Flora Foto Fest – Community Workshop – Wed 13th September, 2017

Cherry Spider Orchid – Photo by Wendy Eiby

The Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup has partnered with the Shire’s of Nannup, Bridgetown-Greenbushes and Manjimup to present the 2017 Blooming Wild Festival!

The Blooming Wild Festival got underway this week, showcasing the beauty of spring in the Southern Forest & Valleys! The Festival offers a wide variety of experiences and wildflower events in the South West from 2nd September to 19th November 2017. For more info – www.bloomingwild.com.au

A new components of the Festival this year is ‘Flora Foto Fest’, and the Blooming Wild Festival committee is excited to be hosting Philip Williams from FOCUS FORCE Kids. Phillip is currently travelling through the South West to present the ‘Flora Foto Fest’ Project – photography workshops to young people, primarily in our schools, HOWEVER, we have managed to squeeze in a few ‘community workshops’ which are open to all ages. If you have an interest in wildflower photography please join us next week at the Balingup Flora Foto Fest Community Workshop:

DATE – Wednesday 13th September, 2017
TIME  – 12.30pm – 5.00pm
VENUE – Balingup Community Centre (Opposite Balingup Tavern)
incorporating a photo excursion to the Racecourse Flora Reserve, Balingup
COST – Free
Flora photo fest – Balingup Poster – September 2017

Open to all ages
An opportunity to be inspired by our beautiful spring wildflowers!
Come and join a group of wildflower and nature enthusiasts!
Learn how to take the perfect wildflower photo. Explore different camera angles and settings.

What to bring:

  • Your camera
  • Comfortable walking shoes

What’s provided:

  • Instruction and afternoon tea

RSVP to the Shire’s Community Development team on 9780 4200 or email community.development@donnybrook.wa.gov.au

Through the school workshops, Phillip will have students focusing on the magnificent wildflowers of our area including its landmarks, history and heritage. Students will participate in a series of workshops which will culminate in each student participant selecting one photo. The student photos will be enlarged to A4 size on photo paper, and each town will host an exhibition of works. From these exhibitions, a selection of photos will be chosen to be exhibited at the 2018 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show.

The FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras fun foto program, while essentially provides the basic hints and clues to taking better, and more creative photographs, goes further than that. The program aims to opens the eyes of the students to their own environment, heritage, and all that is around them which they may normally take for granted.