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Chair Update

Hi All,

I hope you are enjoying your summer break.

Below are three items that may be of interest to members.

Photography Sessions  at FAB Falconry

Photography Sessions (£20 per person)
Come and photograph our birds on our smallholding. They will be posed in natural settings and you will also have the opportunity to capture them in flight. Our campfire team will supply you with hot drinks and you can roast a marshmallow on the fire if you wish.
Photography Clubs can also book a special dedicated session at a date and time of your choice (minimum booking 10 persons).
Dates Available (more being added so keep an eye on the website or drop us an email):

  • Saturday 7th August – 6pm – 8.30pm
  • Saturday 21st August – 6pm – 8.30pm

You can find full details of these on our website, please visit: you wish to book any sessions please email me with your details and we will secure your space.

Kind Regards
Florence Barker
FAB Falconry 

Lee Filters presentation by Carmen Norman entitled ‘Lakescapes:- Finding the Emotion’.

An enthralling presentation featuring an inspiring collection of photographs, evoking both stillness and movement, intimately capturing the varied and dramatic beauty of the stunning Lake District. Carmen is an award winning fine art photographer who lives and works in the Lake District. She has had a number of images accepted into national and international salons, with work displayed in various exhibitions and galleries. Her work covers both landscapes and portraiture and she runs photography workshops throughout the year. Carmen has a Associate Distinction of the Royal Photographic Society and is a Member of the Keswick Photographic Society.
 Date and Time: Wednesday 28th July starting at 7.00pm

ZOOM MEETING ID: 975 8388 2303
Direct Link: Click Here

Wildlife Vets International Photo Competition.

Announcing the launch of a brand-new Wildlife Photography Competition, called Stories of Survival. The idea behind the competition is to move beyond images that simply amaze and inspire us, and use participants’ skills to highlight the challenges so many of our species face.

To achieve this, organisers, Wildlife Vets International, require that each image be accompanied by a caption, describing the animal featured and one of the threats to its survival. The hope is this will not only educate and engage the audience, but also the photographers themselves, as they are called upon to research and review their subjects.

There are six categories in the adult competition, as well as separate youth and camera-phone sections, so plenty of opportunities to get involved, and all proceeds go to support the work of WVI.

With a prize pot worth over £10,000, there is also plenty of incentive too!! Thanks to generous donations from NikonGitzoAdobeJoby, LoweProAmi VitalePenguin Books and Helinox.

Highlights include: a Nikon Z 6II + 24-70 mm lens, two GITZO Systematic tripod kits and a GITZO Traveler tripod kit. Younger entrants can look forward to getting to grips with one of Joby’s Gorilla Pods and a one-to-one online training session provided by Nikon School.

Winners of the adult and youth competition will be selected by a panel of six internationally acclaimed judges. Care has been taken to ensure there is a range of expertise, good geographical representation, and that the panel is gender balanced. The camera-phone section will be judged by a public vote and 12 winning entries incorporated into a 2022 Calendar

Details of the competition are available here.

Find out more on our social media and

I am still looking for volunteers to manage the Print and Digital groups within the club. The digital group could be run on our zoom platform using You Tube and/or other presentations. Neither posts are a hardship but are core functions within the club. Please give it some consideration.

Finally, I will be circulating a newsletter, after the Government announcements on Monday, regarding our plan to meet at Tangmere from September so please make sure you read it and let me know your thoughts.

Best regards



Hi All,

A polite reminder that I am looking for two volunteers to manage the Print and Digital groups next season. These groups play an essential role within the club offering help and guidance to our members to improve their photography. The posts are not difficult and do not require a high degree of photography knowledge. The new post holders can call on past post holders and other club members for initial assistance and help until they fully understand the role. Please give some consideration to undertaking one of these posts and let me know as soon as possible if you would like to volunteer.

I have received the following mail from Florence Barker of FAB Falconry that may be of interest.

‘A FAB Falconry Photography Session on the 31st July from 6pm – 8.30pm.

The Birds will be posed on our Smallholding in a natural setting (in Nutbourne, Chichester, PO18 area) and you will have the choice of our Birds to Photograph. Our Falconers will be on hand to answer questions about the Birds and provide information. There will also be a chance to hold one of the Birds if you wish and to see some of the Birds in flight. We will have a break halfway through the session and Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate will be provided from our Campfire Cooking Team, just bring a mug! I am sure our Cooking Team will be able to provide some marshmallows for roasting too if I ask them nicely! Cold drinks are also available. Chairs will be available.

The fee for the session is £20 per person with a £10 deposit payable via BACS to secure your space. For more information please visit our website: Should you wish to book please email Florence at:

Finally I hope you are all enjoying your summer break and look forward to seeing you at Tangmere in September.

Best regards



I said to James Kerwin last night, that as this was our last meeting of the season so I hope he takes us out with a bang and boy he did. It was a great presentation with lots of tips on planning and composition allied to brilliant images. My eternal thanks to our programme secretary, Sue Watts, whose tireless work brought us some fantastic speakers over the course of the season.

Today is your last chance to upload images for the PDI of the year and the Annual Exhibition and please don’t forget to put August 5th into your diaries for our pre exhibition meeting when we will announce all our winners for the season. The exhibition will go live August 7th.

Congratulations to those who had images accepted into the PAGB ‘Master of Prints’ competition.

Sadly I have to report the passing of Connie Ellison a past member of the club. Our thoughts are with her family at this sad time.

Once again I am asking for two volunteers to manage the Print and Digital groups next season. Without a lead the continuation of these important groups within the club is in jeopardy. It is not a difficult or onerous task and help and assistance is available.

Finally, I wish you all a wonderful summer break and look forward, hopefully, to seeing you at Tangmere in September and I will keep you updated over the course of the summer break.

Happy photographing.


Lee Filters

Hi All,

We’ve received this invite from Lee Filters which I thought you may be interested in.

Dear Camera Club Members.
Please see below details for our May live speaker event which we are very excited to deliver exclusively to you.

Jordan Banks is a world class photographer in the truest sense – NatGeo City Photographer Of The Year 2020 and 6 category finalist in the NatGeo Travel Photographer Of The Year 2020 are just a few of his many accolades. 

Join us for a fantastic evening on Zoom with stunning imagery where Jordan discusses his methods and techniques to truly capture the essence of his surroundings. And how he manages to produce concise, emotional, and thought provoking images to tell the story of the people and places he is photographing.

Date and Time: Tuesday 25th May starting at 7.00pm

Zoom details ID 93850243152, Passcode 461614




Hi All,

I thought last nights presentation by Ollie was excellent. His hard work certainly paid off with some of the best night images I’ve seen for a very long time.

Please remember to upload your images for the upcoming Annual Exhibition and the PDI of the year. Details shown below.

You can enter up to 6 images into the Annual Exhibition, which should be 1920 x 1080 maximum in jpeg and no bigger than 5MB. They can be of any subject and in mono or colour. The deadline for entries is Thursday 28th May.

Please note that you should enter in the class you are in for PDIs – that is, if you are in Advanced for prints and Intermediate for PDIs – you enter in Intermediate. The exhibition will be judged – you can find the list of awards on the previous Annual Exhibition post The special award for photographs taken in a 10 mile radius of the centre of Chichester must be of a recognisable location but otherwise can be of any subject. That is for instance, an image of the Bishop’s Garden can be entered, a single flower in the garden can’t.

Everyone is guaranteed that at least one of their submitted images will be included in the exhibition. While there is no requirement to make your entries into a panel (that is, work out how the images sit best next to each other) and unlike for the print exhibition we cannot accept suggested hanging plans from you this year, it will be very helpful in making the overall exhibition look good if you can think about submitting images that work sympathetically together.

This year’s PDI of the Year Competition will be judged by Clive Tanner FRPS MPAGB APAGB. This year we will be returning to the normal format of having the PDI judged as part of the judging of the Annual Exhibition, which Clive is also judging for us.

You can upload your entries at the normal place:

The competition is open to all classes and each member may enter up to two entries. Each entries must have already been judged in a PDI competition in this season (2020-2021). So all you have to do is select your two favourite entries and upload them.

Entries must be in by end of day 28th of May 2021.

Finally, I hope to see as many of you as possible at our last meeting this season when James Kerwin will be giving his presentation entitled ‘Sands of Time’.

Take care



Hi all,

A very good AGM this evening and my thanks to all who were able to attend.

Please see the results below of the Print 2021 PAGB GB Trophy competition in the Report from Peter Rocchiccioli.

It is my pleasure to advise you all that we have achieved one of our best results in the Print 2021 PAGB GB Trophy competition. These are the top 10 Clubs, you may note we actually beat Smethwick:

1 Catchlight Camera Club 163 

– Dorchester Camera Club 163 

– Arden Photo Group 163 

– Rolls Royce Derby Photographic Society 163 

5 Newark and District Photographic Society 156 

6 Dumfries Camera Club 153 

– Wayland and District Photographic Club 153 

– Bristol Photographic Society 153 

9 Wigan 10 Foto Club 150 

– Chichester Camera Club 150 

– Poulton le Fylde Photographic Society 150 

12 Smethwick Photographic Society 149

Our best sores came from:

Ann McDonaldDaydreaming14
Lorna BrownNest14
Pietro RocchiccioliMada Saini outside his home14
Glyn Edmunds1920s Flapper13
Lorna BrownHorse a Study13
Sheila TesterResting Cat13

A great result and congratulations to all who entered images.

Please don’t forget that the closing date for entries into the PDI of the year and the Annual Exhibition is 28/05/21 so make sure you enter.

We all know that a club stands or falls on its volunteers and we need two to manage the Print and Digital groups next season so if you are interested please contact me at ‘‘.

Looking forward to seeing you next week when we are in the company of Oliver Taylor for his presentation entitled ‘A Journey into Darkness – A Decade of Nightscapes’.

Take care.



I hope you all enjoyed the entries for the AV and Photo Book competitions last night. I felt it was a great new venture for the club that worked really well. Our congratulations go to Jeff Owen for winning the AV comp and Michael Palmer and Wojtek Boden for their joint win in the photo book comp.

Our thanks to the family of Walter Benzies for donating the RPS Portfolio books as the prizes for the photo book winners and I will supply a bottle of plonk for Jeff. These will be presented when we next meet at Tangmere. I do urge you all to have a look at the photo books on our website and hope that they inspire you to take part next season.

Next week is our thrilling AGM night so I hope to see you all there.

Take care and continue to stay safe.



Huge thanks to John and Janey of the Focus group for a great and informative evening tonight. We saw some fantastic images from John and wonderful composites from Janey both of which have probably given us all a lot to think about.

Within this newsletter there is a post that gives a link to the papers for our upcoming AGM on the 13th May. Please access and read them in readiness. We need 25% of registered members to attend the AGM to form a quorum, that is an absolute minimum of 35. I’m sure we’ll meet that target and implore as many as possible to attend so we do.

Don’t forget to view the spring exhibition which goes live this Saturday. Sarah has done a brilliant job putting it all together.

Next week will be our one minute A/V and photo book competition with a very nice prize for each winner.

Take care we’re nearly there.



I thoroughly enjoyed preparing and presenting my chairs evening last night. Thanks for all the kind comments and I’m glad you enjoyed it.

Can I gently remind members to check the last newsletter which gives all the details for our upcoming virtual Annual Exhibition.

A note from the Vice Chair.

Hi everyone,
A big thanks to Mike for his Chair’s Evening, giving us an informative and picturesque visit to Myanmar. It was a great escape which no doubt has further fueled many members’ eagerness to travel again. 
I would like to remind everyone about the upcoming Spring Exhibition which will be online as of May 1st. The Internet link will be available on the club’s website. Having seen a preview, there are a number of great and diverse images from our Club and Intermediate members in our virtual gallery. Please tell your family and friends about this too.
On behalf of the Management Committee, I would like to remind everyone about the upcoming Annual General Meeting on Thursday May 13th at 7:30. As usual we urge all members to attend.

A Note from Valerie the SxPF secretary.

Below is the information for the SxPF zoom meeting on 24th April.
I do hope you will be able to watch it live.

Zoom SxPF is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: SxPF Championship 2021 – ‘England During the Pandemic’

Time: Apr 24, 2021 14:00 London

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 972 3148 6208
Passcode: 007477

Next week is Focus Group 2 so not an evening to be missed.

Take Care.



Hi All,

Great presentations from Pete and Leigh of the Focus group last night so looking forward to the second one from Janey and Nigel on the 29th.

The following two items will be of interest for members.

1. The photographer Paul Sansome, is holding an exhibition in the newly refurbished Oxmarket Centre of Arts in Chichester which he is sharing with glassmaker, Sue Tinkler. They are exhibiting work based on shared themes and locations. Chichester Observer coverage is here PhotoFusion – Oxmarket and the exhibition runs from 13th – 25th April (closed Mondays)

2. Margret Preece’s daughter Caroline will be giving a free talk for the RPS on 27 April at 6pm.  The talk is entitled “Tools not Rules” and she aims to provide photographers with an understanding of the impact of their in-camera and post-processing choices on the feel of the end image, in other words it is about photography as a visual language and the psychology of composition. This is the link for Caroline’s talk and you will also be able to read more about it here:
She has given this talk to quite a few clubs across the UK and it has always been very well received.

Hope to see you all next week for the ultra exciting Chairs evening which I’m sure you’ve been looking forward to in anticipation since the start of the season.

Stay safe