Hello to all the new Club members. I’m sorry that I couldn’t be there on 30 Aug to meet you all. The first round of the SMALL PRINT Competition will be on 4th October. This competition requires no uploading of images, just printing. It is open to all Club Class members and is really easy to enter. All you have to do is to let me, or my partner in crime, Guy Partington, have a maximum of three 7”x 5” (or smaller) unmounted prints by the start of the meeting on 27 September so that they be displayed on a board (anonymously).

The rules are simple:

No set theme;
Prints can be straight from the camera – you can print your own or have them done commercially;
A small amount of digital manipulation is allowed but only minimal cropping and the use of tools such as colour correction and exposure compensation (it didn’t mean anything to me when I first started either!);
You need to put your name and a title for the image on the reverse, but be careful as some pens can transfer ink to other prints so best to stick a small label on the back;

Three winners will be chosen and a brief written feedback from the judges will be given. These images will be held back for the final competition in March when the final three winners will be chosen. Those three prints will be eligible for automatic entry into the Annual Exhibition in August and there is a small cup for the winner.

One word of warning, if you have a wonderful print that you think you would like to enter into the main club competition then do not enter it into the Small Print competition as an image can only be used once in any competition in the season.

This competition (which is not open to previous winners, Intermediate or Advanced members) gives you a chance to measure your work against others in an anonymous setting, without marks or comments. However, if you’d like feedback or advice there are plenty of experts in the club who will be willing, on the day, to have a chat. (We’re all very happy to talk about photography). Just ask me or Guy and we’ll point you in the right direction.

Looking forward to seeing all your images soon.

Cheryl Marshall

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