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Calling all Club class members

The deadline for the first Small Print Competition is next Thursday 27 September and it would be lovely if you could let Cheryl Marshall, or Guy Partington, have your entries next week please.

You can enter up to 3 images (maximum 7”x5”) and remember to put your name and the image title on a sticker on the back please. I look forward to being inundated with images!’

Competition Upload Deadlines

Some gentle reminders:

Entries for the 1st Advanced PDI Competition need to be uploaded by the closing date of 27th September 2018.

Entries for the 1st Club and Intermediate PDI Competitions need to be uploaded by the closing date of 11th October 2018.

If you can’t remember what to do or are new it to it all then the Upload site can always be found here.

Instructions can be found here.


Developers Group Meeting 17th September


The Developers group is provided exclusively for Club class members and provides an opportunity for inexperienced photographers to get to grips with the basics of photography. This is the first meeting of the new season at which we will cover how to take control of your camera through the understanding of shutter speed, aperture and ISO and the inter-relationship between them.    

In the second half of the evening there will be tips on taking pictures of landscapes and wildlife with complementary practical exercises to aid learning.


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

Images for the Selection Committee

In the next 2 weeks the selection committee needs you to bring your best prints for selection consideration for the new season SCPF League & Exhibition as well as the Sussex League (irrespective of your Class).

Also if you feel you have outstanding PDIs that we have not had please upload to the 2018 selection PDIS at 1600 x 1200 resolutions SRGB

The link to the Upload Site is here: PhotoComp Upload Site

Photo Walk Amberley Village Thursday 23rd August

Margret Preece will be leading a photo walk around the pretty village of Amberley on Thursday 23rd August. Margret says:

"Walk around Amberley village (the “pearl of Sussex” according to some guide books).

Suggested start:  7pm

Directions from Chichester:  A27, A29, B2139.  Drive past Amberley railway station and Amberley Museum (on the right).  One mile further along the road turn left into Amberley village. Park in road (on right hand side only).  Meet outside the school which is on the right hand side.  

After the walk I suggest the Sportsman pub in Amberley but it will be easier to drive to it."


Photo Walks Brighton Blood Moon and Chichester Allotments

Blood Moon

Phil Shaw wants to head East this Friday, 27th July. With the moon rising and sun setting around 20:45 it should be a good evening to catch the Blood Moon if the weather holds up. Phil may wish to head over to Seaford Head/Cuckmere Haven to get a better view with less crowds of people. However, since Brighton can be a fun place to be with your camera I am suggesting people meet at Brighton from 18:30 onwards. This will give time to get a few shots around Brighton, then depending on the conditions it may be better to move on.

If you wish to come please contact me ( or Phil Shaw ( Phil may be able to offer lifts to a couple of people.

Brighton Pride Parade

On the subject of Brighton, Lynne and I plan to go to the Brighton Pride Parade on Saturday August 4th (, so if you are interested in joining us please contact me.

Chichester Allotments

Rob Campling ( is leading a walk around Chichester Allotments on Thursday 9th August at 6pm. Rob needs to know who will be attending and would like to give copies of photos taken on the evening to the City Council.

At the moment there is nothing planned for 2nd August as that is the pre-Exhibition meeting at the club.


Summer walks 2 this week, more planned

Lordington Lavender Wednesday 11th July

Carmel Lynch is going to Lordington Lavender on Wednesday 11th June. If people wish to join her then meet in car park at 9.45 as the gates open at 10am. Early morning session is the least busy time of the day with the least number of people roaming around.

(Image Lorna Brown)

Entry cost £6.00 payable at the gate.

Lordington Farm,

East Head Thursday 12th July

David Abbott is leading a photo walk at East Head at 18:30 on Thursday 12th July. Dave suggests people park between the two village halls on the main road and start the walk through the church graveyard.

(Image David Abbott)

Chichester Allotments 9th August 6pm

(Image Rob Campling)

Looking further ahead Rob Campling is organising a trip to Chichester allotments. Rob has provided the following information:

Place: St Paul’s/Little Breach Allotments. No post code, but PO19 5UA gets you to the turning off St Paul’s Road that leads to Little Breach. The allotment gate is on the left right after the side road (Woodlands Lane) which leads to two schools. It has City Council notices plastered all over the gate.

Parking: On street parking – usually fairly easy at this time.

Meeting: I’ll be waiting at the gate.

Length of stay: An hour or two.

Wrap Up:  At the Rainbow Inn from 7.30. A  CAMRA pub but no food after c. 7pm

What to see:  It’s a large site with upwards of 60 allotments. Everything from the scrupulously tidy to the abandoned, plus hedgerows, trees and a tame fox. Sheds and greenhouses. A couple of chicken runs as well!  I’ll make sure the visit is publicised by the City Council so everyone will know the the Club are visting.