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Thursday 2nd November

We had a superb double act last night with Mike Hancock and Ann McDonald with ‘An Indian Extravaganza’. Two very different approaches, both fascinating.  Mike, our Vice Chair, took a documentary style to his trip around India, which he had made alone.  The story he told of his trip was full of Mike’s enthusiasm, humour  and self deprecation and full of interesting – and useful – detail on how he arranged his trip, his attempts to stay clear of ‘guides’ and the tourist hotspots.  Mike’s enjoyment of India and respect for the people shone through, especially his tale about the young student he was eventually persuaded to take on as a guide who had proved so informative and hospitable and with whom Mike remains in touch.  He assured us he hadn’t asked for the palace hotels, although we might have been less than convinced!  His images wonderfully brought his tale to life, illustrating particularly his ability to attract lovely smiling people who he told us seemed to find him a constant source of amusement!   

It was timely that just before Ann started her talk, to Ann’s great surprise, Peter Rocchiccioli presented her with a Silver Medal gained at the PAGB Inter Club Print Championships at Blackburn last weekend.  (You can see more about how the Club did on a separate post.)  Ann has of course held most of what John Bradshaw in his vote of thanks called the ‘offices of state’ for the Club and most recently was made a Vice President, and it was a joy to see such a first rate collection of her work.  Her presentation showed us an absolute wealth of stunning images, mostly the wonderful people pictures we know as Ann’s style, but just so many that were new to us.  As well as the simple pleasure in seeing such a variety of images Ann supplemented her talk with photograph tips, both at the camera stage and in post processing, and concluded with a lovely AV.  It is a real strength of the Club that we have such talent among our members and always a particular pleasure when we spend an evening entertained by ‘our own’.

We have Chris Palmer with us next week us our judge for the first of the Advanced Print Competitions of the season.   You might like to catch Chris earlier in the week too as he will also be at  Havant Camera Club on Tuesday 7th to give a talk, ‘Beyond the Summit’, which is his image making post his Fellowship. All are very welcome.

Next week, Thursday 9th November, is also the deadline for submitting prints for the first Club and Intermediate Print Competitions – don’t forget!

Images from Mike Hancock’s Indian Extravaganza


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


1st Club/Intermediate Print Competition

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!

Thursday 26th October

The competition cycle continued last night with the first of the Club and Intermediate PDI competitions and it was good to see new members taking part in both classes, and to welcome Michelle Duffy back to the Club. Not that our evening was without incident as the troublesome sound system, once again declared operative, collapsed completely before we even started and the the laptop went on a go slow and wouldn’t load the images!  Our judge for the competitions, Tony Oliver, was very understanding and despite our rather delayed start we had a thoroughly enjoyable evening.  Tony, who is based in Salisbury where he is an active member of Salisbury Camera Club, is a popular judge and a frequent visitor to us.  He is an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society (ARPS), holds his Credit award with the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (CPAGB) and a BPE3* – that’s an award from the British Photographic Exhibitions.  Tony always shows a real appreciation of the images he sees and his comments are constructive and informative. The results and the current league standings were posted – as always – before midnight last night by Jeff Owen, for which many thanks Jeff.  Those images scoring 10 point are shown below.

Last night was the deadline for the first Advanced print competition, which will be held on 9th November, which is also the deadline for the first Club and Intermediate print round.  

Mike Harris’s The Worker’s Hand 

Justin Hadley’s  DinanSarah Nichol’s Feeding Frenzy Michelle Duffy’s Abstract Windows Stephen Saunders’s I’ve Got My Eye on You