Stunning images produced in Photographic Club’s August challenges

14 Sep 2021

The Whitianga Photographic Club’s August challenge was Astro photography.

“After a promising start to the month, things turned to Covid custard,” says Kate Beauchamp, one of the club coordinators. “Some of our members did manage to get out for a shoot before we went into lockdown, but after 18 August travel was no longer possible. So, for the remainder of August we ran a second challenge, Composite Photography, which is the combination of two or more images to create a new image.

The club members voted for Kate’s “Time for Tea” image as their favourite Composite Photography image. “We've been feeding the silvereyes all winter, so I set up a teapot and teacup still life in front of our bird feeding station,” says Kate. “With my camera on a tripod I took multiple shots. The final image is made up of five shots to create a busy tea party.”

Karen Moffatt-McLeod took second place in the challenge and Paul Schrader finished third.

In the Astro Photography challenge, Paul Schrader’s “Flatrock” image took the top spot. The final image is made up of 10 landscape shots stitched together in a vertical panorama. 

Sean King finished the challenge in second place and Anita Ruggle-Lussy came third.

The club’s Photo of the Month was Wendy Pemberton’s image, “Hey, are you listening?” “Wendy caught the silvereye’s squabbling perfectly,” says Kate. “It's a beautifully clear and sharp dramatic image. The final image is made up of 10 landscape shots stitched together in a vertical panorama.” 

Sean King produced the second best Photo of the Month and Deborah Pham van Xua received the third most votes from club members. 

The club challenge for this month is Triptych, a group of three separate images displayed together

The Whitianga Photographic Club has a public Facebook page to showcase the work and achievements of their members. Anyone keen to join the club can email

Pictured: Kate Beauchamp's “Time for Tea” image.