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Thursday 19th October

Brian Pettit was an entertaining and engaging speaker last night, with his presentation of the Wildlife of France and Spain.  Brian’s a prolific photographer, with that underlying respect for his subject matter that marks out the best of wildlife photographers, coupled with an acute awareness of the the need to sensitivity to the environment.

Ably assisted by Tim, his presentation gave us a wide-ranging overview of the South of France and into Spain.  The gardeners among us particularly enjoyed the sections on flora, especially the many native narcissus.  We might think of the daffodil as a British flower but seeing varieties of the species growing in profusion in alpine areas was a reminder that they are native to North Africa and  southern Europe, and, as Brian demonstrated, have a major stronghold in the Iberian peninsular.

Pride of place however, went to the native animals and birds – and it was encouraging to the aspiring nature photographers that Brian and Tim were very willing to also show the near misses, such as the photograph of Tim, well camouflaged and waiting for an owl to fly into shot, which, missing its cue, sat instead on the fence beside him! A very entertaining evening, coupled with some very serious messages about environmentalism, including the controversial – and to us – barbaric, force feeding and eating entire of the ortolan song bird, traditionally done under cover of a head covering napkin to avoid the eyes of God. All in all, a very accomplished, knowledgeable speaker with a wealth of information and images.

Don’t forget that the deadline for the 1st Advanced Print Competition is next Thursday, 26th October!

Keith Sawyer’s Tin Man, one of last year’s competition entries




Digital Group Tuesday 24th October 2017

The Digital Group will meet in the Small Hall of Tangmere Village Centre on Tuesday 24th October at 7.30.

For the first part of the evening Sheila will give a tutorial on downloading images from the camera and cataloging them in the Lightroom Library  so the you can find them again when you want to.

For the second part of the evening we have great pleasure in welcoming Ann McDonald once again. Ann will talk about making the most of your images, selecting those suitable for PDI’s or for prints and in the case of the latter, selecting a paper suitable for the image.

It should be a first class evening, Members £3.00, non-members £4.00. Refreshments included.

As an early warning, make sure you have Tuesday 28th November in your diary. Frank Adams will entertain us and he says his tutorial will be controversial! One not to be missed.

Portrait Group Meeting. Introduction and review of last season Wednesday October 25

Wednesday October 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm


Meeting where all interested members are welcome.  

For those who have participated in last seasons shoots please bring 20 to 30 images on a memory stick  from which we will show and have discussion and feedback. 

Any ideas for Portrait shoots welcome.  

Open discussion on Portrait photography.

Dates for Portrait shoots will be announced.  Some shoots already anticipated.

  • Chichester College Hair and Barbers, November and December and March 2018 so far
  • Events in the city such as Remembrance Day Sunday 12th November,  
  • St Pancras Wheelbarrow walk Saturday 16th December  
  • Also there are opportunities to contribute to St Wilfrids Hospices’ , Moonlight Walk and other activities .   
  • Lavant Players, December, January

Jan Davis   Andy Dulson

Welsh International Salon. Bronze Medal for Sheila Tester

Congratulations to Sheila Tester who was awarded a FIAP Bronze Medal for ‘A Group of Mycena’ in the Welsh International. Sheila had three acceptances in the salon including the image ‘Saint Primus, Slovenia (below)

Saint Primus, Slovenia © Sheila Tester

The PAGB Salon competition has started again. Our first salon in the competition is the THE SMETHWICK INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OF PHOTOGRAPHY which closes on 9th November.

You may  have your prints hand delivered to the organisers by Glyn Edmunds, however you must give them to him by Thursday 26th October at the latest. Thank you Glyn. If you wish you may then have the prints sent on to Southampton for THE SOUTHAMPTON EXHIBITION thereby saving postage both ways.

Results of October’s Small Print Competition

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.

Linda Bullimore

Thursday 12th October

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


Thursday 5th October

Our season continued in grand form last evening with Pete Whieldon and Animal Night,  yet another superb evening with yet another different take on photography.  Pete’s enthusiasm, his commitment and his absolute love of and respect for his subject matter simply shone out as he took us around the world with images that included bears, puffins, wolves, gannets, pumas and of course his beloved owls, two of whom accompanied him and sat observing us all evening – to our great delight.

Pete’s tales of his visits, mostly to the world’s colder regions, and his exploits were captivating – and indeed hair raising.  No need to worry, he told us, if a bear brushes past you, or you’re swimming without a cage with sharks, as long as you respect them, you’ll be fine.  This is a man whose dedication to his art has caused him to have specialist eye surgery to replace his lenses so that he doesn’t have the fogged up glasses problem in cold weather!

A number of our members know Pete and his workshops that are run from his Hampshire Hides, and he engaged us with a series of images from there of water voles, kingfishers, garden birds, harvest mice and – pride of place – the owls.  As David Harris said in his vote of thanks, he’d recently seen a flash of electric blue as a kingfisher sped over water and David had thought, even Pete Whieldon couldn’t have caught that.  After last evening’s showing, David wasn’t so sure!

We also managed to catch up with Ann McDonald who, very unusually, had not been with us at the Annual Exhibition Preview.  it was a great pleasure to present Ann with the Wilson Dent Cup for the Best Advanced Print and, by Members’ popular vote, the Coath Cup for Best Photographer.

Club Class and Intermediate members are reminded that the deadline for submitting PDIs for the first competition round is next Thursday, 12th October. And all members are reminded that any orders for Nomad Print boxes need to be with John Howes by the end of next Thursday session.

Lorna Brown, CCC Chair

Jean Brooks’s Three Sighted Mice , which was the cover image for the 2016 Annual Exhibition catalogue,was taken at Pete Whieldon’s Hampshire Hides base

Photo Walk to Petworth Park Friday 13th October 2017

Apparently autumn is a good time to visit the park as the rutting season is taking place. Hardy members might want to get there really early, but I am suggesting we arrive at 10:00am and meet up in the Petworth Park Car Park. This page explains how to get there.

Please consider your safety if photographing the deer and keep a reasonable distance.

Details about the deer are on the Petworth Web Site here.

Lorna Brown’s Petworth Park Deer

Graham Gets Gold – again!

I’m thrilled to be able to report that Graham Sergeant, our Audio Visual (AV) guru has won gold yet again for Beeswing.  Following his success last year winning  the Royal Photographic Society’s (RPS) Gold Medal at the RPS International AV Festival and becoming the first Brit to win the prestigious gold medal, Trophee de Paris, the Grand Prix from the Federation Photographique de France (ie the equivalent of our PAGB), Graham has now scored gold by winning the 2017 RPS Audiovisual Championships.

Many of us know Beeswing, the evocative and touching story of Lisa, a young homeless woman in Brighton that Graham tells through his AV with such power and humanity.  For anyone who has yet to see the work, we might – if we ask him nicely – persuade him to include Beeswing  in the PDI showings at North Mundham in the New Year. Many congratulations Graham!

Graham Sergeant with John Bradshaw, Club President, at the Annual Exhibition Preview when Graham was awarded Life Membership of the Club