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BCA News: Summer 2018

BCA Australian/International Chapter Meeting

Gale Spring, FBPA

The first BCA Australian Chapter meeting was held at the Convergence conference in Melbourne, Australia. This meeting was in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Medical and Biological Illustration (AIMBI) and the Institute of Photographic Technology, Inc, (IPT). The number of BCA members in Australia has grown over the past few years. Many are also members of AIMBI and/or IPT. The organisations have overlapping interests in imaging, but vary in some sub-specialities.

The conference consisted of two days of invited papers covering topics from art to science and included cutting-edge research using computer modelling and high-speed image analysis of explosive events. The conference was organised by AIMBI President Amanda Rebecchi and IPT President (and AIMBI Vice President) Danielle Edwards, FBCA and the Program Chair Gale Spring, FBPA.

The first day of the conference was held at Michaels Camera Video Digital in central Melbourne. Michaels, a corporate member of IPT and long-time supporter of photographic education, has a well-equipped lecture theatre as well as the largest camera museum display in the southern hemisphere. This was also the venue for the opening reception. The focus on the day was art, alternative processes and technology. The keynote presentation by Jason Edwards, National Geographic wildlife photographer, kicked off the evening reception creating an energy that continued throughout the conference.

Dr. Jason Roberts demonstrates 3D system to Gigi WilliamsThe second day of the conference was held at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, a short walk from the city centre. This newly built, state-of-the-art medical facility has excellent presentation and meeting facilities. It was a full day of program followed by the awards night dinner. The focus of the day was on medical and technical photography. Included in the number of excellent presentations was a virtual reality demonstration by Dr. Jason Roberts, Senior Medical Specialist, National Enterovirus Reference Laboratory, taking people on a ‘walk’ through a virtual virus.

Virtual Novel NorovirusThe conference ended with an inspiring presentation by Gigi Williams, FBCA and Robin Williams, FBPA, and their shift into retirement to follow their passion for travel and photography.

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