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Awards for Ann and Sheila

We were delighted to see Ann McDonald and Sheila Tester both receive awards at the Club meeting on Thursday 21st February – and to have Peter Rocchiccioli present them in his role as President of the Southern Counties Photographic Federation. A very ‘well done’ to both!

Sheila Tester, receiving the SCPF Roll of Honour, by the Federation president Peter Rocchiccioli. A distinction which she very well deserved for the work she has put into Chichester Camera Club over ten years, and before that was a member of Marwell Photographic Group. She has served on Chichester’s  Management Committee many times, currently as Southern Counties Federation Representative,  and is also an active member of the Selection Committee. Sheila is also of course absolutely vital is the success of our Annual and North Mundham Exhibitions where she is our catering supremo. A very well deserved award to Sheila for all her contributions to club photography.

Ann McDonald won the best portrait individual award at the PAGB GB cup for the open projected images for her Portrait of a Lady, and is shown here receiving the award from by the SCPF President Peter Rocchiccioli. This is a great achievement by Ann as there were only eleven awards given nationally and this was also the only one within the SCPF. Many congratulations to Ann for this splendid recognition.

Fifth and Final Round of the Small Print Competition

The February round of the small print competition will be the last one for this season, so make sure you are in with a chance of making the final ‘cut’ by entering your three prints by 15th February.  If you haven’t entered before, then now would be a good time to take the plunge.

The winner of last month’s competition was Gary Howes with a delightful portrait of a young girl. In second place was Mike Busby and in 3rd place was Gary Howes. These images will now go forward into the Grand Final which will take place on March 8th.

Thursday 1st February

Last night’s Club and Intermediate 2nd Print Competitions was a thoroughly enjoyable event with Rob de Ruiter as our congenial judge.  Rob, the President at our neighbours, Bognor Regis Camera Club, is a popular and regular judge who clearly very much enjoys the task.  He always find much to like in our images, offers constructive and helpful suggestions about what might be improved and why perhaps things don’t work as they might, and always in a very positive framework. It was a specially successful evening for Ken Worral, who came in with two 10s and a 9.5 in Club Class!

Rob’s visit was very timely as he was able to bring along the tickets for our joint event with BRCC, the Eamonn McCabe lecture on 11th April at Chichester University Chichester Campus.  Eamonn worked for both the Guardian and Observer for many year, and was Sports Photographer of the Year for a record four times and covering three Olympics.  He was named Photographer of the Year in 1985 for his coverage of the Heysel Stadium disaster and holds many other awards.  You can see further details on a separate news post.  Tickets are £5 for members of both Clubs and are currently only available to Club Members.  Chichester Club Members can pick theirs up at the Club next Thursday.

Club and Intermediate Print Competition entries scoring 10 points

Ken Worrall’s Christchurch Priory Ken Worrall’s Peace, Quiet and Freezing TemperatureSuusan Watt’s Curious Cow
Paul Williams’s AngelMichelle Duffy’s SuspendedMike Hancock’s Eyes on the Ball

Import Notice – PDI Image Sizes

Canon XEED WUX500.

We will be using our new projector for all future PDI and Print competitions. The new projector has a resolution of 1920×1200 pixels and we shall now allow the maximum PDI size to be 1600×1200, in line with PAGB guidelines for their competitions.

While we shall continue to accept images of 1400×1050 pixels, it should be noted that these will display around 90% of the size of 1600×1200. The colour space is unchanged and remains sRGB.

Images designed to be shown on the TV should be sized to 1920×1080, this applies to North Mundham PDIs, Spring Exhibition PDIs and Annual Exhibition PDIs.

The old projector shall continue to be used for Groups and meetings in the small hall.

Result of December’s Small Print Competition

Congratulations are once again heading Guy Partington’s way. His portrait of ‘Harriet’ was given 1st place in this month’s competition. 2nd and 3rd places went to Mike Busby with his first ever entries into the competition; ‘Final Furlong’ and ‘Dark Secret’. Well done.

It would be lovely to see more new club class members like Mike entering January’s competition on 18th January. There will be lots of opportunities over the holiday season to get out and about with your cameras so no excuses. Images should be with me by 11th January please. Following that the February competition will be the last one for this season before the final selection of the overall winning images for the year.


Once again members of the PAGB Group members have fared very well at the Smethwick International Salon this year. Two Gold Medals were awarded to group members with six members of the group gaining 20 acceptances between them. This is a terrific result in this prestigious salon.

Below is a selection of some of the images that were accepted

A Gold Medal was awarded to Sheila Tester for her image Mycena with Gossamer Thread ©

Caravaggio’s Artichokes © Lorna Brown,  which was accepted at the salon

5 Men on Mont Blanc © George Atkins which was accepted at the salon

Odd Man Out © Mike Davison which was accepted at the salon

Judging Sheep © John Howes which was accepted at the salon


Thursday 23rd November

The print competitions for Club and Intermediate got of to a great start last night, with some first rate images and with Sue Sibley as our excellent judge. Sue is an enthusiastic photographer, holding her ARPS, DPAGB, EFIAP and BPE2* and is a member of both Southampton Camera Club (where she was President for two years) and New Forest Camera Club, as well as now chairing the Southampton International Exhibition. She’s a very encouraging judge, responding positively to the strengths in images as well as pointing out how they might be improved. Sue has the sharpest of eyes too, spotting the elephant’s bottom just in the bottom right of an image for instance!  There were quite a few instances of poor cropping where critical parts of images had been missed – feet chopped off, a wave clipped or boat masts cut short, and while judges disregard the projected images, the audience could see that those important elements were in the original pictures.  Perhaps these were due to putting prints into slightly mismatched mounts, but the need to check the edges of images was was quite theme last night, not just for cropping but also for bright spots.

Sue said she was feeling rather generous and with five prints scoring 10 in Club and seven in Intermediate the top scoring gallery below is rather larger than usual!  Special mention to Sarah Nichol for her three 10s, which included the very lovely elephant study Sue had spotted that tail in!

We’ll be seeing Sue again in February when she will be presenting her Journey so Far.

CLUB CLASS Ken Worrel’s Lunch Break

Cheryl Marshall’s Victoria Falls, ZambiaTim Crabb’s The Grand Mosque – Abu DhabiCaroline Marshall’s Isolation in the StormAndrew Vance’s Reflections

INTERMEDIATEPaul William’s Femme Fatale

Helenka Boden’s With Fire and SteelHelenka Boden’s Electric Ecstasy Brian Southward’s Two for the Pot Sarah Nichol’s Lion by the Luangwa Sarah Nichol’s Elephant Study Sarah Nichol’s Cromer Pier 

Deadline for December Small Print Competition

A quick reminder to all club class photographers that entries for the December Round of the Small Print Competition are due in by next Thursday, 30th November. Up to three small unmounted prints can be given to me at the meeting next week. I would encourage new members to enter the competition as it can provide private feedback on your images with advice as to how they might be improved.