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AGM – 24th May 2018

Please find below the links to the papers for the 2018 AGM.  Please download and read these in advance of the meeting as paper copies will not be available on the night.

Refreshments this year will be provided by ‘Cook’, (the ‘Remarkable food for your freezer’ people) which has been arranged for us by Carmel Lynch – our thanks Carmel!

Do please attend this important meeting – the only one in the Club’s year devoted to the Club’s business, and which last year was not quorate.  There are a considerable number of changes to both the Management Committee and to Post Holders, so please come along to show your support for those who give so much time to the Club and make all of our activities possible.

There is also an opportunity to ask questions, express views and contribute to an important discussion regarding promotions and classifications.

AGM Agenda 24th May 2018

 Draft Minutes of the AGM 2017

Treasurer’s AGM Report May 2018 – Final v2

Club Elections 2018 – 2019

Lorna Brown – Chair

Upcoming important dates

We are rapidly nearing the end of the 2017 – 2018 Season with a few important dates in May.

After our week off, we meet again on the 10th May for an evening with Southampton International PDI Show.  A special opportunity to see the pick of this world renown photographic salon with our good friend Sue Dunham. 

Thursday 10th May is very busy with the deadline for Annual Exhibition entries, including uploading print and PDI entries, as well as the deadline for the Selection Committee’s request for PDIs for the forthcoming PDI national competition in which we are representing the Southern Counties, and the PDI of the Year deadline.

Our AGM is on the 24th May this year – do please attend this important evening, which not only reports back on the current year but looks ahead to next.  Papers will be distributed via the Club’s Newsletter next week, on or before the 10th May.  Please download them and read them in advance of the meeting.

The PDI of the Year competition is on the 17th May, with judge John Tilsley replacing Chris Neill-Griffin.  This is likely to be the last stand alone PDI of the Year, as at last year’s AGM it was agreed to trial three PDI competitions in the 2018 – 2019 season.  If the trial is successful, it will require a formal proposal to change the Club’s Competition Rules at next year’s AGM.

John Tilsley, our judge at the PDI of the Year on Thursday 17th May

Thursday 26th April

EDITED 4TH MAY TO ADD WINNING IMAGES:  It was a real pleasure to have Jim Pascoe with us last night for the 3rd and final Club Class and Intermediate print competitions, this time accompanied by Nicky, his wife.  Jim and Nicky were both here back in September, entertaining us  with Fay Bowles, all from Highcliff and Infinity camera club, and Jim with us as a judge last season judging the Advanced prints.

Jim and Nicky have a professional photography business in Hampshire, and specialise in ‘people pictures’. These include weddings, schools, dance and portraits – many taken in natural surroundings.  Jim, who holds Associateships with both the British Institute of Professional Photographers and the Royal Photographic Society, as well as a BA in Photography, says how important it is to  engage with your subject and make them feel relaxed, and that comes across in his judging too. He is a very warm and – as Phil Acland put it in his vote of thanks – respectful judge, very open about what he likes and how some of what he says will be his opinion, but none the less an acute technical judge, and very ready to score well those images he admits aren’t necessarily to his particular taste but are well executed.  We certainly gave Jim some very strong images to judge and it’s always good when a competition evening has the kind of easy atmosphere Jim creates.  With a few technical issues last night it was still an enjoyable evening and a relaxed one – of not for those biting their nails as the last marks came in and league positions for the year were finalised, although the technical hiccoughs mean these can’t be published with the speed they are normally! 

Don’t forget there is no Club meeting next Thursday, 3rd May, but that is the deadline for entries for the PDI of the Year competition. The following Thursday, 10th May, is also the deadline for the Annual Exhibition.  There are no Special Interest Groups next week either, but Print Group meets on the 8th May, an opportunity to bring along exhibition entries for discussion about how to best put them together in a panel and find out more about how the judging and selection for the Annual Exhibition works. 

The 10 point winners from the 3rd Intermediate and Club Class Print Competitions

Linda Bullimore’s Female Mallard Blenheim Palace

Sarah Nichol’s Home from Market 2Sarah Nichol’s Stone in the Sand

Andrew Vance’s Tate Modern

Andrew Vance’s National Monument Edinburgh

Ken Worrall’s Millennium Bridge

Ken Worrall’s Permission to enter politely declined

External Competitions and Grading Appeals

Many of us find the external competitions the Club enters mystifying, even now I write about them with a degree of trepidation.  Which bit of Regnum Crouch is the PDI competitions, which part of the SxPF competitions are open to those with any photographic distinctions and which are not?  It is of course the Selection Committee who have to understand the often Byzantine rules that operate, and the complexity of some of these are one of reasons why the Selection Committee needs a really good number of images to select from as they may need to find – say – eight different authors submitting no more than two images each, some of which may (or may not) have distinctions, plus six more authors who definitely don’t have any distinctions.  It can be really challenging – and don’t quote me on the example criteria!

For the past two years the Management and Selection Committees have been working together to attempt to make the the way the Selection Committee works clearer for all our Members, so you will now see lists of whose work and which images have been selected both on the pin board at the Club, on the website (once publication limitations are met) and via the newsletter.

You may also have seen we published the Selection Committee Guidance earlier this season (most key roles such as Chair, Treasurer and Committee Member guidance is now available, with some soon to follow) and you can find it here: –

 Selection Committee – Role Guidance

We have also now agreed a process for any appeals about promotions from one classification band to another, which you can find with other useful links on the Documents web page, or via this link: –

Documents

The work on making what can seem complex and confusing, both about how the Club itself operates and how we engage with other organisations will carry on, and you can expect further news as it progresses.

Lorna Brown – Chair

Lynne Owen’s The Face in the Window

Thursday 19th April

Bristol Salon of Photography is one of the top international photographic exhibitions and its ‘roadshow’ forms a regular part of our programme, brought to us by Pete Howell and Carol Sykes. The 2018 Exhibition once again attracted applicants from across the world and the show we enjoyed last night really was a world-wide trip.  There were superb images from photographers from more than 50 countries in four categories; open colour, open monochrome, photo travel and nature.  We were treated to a wide selection from the successful entrants in all categories in a projected image format greatly enhanced by the carefully chosen sound track – what a difference some music makes!

The Club had a number of Members who had been successful in the Salon – and with an overall acceptance rate of less than 23%, that’s an achievement.  Last night’s show included work by Sheila Tester and Peter Rocchicciolli and with a particularly good showing by Ross Laney who had had five acceptances with three Honourable Mentions, one in mono and two in nature.  One Club Member who is a regular in any acceptance list is Ann McDonald – missing this time as she was one of the judges!

Pete and Carole will be back next year – and, I hope, once more with a good showing for Chichester!

A few key dates for the diary, with only four Club sessions left this season: 3rd May – there is no Club meeting (local elections) but this is the deadline for both PDI of the Year entries and formal proposals for the AGM.  10th May – the deadline for Annual Exhibition entries, boxes will be out for print submissions next week.

Penniless by Ross Laney, was awarded an Honourable Mention in Britol Salon of Photography.

Photographer required

We have an enquiry from David Powell who asks if any of our experienced members might be interested in a small project to take pictures at a birthday celebration in Birdham on the harbour, for about 3-4 hours in the late afternoon of the 7th July, for which he would pay a fee.

If anyone is interested please let me know and I will pass on David’s contact details so you can call him directly.

Lorna Brown

Thursday 12th April

It’s been a really full on week for photography, with the PAGB Group on Monday, Print Group on Tuesday, the first of what we hope will be an ongoing collaboration with Bognor Regis Camera Club with the Eamonn McCabe lecture on Wednesday (see the separate post), the Focus Exhibition at the Assembly Room all week (if you haven’t seen it yet, do go, some splendid work from our CCC friends and like minded photographers) and a very fine meeting on Thursday with Paul Mitchell.

We have had an quite extraordinary number of changes to the programme this year which has kept Glyn Edmunds, our Programme Secretary, on his toes.  There are many reasons why our speakers and judges have to pull out, family matters, ill health – tragically in the case of Richard Walton, or moving away, but it has been a real challenge this year. So it’s congratulations to Glyn for finding first rate replacements.

Paul Mitchell was with us last night in place of Sue Brown, another member of Arena, as is our own Janey Devine and Leigh Preston who was with us last week (and who is also exhibiting with the Focus Group). Paul holds his FRPS and serves on the fine art distinctions panel, as well as being a generous adviser for potential RPS award candidates and workshop leader. With the breadth of genres we find in photography there will always be some work that speaks to each of us more than others and I readily confess Paul’s work really connected with me.  He makes beautiful landscapes, somehow intimate interpretations from across the UK – his fear of  flying is such that he will not travel far – with a deceptive simplicity that makes even complex subjects clean and clear. His landscapes have been  widely recognised, with success in the Landscape Photographer of the Year, the International Garden Photographer of the Year and Outdoor Photographer of the Year.  He also shared how he plans for a shoot, coupling a careful degree of forethought with an ability to spot an expected opportunity, and presented his work under thoughtful categories, such as leading lines, golden hour, and excellent tips and ideas about locations along the way.  And I’m very pleased to say that Glyn has confirmed Paul will be our Print Panel judge next year.

Paul Mitchell, FRPS

Advance notice of the AGM:24th May

Do please note the date for the Club’s AGM which is 24th May.  Attendance at last year’s AGM was very disappointing, so poor in fact that we weren’t quorate and had to take special steps to ensure the Committee and Post Holders were properly appointed.

This is the only evening of the year that is devoted to Club business but we do run it in such a way that it is also an enjoyable social event and an important chance to recognise and thank those whose tireless work in the background makes all the many Club activities so successful.

Papers for the AGM will be sent out via the newsletter no later than 10th May – please download and print the papers in readiness for the meeting and read them in advance.  There will not be any copies available on the night.

Formal proposals, which must include named proposers and seconders and which includes Management and Selection Committees and Post Holder nominees, for the AGM’s consideration must be received by the Club’s Secretary, Tim Crabb, no later than the 3rd May.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Lorna Brown, Chair

Andrew Vance’s Reflections

April Print Group

Don’t forget Print Group on Tuesday10th April! As usual you are very welcome to bring along work in progress, work you would just like to share or images you’d like a second option on.  The Print Group is a really good place to chat about images, gain really helpful ideas and understanding about how images are judged in competitions.

And with the deadline for the Annual Exhibition only one month away, it’s a perfect place to start thinking about which images you might like to enter and how to show them to their best advantage.

The Print Group meets on the second Tuesday of every month in the small hall at Tangmere Village Centre.  The cost is £3 for Club members and £4 for visitors.

Lynne Owen’s Face in the Window

Thursday 15th March

If there was one piece of advice we should all take away from Andy Beel’s presentation last night it was, ‘Be your own photographer’. Andy was of course a very welcome late stand in for Richard Walton who was unable to join us due to ill health, and he was able to take up the planned theme of ‘Mostly Mono’ with his own very fine mostly black and white images.

Andy is well known for his mono work and also for his enthusiasm in encouraging others and sharing his skills and we enjoyed seeing his large scale work and the wealth of tips and suggestions he provided. His thinking about understanding your own ‘trends’ by analysing what and how you take pictures and – consequently – being able to change was interesting, and he demonstrated this by his habit of taking ‘left hand pictures’ (as in panels) and his need to make more right hands images!

He holds that there is good lighting somewhere, sometime in any day and he  couples this with Hugh Millsom’s advice of photographing during ‘gentlemanly hours’, for Andy is no early morning riser! 

He summed up his approach to printing as, ‘Brighten what you want people to look at, darken everything else – thank you and goodnight’, although in truth his very thorough approach to post-process planning (fully explained in his books) gives much more about how exactly to achieve the desired light and dark. A full evening with tips across the spectrum, from camera and lens use, right through to how the colour of the mount you chose can change the look of the print – and all put together at such short notice, for which we were very grateful.   Jan recommends you follow Andy’s blog, here is his post about West Sussex https://www.andybeelfrps.co.uk/black-and-white-photography/read-thoughts-west-sussex/

Andy Beel