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Annual Exhibition – update and key dates

The complex work in preparing for the Annual Exhibition is progressing well, and we will shortly be sending the catalogue of for print in readiness for our Pre-Exhibition Members’ meeting on Thursday 28th July, just a few weeks away now.

This will be the first exhibition for three years, due to the pandemic, and it looks to be as strong and varied as always. We have some 300 print images by over 50 different photographers and over 250 projected images which will run on a screen by the refreshments – you can enjoy a cup of tea and some cake and see the images!

No photographer will have fewer than three prints exhibited (because of space limitations we had to leave out a very few prints), and every submitted PDI will be shown. The range is – as you would expect – wide, with lots to appeal to all tastes.

Our Judge, Chris Palmer FRPS, has made his selections and there are some 30 cups to be presented and numerous certificates of merit. These will be presented at the Preview Evening on Friday 5th August at the Assembly Room, when there is also a buffet and a chance to see the Exhibition for the first time. All Members and their guests are invited to that evening, as well as judges and speakers from the season and our fellow camera club representatives from across the region.

It’s a small dedicated team working behind the scenes on an immense task of sorting, arranging, selecting and preparation and now it’s over to you to help make sure the Exhibition goes off well. Please look out for news items that will follow on how you can play your part in making our return to the Assembly Room successful, from how to set up your prints, to stewarding, helping with the buffet and distributing publicity.

Lorna Brown

Featured image: The stands go up for the 2018 Annual Exhibition

Ladies Lunch

Dear Ladies of the Club

We said we would have an ‘end of term’ lunch together and now, with the Annual Exhibition processing nearly tied up, is a perfect moment to arrange to get together.

We will meet at the Walnut Tree in Runcton on Friday 15th July, at 12.30 for 1pm. You can find out more about the Walnut Tree – our ‘Club pub’ – here including the food options.

Please let me know via if you would like to join us.

Look out also for more information about the Annual Exhibition where we will have work by over 50 photographers, some 300 printed images and over 250 projected images. It will be a grand return to the Assembly Room in Chichester after our enforced absence!

Lorna Brown

The featured image is rather out of date – time for for a new team shot I think

Annual Exhibition Prints information – for veteran advanced workers too!

I’m pleased to say we have had a good level of entries for the Annual Exhibition, and from our first look through these as part of the processing, we have an exciting range of quality images – for which -thank you.

BUT! Every year we have some members who don’t follow the rules in various ways, particular with regard to mounting, and that includes entries from long-standing, very experienced Advanced members – you know who you are! So please everyone read the following extract from the exhibition guidance: –

You may enter up to 6 prints. Prints must be mounted using 500mm x 400mm mount board and the same sized backing board. If you wish to use double mounts, you must omit the backing board, although a thin covering to protect the back of the print is acceptable.

Every year a number of prints fall away from the exhibition panels, causing damage to the mounts and spoiling the quality of the Exhibition. This problem is usually associated with the use of poor quality backing boards where the surface of the board is unsealed and therefore porous. As these boards do not have a sealed surface finish, they do not bond well with the Velcro adhesive discs. To avoid this problem, please back your prints using a card which has a smooth, sealed (non-porous) surface finish, or use a sheet of acetate film. Using a thick backing over just the image area can also cause the mount board to flex back to the exhibition board and is another reason for images falling away.

It’s too late to do anything about this now and there will be reminders next year – please then do help us by following the guidance.

The featured image is In the Mood, by John Strickland

Annual Exhibition – clarification

For the absence of doubt, please note that you can enter prints or PDIs that you have already used for the Spring Exhibition or North Mundham. You cannot use any image you have previously used in an Annual Exhibition.

The full guidance (via the link) states: –

An image can only be used once in an Annual Exhibition. The same image may not be entered as both a print and a PDI. You can enter images that you have previously entered in the Club’s internal competitions or work you have not shown before. However, any image that has been entered in a previous Club Annual Exhibition may not be used again for this purpose.

The summary published more recently was ambiguous in that it said no image previously used in an exhibition could be used, but failed to make clear that refers only to the Annual Exhibition.

To also answer another question, as you can see in the paragraph above, you can use images that have previously been used in competitions, or indeed that you plan to use in future.

The featured image Waiting to Take off is by Sarah Nichol

Annual Exhibition – deadline extended

YOUR EXHIBITION NEEDS YOU! Plans for the Annual Exhibition are coming along well – with one exception which is a low number of print entries.

It’s been a long three years since our last exhibition at the Assembly Room and many of us are seriously out of practice with printing. It’s understandable that for some, especially our newer members who have not yet had a chance to take part in the exhibition, this might seem daunting. But without a good range of images to show the exhibition will fall flat, which would be a great shame.

There’s lot’s of support available if you are hesitant about printing, including commercial printing options, and advice on mounting and to encourage you, the deadline for submissions has been extended to Thursday 19th May. There are drop off points for you to deliver your prints to if you can’t get to the club meetings so if you haven’t yet submitted any work, do please give it a go. There is no exhibition without you!

The featured image is by Jonathan Fiske


Last night we saw some excellent images at the 2nd Club and Intermediate print competition, which was ably judged by Glyn Paton.

Congratulations to Madeleine Craggs, Ray Thurgood and Richard Webb on their top scores. Entries from Carlien Murray and Gary Howes were also highly commended.

The 3rd Club/Intermediate print competition will be held at Tangmere on 19th May. This is the final version of the event this year, so please be sure to send your entries. The closing date for submissions is 5th May.

As a reminder, there is no meeting on the 5th, so prints will need to be delivered to one of the usual collection points. Please email if you need details of your nearest point.

Other reminders of upcoming meetings are:

Photowalk with Andy Bracey at the Hawk Conservancy on Sunday May 8

PAGB Group at Tangmere on May 9 Print Group at Tangmere on May 10

The AGM will be held by Zoom on May 12. As you will remember from prior years, it is important that we have a full attendance, to ensure that the meeting is quorate, so please make a special effort to join the meeting.

As always, further details of the meetings are on the website.

Another reminder that the closing date for entries into our annual exhibition is the 12th May so please make sure you have entered. Full entry details are on our website.

David Abbott also requires all cups be returned for engraving and votes are needed for the Coath and Edmunds Cups.


Vice Chair

Digital Group Zoom Meeting, 26th April

This month we will have a masterclass from John Bradshaw. He is going to show a variety of recent manipulations for his current projects. These range from hand colouring, overlays, and complex blendings to digital bromoils and platinum look alikes. This promises to be a fascinating and informative evening even if for me, stretching!

Meeting ID: 894 6292 2618
Passcode: 852930

Image is Buriton Pond by Richard Corkrey

Spring Exhibition Weekend Timetable

The weekend is upon us. Please remember that cakes, homemade if possible greatly enhance the enjoyment of the weekend (as well as helping the Club coffers!)


Saturday –   7.00am        Mike Harris / John Howes / Brian Muir need a team to collect posts and stands  from Ann

                  7.30am        Set up boards in Hall (helpers needed!)

                  8.00 – 9.30  Exhibitors mount their images

The Club will provide the Velcro fixings to attach your images to the boards. It is useful to bring a tape measure with you and even a spirit level!

The information as to which board has been allocated to you will be on the board by the door to the Small Hall.

For newcomers I’m sure there will be plenty of members around to help you mounting your images if needed.  Just ask!

                  10.00am      Exhibition opens

                  4.30pm       Raffle Draw

Sunday –      10am          Exhibition opens

                  3.30pm       Raffle Draw

                  4.00pm       Exhibition closes

Exhibitors clear up! Mike Harris /John/ Brian Muir will return posts and stands to Ann with help.