I was sorry to miss last night’s third and final Advanced Print Competition last night, and Sue Sibley’s careful judging. Sue’s a highly competent photographer in her own right with LRPS and ARPS gained within 4 months in 2012 and followed up by AFIAP and CPAGB accreditations soon thereafter. She exhibits regularly in national and international competitions and is the current Chair of the Southampton International Exhibition.
Sue brings a wealth of photographic experience and knowledge to her judging, analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of images and always giving useful advice for improvement. She has a particular eye for the use of use of textures, a clear story or message, and warns agains over-work pictures which can create unnecessary distractions.
It’s usually a close run thing at the top of the competition tables and this time was no different. I’ll confess I was more than usually grateful for Jeff Owen’s speedy posting of the results last night and it’s congratulations to Lynne Owen topping the table with 78 points, pipping my 77.5, which just squeaked by a half-mark ahead of Jean Brooks on 77. Well done the ladies!
Jean scored a 10 for Art Deco@Hoover and Frank Adams also scored a 10 for Shepherd’s House. Sheila Tester took two full marks for Gannet Feeding Young and Coprinus Disseminatus.
Jean also asked to send her thanks to all those members who so generously sponsored her line dancing for a couple of hours on Red Nose Day. In total she managed to raise £130 in sponsorship which will go to a good cause. If you haven’t yet given Jean your sponsorship money, please do so next Thursday.
I was particularly sorry to miss Sheila Tester giving her report on the SCPF 2017 Print Championships that had been held last Sunday, 25th March at Basingstoke. The Club did really well in this inter-club competition, greatly assisted by John Howes’s being awarded a Silver Medal for for Holy Man, which helped put us into first place! Congratulations to all contributing photographers.
Frank Adams’s Shepherd’s Hut
Sheila Tester’s Coprinus Disseminatus,
and Gannet Feeding Young
Jean Brooks’s Art Deco@Hoover
Spring Exhibition 22nd and 23rd April 2017
It’s just a few weeks now (and Easter in between) until the Spring Exhibition with a number of things to be done, so here is a reminder.
- Personal statements, for instance something about yourself as a photographer or the images you are showing, to Steve Marsh as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org. They were due yesterday!
- As well as prints, you can show PDIs, that are different images from the prints. A maximum of 6 can be uploaded through the Club’s normal route. This needs to be done by next Thursday April 6th
- An exhibition dinner will be held at the Walnut Tree, Vinnetrow Road, Chichester, PO20 1QB on the Saturday evening and is open to everyone, not only exhibitors. It’s £19 per head for two courses and coffee. You will need to place your order and pay in advance, and menus and booking forms (form attached) should be returned to Sarah Nichol. Please make cheques payable Chichester Camera Club (not CCC please).
- There are posters and flyers available, so please pick some up at the Club and help to promote the event.
- John Howes will be looking after the set up on Saturday and will need some strong arms to assist him – volunteers to John please! Likewise, we are looking for someone with a tow bar who could take the boards away on Sunday evening (trailer is provided!)– as well as volunteers to help!
- Carmel Lynch will be masterminding the refreshments (tea, coffee and cakes) and will be delighted to have homemade cakes and volunteers to help.
- Raffle prizes are also welcome, along with volunteers on the days. Please let Mike Harris have donations
- There will be space for any cards you might like to put up for sale, with a 10% commission to the Club on any sales made.
Thank you to everyone who has already stepped up to help! Please sign up to help over the weekend.
Last night’s Print Panel Competition with judge Richard Walton must rate as one of the very best evenings of this season’s excellent programme. Richard, who holds FRPS, EFIAP and APAGB distinctions, is a most entertaining, appreciative and positive judge. It’s always a good start when a visitor is so complimentary about the Club, and there was plenty of audience interaction throughout the evening. Richard obviously enjoys his judging and is particularly enthusiastic about panel presentations – frequently suggesting changes in the order that made more of the images. He has a quick eye for technical details, gave sound advice and has a warm and humorous style that meant the evening was great fun as well as informative.
We gave him a bit of a challenge though, with an excellent range of creative and high quality panels. And though they weren’t eventually placed, special mention should go to Steven Tattersall who presented three images of the Witterings that were perhaps more a triptych than a panel (nice try Stephen!), Sue Watts lovely, minimalist series of a stone (ball?) falling into water, and Sarah Nichol’s bright flower details, surface mounted on black board. Lynne Owen’s panel of Barbie gave Richard plenty to think about as well!
In the end, Richard selected Peter Rocchiccioli’s lovely series Portraits of Rajasthan in first place; Ann McDonald’s gentle fishermen in the mist in second; Metal Reflections by Mike Davison in third and Jeff Owen’s panel from his McDougall’s Garage series in fourth. Congratulations to all the winners. It was really encouraging to see such a high standard of carefully thought out panels. Richard will be with us again next year for the panel competition – we’ll have to raise the bar higher again for him.
Peter with his winning Portraits of Rajasthan and judge, Richard Walton
Personal Statements, Hanging plans and PDIs should be in by now however you have a little more time!
New definite deadlines!
Hanging Plans – with Sarah by Tuesday. I will be at Digital Group on Tuesday.
Personal statements – emailed to Steve Marsh by next Thursday, 6th April.
PDIs uploaded by Thursday 13th April.
We now have 26 club and intermediate members who have registered for the Spring Exhibition so are looking forward to another wonderful 2 days in April of sharing our images with others. There are still a few places if there is anyone else who has yet to register!
A reminder for those participating. Your Personal Statements, hanging plans and PDIs, which can be uploaded In the usual way, need to be submitted by 23rd March.
Also we will need raffle prizes, cakes and help will be needed nearer the time! There will be fliers for spreading the word at Club evenings.
It’s Tuesday 14th for this month’s Print Group, to which all are welcome. Bring along work in progress you’d like to get the views on, finished work you’d like to share, and for Club and Intermediate Class members, work you might be considering for the forthcoming Print Competition, the deadline for which is 30th March.
Small Hall at Tangmere Village Centre, 7.30pm, £3 for Club member and £4 for visitors.
Softly Softly by Mike Davison
Congratulations to this season’s winners.
1st George Sayer with “Chameleon”
2nd Guy Partington with “Thoughtful Conversation”
3rd Tim Crabb with “Storm over the Arun”. These are all new members this year.
Five members were represented in the final and as always it was a difficult decision. To everyone who participated this year I have to say thank you for all your entries throughout the season and I hope you will continue to support this competition next year. Thanks as always to the selection committee who always look very carefully at each image and have given invaluable advice every month.
We were sorry our good friend Rob de Ruiter was unable to join us last night, but enjoyed an evening of very thorough and warm judging by first time Club visitor, Paul Thackeray. Paul, who Chairs Wimborne Camera Club, was with us for the second and final Club Class and Intermediate PDI Competitions. As Ann McDonald noted in her Vote of Thanks, Paul was a very communicative and empathetic judge, with a positive, encouraging approach to the images and thoughtful, constructive points about any shortcomings. He was was also very flattering about the Club’s work in general and we look forward to seeing him again at our exhibitions and as a judge.
New Club Member, Helenka Boden (Liz and Wojtek’s daughter) kept up her high standard and came in at the top of the Club Class League, narrowly beating Andrew Vance by just half a point, with Mark Stevens just half a point behind him. Paul Williams, with two straight 10s last night, tops the Intermediate League, with Philip Acland and Justin Hadley in second and third places. Well done to all competitors for another stimulating PDI round. All the images scoring 10 points are shown below.
Advanced workers are reminder that it’s only two weeks to the next print competition deadline on 16th March, and next week will also be the final judging of the Small Print Competition.
Helenka Boden’s Beauty and the Bee
Andrew Vance’s Garlic Strings
Paul William’s Amber (above) and In the Mist (below)
Ed Felmanis’s X Flight
The 15 winning images from each round of the 2016-17 Small Print Competition will be judged on Thursday 9th March by the Selection Committee. The winner will receive a small trophy at the Annual Exhibition. The first, second and third placed photographers will be entitled to an automatic entry into the Annual Exhibition in August. If you are one of these lucky people then please contact me about the requirements for the exhibition.
Thank you to all the photographers who participated this year; members have commented on the good standard achieved. And thank you to the judges who have been very thoughtful in their deliberations and have given advice as to improvements that could be made in the future. Well done to everyone and good luck to the finalists.
There are more tips and videos available from Glyn. He shows more bits and pieces from his Home Guard series together with a lighting set up using a beauty dish and 5 Super Handy tips for the Photoshop user. All can be seen here. https://www.glyndewis.com