RPS members can be assured of a very warm welcome.
Elaine Herbert ARPS
Hon Secretary, Australian Chapter
Images: Palli Gajree HonFRPS. The top image shows: (l-r) Palli Gajree OAM, Hon.FRPS; Alan Elliott OAM, ARPS; Elaine Herbert ARPS; Roy Robertson Hon.FRPS; Jack Lanagan ARPS; Max Melvin ARPS; Ann Lanagan who received their certificates of recognition from Roy Robertson HonFRPS.