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Call for images for publicity

Cath Walter needs images for publicising the Annual Exhibition. She requires images about 1mg to 2mg in size.  Please email directly to Cath – you can find her email address with other ‘Useful Phone numbers and email addresses’ under in the important documents section in the members only part of the website.

Stephen Tattersall-Physalis in Abundance-10

Stephen Tattersall’s Physalis in Abundance

Graham Sergeant’s International Success

Many of us know Graham Sergeant’s moving AV, Beeswing, which tells the true story of Lisa, a young woman from Brighton.  This has been an award winning AV in this country and Graham has now won the prestigious  gold medal,  Trophee de Paris, the Grand Prix from the Federation Photographique de France – in other words the equivalent of our PAGB.

Just to add to the success, Graham is the first Brit to ever win this award.  Many congratulations Graham!

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One of Graham’s images of Lisa, showing her with her dog on her pitch in Brighton

Chairmans Blog, AGM


Over 50 members attended the AGM.

Members were praised for their contributions to the season for organising exhibitions, subgroups, trips, gaining honours in the RPS, PAGB, medals and acceptances in external competitions and salons. Glyn Edmunds was praised in particular for his excellent program. The new competition rules were approved. The next season’s committee and post holders were voted in as follows:

Position Name
Management Committee
Chair Lorna Brown
Vice Chair Mike Hancock
Secretary Liz Boden
Treasurer David Harris
Committee 1 David Abbott
Committee 2 David Donati
Committee 3 Kim Tattersall
Exhibition Sec Wojtek Boden
Membership Sec Vanessa Stern
Print Comp Sec John Dean
Program Sec 16/17 Glyn Edmunds
Program Sec 17/18 Glyn Edmunds
SCPF Rep Sheila Tester
Post Holders
Small Print Sec Linda Bullimore
External Exhibitions J & J Barham
PDI Comp Sec Jeff Owen
Publicity Sec Cath Walter
Regnum Crouch Mem Baybars
Sussex Fed Mem Baybars
Selection C Chair Peter Rocchiccioli
Selection Com 1 Glyn Edmunds
Selection Com 2 Sheila Tester
Selection Com 3 Carole Speight
Selection Com 4 John Howes
Selection Observer Sarah Nichol
Selection Observer Carmel Lynch
Financial Exam Sarah Nichol

The meeting was made more enjoyable by the amount of  delicious snacks available at the break.

Looking forward to a new season with Lorna Brown in the Chair from the opening of the summer exhibition where she will get the keys and club emblem. An extremely competent committee supports her.

Thanks to all who have served the club during my time as chair.

Jan Davis


PDI of the Year, extension of deadline to Thursday 26th

The entries for the PDI of the year are less than those possible as many of us missed the deadline as we were preoccupied with the exhibition and the deadline was not promoted. We have extended the deadline for uploading to Thursday 26th midnight. Find your favourite PDI’s submitted this season and pop 2 into the upload site.

Upload Site


The PDI of the Year competition is open to entrants from all classes. Each will submit two images which have been previously submitted this seasons PDI competitions. These images do not have to have been awarded a credit score. Marks are not awarded in this competition. The judge will select 1st, 2nd and 3rd places and may award certificates of merit if felt appropriate. The Waddington Cup will be awarded to the entrant in 1st place.

Annual Exhibition entries deadline tomorrow 12th May

Every member will have at least one image shown at the annual exhibition so please enter your images before the deadline tomorrow Thursday 12th May. Entries are made using the competition entry system here for a maximum of 4 PDI’s and 6 prints.

The prints have to be put in the box at the meeting tomorrow.

If you need help in any way do not hesitate to call me or any of the committee  and we will resolve any issues stopping you entering images except taking the photograph. There are detailed guidelines here on the website

Look forward to see your images, Good Luck

Jan Davis


Chairmans Blog 9th May

On the coming meeting on Thursday we look forward to Leigh Preston who is an appreciated visitor and supporter of the club and has a profound capability in all types of photography and always shown amazing images so his talk about India and other stories should be inspiring.

We have invited the September intake of new members to our meeting on 12th May with Leigh Preston, so far 15 have indicated that they would like to come. as we want to make them feel really welcome could members please make a real effort to talk to them in the break, they will be wearing visitor badges._DSF0436(1)

At the last meeting the chairman enjoyed telling about all his favourite photographers and inspiration from the two exhibitions in London at the V&A Paul Strand  finishing on the 3rd July

and Barbican “Strange and Familiar” finishing on the 19th June

hoping the talk will stimulate members to visit these exhibitions.



Chairmans Evening Meeting 28th April

The title of the Chairmans evening is

“The photographers’ journey expressed in images”

The two exhibitions in London at the moment: Paul Strand at the V&A and “Strange and Familiar” at the Barbican form the basis of the presentation.

Photographs  by Paul Strand will be the foundation of the talk which will visit Bruce Davidson, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Franck, Raymond Depardon, Gary Winongrand, Tony Ray-Jones, Bruce Gilden and others.


Chairmans Blog 24th April

A hearty thanks to all who contributed to a most successful Spring Exhibition.

The Sussex Federation Print results are now published on the SxPF Website here

The deadline for the entries to the annual Exhibition is12th May and entries are made by uploading to Photocomp our competition upload site now open here

Encouragement and help is available to choose images or uploading. Take contact. The Print Group on May 10th is an opportunity to seek advice. It is so important that all members contribute to the showcase for The Club.

At Thursdays meeting the judge Richard Walton and the members present acknowledged that The Club has made a huge improvement in assembling photographs into panels. The judge was extremely good at commenting in depth the twenty or so panels submitted, underlining throughout the “panel particularities” and clearly had some difficulty in choosing winner from the 3 best.


IMG_1555The panel The Beach: Footsteps in the Sand from Sue Nash was considered the most original and justifiably won. A second place to Dave Abbott: Porlock Salt Marsh and third place to Jeff Owen: I Race for Life For…. The panels from John Field and Hilary Featherstone were judges as Highly Commended.


It was nice to see Peter back at the meeting. Welcome back.

As Vice President of the SCPF he presented a framed Certificate to Jeanne Bevis as new member of The SCPF Roll of honour.

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He also presented The Club with two Certificates, One for Winner of The Print Championship 2016 and the other for third place in


The PDI Championship 2016. Individual Certificates were made to Keith Sawyer and two to Ross Laney for their images in the SCPF Print Championships. This link to SCPF has all the results:

Annual General Meeting

The Club’s AGM will be on Thursday 26th May when a number of posts will be up for election.  Quite a few of the Post Holders have indicated they are willing to continue, subject to re-election, but there are vacancies.  If you would like to find out about being more involved in the behind the scenes activities that are so necessary to make to make the Club function, please do talk to Lorna Brown or Dave Abbott.

We will need to elect a new Chair and Vice Chair this year, and have a vacancy for the Exhibition Secretary as well as vacancies on the Club’s management committee.

All nominations for these posts and any proposals, all duly seconded, to be put to the AGM must be received by 5th May, not the 12th May as previously stated. Please submit to Dave Abbott.