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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

Spring Exhibition

 

In case anyone needed a reminder The Spring Exhibition  is on at Tangmere this weekend.  We hope to see you there for Coffee, Tea and Cakes (and maybe a few images to look at!) Above all to enjoy a time of talking photography wider club members and visitors in a relaxed environment.

Sarah

 

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

Eamonn McCabe Special Lecture

Over 100 people from Chichester and Bognor Camera Clubs and a number of visitors from other Clubs in the region were treated to a superb presentation by Eamonn McCabe on the theme ‘My Life in Pictures’.  Reflecting on a professional career that spanned five decades, his story took us from his first photographic experiences of trying to capture the essence of a concert by The Who to becoming one of the leading press photographers of his generation. Working mainly for the Observer and Guardian newspapers he covered three Olympic Games and won the coveted “Sports Photographer of the Year” award a record four times. His harrowing pictures of the Heysel Stadium disaster in 1985 marked a watershed of personal development from sports photographer to photo journalism and subsequently he became the Guardian’s picture editor and won the “Picture Editor of the Year” title a record six times.

Jude Law

 

In the latter part of his career, working freelance, he specialised in portrait work, taking photos of the rich and famous from Bill Gates, David Bailey, to John Hurt and Jude Law, even a session with Tony Blair who refused to look up from writing a speech.  Virtually every portrait image shown incorporated a humorous story from his attempts to get round ‘the minders’ to dealing with the awkward and getting his subjects to ‘give him something’ of themselves.  Whatever the challenge his photos were stunning, different and totally memorable.  The whole lecture was delivered in an open, friendly and humorous manner and gave us a real insight in what it is like to work at the very top of the photographic profession.

A thoroughly captivating evening fully appreciated by everyone present.

Results of Print Panel Competition

The Print Panel competition was judged in a highly entertaining style by 4 judges with FRPS qualifications: John Bradshaw, Janey Devine, Iain McGowan and visiting judge Leigh Preston.  The judges all commented on the exceptionally high standard of work with lots of different and highly creative images on show, particularly abstracts.

Special congratulations go the winner, Jean Brooks, with Phil Shaw in 2nd place and Lynne Owen 3rd.  Jean’s panel will be on show at the Club Annual Exhibition in August.

Congratulations also go to the following who gained ‘Highly Commended’ for their work: Linda Bullimore, Tony Baverstock, Heather Buckle, Jeff Owen, Stephen Marsh, Glyn Edmunds and Stephen Tattersall.

Programme Changes April/May 2018

 

There will be the following changes to the Programme:

On Thursday 12th April Paul Mitchell, past Chair of Arena, and a very capable photographer,  replaces Sue Brown. Trips to Autralia  and sick daughter have necessitated this rearrangemet.  For those unable to make this event, Paul is talking to Havant Camera Club on Tuesday 10th April.

On Thursday 17th May John Tilsley ARPS DPAGB APAGB replaces Chris Neill-Griffin who has moved up to Lewis in the Northern Isles.