Now, the month of MARCH is about to live up to it’s word, as we prepare for one of the busiest times of the year for the FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras. Next Friday, the good ship Queen Victoria takes pride of place before the lens of the KWC. Ten days after that the ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO EXHIBITION & AWARDS gets into full swing at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. The same weekend in Melbourne the Grand Prix roars into action. Then the world’s and Australia’s top models march down the catwalk as part of the Melbourne Fashion Festival. And over the border in SA the CLIPSAL 500 fills the streets of Adelaide with exhaust fumes and adrenaline. Let’s not forget at the end of the month, its Easter and we all know what that means.

With only a week to go until  arrival of the Cunard QUEEN VICTORIA in the waters of Nepean Bay off the shores of Penneshaw, the Kids With Cameras go into preparation mode next Tuesday for the first FOCUS FORCE FUN FOTO workshops. On Friday, March 4th  it will all come to a head for the FLASH OF FRIENDSHIP. FOCUS FORCE has now been advised that the liner will be leaving much earlier than previously announced. This alters the dynamics as a photographic event, but in reality; just shifts the focus.  Workshops will run throughout the days of next week at the Penneshaw campus of the Kangaroo Island Community Education site.

Phillip Williams, the FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras project coordinator will be working hard to build eagerness for the occasion, and enthusiasm in the search for SUPER SHOTS. Emphasis will made to help the students become more understanding of all they have around them, and not take it for granted.

After all, the liner has a guest list of 2500 sight seers all eager to discover the wonders the island is renowned for.

Dylan Bunney, Claire Harvie, Ella Donaldson and Kangaroo Island mayor Peter Clements practice their photography skills at Penneshaw.

Dylan Bunney, Claire Harvie, Ella Donaldson and Kangaroo Island mayor Peter Clements practice their photography skills at Penneshaw.                                       Photo courtesy The Islander. See the story;

An apology to Cunard, the Queen Victoria was wrongly prefixed with MS instead of Cunard.

In a rare opportunity a group of 10 students taking the role of FRIENDSHIP AMBASSADORS will meet the Master of the cruise Liner Queen Victoria, the largest at this time to have visited Kangaroo Island.  Their task will be to proudly hand over the FRIENDSHIP ALBUM containing the letters of friendship.


rockley-garden-circa 1962As the weeks roll by the ROCKLEY FLOWER  FOTO EXHIBITION & AWARDS draw closer, and things are starting to roll in. Already most of the CHOICES have ben made with a few left to go. Then the decision as to the ROCKLEY AWARD winner for 2016 as the Overall Best. It is always a time of excitement, and I imagine for participants who have made submissions a nail biting time. This year with Easter only days after the event, a special fun foto shoot is being planned. The VIEWPOINTS will return suggesting good foto op locations. As usual, the ever popular CAMERA CLUES worksheet will be available in a new easy to follow format.  Visitors to the ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO EXHIBITION will be able test their choice making skills in making the POP PIKz POLL selection. CHOICEMAKER Leanne Cole has offered her services along with an assistant to run a special workshop for Kids With Cameras visiting the show. Keep an eye on the site to find out the latest news and what else may be on offer. Like always it’s a clever clicker who gets to wear the FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras JUNIOR PHOTOGRAPHER badge. You can register by emailing;   

If you have been offered a pass to the show, please email your acceptance, and make arrangements to send a self addressed envelope for their delivery.

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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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