FOYM – FRIDAY APRIL 21.

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The holidays have gone, and the second school term on the agenda. Autumn has been with us almost three months, and soon the chilly winds of winter will be blowing.

NEXT TUESDAY IS ANZAC DAY – APRIL 25.

One of the most relevant holidays on the Oz calendar when all Australians come together to commemorate the memory of those who have given to maintain ours, and the worlds freedom. Whether your at home, taking a break somewhere with family and friends, braving the early morning chill of the Dawn service or attending your local memorial service. It’s a time to reflect, and for the KWC a chance to capture a moment in time.

MISHA COMES UP WITH THE ENCHANTED PRIZE – MAKING HER THE WINNER. FOCUS FORCE IS SURE SHE WILL BE ENCHANTED!

It looks to be a magical place where fairies and goblins may play amongst the reeds, and flutter above the still water. Misha found the peaceful place at the Garden Show, and its solitude amongst the thousands attending the event makes it a standout image. And, for her reward, she’s off to the ENCHANTED GARDENS on the Mornington Peninsula. And she will have her camera to capture more.

http://www.enchantedmaze.com.au/

NOW WE WAIT ANXIOUSLY FOR THE ENTRANTS IN THE WONDERFUL WARRNAMBOOL WEEKEND PACKAGE TO GET THEIR SUBMISSIONS IN.

Only a couple of weeks to go with closing date on May 13th, and the winner announced on the 19th. The prize to coincide with the first week of the July school holidays jam-packed with foto fun, a FUN4KIDS FAMILY PASS and two nights at Warrnambool’s RAGLAN MOTORINN. Don’t waste a minute – get sortin through those SUPER SHOT options.

THE POP PIKz POLL CHOICES WERE ANNOUNCED, AND NOW HERES THE GOOD NEWS FOR THE WINNER OF THE BOUNTY BOXES HAMPER.

And its all good news for NIKKI RAHO-CUFFE who gets the goodies and makes the claim for the delicious delights stacked in the BOPUNTY BOXES hamper/ A well deserved name drawn at HARVEY NORMAN photocentre by manager Daniel Willmott. Thanks to Sue from Bounty Boxes for the generous prize, and we will be sending out another offer soon for a special Mothers Day gift hamper to all the entrants. Mariaca Butera will also be delighted to place her FRAMED ENLARGEMENT as second prize on the wall of her home.

AS APRIL CLOSES – SO COME TO THE END OF THE FIRST DOMAYNE QV FOTO OF THE MONTH.

The image has been proudly on display since the beginning of April, and will remain there until the day. On May 5th we will announce the first winner of the framed image to be drawn by the store franchisee. On May 1st, the second image will go on display and will remain in place for the entire month also. This is a prestigious recognition for the FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras, and something to gloat about. We look forward to extend this to more stores as the year progresses.

WITH AUTUMN GOING INTO IT’S LAST MONTH IN MAY – THE THEME WILL BE ANNOUNCED WITH A GRAND PRIZE TO BE COLLECTED.

The theme begins with B and that’s all FOCUS FORCE is letting you until next week when we tell the Kids With Cameras all. Believe uis, it will be well worth the wait, and the work to make the prize yours.

AND THE POP PIKZ POLL CHOICES FOR SEVENTEEN ARE!

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One of the highlights of the highlights of the ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO EXHIBITION from the viewers point of view is the POP PIKz POLL where they are asked to make the peoples choice. Today, we announce the top 4 which will be reproduced as greeting cards adding to the already splendid collection chosen by the CHOICE-MAKERS to add to the 17 collection. Add a POST Of PRAISE to this and you will go into the draw for one of the superb prizes including the BOUNTY BOXES hamper.

WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED 8.00 PM FRIDAY APRIL21st.

Mum, Mum, Victoria might have shouted adding; I found a giant beetle in the garden”. But, then before the reply, another voice bellowed back. Aah, that’s where I parked it. Now, where did I put the key? The retired early model Volkswagen was well camouflaged amongst the plants at the ‘ Garden Show. So, congratulations Victoria for spotting the Viewpoint. Chosen as No.1 in the POP.

This image proved to be no thorn in the side for viewers, with it coming in as the third CHOICE in the 2017 POP PIKz POLL.  Victoria got close enough to get the fine detail of the plant in the wild. And the viewers went wild making this their second choice.

A CHOICE for the Heritage selection proved a popular image, and FOCUS FORCE has decided to combine it with the image by Misha Ravipati as a combination showing a unique inside/out view of the historic building. This was listed as number four for all.EVERYTHINGS COMING UP ROSES with this favoured image by Nadia K taking out a CHOICE ranking. You might say that this brought to the eyes of the viewers; selecting it as third.

HOW TO SEND A POST Of PRAISE for the SUPER SHOT submission you like most. Go to bottom here, and click on “leave a comment”  nominating the FF Kids With Cameras name in the post. Then add a few words of praise to encourage them. When that’s completed click on “post” in the bottom right corner. It’s that easy.

GOOD FRIDAY ON YOUR MIND – SHORT N SWEET.

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BREAKING NEWS.

STOP PRESS. While the grape vines of the Margaret River in WA may be well known, so are the wildflowers! As result of visitor and discussion to the ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO EXHIBITION at the MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW, FOCUS FORCE has been invited to return to West Australia to run a series of foto workshops with the students of the Nannup Shire. Being planned to coincide with the BLOOMING WILD festival in September, the SUPER SHOT CHOICES will be an integral part of the 2018 ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO EXHIBITION. FF will keep you posted of how this project develops, and when it happens daily updates. The bottle of wine was given to Phillip JW, FF KWC Project coordinator by grateful parents, and turned out to be an omen.

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              DREAMWORKS WITH FOCUS FORCE  HAS TURNED ON THE                   LIGHTS FOR NADIA.

The first of the FOCUS FORCE PASSPORT COMEPTITIONS came to end on April 12, and for Nadia K today is; GOOD FRIDAY. FF is delighted to tell her and the rest of the Kids With Cameras that she took out the FAMILY PASS to LIGHTS by DreamWorks, now showing on the Mornington Peninsula until April 30th. FF bets she will enjoy the experience, and we look forward to seeing what lights up her camera.

Nadia’s image showing the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show by night in the Carlton Gardens combines the light of dusk, and the touch of the evening glow, and the mystical lights and their reflections on the still lake waters.

http://www.ticketmaster.com.au/Lights-by-Dreamworks-The-Experience-tickets/artist/2325048?tm_link=edp_Artist_Name

NOW THE FOCUS IS ON THE TREES FOR THE NEXT PASSPORT COMPETITION WITH THE SUBMISSIONS CLOSING ON APRIL 12.

Only days to go until the submissions for this project assignment are due in the FOCUS FORCE inbox. So, get sorting amongst all those great shots you have stored away in your camera. Get inspired knowing someone will win the FAMILY PASS to the ENCHANTED GARDENS on the Mornington Peninsula. It will be well worth the effort.

http://www.enchantedmaze.com.au/

A TWO DOLLAR DONATION WILL GO A LONG WAY IN MAKING SOMEONES EASTER & LIFE A WHOLE LOT BETTER.

It doesn’t take much sometimes to a smile someone’s face. AND as little as TWO DOLLARS at Woolworths and Coles can go a long way into putting some joy into many lives when you put them all together. So make yours feel a little richer, by topping up someone else’s.

NEXT WEDNESDAY APRIL 12 THE WINNER OF THE POP PIKz POLL WILL BE ANNOUNCED.

Only days away until FOCUS FORCE lets the cat out of the bag, and tells the world who the lucky CHOICE goes to. That BOUNTY BOXERS hamper will soon be on it’s way.

BE WARNED! Deadlines are approaching for the closing of the PASSPORT SUBMISSIONS. Check the back page for Conditions of entry and the deadlines so you don’t miss out. On Wdnesday Ap. 12 FF will announce REWARD POINTS to be gained by early entries.

THE SENSTAIONAL SIXERS IN THE RUNNING FOR THE POP PIKZ POLL CHOICE.

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https://www.bountyboxes.com.auA LOT earlier than usual, FOCUS FORCE publishes the top finalists in the POP PIKz POLL featuring the top 6 peoples choices. Chosen by visitors to the FOCUS KWC ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO EXHIBITION. It is always an interesting sight to stand and watch the selections being made. Most people initially apprehensive; soon become engrossed in the task, friends and relatives as well as strangers becoming engrossed in conversation. And why shouldn’t they with this year amongst other SURPRIZES being in the running to pick up the BOUNTY BOXES hamper.

Almost doing a Cinderella coupe and making a clean sweep of the POP PIKz POLL, Victoria made her impression on the viewing public with 5 of the peoples choices being hers. Now it come down to the line as to which 4 images will make the grade to become KIDz PIKz ROCKLEY POP PIKz greeting cards for 2017.          CHOICES WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON FOYM. April 21.

POP PIKz POLL ’17 IMAGE by Nadia K.

POP PIKz POLL ’17 IMAGE by Victoria B.

POP PIKz POLL ’17 IMAGE by Victoria B.

POP PIKz POLL ’17 IMAGE by Victoria B.

POP PIKz POLL ’17 IMAGE by Misha Ravipati.

POP PIKz POLL ’17 IMAGE by Nadia K.

MANY OF THE VOTERS HAVE NOMINATED THE BOUNTY BOXES HAMPER TO BE DELIVERED TO THEIR HOMES.

WHOSE LETTERBOX WILL GET THE PACKAGE?

https://www.bountyboxes.com.au

LAST CHANCE LOOMING FOR THE NITEaLITE CAMERA CHALLENGE.

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Depending on what you’re aiming for; the days may differ to the final day. And today, while the Easter count is still 7, there’s only 3 to go until the last chance to make submissions for the NITEaLITE camera challenge. And, that makes it important enough to get the camera out and into action with such a fabulous prize. Go for it!

The prize of a FAMILY PASS to the stunning LIGHTS by DreamWorks is up for grabs with submissions closing on Wednesday April 12. The closing date cannot be extended, as the show closes on April 30.

Originally y planned to focus on the exclusively on the night of the Garden show it has been decided to let Kids With Cameras who were not there, to do their own thing.

So, if you want to have a go in the dying days here are some suggestions.

YOU MUST HAVE LIGHT & A FLOWER OR FLOWERS.

The light can be;

Desk or table lamp.

Torch.

Camera Flash – but be wary this can wash your subject out.

Candle or candles – with help from Mum or Dad.

Even; Moonbeams. There’s a FULL MOON about to happen.

Use accessories like a prop or your choice.

Mirror for reflection – make sure you’re not in it.

Tinsel or other decoration.

BE AWARE OF FORE & BACKGROUND – MAKING SURE THAT IT COMPLIMENTS YOUR SUBJECT & ARRANGEMENT.

LASTLY, BUT MOST IMPORTTANTLY. FLOWER OR FLOWERS. Make sure that they are perfect, and not blemished in any way!

FOYM – GEARING UP CAMERAS FOR EASTER AND ACTIVITIES FOR KWC.

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EVERYONE’S on holidays, and having the time of their life. FOCUS FORCE is adding to it with loads of things to happen in ’17. Up in the sky, there will be a full moon, and on planet earth more than you can shake a stick at. REWARD POINTS will return in My. Ands by the way, over at Myer Melbourne; the WIGGLES will be doing a show on Tuesday, April 11th. On Sunday, April 9, FF will send out a camera clue of suggestion for all those that didn’t make it to the nighttime opening of the garden show.

PRESSING MATTERS FOR FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras.

Each year, the FOCUS FORCE ROCKLEY AWARDS seeks and attracts media attention. It is part of the fun and process of the FOCUS FORCE; putting the Kids With Cameras in the limelight. This year has been no different with two stories appearing in local STAR newspapers. The first was Victoria’s in the local Wyndham publication, and then the second was published in Berwick about Misha’s success. Another is anticipated for Stacey in Portland with one more being sought. It is FF pleasure to chase these opportunities and add to the accolades for the Kids With Cameras. Check them out on; FOCUS FORCES FACEBOOK – and of course – remember to LIKE”.

  FOCUS FORCE WILL CELEBRATING THE Kids With Cameras ON THE BIRTHDAY REGISTER.

Birthdays are eagerly awaited each year, as our own very special day! We all wait in anticipation of pressies and parties to celebrate the day. Soon, FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras who are registered members of the teams will have the extra fun of seeing a special mention and wishes on the FOCUS FORCE BIRTHDAY BOARD, which will be published twice weekly throughout each month. Register today, so that everybody will know when you are growing one year older; and leaving another behind.

DAREBIN VETS WILL STAND TOGETHER AT THE NEW MEMORIAL SITE IN FAIRFIELD THIS ANZAC DAY.

Late in 2016, the war memorial in Fairfield was removed from it’s long term home at the RSL opposite the station. Due to the building being sold, and new apartments to be built there, it was to find a new location. That has been found, and now the granite monument stands on the corner of Station Street and Heidelberg Road. History is about to be made on April 25th with the sounding of THE LAST STAND and then, REVEILLE breaking the early morning silence during the DAWN SERVICE. FOCUS FORCE invites the Kids With Cameras of Darebin to be there wearing a JUNIOR OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHER badge to record the moment in history. REGISTER BY APRIL 20TH at ffgardenshow15@gmail.com.

  MAY STARTS THE BALL ROLLING WITH THE FIRST FRIDAY FAV FOTO.

In ’16 we saw the start of the FRIDAY FAV FOTOS and the publishing of many inspiring works that were recognized as SUPER SHOTS. A number of them were published in the FOCUS FORCE SUPER SHOTS SHOWCASE calendar, and now the search is on for the next series. So, no matter where you are; at the zoo, Healesville Sanctuary, a city or country walk- have your camera at the ready. You never know where they elusive SUPER SHOT may be lurking! In the next few weeks FF will be publishing a special introductory REWARD POINTS for the first month. So, get them rolling in!

   THE EASTER COUNTDOWN STARTS – AND FOCUS FORCE REMINDS THE Kids With Cameras ABOUT THE GOOD FRIDAY APPEAL.

There is so much to look forward to at this time of year, least chocolate covered faces! But, lets not forget about all the other goodies happening over the “break”. Most of all, apart from other reasons GOOD FRIDAY is significant, and that also means the Royal Children’s Hospital appeal. So while you dig deep into your pockets, dig deep into your imagination and capture some of fun foto action. Especially, at Etihad stadium. There are also many fund-raising activities in local communities – so be ready with your camera. Register this weekend to cover a community event and earn your CCC certificate. ffgardenshow15@gmail.com

DAYS TO GO UNTIL THE DREAMWORKS LIGHTS NITEaLITE COMPETITION CLOSES. SO, GET A MOVE ON.

 FOCUS FORCE knows you will have had heaps of foto fun at the garden show, and now the next challenge is on your doorstep with only days to the closing of the first competition. Next Wednesday, April 12,the FOCUS FORCE NITEaLITE submissions are due. And that means someone is close to winning the FAMILY PASS to DREAMWORKS LIGHTS. Check your CAMERA CLUES PASSPORT to get the details.

CURRENTLY SHOWING ON THE MORNINGTON PENINSULA.

 

GARDEN SHOW WAS A HIVE OF ACTION AT THE ROCKLEY EXHIBITION.

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The viewers; like bees were busy throughout the week in the ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO GARDEN taking in the sights, and admiring the flower fotos on the wall. Here are some of them in action during the week.

FOCUS FORCE started off last week with this image of opening day presentations. Conducted by MIFGS event manager Kat Rushford , ably assisted by Dr. Pete Marshall we see Portland’s Stacey being recognized for her achievements.

Pensive photo picking by this young girl as she ponders her choice before heading out in search of her own SUPER SHOTS for 2018.

Family choice as this proud group stand by the image taken by Nadia and took out the Oithonia Choice.xx

Group discussion, and long looks are always part  of people making their selection in the POP PIKz POLL, and this group were no exception.
This FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras Victoria is all smiles as she takes in the view of her FLEUR CHOICE hanging on the wall as part of the 17 ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO EXHIBITION.

Standing back, and taking in the view is the best way of studying the images in the POP PIKz POLL, and by doing it this viewer hopes to bag a prize.
More than once this young one has stretched out her hand to accept her just rewards for Rockley Recognitions. This year was no exception with her being acknowledged by the new MIFGS director Marcus Gale.

Wonder what the attraction is for this Dad as he studies the entrants for the POP PIKz POLL. This image was popular amongst the voters, but then so were many others.
A relatively simple choice for this wanderer through the flower foto garden, and has no trouble in making her decision. Or, does she?

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