Sussex Photographic Federation
PDI Championship 2017
This was held on Saturday 4th November and seventeen clubs entered. There were two categories Development (club and intermediate) and Open (for all categories, however we limit it to intermediate)
The PDI’s chosen were from the images that had done well in last year’s club competitions.
In the development category we finished second and in the open category we were ninth. This gave us an overall fifth place. Two images were awarded Selectors Medals and these will be announced shortly.
These were the images entered:
(* denotes the highest scoring images in each category.)
Andrew Vance * Red Dress
Helenka Boden Floating in the Tide
Helenka Boden * Misty Spinnaker Sunset
Richard Smith * Village Cricket
Sarah Nichol Squirrel family
Richard Webb Smiling Crocothemis Servilia
Brian Southward Pergola and Lily Pond
Edgar Feldmanis * The Crossing Point
Jan Davis * Apollo
Paul Williams * Amber
Philip Acland Trap
Roger Pagram Pool Reflections
It’s always a pleasure to have Chris Palmer with us, whether as a speaker or, as last night, as a judge for the first of the print competition rounds with the Advanced prints. That’s not least because he’s always so very complimentary about the Club! He told us that a visit to Chichester was akin to a trip to a Michelin starred restaurant as he always knew the menu would be interesting and of a high standard. And as Stephen Marsh said in his vote of thanks, we were pleased we had presented him with plenty to tickle his palate.
That said, Chris is a very thorough judge and his comments and analysis of our work were highly informative. Chris is a very highly experienced judge, both at club level and on the PAGB circuit, where he holds both a DPAGB and an APAGB for services to photography, right up to international level. With his Fellowship of the RPS and an EFIAP he’s also a very successful and enthusiastic photographer whose pleasure in photography shines thorough into his enjoyment of seeing the work of others.
Chris recognises the element of subjectivity in judging, but as you can see from his top scoring images (below) had a wide range of genres that met his high technical and aesthetic standards. I was of course delighted with his positive response to my Rain Clearing Luskentyre but the evening has to go to Phil Shaw. Phil’s a new member and a superlative natural history photographer who took three perfect tens for his wonderful images. Well done Phil!
With good reports back from the external competitions, both the first round of the Southern Counties Photographic Federation league and the Sussex Photographic Federation (reported fully on separate posts) and Guy Partington’s good showing in the Small Print Competition (also reported separately) it was a very competition-orientated evening!
Phil Shaw’s Pied KingfisherPhil Shaw’s Little Bustard Display FlightPhil Shaw’s Walking with IntentSheila Tester’s Mycena with SpiderGeorge Atkin’s Back Street PoacherLorna Brown’s Rain Clearing Luskentyre
I am delighted to announce that three club members had a print accepted in this prestigious exhibition. The selectors were looking for a varied exhibition of the highest quality and members of camera clubs all over the UK were invited to enter, with a maximum of only one print accepted in the exhibition per entrant. Overall only 60 prints were accepted into the exhibition and THREE of those 60 acceptances came from Chichester Camera Club. That is a terrific achievement for our club and we should be justly proud to be represented three times over in this exhibition. Well done Chichester Camera Club!
The exhibition will be on show to the general public at the RK Burt Gallery, 57 Union St, London SE1 1SG from Tuesday 5th Friday 8th December and from Monday 11th until Friday 15th December, from 10am and 4pm each day.
The three club members who had prints accepted were Sheila Tester, Peter Rocchiccioti and Ann McDonald. The prints are reproduced below.
Mycena Attacked by Slime Mould © Sheila Tester
Mada Saini Outside his Home © Peter Rocchiccioti
Daydreaming © Ann McDonald
The National Inter-Club Print Championships took place last Sunday at Blackburn in Lancashire. The following is a report on the competition from the Selection Committee Chairman, Peter Rocchiccioli.
At the Weekend Glyn Edmunds, Sheila Tester and I, with George Atkins, attended the InterClub Print Championship at Blackburn, Lancashire. This is a competition between the best photographic Clubs in Great Britain, 36 in total out of over 1500 clubs. We qualified as winner of the SCPF Print Championship, a true test and honour for the Club.
In the First round we scored 149, just below the qualifying mark for the final 8 Clubs.
We did score very well in the final of the rest of the Clubs, in fact better than last year but other Clubs also scored better and we finished in the top 15 Clubs, a very good result, only 4 points behind Wigan 10 the winners of the Plate. The judges favoured very soft desaturated prints.
As I have already stated Ann McDonald got a 14 and 2 x 15, the other high scorer was Lorna with a 13 for her lovely beach scene from Ireland.
Out of 500 top images in the competition only 8 get any sort of award.
I am pleased to inform you that Judge Paul Stanley give his choice of a Silver medal to ‘Catch Anything Yet‘ by guess who: Ann McDonald.
That is an excellent result for the Club and particularly for Ann.
Peter presented Ann with her ‘medal’ for Catch Anything Yet
Just a reminder that entries for these competitions need to be in by Thursday the 9th of November. Prints should be placed in the appropriate boxes at Tangmere and PDIs need to be uploaded (1400×1050 sRGB, JPEG) through the relevant upload sites.
Due to commitments by the competition secretaries it will be very difficult to accept late entries, so don’t leave things till the last moment!
Just a gentle reminder to all Club Class members that the next round of the Small Print competition will be on Thursday 9th November. So could I please have all entries by Thursday 2nd which is NEXT WEEK. Three unmounted images sized up to 7″ by 5″ are all that is required, or even one or two if you are struggling to find anything suitable. I hope new members were able to see October’s entries which were on display in the small hall during the coffee break and that one or two more people will have been persuaded to enter this month. If you are still unsure of the rules and what is required then please feel to ask me or use the website to access the Members’ Handbook. I look forward to seeing more of your images next week.
Thanks to the club class members who entered the first round of the Small Print Competition. It was pleasing to see new members entering this first competition and, having seen the process, I hope some more of you will be brave enough to put forward your work for next month.
After careful consideration by the Selection Committee, the following people are the winners of this round and their images will be retained for the final annual competition in March.
1st place: Gary Howes with “Lizard”
2nd place: Guy Partington with “Isabelle”
3rd place: Gary Howes with “Eagle Eye”
Well done to these photographers and to everyone who took part. If you would like feedback on your images then please ask me at the club meeting next week when you can also collect your images.
Prints for the competition on Nov 9th should be with me by Nov 2nd please.
It was the first of the competition rounds last night, with the first Advanced PDI Competition and Roy Lambeth as our judge. It’s always a great pleasure to have Roy, and his lovely wife Lynne, join us as they are both good friends to the Club.
Roy is a distinguished photographer, holds his AFIAP (that’s Ariste level with the Federation Internationale de L’Art Photographique) and his DPAGB (Distinction level with the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain) and last year was also awarded his APAGB which is the award for meritorious service to photography at all levels, from clubs through to the national levels.
He’s a very able judge, with a very acute eye and lots of good advice on how the best can be got from our image files. All of us will have learnt something from last night’s session.
Jeff Owen once again came up trumps with getting the scores onto the website before midnight last night and you will see Mike Davison tops the chart with John Howes and Keith Sawyer in joint second place and then five of us in joint third. With currently only two rounds in the PDI competitions, we are already half way through and at the AGM last year there was a discussion about bringing PDI competitions into line with the three Print Competition. This was very positively received and so next season (that’s 2018 – 2019) we will be trialling three rounds.
Last night should have been the deadline for the first Club Class and Intermediate PDI Competitons, but there was a technical glitch during the day and so Jeff has kept the portal open for a while longer and we hope that having seen a competition, new Members will be encouraged to take part. On which, the first Advanced Print Competition is now open for entries (deadline 26th October).
We were pleased to see Keith Sawyer receive his CPAGB (that’s Credit Level) from Peter Rocchiccioli (wearing his Southern Counties Photographic Federation President’s hat ) and Tony Baverstock receive his medal from the Sussex Photographic Federation (SxPF) Print Competition held last season.
The first Small Print Competition was also judged last night, and congratulations are due to Gary Howes who took first and third place and to Guy Partington, who came second. You can see more about that on the separate post.
The images scoring 10 points in the first Advanced PDI Competition
Mike Davison’s Misty Morning, Lorna Brown’s Stradbally Strand Andy Dulson’s Silver Medal Winner Phil Shaw’s Tiger Portrait Peter Rocchiccioli’s Tango at San Telmo
The deadline for uploading entries is fast approaching for the first Club & Intermediate PDI competition. Please do not leave things to the last minute in case you have unexpected problems.
There is plenty of information on the web site under the Competition Menu, this link shows you how to upload PDIs.
All entries should be in by midnight Thursday 12th October.
I have been approached by a number of Members who were puzzled why I have been asking for first PDIs and now Prints.
Just to outline, the reason is that the Club has a Selection Committee that, as the name implies, selects work for various external competitions and this predominately is at the beginning of the season. We enter both PDIs and Prints in the Southern Counties Photographic Federation (SCPF) inter-club league competitions. That is, the competitions between clubs in the southern area which are divided into different groups according to their previous success in these competitions. There are six print leagues and seven PDI leagues. Chichester is currently in League 1 for prints and League 2 for PDIs. Each club in the relevant league hosts one of the inter-club judging rounds during the season. We will be hosting the Print League on 7th December and the PDI League on 4th January.
We have to select eight prints which will then be away for most of the season, as these same prints are used for all the league matches where they are judged by a different judge in each round. The prints will be away from October until February. We have the same requirements for PDIs. We then also compete in the SCPF Exhibition where we select 6 prints and 8 PDIs. For these competitions we use what the Selection Committee considers to be the best work available from all of the membership.
We also enter the Sussex Photographic Federation (SxPF) competitions both in prints and PDIs. For these competitions we only use work from the Club Class and Intermediate sections only. That ensures that there are opportunities for those members to have work selected to represent the Club, and although we are competing against images from the Advanced classes in other clubs, we do very well.
Because of our success last year when we were joint League 1 winners, this year we have the honour of representing the SCPF at the Interclubs Print championship run by the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) in Blackburn. This is on Sunday 29th October, we shall return the 40 prints that we require for this event the following Thursday. Over the season we have other external competitions where again as the Selection Committee Chair I shall be asking for more PDIs and Prints. Hopefully this has helped you to understand the reason for our requirements. Do ask Sheila Tester, our SCPF Representative, or Richard Smith, our SxPF Representative, if you would like any further information.
Peter Rocchiccioli, Chair of the Selection Committee
Tony Baberstock’s Olive Grove was chosen by the Selection Committee last season as part of the Club’s submission to the SxPF Print Competition, and was a medal winner