FOYM – Its GOING TO BE Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

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LETS GET THIS BALL ROLLING and bring the news as it happens to all the Kidds With Cameras and bring them up to speed. Once again, we’re looking forwards to a BIG YEAR, and lots of foto fun with camera challenges to test the skills of the camera holders. Firstly though, lets say thanks to McDonalds restaurant on Bourke street for their support.

The KIDzPIKz greeting cards sit centre stage on the display counter at McDonald’s at 406 Bourke St. Store manager Nanndy oversees the work as he was the one being instr umental in accepting the offer. This is a simple gesture by the FOCUS FORCE KWC in paying tribute to those gone, not only in Bourke St, but many other similar and sad events around the world.

PROUD Oz PHOTO – LETS SEE THEM!

Australia Day no matter where you come from is a day of relaxation where you spend time with family and friends enjoying their friendship. Whether tossing a snag on the barbie or a full toss down the backyard pitch! From the beach to the bush it is a day of mateship. No matter where you are, FOCUS FORCE challenges the Kids With Cameras to find a SUPER SHOT that typifies the pride of Australia. Submissions close Feb 24 with a maximum of 3 per KWC.

ROCKLEY AWARDS ON THE HORIZON.

As January draws to an end, February looms making March that much closer. As of February, the task of putting the FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO EHIBITION & AWARDS together. Selection of finalists, getting images to CHOICE-MAKERS is all part of the program. Then theres certificates, and other printed matter t be prepared. It’s an endless merry go round, but one that always comes with a good result. With the wonderful collection from WA to share the walls with, and those of the Victorian group – its going be Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Wow that’s a new one! But, FOCUS FORCE is sure you get the meaning. Good luck to all.

WA FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras LOOKING TO MAKE IT TO THE MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW.

This creates a buzz with the news of one family doing the rounds on the possibility of getting to the event. They are currently looking at ways of raising money in their quest, and FOCUS FORCE is pondering at how they can be supported. Your ideas will be a bonus. If any others would like to throw their hats in the ring, please send us an email and we will get the ball through the hoop. Previous projects have raised between 2000 and 4000 dollars which helped one group get to China.

THE SHOWCASE FLORA FOTOFEST EXHIBITION CLOSES NEXT SATURDAY JAN 27  AT THE MANJIMUP ART GALLERY – Next stop Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show.

http://melbflowershow.com.au/

 

 

 

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BLOOMING WILD FLORA FOTO FEST IMAGES WAITING FOR THE FINAL CHOICES.

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These images which have gained SUPER SHOT status are now in the final selection to show off the flowerful wildflowers of the south west, and in particular the Blackwood Valley. There are so many to many to choose from, and indeed so may others that missed the final cut. Those with the asterisk beside the number are one step closer, with a total of 25 to be chosen. You can add your voice by making a POST Of PRAISE to help make the final selection.

 

 

 

 

 

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HAVE YOUR SAY WITH A POST Of PRAISE.

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 number of your CHOICE 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 easy.

THE SHOWCASE FLORA FOTOFEST EXHIBITION CLOSES NEXT SATURDAY JAN 27  AT THE MANJIMUP ART GALLERY – Next stop Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show.

http://melbflowershow.com.au/

FOYM IN JANUARY.

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January rolls by, and over in the west, the Kids With Cameras and others are lining up to view their SUPER SHOT works at the impressive Manjimup art gallery. And as usual FOCUS FORCE has been working behind the scenes to put the KWC in the public eye. The result being two stories happening in local newspapers putting their names in print. Hope they are enjoying their time.

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What to better way to start the new year than with than a kidz pikz of the dawn, and the rising sun. Nadia woke up to find this in Perth, and sent it in for a FRIDAY FAV FOTO, the first one for 18. FOCUS FORCE looks forward to seeing many more, and will announce a fantastic incentive in the first Friday of February. It will be a great incentive to have the cameras clicking. Get ready!

KIDS WITH CAMERAS MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS.

Nadia K put her best works on the wall for 2018, creating her own calendar of photographic highlights from ’17. Obviously, Mum Alicia had a hand in it so they can both be proud of what she has done. There are many ways you can reproduce your images onto things to make them a lasting memory. Make wonderful gifts for family, friends and others.

THIS IS THE DATE – TELL YOUR FRIENDS.

On Wednesday Jan 17, customers at the McDonald’s restaurant on Bourke St, Melbourne will be offered a complimentary commemorative greeting card of a white rose. The image taken by Stacey F was chosen from the ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO images at last years Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show to remember the lives lost in the city on January 20, 2017.

MORE DATES TO GET YOUR CAMERA OUT!

January 26th. Lets see how you celebrate the freedom of the wonderful land of Oz.  January 27 in South West Australia the closing event for the BLOOMING WILD FLORA FOTO FEST SHOWCASE – Be there for the wind-up morning tea at Manjimup Art Gallery. FEBRUARY – WHITE NIGHT in Melbourne, Geelong and Ballarat. COMING UP IN MARCH of course; the ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO EXHIBITION & AWARDS at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show.

THE SUPREME CHOICE – GEORGIA SERVES UP ONE WITH THE LOT.

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Well, the day that many FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras in WA have been waiting for has dawned. And with the news of the clever clickers who took out the awards for the BLOOMING WILD FLORA FOTO FEST. It has been a longtime coming and challenging time for the CHOICE-MAKERS. These images have gone through the process becoming finalists and then category winners. Then 2 independent CM’s made the final selections. This was done independent of each other, and having no communication between them. To all who participated, congratulations in your own personal achievement, and to have seen your works displayed here is a rewarding recognition in itself. The works are now on show in the SHOWCASE EXHIBITION at the Manjimup Art Gallery. Check the Blooming Wild website for details. I, as FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras Project Director am proud to see this result, and to have worked with all of you.

THE OVERALL BEST FOR THE PROJECT.

REKASU .Georgia Clifford. 12 Years Northcliffe.

EQUAL SECOND – NiCe Above; Indiana Gee. Bunbury. 11 years.

               Petal’s N Props. Below; Charlise. Pemberton. 12 yrs.

FOOTNOTE; Most of the works that were published in December as CAREGORY WINNERS and FINALISTS will be included in the 2018 FOCUS FORCE KWC ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO EXHIBITION & AWARDS at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. Looking forward to that.

SEE THE BLOOMING WILD FLORA FOTO FEST EXHIBITION at the MANJIMUP ART GALLERY.

UNTIL JANUARY 27.

FOYM – WEST ON SHOW.

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GETTING READY FOR THE BLOOMING WILD SHOWCASE EXHIBITION.

THE BOYUP BROOK VISITOR CENTRE following in the path recently of Nannup displayed the local satelite edition of the BLOOMING WILD FLORA FOTO FEST. This is the lead to the BLOOMING WILD FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras SHOWCASE  EXHIBITION to be opened on January 8 and remain in residence at the MANJIMUP ART GALLERY for the remainder of January. This will be an exciting reward for the manyKids With Cameras who took part in the fun foto project and awesome recognition of their talents. Make sure you get to see it and let family and friends know of it. Open from 9.30 am to 6.00 pm daily.

THE BLOOMING WILD SUPREME NEWS TO BE ANNOUNCED ON SATURDAY January 6.

Tomorrow at 9.00 am (Jan 6) the world will be clapping loudly when the BLOOMING WILD FLORA FOTO FEST SUPREME winner will be announced. The feather in the cap overall best flowerful foto will be an excellent pat on the back for the young Kids With Cameras who took part in the flora foto workshops in September, and a highly recognized achievement.

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 17 WILL BE A DAY WHEN MELBURNIANS REMEMBER. McDONALDS in Bourke St to hand out FOCUS FORCE KIDzPIKz COMMEMORATIVE GREETING CARDS.

It will be a sad day as we reflect on the unnecessary tragedy of the day when so many lost their lives. FOCUS FORCE is proud to help to bring a moment of reflection and provide the commemorative card showing the image taken by Stacey Finck of Portland. Limit of one per customer until stocks run out.

FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras PHOTOGRAPHIC MOMENTS IN 17.

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The year closes, and it is interesting to look at some of the major highlights that the Kids With Cameras have been involved in. Most incredibly is the places the camera gets them into, and the experiences that they have as a result of being part of the FOCUS FORCE. Here we look back, and wonder what the new year adventures will unfold.

     Stacey of Portland Kids With Cameras got the start of year ship-shape by going on board the MS EUROPA to present the Captain with a pack of commemorative postcards. The magnificent images were all SUPER SHOTS captured of the German cruise vessel on her maiden visit to the port of Portland, being the first ever cruise ship to visit. That was a spectacular day, and so was this one for the young snapper.The event was a last minute operation, and with grim determination and persistent effort of Stacey’s mum the task was completed.

February, and Nadia took on the role of FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras going on board the majestic Cunard liner QUEEN VICTORIA. She had the honored task of representing the KWC of Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island who saluted the ship with a FLASH OF FRIENDSHIP in 2015. Her duties included meeting Commodore Rynd, and presenting him with a pack of commemorative postcards, and 2 bottles of wine bearing the SUPER SHOT images from the event. Then, as has happened before, she was given a guided tour of the ship. A day to remember.

The Night Comes Alive on MELBOURNE’S WHITE NIGHT. Nadia did her thing again getting out with her parents in search of awesome images. Like this light show on the home walls of the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show where the FOCUS FORCE KWC ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO EXHIBITION is held annually in the Melbourne Exhibition Buildings. The fantastic event is celebrated in several international cities with last year adding Ballarat to the Victorian list, and Geelong to join the group this year. The walls of the city buildings are adorned with brilliant displays of projected images, including animation.

 

 

 

     MARCH – APRIL is the same every year when the Kids With Cameras anxiously await the news of the winners of annual FOCUS FORCE ROCKLEY FLOWER AWARDS. Again, it was an outstanding event with more superb SUPER SHOTS being made for the ROCKLEY CHOICES. Now, as the end of the year approaches and arrival of 18, the wait and countdown commences for the next collection, in this one being included the WA FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras. Hopefully we may see some more FF KWC visit the exhibition as they did last year from long distances. Here we see Victoria B standing by her SUPER SHOT CHOICE in the 2017 ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO AWARDS. She like all the others was delighted to see her works on show and topped her year with FF by taking out the JAS RECOGNITION.

 SEPTEMBER SAW THE GREAT WA FOCUS FORCE FUN FOTO ADVENTURE START – AND CONTINUE FOR THE MONTH. Arriving in early evening of a Sunday night, Nannup was a quiet and peaceful little town in the south west of WA. However, next morning it became a hive of excitement with the first of the BLOOMING WILD FLORA FOTO FEST fun foto workshops.                Starting with the pre-school and then the grade 5 and sixers, followed in  the afternoon with the secondary students – the cameras were clicking and the show on the road.

 

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER a group of home-schoolers took part in a FOCUS FORCE KWC project, and showed their enthusiasm. Gathering in Bridgetown and traveling long distances from Bunbury, Busselton and a little closer in Donnybrook. Like all those that took part in the BLOOMING WILD FLORA FOTO FEST their eagerness to achieve success was obvious as they went about the task before them. It was fascinating as you travel through the valley, going very short distances to see different varieties of wildflowers that you would not see elsewhere. Once again, a load of time in the quest for the finding of SUPER SHOTS, and the proof of their endeavors is in the cameras.

 

     At GREENBUSHES it was no point hiding, and the only picnic was that of the clicking cameras in the their search for SUPER SHOTS. The little own is prosperous with the local lithium mine, the largest in the world, being the backbone of its work force. Here the students got into the action, and added their own enthusiasm to the success of the project. Like all locations where the workshops were run it was a pleasure to see the added enthusiasm the local community, as they took an interest in what the FF KWC were doing.       xxxxxxx

  THE LITTLE TOWN OF BALINGUP sits at the foothills of the mountain range that runs through the valley. There the 5 – 6 students were challenged when they journeyed into the bush to find their SUPER SHOTS. Starting by the dis-used train track, they used this to practice the leading line concepts. Then a walk into the close by bush found many interesting subjects and additional fun trying to include old car wrecks into their image. Here, a little more serendipity crept into the program when working with a group of senior Kids With Cameras, it was discovered that one of the ladies had visited the ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO EXHIBITION at this years MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW.

BOYUP BROOK; the names of the towns were as intriguing as the wildflowers. And here, like the flowers the hospitality was in abounds. Working with the students of the local high school was fun and this was added to by being coerced into doing an evening workshop with another adult group, and then followed up by a foto excursion the next morning.                      Unfortunately, due to school commitments the students didn’t achieve their full potential. But, it goes without saying that they gained enormously from the experience.

  Manjimup shire incorporating Nortcliffe and Pemberton saw another small but energetic group meeting over 2 weekends to fulfil their job and expand their photographic and camera skills.This not only included working in the surrounding bush, but also a drive to the coast to expand their horizons. Again, this group is to be admired for their determination to go to all lengths and distances to find the variety they did. This is by no means without the extra effort put in by Wendy Eiby.

 

  The WA journey finished on a different note, with the focus being on Busselton’s famous wharf stretching out into the Atlantic Ocean. A morning excursion saw Wil and Project Coordinator on the beach environs around the scenic and historic attraction. With threatening skies overhead, Wil worked on Super Shot ideas in readiness for the arrival of the Queen Mary 2 in February for a potential FLASH OF FRIENDSHIP . Keep an eye on the horizon for this one. There are considerations for this to be a triple with a coverage from WA to Kangaroo Island in SA to ending in Melbourne Vic.

AND FINALLY A LOAD OF CLICKS TO NADIA & HER FAMILY

who went to great trouble, and enjoyment in producing their own family calendar of some of her photo escapades for the year. FOCUS FORCE iis sure it will be hung on many family walls with pride.

So long 17 – Hello 18.

PETALS N PROPS – A HURRAH FOR THE LAST OF THE BLOOMING WILD FLORA FOTO FEST CHANCES.

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CHOICE-MAKER – Tony Pierakos.

8 – 9 Year Old.

Highly Commended. Wil Demopoulos

9 – 10  Year Old.

NO RESULT

11 – 12 Year Old.

Charlise. Pemberton.

13 + YEARS

Zak Dickson. Nannup District School

SUPERB SUPER SHOT

Charlise.

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BLOOMING WILD FLORA FOTO FEST – NEXT SUNDAY.