Monthly Archives: November 2011

NEPEAN SCHOOL FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras – SET A CHALLENGE THAT IS A LESSON TO EVERYONE!

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NEPEAN SCHOOL FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras – SET A CHALLENGE THAT IS A LESSON TO EVERYONE!

IN THIS THE LAST OF THE REVIEWS FOR FOCUS FOR NOVEMBER,  a message for us all to aspire to. When one of the students was being guided through a photo exercise, Phillip, the FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras Project Coordinator, asked if she could see the subject they were talking about. Holding the camera to the side, and with a wry grin on her face she responded with the retort; :”Phil don’t you know I’m legally blind”. Left speechless, they continued with the task, and she ended up with several SUPER SHOTS for the Nepean School project “A PROMISE OF SPRING”.

It is fitting that the month should end on this note and the message it says to us all, and the inspirarion it should provide. The scene, and the location for the photo shoot was the home of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch AC, DBE. This great dame has spent her lifetime helping and supporting others, and giving back to the community. She allowed the students to invade her beautiful Cruden Farm, and capture many of magnificent images on camera.

In this, her 103rd year, we dedicate this project to her and hope that other groups will make it the venue for their shoots.

ABOVE; 4 SUPER SHOT images displaying different aspects of the magnificent location.

FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras make a special note of appreciation to Natasha and Fiona of MY FLOWERHOUSE florist located on the Ground floor of Myer Melbourne.

HARVEY NORMAN (Frankston) who supplied all the enlargements for the ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO EXHIBITION at MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW. http://www.harveynorman.com.au/

ORDER YOUR KIDzPIKz ROCKLEY GREETING CARDS including the ROCKLEY AWARD & MIKAYLA, POPz PIKz WINNERS – TO BE RELEASED ON THE 13TH OF DECEMBER. Email focusdetail for order form.

To the FRANKSTON CITY COUNCIL, and Mayor  Christine Richards who attended and officiated at  the NEPEAN SCHOOLS FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras ‘ A PROMISE OF SPRING” CERTIFICATE & AWARDS PRESENTATION , and congratulating the students for their succeses..

BELOW; A fence railing provides a captivating frame to hold the rural image together.

 The association with the MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW has been a long and enjoyable one. the ROCKLEY EXHIBITION has become the flagship exhibition each year, with only the FRIENDSHIP EXHIBITIONS gaining the same accolades. FIND OUT ALL THE LATEST FOR’12http://www.melbflowershow.com.au

CENTRO SHOPPING CENTRE in Karingal hosted the  Nepean schools collection for all the locals to see. Thanks for their support also.

MITRE 10 Frankston also got behind the FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras showing off the ROCKLEY SUPER SHOTS in the store. Thanks to you!

ABOVE; Building on angles adds a striking dimension to the student’s choices.

WANT TO BE PART OF THE FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras foto workshop program in Frankston and the peninsula in 2012. Email; focusforschools@gmail.com.au for all the information.

MENZIES CREEK PS. FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras CREATE A MEMORY FOR MIKAYLA.

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TODAY, NOVEMBER 27 IS THE BIRTHDAY OF MIKAYLA FRANCIS, and on this day we pay tribute to her memory and her wish.

Many thousands of people the world over wrote comments of sympathy and made comments of the bravery of young Mikayla Francis who fought a short, but  inspring battle with a rare cancer that saw her passing in December 2010. This, what would have been her eighth birthday rekindle her memory not with sadness but, with fond memories and admiration of her last weeks of selfless consideration for others.The synopsis of the SCULTURED FLOWERS Project. On the morning of March 10, the students boarded the train for an early morning start to the city. They arrived in time for their appointment with Melbourne City Councillor Ken Ong beside the statue of the little gitl surrounded by animals and wise old owl on the corner of Elizabeth and Collins Sts..After being welcomed by the Counillor, and he explaining the history of the sculpture, they went about the task of decorating it with flowers for their first official photo shoot of the day.

The morning of March 7th this year saw an early start ofr the grade 6 students of Menzies Creek PS when they boarded a Melbourne bound train at the Belgrave station, opposite where the famous PUFFING BILLY steam train departs on it’s regular daily soujourns through the Dandenong hillside. This time the children were heading in the opposite direction to the other” big smoke”. The students were embarking on a mission to capture SUPER SHOTS in the city to commemorate the memory of their late fellow student Mikayla Francis. Mikayla, who at only seven years old had lost her short battle with a rare cancer the year before. Her fighting spirit and consideration for those around her won the hearts of thousands of Australians, and just as many from across the globe. This project was, and is dedicated to her wish of “don’t forget me”.

MENZIE S CREEK PS, Principal Tanya Cook said of the project; “It’s just a wonderful way of honouring Mikayla” Ferntree Gully Mail. April 12 2011.

ABOVE TOP; The OVERALL CHOICE OF THE VOTERS in the POP PIKzPOLL. Taken at the Rialto foyer in Collins Street. The sculpture pays tribute to the immigrants from Europe after the second world war. How appropriate, a young give reunited with her parents.

BELOW; The inaugral MIKAYLA AWARD WINNER; Riona Cowell. Menzies Creek P.S.. Riona described her inspiration for the image saying; The shot reminded her of spending time with her grandmother in her garden blowing bubbles. A more appropriate for the first MIKAYLA AWARD could not have been chosen by the judge.

Like the MIKAYLA AWARD winner has been reproduced as FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras KIDzPIKz greeting cards. We invite you to buy a pack to help subsidise the ongoing project so that more children can enjoy this fun loving educational program in schools across Australia, and to continue the memory of Mikayla. They will make a great christmas gift and come complete with envelopes. 8 FOR 12.50 plus $2 post and and pack.

 
 

TOP; The struggle for the Flower. One voter wrote; ” To me the look on the boy’s face pushing the ball depicts determination to succeed, beat the problem, and win the rose. despite the competition”. TOP BELOW; Two images that break the FOCUS FORCE Camera Clue rule- to not look into the sun when taking your shot. Proves sometimes the risk is worth the result. Was a challenging subject and was well executed creating two contemporary images that look well on a KIDzPIKz Rockley greeting card or gracing someones modern home.

ABOVE; FLOWERS WITH TALENT. Statues of world renowned Ozzie entertainers with a touch of petals to add to their fame at DOCKLANDS, Can you name them?

ABOVE; Men of sistinction stand prominently on two Melbourne streets passed by sometimes unnoticed, still standing the weathering of time. Do you recognise them? BELOW; The 2011 ROCKLEY AWARD WINNER looks aot over the waters at Docklands.

FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras make a special note of appreciation to Natasha and Fiona of MYFLOWERHOUSE florist located on the Ground floor of Myer Melbourne.

HARVEY NORMAN (Frankston) who supplied all the enlargements for the ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO EXHIBITION at MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW.

ORDER YOUR KIDzPIKz ROCKLEY GREETING CARDS including the ROCKLEY AWARD & MIKAYLA, POPz PIKz WINNERS – TO BE RELEASED ON THE 13TH OF DECEMBER. Email focusdetail for order form.

To the MELBOURNE CITY COUNCIL and Councillor Ken Ong, the MENZIES CREEK FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras thank you for welcoming them to the city, and telling the students the history of the OWL & THE GIRL.

TO THE MANY HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE WHO STOPPED TO VIEW THE FOCUS FORCE ROCKLEY EXHIBITION AT THE MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW 2011. And, to all those who took the time out to vote in the POP PIKz POLL See you in 2012 for the new collection.

FOOTNOTE; Of all the hundreds of FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras projects, this has been the most moving, and emotional for huge number of people. I am delighted that the children of Menzies Creek PS took the level of work to such a high and rewarding stage, and commend them for their efforts. To their teacher, Justin Benne also appreciation, and praise for his commitment to the project. SCULPTURED FLOWERS will be a milestone that will be long remembered by all those who have participated, including the viewing public. The children rose to the philosophy of the program to “ASPIRE TO INSPIRE.” I hope we have done her memory justice.

The association with the MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW has been a long and enjoyable one. the ROCKLEY EXHIBITION has become the flagship exhibition each year, with only the FRIENDSHIP EXHIBITIONS gaining the same accolades. FIND OUT ELL THE LATEST FOR’12http://www.melbflowershow.com.au/

SEE ALSO ROCKLEY NOV.16.

PORTLAND PORTRAITS – SUPER SHOTS OF A PLACE BY THE SEA. Created by the PORTLAND PS. FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras.

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Theswe are the SUPER SHOT images and others by students from the PORTLAND PS. FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras. The project as part of the “MOUNTAINS TO SEA” was originally planned to be sent to Arizona, but the ivitation by the local scholls there was withdrawn. Hopefully, it will be happen in the future, and the promise made to the students fullfilled.

IN the early days of settlement, the Henty Brothers with their families set sail for Victoria, and Portland from Tasmania, then known as Van Diemans land,  looking for greener pastures and supplementing seas..They landed, and their names became synomous with the region, and entrenched in the history books.  Then, as now, the sea was the mainstay of the thriving town with both commercial and recreational fishing adding to the populations workforce and income. In the 1960’s a new wharf was built jutting into the sea, where today it provides loading for the many ships that enter the port. These include the large container ships, and those that transport live sheep to the Middle Eastern markets. The port is growing in importance, and this will be enhanced more so in 2013, when the first cruise liners tie up to allow tourists to travel through the region in short stopovers. How it has changed, and the visions of the Henty’s and those early setttlers.

In the winter months whales frequent the bay with them actually being seen frolicking in the bay. What an awesome sight from the towns streets1

BELOW, Standing tall, and offering safe guidance home to the ships of the sea of today, this like many other lighthouses on the Victorian coast celebrates it’s 150’th anniversary in 2011. Chosen as the  MAYOR’S CHOICE by Cr. Wilson in the PORTLAND PS FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras “MOUNTAINS TO THE SEA”  project.

ABOVE. The view of the lighthouse where it stands prominently for all to see, both from sea and land making a strikiong attraction to the local landscape.

BELOW; Is is seaspray or a fishing fighting to make it’s release, to escape back to the depths of the ocean? It is, in fact the spray from the motor of a recreational boats motor, before being loading onto the trailer.

BELOW. Two markers for travellers to be guided by that are familiar to all who live in the town. Left, another view of the lighthouse framed by the leaves of a gumtree. Right, What was a common sight on the roads of early day Australia, a distance marker with it showing the number of miles to the nearest town, or most cases from Melbourne.

BELOW; Gateways show the way home and the entrace to some of the magnificent residences of the town. Like all country towns, there is pride in where they live, and this shown by the care and love taken in maintaining them. 

ABOVE; The port has changed immensely since early settlement, and now has a mixture of all sizes of boats and purposeS tied up beside each other. Big ships from all over th world come and go, bringing a new found wealth to the town and the district. Add to this, the evergrowing recreational fishing, which in the last few years has seen the growth of tuna chasing with record catches being the talk of the day. 

ABOVE; The view looking towards the town across the bay from the pier across. A truly busy, yet relaxing environment.

ABOVE. Two of the images displayed at the ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO EXHIBITION at the MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW. The left be chosen as the OVERALL BEST CLOSE UP for the 2011 awards and being reproduced as a KIDzPIKz postcard. One of the ones seen by Councillor Gibert when he visted the display and voted in the POP PIKz POLL.

FOCUS FORCE and the  PORTLAND PRIMARY SCHOOLS Kids With Cameras are really grateful to say thanks for the generous support provided by HARVEY NORMAN Photographics. (Hamiltion), and its franchesee  . http://www.harveynorman.com.au/

THE  GLENELG SHIRE  & THE TOURISM MANAGER were enthusiastic backers of the program, and to them also goes the thanks of all those involved in the projext, and the provision of prizemoney. For helpful travelling advice contact;  http://www.glenelg.vic.gov.au/

Our gratitude is gratefully extended to the Tea Tree Gallery for hosting the Portland PS. FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras exhibition in Portland ,and providing the opportyunity of putting the children’s achievements on show. Together with being the venue for the presentatyion of awards. www.theteatreegallery.com.au
 

A special mention of thanks to   Mayor Gilbert Wison who attended, and officiated at the  presentaion of the certificates and announcement of awards. The presentation evening took place in the  THE TEATREE ART GALLERY  & TEAROOMS where a small gathering  including students, family and friends saw the works on display and watched the children being presented with their certificates. 

MITRE 10 Portland also got behind the FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras showing off the ROCKLEY SUPER SHOTS in the store. Thanks to you!

To th Manager of the ST.GEORGE BANK (Portland) for providing sponsorship money to those students whose works were chosen to be reproduced as KIDzPIKz postcards.

 KIDzPIKz postcards along with others from projects were presented in Denmark to the Mayor of Copenhagen during the COPENHAGEN CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE by Melbourne City Counillor Cathy Oke. And, the children of the city got theirs when a number were handed out in the city square by Greater Geelong Coucillor John Doull. To both of these people, the FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras wish to express their gratitude.  

AND for putting the  PORTLAND PS. FOCUS FORCE Kids with Cameras on show; a special thanks to The Portland Observer.

ABOVE & BELOW. Water is the essence of Portland’s lifestyles with it’s providing work and play to the thousands of locals and visitors. Here are 3 scenes that show it’s significance to the town.

 

ARIZONA CONTACT. During the time of the FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras project at Portland PS. A bottle washed up from the sea on the coast near Cape Bridgewater. The bottlle, having been in the water for six years and travelled thousands of Kilometres, and half way round the world, contained message. Through the finders, who made contact with it’s senders, a link was made with the Scottsdale School District in Arizona where they lived. Originally, the district accepted the invitiation to host the FOCUS FORCE FRIENDSHIP EXHIBITION, which was subsequently withdrawn. FOCUS FORCE hopes to renew this arrangement in 2013.

WANT TO BE INVOLVED IN THE FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras program in 2012, or your child to take part in a holiday program during the summer break, Simply email; focusdetail@gmail.com. We will forward full details and application forms.  There is consideration of a special return visit to the Western District for a new FCOUS FORCE Kids With Cameras project. THIS WILL INCLUDE A PROJECT THAT WILL RECORD A MOMENT IN TIME WHEN HISTORY IS CREATED IN A UNIQUE FOCUS FORCE FRIENDSHIP EVENT. BE PART OF IT!

HAMILTON (GRAY ST) PS FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras SHOW YOU HOW WITH THEIR COLLECTION OF INSPIRED IMAGES!

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ABOVE; A bridge across the creek provides a leading line at the Grange Burn close to the famous trail of Major Mitchell who passed this through this area in early discovery days.

A chance visit to the school eventuated into a meeting with the acting Principal  who immediately registered  8 classes for the project in the following year. He had seen the “MOUNTAINS TO SEA” collection on display at the Warrnambool FUN4KIDS festival earlier that year.

The school located in Grey street, the main shopping centre, has a large student population with a highly dedicated staff overseeing the childrens education. The biggest state primary school in the town and the surrounding district it has a wide and varied curriculum, that on this occassion included the FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras foto workshop program. The results shown here, and the many more show the level enthusiasm of all involved. It was also exciting for the children to see themselves on local WIN television when a camera  crew and reporter caught them on location.  

BELOW; Another classic leading line emphasised with the moody lighting on the main street of the shopping centre. A moment in time with athe arrival of Autumn portrayed by the lone leaf.

 

 ABOVE; On the right is the dramatic angle of a heritage building with it’s wrought iron fence adding to the image. On the left, a stately home is identified with its street number.

 Hamilton in the south west of Victoria is home to a large number of schools, both government and private. This sees a large population of students in the town during the 4 terms, many of them boarders at the highly recognised educational instituitions. Young people gather here, not only local, but others from overseas countries including those of south east Asia.

BELOW; More images that show the season with a patchwork quilt image of leaves caught before they fall. A tree in the gardens pond is veiled in raindrops glistening in the sunshine after a sudden shower.

ABOVE; A catepillar makes a magnificent insect image as it crawls along a vine to the “spikey swan”. Below:Still waters run deep with meaning and mesmerising. A place for a moment of peaceful reflection.

BELOW; A view through a gate to the doorway of a shed with a broken glass. Thsi shot was wotked onto get the right angle and dimension. BESIDE it: the winning SUPER SHOT taken as part of the FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras project by the HAMILTON(Gray St) PS. at the Longest Lunch in the Botanical Gardens. The angle of the shot is hopefully not an indication  of things to come and impending disaster. Which it wasn’t!

 BELOW: Some rules are meant to be broken as is this one. Going against waht is a standard FOCUS FORCE CAMERA CLUE of not looking towards the light. Provees that sometimes the risk is worth it – and the result even more so.

ABOVE; Here’s a view of an awesome tree that has stood for decades in the local gardens, and like always catches the eyes of the FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras. One of the SUPER SHOTS selected as a KIDzPIKZ.

ABOVE; On the left is the framed doorway to one of the local churches that stands on a hill overlooking the township. Beside is this historic wrought iron fence that surrounds the Botanic Gardens designed by the famous Baron Von Mueller. Notably, on the day this was taken the Hamilton newspaper; The Spectator announced that a grant of 100 thousand dollars had approved for the restoration of the fence. Adding to the spectacular day is the beautiful leaves adorning the tree as a backdrop to the scene.

FOCUS FORCE and the  HAMILTON (GRAY ST) PRIMARY SCHOOLS Kids With Cameras are really grateful to say thanks for the generous support provided by HARVEY NORMAN Photographics. (Hamiltion), and its franchesee Mr. Chris Hard. . http://www.harveynorman.com.au/

THE SOUTHERN GRAMPIANS SHIRE  & THE TOURISM MANAGER Mr. Hugh Koch were enthusiastic backers of the program, and to them also goes the thanks of all those involved in the projext, and the provision of prizemoney. For helpful travelling advice contact;  www.visitsoutherngrampians.com.au

A special mention of thanks to  Councillor Robert Penny JP ( representing the Mayor and fellow councillors)  who attended and officiated at the  presentaion of the certificates and announcement of awards. The presentation evening took place in the HUB ARCADE where close to 100 people including students, family and friends saw the works on display and watched the children being presented with their certificates. 

To th Manager of the ST.GEORGE BANK (Hamilton) for providing sponsorship money to those students whose works were chosen to be reprodcued as KIDzPIKz postcards.

 KIDzPIKz postcards along with others from projects were presented in Denmark to the Mayor of Copenhagen during the COPENHAGEN CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE by Melbourne City Counillor Cathy Oke. And, the children of the city got theirs when a number were handed out in the city square by Greater Geelong Coucillor John Doull. To both of these people, the FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras wish to express their gratitude.  

AND for putting the HAMILTON (GREY ST) PS. FOCUS FORCE Kids with Cameras a special thanks to The Spectator and WIN Television from Ballarat.

 WANT TO BE INVOLVED IN THE FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras in the program in 2012, or your child to take part in a holiday program during the summer break, simply email; focusdetail@gmail.com. We will forward full details and application forms.  There is consideration of a special return visit to the Western District for a new FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras project.

STUNNING SINTRA & OTHER POPULAR PORTUGAL PIC’S.

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Many centuries ago a Portuguese caravel is believed to been  wrecked in a storm on the beaches west of Warrnmabool. The wreck first came to light was in the 1800’s,and was reported by whalers walking the sands on their return to Port Fairy. It was again sighted not long after.   No one has made a sighting since then. So, is the story fact or fable. A number of searches have been made in the ensuing years with none achieving any elelment of success. Modern technology along with ancient charts and writings have all been used to help pinpoint the remains beneath the sand.

In the Summer of 2001, two bronze busts were mounted on stone on the Warrnambool landmark Cannon Hill. They stand gaziing, and watching the ocean of Bass Strait, pay tribute the discoveries of Vasco da Gama and Prince Henry the Navigator. They were unveiled on the morning of February 25 as part of a Portuguse festival in the city. To add further commemoration to the event a group of FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras commenced a photo shoot that extended over the weekend, and then continued for sevral months later. The end result of this was the FOCUS FORCE FRIENDSHIP EXHIBITION to Portugal. Origanally, a small group had planned to travel to the reciprcant country and deliver the package. Three students and their mothers put up their hands to deliver the collection. This was dashed when prior to the weekend of the announcement being made, and an official dinner attended by the Honary Conusl for Porugal to Victoria; Dr. Carlos de Lemos and group of supporting famlies, New York suffered the disaster of 9/11. In what was later considered a knee jerk reaction; the trip was cancelled.

However, in the light of adverisity, the plan to deliver the collection to Portugal continued, and through the assistance of Dr. De Lemos and his consular staff contact was continued to be made with the 4 schools overseas. This was aided by  Dr. Janet Clark and the Australian Embassy in Lisbon. Stronger contact was made with the schools, and the hosting teachers, and the schedule put in place. The FOCUS FORCE FRIENDSHIP EXHIBITION for Portugal arrived later that year and was delivered to the Australian Embassy. 

THE FOCUS FORCE FRIENDSHIP EXHIBITION also hung on the walls of the embassy for a period of time in Lisbon. A full page newspaper reviewed the exhibition and project including copies of several of the SUPER SHOTS. SIGNIFICANTLY, CASALP ad CAMBRA school was the first to send a reciprocal exhibition to Australia. This, after being officially opened at the EAST WARRNAMBOOL PS, then travelled to other parts of the country, before being exhibited in Melbourne’s AUSTRALIA ON COLLINS with the current FOCUS FORCE FRIENDSHIP EXHIBITION,was  then delivered to NEW YORK as part of that gift.A wonderful achievement for all the FOCUS FORCE kids with Cameras involved.

From it’s visit in Sintra, the FOCUS FORCE FRIENDSHIP EXHIBITION then moved onto schools in the Algarve, then Fao, and finally to Fatima. All of these locations were included in the original itinerary for the tour, and each of the schools happily accepted the responsibility of hosting the friendship gift. At Faro, the teacher involved communicated back saying that the school did not realise the significance and size of the collection, and approached the local council to provide a larger exhibitiion space to do it justice. This was done with the venue being moved to city libray, where the official opening was held. Publicity for the display was featured in the local municipal handbook.

At FATIMA another highlight was achieved with the visit by one of the original FOCUS FORCE FRIENDSHIP AMBASSADORS along with his mother to the school there. Bruno Santos, along with Mum, Tina an expat Portuguese made the trip and spent the day at the school, Bruno mingling with, and meeting students.

SINTRA is an outer suburb of Portugal’s capital city Lisbon. Situated not far from the ancient city, the area is on the international heritage listing. It’s history is as magical as any fairy tale, with medieval castles and mystical forests. The school CASAL DA CAMBRA was the first to accept the hosting of the FOCUS FORCE FRIENDSHIP EXHIBITION for PORTUGAL, and became a worthy friend through the support and enthusiasm of teacher Maria Da Rosa. The package was delivered to the school in Decmber of that year, and remained in the school for two weeks with an official welcome by the Mayor and other local dignitaries. It later returned for a second showing in the town.

Students who participated in the program under Marias tuition went on several foto excursions with one to a local market. They acted as both photographers and models/subjects in each others images. Here a pensive young girl looks at the camera. RIGHT; AWhile the yong kid with a camera aims for a SUPER SHOT, the others make their own study of the fruit and vegies at the market..

The bookmark above was the second to be produced to celebrate a FOCUS FORCE FRIENDSHIP EXHIBITION and was distributed to Australian schools as well as the students in Portugal – and New  York.

Getting the scent of the flowers in his nose, this Casal Da Cambra students acts the perfect pose for a SUPER SHOT by a fellow students. A smell of another kind, and along with may others was fishy!

ABOVE. A Portuguese washerwoman looks out over her work ,while wistfully looking at the picture beyond her window, and perhaps dreaming of other faraway places.

SPECIAL THANKS TO The Honary Consul to Victoria For Portugal; Dr. Carlos Da Lemos, The Australian Ambassador to Portugal Dr. Janet Clark, and to both their staffs who asiisted in making this such brilliant success. AND A LARGE HURRAH FOR MARIA da ROSA for her endless energy with both her own students, and her commitment to making the project a success on both sides of the oceans.

LASTLY to each of the schools who hosted the exhibitions, and the other teachers and Principals who agreed fro their schools to paricitipate.

TWO MENTIONS ARE MADE TO WARRNMABOOLS MAYORS. First to Councillor Glenys Philpott who presented to one of the FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras who participated in the project. Second, to Councillor David Atkinson who also eecognised students and asssorted the FOCUS FORCE project with the first being a collection that went to Boston. USA,

PORT FAIRY A TOWN OF OLDE WORLDE CHARM FOR TOURISTS, AND LOCALS ALIKE.

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WHEN AUSTRALIA  was in it’s infancy, and VICTORIA a part of the fledgling new colony being discovered, Port Fairy was part of the dream. First known as Belfast, the area not far from warrnambool on the south west coast was established as a whaling base. The calm and peaceful waters of the Moyne river now provide haven for a large fishing fleet that venture into the seas of the Bass strait and Southern ocean stretching down to the Antartic. Much of the early days are proudly preserved in the buildings that line the towns streets. Still, the ocean provides the backdrop to the town, not only providing it’s bounty of fish, but also as a tourist mecca thats attracts thousands each year during summer and winter months alike.  Port Fairy is also rich in Irish history with the surounding paddocks being planted with potatoes, and other crops by the early immigrants. Many of their names carried by modern day descendants.

THESE SUPER SHOT IMAGES along with others were specifically created by the grade 4 to 6 student of PORT FAIRY CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL FOCUS FORCE KIDS WITH Cameras as part of the “MOUNTAINS TO SEA” project for the Warrnambool FUN4KIDS f estival. Prior to being shown at the event, they were displayed at HARVEY NORMAN, Warrnambool. The collection was also shown at Rebecca’s Coffee Shoppe for a brief period.

ABOVE. On the entrance to the Moyne, a lighhouse stands stark against the landscape lighting the way for boats to return safely to harbour. A line of posts wait, ready to hold steady boats on their return. LINES & CIRCLES add striking  images to the deck of the boat. Looking across Eastern Beach and the bay through the fence stretching into the sea,  long gone.

BELOW. A STERN LOOK with a reflection showing appropriately the boats home port; Port Fairy.

ABOVE; THREE IMAGES OF THE WATERS OF PORT FAIRY. Top. A sweeping shot of the Eastern beach shrouded by an overcast day, adding another look to the waters. Beside it, the tranquil waters of the Moyne wind their way to the sea.

WHOAA! Acrashing wave looks ready to destroy everythings in its path. Not really. A FOCUS FORCE instruction is; “sometimes you have to get down and dirty”. and that’s what happened here. The FF Kid With A Camera got down on the sand to make this larger than life. A magnificent shot and worthy of it’s recognition as the OVERALL BEST for the MOUNTAINS TO THE SEA project. Chosen by Victorian Miinister for regional cities; Dr. Denis Napthine.

ABOVE.  A DUCK TAKES TIME OUT to rest it’s beak on the seat by the path leading to the sea. LOOKING THROUGH the hole in fence gives you anidea of whats at the bottom of the garden. BELOW. Single image. Shows the effects of the environment on the seat where you can take a  break during a leisurely stroll through the wetlands on the way to the seashore.

One the images selected as a KIDzPIKz postcard, this by Mimi Bones creates a venetian blind effect with the masts of the boats refleting on the placid waters. Another reflection, and another KPz choice, this captures the image of the bed and breakfast accomodation on the still waters.

BELOW. LIKE A SLEEPTING GIANT. Many coastal towns and cities around the country have stands of Norfolk Pines. Port Fairy is no different, and this tall timber looks resting with arms crossed at the base. A marvellous find by.

ABOVE; WATER DROPLETS lay waiting to eveaporate on a red rooftop. Lying flat found this view through the seat along the path. HERITAGE CAPTURED in the dramatic view looking up the post to the once upon a time gaslight. More water captures reflections on the path leading to the shelter of a white painted cottage and the doorway.

FOCUS FORCE and the PORT FAIRY CONSOLIDATED SCHOOLS KIds With Cameras are really happy to say thanks for the generous support provided by HARVEY NORMAN Photographics. Warrnambool. http://www.harveynorman.com.au/

THE MOYNE SHIRE & THE TOURISM INFO OFFICE were enthusiastic backers of the program and to them also comes the thanks of all those involved in the program. For helpful advice contact; http://www.port-fairy.com/vic/

A special mention of thanks to the Moyne Mayor Councillor Ken Gale and the then local member for SOUTH WEST COAST; Hon Dr Denis Vincent Napthine, and now Victorian Minister for Regional Cities.

A GIFT OF FRIENDSHIP TO THE MAYOR OF DENMARK. The KIDzPIKz postcards along with others from projects were presented to the Mayor during the COPENHAGEN CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE by Melbourne City Counillor Cathy Oke. And, the children of the city got theirs when a number were handed in the city square by Greater Geelong Coucillor John Doull. To both of these people, the FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras wish to express their gratitude.

THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING WHO PURCHASED & SOLD THE KIDzPIKz POSTCARDS. In this way they supported the program. PORT FAIRY TOURISM CENTRE.

   WANT TO BE INVOLVED IN THE FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras in the program in 2012, or your child to take part in a holiday program during the summer break, simply email; focusdetail@gmail.com. We will forward full details and application forms.  There is consideration of a special return visit to the Western District for a new FCOUS FORCE Kids With Cameras project.

ROCKLEY AWARD – FOCUS FORCES 50TH BLOG FOR Kids With Cameras.

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ABOVE;OVERALL  BEST  ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO AWARD WINNER;   2011. Name Withheld. Menzies Creek PS.

A THIRD MILESTONE WILL BE REACHED WITH THIS REVIEW WHEN THE 1000th HIT IS MADE FOR THE YEAR! This comes on top of the 1000th for all time.

Over the years the FOCUS FORCE ROCKLEY EXHIBITION and awards has grown in stature as part of the the MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW to become the flagship exhIbition for FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras. Along with it’s growth, there have been many milestones created. Firtly the SUPER SHOT images have been the cornerstone for many of the FOCUS FORCE FRIENDSHIP EXHIBITIONS delivered to Boston, USA. Osaka, JAPAN, CHINA, PORTUGAL and the last to New York, USA. The China project was a highlight with two students who had participated in the program being the first FRIENDSHIP AMBASSADORS given the task with their mums to present the collection to Chinese schools. This was done in Zian and Shanghai where they visited schools and interacted with children there.

FOCUS FORCE takes great pleasure in showing this collection of Kids With Cameras SUPER SHOTS that have won high recognition in the ROCKLEY AWARDS over a number of years. We look forward to adding more and see this gallery continually grow and the esteem of the young photographers along with it.

2010 winning SUPER SHOT for ROCKLEY CLOSE UP. Jessica Baxter. Portland PS.

A specal project for the 2011 ROCKLEY EXHIBITION the FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras students of Menzies Creek PS was made. They were embarked on a mission to capture SUPER SHOTS in the city to commemorate the memory of their late fellow student Mikayla Francis. Mikayla, who at only seven years old had lost her short battle with a rare cancer the year before. Her fighting spirit and consideration for those around her won the hearts of thousands of Australians, and just as many from across the globe. This project was, and is dedicated to her wish of “don’t forget me”. See more below for this project.

 ABOVE.2004 OVERALL BEST. Wil Cutler. Elsternwick P.S.  this is one of the 2004 images that is hoped will find it’s way to Denmark in 2012, as a FOCUS FORCE FRIENDSHIP EXHIBITION and a gift of friendship and goodwill to the children there.                                                                       

       

ROCKLEY SUPER SHOT FINALISTS; 2004 Veronica Ferrie. 2010 Chelseah Oldham. Penshurst PS.      

 

Bruno Santos. 2000 Bruno Santos. 2011 Jackson Sikacek.

2011.Jemma Stormer. Port Fairy Consolidated School.

2010 winners. Mimi Bones. Left. Samantha Budde stands proudly beside her winning image.

                                                           THE ROCKLEY AWARD INSPIRATION.

Jack Williams, and his family lived in Moore Street, Warrnambool. He built his home in the early 1900’s, and when not at work,  he spent his free time cultivating a beautiful garden. A garden that over time grew, and became it’s own landmark. During the May races each year it was planned to be a gloriuos display, so much so that racegoers would make a special trip past to stop and enjoy the beauty growing behind the white paling fence. Locals too, would take a Sunday afternoon stroll to go and admire the gentelman’s work. He prepared his garden with the 4 P’s; Planning, Patience, Persistence and the last one PERFECTION. Now these same ingredients are seeded in the ROCKLEY AWARD with each SUPER SHOT image chosen for these qualities. The fourth, PERFECTION is paricularly applicable to the flower itself.

During the time, since the commencement of the ROCKLEY AWARDS, there have been many people who have supported the project, many of them judges. They have come from all walks of life and included not only teachers, but also noted wildlife artist and photographer Pete Marshall. She is world renowned, winning with photographs on the universal stage, but more importantly as an artist. She has travelled the world on assignments, and presented workshops to avid photoraphers in South Africa. Her works have been exhibited the world over including USA and China. She is an inspiration to the young FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras. Then we all know the name of Jamie Durie and his claims to fame. Little known of that the fact that not only has he presented ROCKLEY AWARD certificates to excited recipients, but also honoured us with his willingness to be a judge. Plus there are many others who have dedicated time and effort to the task and FOCUS FORCE is grateful to all of them.

LOG IN TO SEE MORE OF THE  MENZIES CREEK FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras “SCULTURED FLOWERS” created in memory of their schoolmate on November 27th.

BLOOMIN WILD” is the theme for a special display at the ROCKLEY EXHIBITION & AWARDS for the 2012 MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW. Check back on the site (OCT. 9 and 16 ) to see the latest submissions from Halls Gap and Pomonal PS’s in Victorias Grampians. 

TOMORROW NOVEMBER 17th will see new of a huge step for the 2012 ROCKLEY AWARDS and incentive for the FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras to put on their THINKING CAPS when looking for SUPER SHOTS .

The association with the  MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW has been a long and enjoyable one. the ROCKLEY EXHIBITION has become the flagship exhibition each year, with only the FRIENDSHIP EXHIBITIONS gaining the same accolades. FIND OUT ALL THE LATEST FOR’12http://www.melbflowershow.com.au/

A special note of thanks is to  be made to several HARVEY NORMAN photo stores who have been behind making the projects a success including Hamilton, Warrnamnbool. Mildura, Frankston and Hobart. Check out how they can help you;http://www.harveynorman.com.au/