ROCKLEY IGNITES THE IMAGINATION FOR ’16

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Another year has gone, and the long wait is over with today’s revealing of the CHOICEMAKERS selections for the ROCKLEY AWARD winners for 2016. Congratulations to them, and a special note of thanks to each of the selectors including; Dr. Pete Marshall, Leanne Cole, Tony Periakos. and Kathleen Rushford, Nikki Cuffe.

See the entire collection of SUPER SHOTS at C68 on the first floor of the Royal Exhibition Buildings, and vote in the POP PIKz POLL.

THE TONY “IMAGINE” CHOICE.

Madeleine Puli

Chosen by professional photographer Tony Periakos.

ROCKLEY OVERALL BEST FOR 2016.

Chosen by the majority of judges,

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Intrepid Tony who is a man of few words simply said; “Love It”

THE FLEUR CHOICE

Madeleine Puli

Chosen by professional photographer and entrepreneur Leanne Cole.

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For overall I would have to go with MP2 nothing about it that I don’t like, wish I had taken it.

THE HERITAGE CHOICE

Misha Ravipati

Chosen by Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show Director Greg Hooton

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I like this photo as there appears to have been a flash of inspiration in the whole scene. The focus flower is powerful and colourful. Its positioning in the composition shows great judgement as, while central,  it is a curving image with the addition of the leaf on the left to balance the position of the petals left and right. The bright green foreground with odd red flowers, separates nicely rom the duller mid ground which repeats the green and red. The Exhibition buildings on the left are the feature setting and home  for the Rockley Award, which has run for ? years now and they are balanced by the green tree on the right. In fact the somewhat fuzzy foliage of the tree in front of the buildings adds considerably to the overall balance of the composition.

HE OITHONIA CHOICE

Misha Ravipati

Chosen by world acclaimed professional photographer and wildlife artist Dr. Pete Marshall

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” Roses Roses Roses ” – “picking the focal focus point as the darkish red/pink rose, surrounded by a halo of paler out of focus flower heads creates a good balance and composition. The lighter pinkish tinge on the edges of the petals lifts the ‘hero’ flower forward and away from the others too, setting it apart from the background of massed flowers. Good overall composition”.

 THE REKASU CHOICE           Madeleine Puli                                                                                            Chosen by Melbourne International Flower & Garden show Event Manager Kathleen Rushford.

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The flower is perfectly centered so I can see time & care has been taken there to achieve that. The colour of the flower is so vivid & they have carefully chosen a beautiful subject matter with no marks or imperfections. I also love how the background is one colour & faded so that the foreground really pops out at you.

The NiCe CHOICE

Madeleine Puli
Chosen by graphic artist Nikki Cuffe

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A beautiful and popular flower set against a muted background to bring strength to the subject.


FOCUS FORCE is getting Kids With Cameras ready for the MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW; http://www.melbflowershow.com.au/

ADDITONAL FINALISTS WILL BE PUBLISHED ON FRIDAY.

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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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