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Thursday 16th November

Another great last night – this time courtesy of our sponsors, Sony, who are supporting Terry Donnelly, our guest for the evening.  Terry is an extraordinarily talented photographer, who contrary to the common call to ‘specialise’ works across  many disciplines – as David Harris put, Terry is a real polymath of photography, working across architecture, sports, fine art, creative and military aircraft – plus any spot in between. He holds a remarkable number of awards and distinctions, being a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, the Societies of Photographers and the British Photographic Exhibitions, as well as holding a Master of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain.  He is very successful commercial photographer, as well as a prolific participant in national and international salons – his photograph of all his awards and ribbons was  simply astounding with over 200 international awards and several ‘Photographer of the Year’ awards!

A really lively and engaging speaker, the fist half focused on the virtues of Sony’s mirror-less full frame developments with plenty of tips and guidance on getting the best from your camera whatever its spec.  We very much enjoyed seeing some of Terry’s work as well, his FRPS panel on the London Underground, the Victoria Baths and a derelict convent.  It was fascinating to note that despite Terry unbound enthusiasm and tenacity in getting the shot he wants how sensitive he was as well when it came to respecting the past lives and inhabitants of now unused, empty places. A real treat of an evening.

We were pleased to have Sony representatives with us last night and  our local sponsor, the London Camera Exchange, so it was a very packed evening.  Thanks to them all – and of course to Peter Rocchiccioli who secures our sponsorship, including the support we have from them for our Annual Exhibition catalogue.

I was sorry to hear that Frank Adams had a fall while visiting his son in RSA, and that he had cracked two ribs.  I’m not sure if Frank had to stay on to recover or if he’s now back in the UK, but if you’re reading this Frank, all good wishes for a speedy recovery and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

Terry Donnelly – our speaker last night

Calling Club Historians

Club History

Historic RPS Judging Panel

I’ve been approached by a committee member of the Chichester Society who has asked if the Club would like to produce an article for inclusion in their quarterly magazine.  He’s suggested that we could include something about the history of the club; Jeanne Bevis; the annual exhibitions; Hilary Featherstone’s montage of rubbish (relating the Club to local issues and conservation); and current activities.  This is a good opportunity to get the club known more widely and to provide additional content for our website.

It would also be good to document the history of the club.  So those of you who’ve been members for a while – can you put your thinking caps on and start to gather material for both an article in the Chichester Society Quarterly newsletter AND for our website.

I’m happy to coordinate and edit the final output but do need your help.   Can you let me know if you’re interested in this project and  send written and photographic material to me at this email Let’s try and get it done by the end of the year.

Kind regards

Richard Ryder

Results of November’s Small Print Competition

Huge congratulations to Guy Partington for taking all three  places in the last competition.

1st Place: Dragon fly  

2nd Place: Girl with no Name  

3rd Place: Old Friends  

Just a reminder to all Club Class members that entries for the December Competition are due in by 30th November, which is in two weeks. Let’s try and give Guy a run for his money – I already have his entries!




1st Meeting Multimedia Group 13th December 2017

I am pleased to announce the first meeting of the Multimedia Group will take place in the small hall at Tangmere Centre at 19:30 on Wednesday December 13th 2017.

Following a short introduction and discussion about the aims for the group for the year, the very distinguished Graham  Sergeant FRPS and award winning AV author (see here) will present a gentle introduction to AV.

Following the break, Pete Bamforth ARPS and member of the Focus Group will give a talk about the production of photo books. As many will know, Pete has produced a wide range of photo books with different publishers and he will explain the steps involved and hopefully the pitfalls to avoid.

It promises to be a great evening so do come along. Like all group meetings this is open to members of other clubs.

Multimedia Group

The Multimedia Group is for exploring ways of presenting your images as an Audio Visual, or perhaps as a Book. You may be interested in mixing video and images or publishing images to the web. Perhaps you always meant to make a film?

All of us amass thousands of images, AV and books are great ways of sharing and presenting your work.

The group is suitable for all levels of photographers, we will try to meet each month and the meeting will give you an opportunity to discuss projects you are working on, we will have speakers and tutorial sessions on creating AVs, books and films.

The group will try to be technology neutral so Mac or PCs are welcome.

The group organiser is Jeff Owen.

Sussex Federation PDI Competition

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


Final Placings
Points Club Placing
593 Steyning 1
583 Mid-Sussex 2
582 Bognor Regis 3
577 Storrington 4
573 Chichester 5
572 Eastbourne 6
568 Worthing 7
565 Uckfield 8
560 East Grinstead 9
548 Littlehampton 10=
548 Seven Sisters 10=
544 Crawley 12
541 Southwick 13
536 Henfield 14
532 Middleton 15
530 Lewes 16
513 Rottingdean 17

Thursday 9th November

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

Club success at new PAGB Masters of print exhibition!

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

Print Group Tuesday 14th November

The Print Group meets this coming Tuesday, 14th November at 7.30pm in the Small Hall at Tangmere.  As always, everyone is welcome but this is a special invitation to newer Members to find out more about the Print Group.

The purpose of the group is to get the very best out of our prints, so you can bring along finished work you would like to share, new work you’re not quite sure about or anything in between.  If you just want to come along and find out how the group works without bringing any images along, you’ll also be very welcome.

If you do bring work, it doesn’t have to be mounted, but it does help if you back it with card just so that it sits properly on the print stands.

There is a charge, which is £3 for Club members and £4 for visitors who are also very welcome to join us.

Lorna Brown

Mike Davison’s Slateland North Wales