AIM YOUR CAMERA FOR CHALLENGES IN THE COMING MONTHS.

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OVER THE COMING MONTHS there are  many things happening in our, and your world. Half way through winter and Spring on  the horizon will see lots of opportunities to find those SUPER SHOT potentials. Stop, and think, wouldn’t it be fun to share those images with the many other Kids With Cameras and not only inspire them with your creations, but also inspre them to get out and look for their own. Here’s a sample of some of the ideas that will FOCUS FORCE will be looking for. Look below as to how you can participate, and add to your REWARD POINTS.

WINTER’S WONDERLAND.

img003No matter where in this great land you live, the coolest season can be so different! In the southern states where the temperature dips to 1 and less, you’ll feel chilling winds and even snow. While the further north you go, the warmer it is! This is the chance to find snow on a tree or water dripping from a petal. Come on give it a go, and lets see winter in your part of the world.

TESSELAARS TULIP FESTIVAL

TTULIPF14-TICMP1TISoon to be celebrating their 62nd festival in the hills of the Dandenongs, Tesselaars have planted an additional 10 thousand tulips to break out in a kaleidoscope of colour in the first weeks of September, and that means Spring. This proved to be a treasure trove of images for the 2015 ROLCKLEY FLOWER FOTO EXHIBITION and AWARDS, and FOCUS FORCE is looking for another chest of submissions for this year.

CANBERRA’S FLORIADE – MORE TULIP MAGNIFICENCE

rcknce15-mb40  Canberra is famous for its grand show of tulips in Spring also and this year FF is sure that the presentation will be just as grand! For the first time is putting the word out there to inspire Kids With Cameras to be there clicking to their hearts content, and show us what they’ve got to be so proud of! Lets see if we can have our own TULIP FESTIVAL at next year’s MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW.

TULIPS IN BOWRAL.

rck16 sub. MP3   Up on the north coast of new south wales, the tulips make the impression also springing from the ground with all their brilliance, adding a touch of Dutch to the countryside and the gardens of the locals. Another festival created around the blooms that used to be regarded for their currency value. Now one of their highest regarded values is seen in them through the camera lens. Open up your eyes to their much appreciated values.

A SALUTE TO THE LIGHTHOUSES OF THE AUSTRALIAN COAST – It’s their CENTENARY.

img017 This is one of the two lighthouses on the shores surrounding Portland. They are just two of the many dotting the coastline of Australia. and in this year we celebrate their centenary. Now something of yesteryear their task of protecting and safeguarding the many ships of the sea, their duty has been taken over by the modern communications and technology of the 21st century. However, they still provide a service, and like this one are surrounded and sited in picturesque locations. FOCUS FORCE invites Kids With Cameras  in September to visit them and look for your own SUPER SHOTS to commemorate them, and preserve the images for future generations.

  MELBOURNE SHOW. ADELAIDE  & PERTH, HOBART and all the ones in between.

FFMELBSH14-NL1Every year the grand event comes around, and not only in Melbourne, but also the other state capital cities, and of course the country shows. It’s an opportunity for everyone to get out and have foto fun, as well as pet a lamb or cuddle a chicken or duckling! Not to forget all the screaming excitement of the rides and the arena entertainment. FOCUS FORCE will be looking for a REVIEW Of The SHOWS in November.

CUNARD’S CRUISE LINER QUEEN VICTORIA VISIT TO KANGAROO ISLAND, & ADELAIDE .WHILE THE QUEEN ELIZABETH MAKES A MAIDEN STOP IN NEWCASTLE.

PTLE _DSC0013Three years ago the QUEEN ELIZABETH was the first ever to respond to a FOCUS FORCE FLASH Of GRIENDSHIP as she departed te heads of Melbourne’s Port Philip Bay after her first visit to the city. Next year she stops over for a day, cruising down the Hunter river to berth. Down south another major event happens when the QUEEN VICTORIA departs Hobart and heads across the Southern ocean to finally reach Kangaroo island where she will be given a rousing welcome, and another planned FLASH Of FRIENDSHIP by the local Kids With Cameras. Then she will depart heading to the mainland, and once again a maiden call to Adelaide.

 CRANBOURNE BOTANICAL GARDENS

wowh14bc-5These gardens in contrast to the Melbourne Botanic Gardens feature everything that is Australiana. Landscaped beds displaying all the flowers from the wild make this a trip into the outback and bush, so much different in the growth that you find there. Here, you will find delights that survive in the harshest of environments and climates. But, what wonders for the eye to behold. Plans are also in the pot for a Kids With Cameras project day – probably on a weekend. You can register your interest for this.

WERRIBEE PARK MANSION & FREE RANGE ZOO.

The spectacular views of the magnificent mansion looking out over the state rose garden is a photographers delight, and add to this a foto safari amongst the animals including rhinos and giraffes is a camera challenge worth considering. The location provides for a diverse range of foto ops, and FF invites you to rise to the occasion.

WORLD ANIMAL DAY – MELBOURNE ZOO.

Melbourne’s Royal Zoological Gardens is recognized as amongst the worlds best. That’s why you cant go past it as a photographic location with it’s enclosures providing the closest environment to the animals natural habitat. Whether it be a lion or tiger lazing in the sun, eyeing you off as a tasty morsel or a wallaby lying back for a tummy rub. You will be tested to find anything better this side of the black stump. FOCUS FORCE is hoping to provide a special foto treat for the Kids With Cameras on this day – so be ready!

BRIMBANK’S – ORGAN PIPES.

A favourite feature of Melbourne’s western suburbs Brimbank park, these are a series of stone outcrops formed hundreds, and most likely thousands of years ago. Lining the wall of a valley they stretch up the wall, and provide us with another marvel of nature. We look forward to seeing a collection of images to create a FF FOTO FEATURE for other Kids With Cameras to be amazed by.

 WHERE ARE THE WHALES?

Their journeys from the cold waters of the Antartic bring these animals of the deep on voyages of thousands on Kilometres to the warmer waters of the Ozzie coast. From the Indian ocean in the west, along the shores of the south and the Southern ocean, all the way up the east coast to the tropics of Queensland. You can see the mammoth creatures, frolicking and enjoying their holiday. Along the Victorian coast and at Warrnambools Logan’s beach and Nursery Bay where they return to give birth they are a major attraction. In Portland, where they take refuge in the bay, which now hosts visitors of another kind with the cruise liners dropping anchor throughout the summer months.

 PORTLAND’S PETRIFIED FOREST.

Standing like trees, these fosilised mounds have a number of theories as to how they came about. A little known attraction on the cliffs just outside the city they are a marvelous example of nature at work. They also provide for a fantastic foto shoot using them against the seacapes and harsh backdrop of the rugged coastline.

MY FAVOURITE TOY.

Amongst all that we treasure in the toybox, there is the favourite that captures our attention – and the one that we like to spend the most hours with when no one else is around. Here is the chance to capture that special friend whether it be Barbie or another cherished doll. Or perhaps its a Hotwheels or a locomotive or model aeroplane. C’mon give us a your best shot!

STARRY,STARRY NIGHTS & OTHER HEAVENLY IMAGES.

Peter Chamberlain Photography's photo.

  The nights are full of wonder, and the further you move away from the bright lights of the city – the more wonder they have for the star-gazers. Today, we introduce the first of a series of guest photographers to help open the Kids With Cameras eyes, and others to what they can find when looking through the camera lens. This image taken by Peter Chamberlain of Port Fairy in Victorias south west focuses on the MILKY WAY. Beneath it, looking like a saucer from outer space provides an eerie concept to the photograph. Tonight, wherever you are take a step outside and see what the skies will reveal in your part of the world. Look at more of Peter’s photographs on;

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Peter-Chamberlain-Photography/1516373015297713

CHECK THE WEBSITE ON SUNDAY FOR MORE NEWS ABOUT THE FOCUS FORCE & HOW YOU TAKE PART.

There will be news regularly on how you can get into the camera action and have your achievements recognized with exciting rewards with TWO GREAT INCENTIVES to be announced in the coming weeks. That’s the FOCUS FORCE promise.

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About focusfor

The FOCUS FORCE photographic workshop program for Kids With Cameras is based in Melbourne, Australia. The projects have gone beyond the Victorian borders, into New South Wales, and Tasmania.Through others including a backpacker it has been provided to children in Thailand, and a teacher in Portugal has inspired children there as well. Apart, from the fun of learning about the camera and developing the skill of taking better photos; the best of which are raised to the status of SUPER SHOTS,the works have been mounted as collections under the banner of the FOCUS FORCE FRIENDSHIP EXHIBITIONS, and sent as gifts of friendship and goodwill to the United States, Italy, Japan, China - others are still being worked on. The program enrciches the children's knowledge, and as a side benefit makes them more aware of their own surroundings,and all that is to value where they live. Then comes the delight of being achievers, and having their self esteem boosted by their successes.The term "kids with cameras" was first used by the program's forerunner; CLICKER - the "club for kids with cameras", and dates back to the mid 1980's. The name change came about as wanting to be more appropriate to the older student group that the program now works with.

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