External Competitions and Grading Appeals

Many of us find the external competitions the Club enters mystifying, even now I write about them with a degree of trepidation.  Which bit of Regnum Crouch is the PDI competitions, which part of the SxPF competitions are open to those with any photographic distinctions and which are not?  It is of course the Selection Committee who have to understand the often Byzantine rules that operate, and the complexity of some of these are one of reasons why the Selection Committee needs a really good number of images to select from as they may need to find – say – eight different authors submitting no more than two images each, some of which may (or may not) have distinctions, plus six more authors who definitely don’t have any distinctions.  It can be really challenging – and don’t quote me on the example criteria!

For the past two years the Management and Selection Committees have been working together to attempt to make the the way the Selection Committee works clearer for all our Members, so you will now see lists of whose work and which images have been selected both on the pin board at the Club, on the website (once publication limitations are met) and via the newsletter.

You may also have seen we published the Selection Committee Guidance earlier this season (most key roles such as Chair, Treasurer and Committee Member guidance is now available, with some soon to follow) and you can find it here: –

 Selection Committee – Role Guidance

We have also now agreed a process for any appeals about promotions from one classification band to another, which you can find with other useful links on the Documents web page, or via this link: –

Documents

The work on making what can seem complex and confusing, both about how the Club itself operates and how we engage with other organisations will carry on, and you can expect further news as it progresses.

Lorna Brown – Chair

Lynne Owen’s The Face in the Window

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