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2nd Beginner and Intermediate PDI competition

We welcomed Jim Pascoe as our judge last night, accompanied by Nicky, his wife.  They are Hampshire-based professional photographers specialising in what Jim calls ‘people pictures’.  He has a particular line in photographing the Clergy, including the Bishops of Winchester and Guildford, and many of us will recognise his lively image of choirboys running towards the camera.  Jim has a real knack of making relaxed, friendly portraits, and that capacity came across in his judging.  As he admitted, ‘I’m always a sucker for good portrait’, and we noticed too his enjoyment of images that had been thought through, and appreciated his helpful critiques.

You can see the results on the competition pages, with Corine Noyalet, Justin Hadley and Ed Feldmanis coming in first, second and third positions in the Beginners, and Lynne Owen coming in top of Intermediates with Stephen Tattersall and Frank Sandbach in second and third positions at the end of this year’s PDI competitions.  Lynne’s rather comprehensive  win is in contrast to the outcome of the Advance league which concluded last week.  There,  Andy Dulson, Stephen Marsh and Ronnie Hall tied in first place!  Well done to all the winners and to everyone for making this year’s PDI competitions so interesting with so many really excellent images.

Lynne Owen-The Friendly Fisherman-9.5

Lynne Owen’s The Friendly Fisherman  scored 9.5  in the 2nd Intermediate PDI competition

Last chance to enter this season’s enprint competition.

Calling all Beginners.

Next Thursday, Feb 18th, is the deadline for the last round of this season’s Enprint competition, so please pass your images to me (Linda Bullimore) at the meeting.The images will be judged the following week and the 3 winning entries will go forward to the Final Judging in March. So you still have a chance to be one of the overall winners for this season. Anyone may enter, even if you have never entered the competition before. Images need to be between 4 by 6 and 5 by 7 inches with minimal cropping and no significant digital enhancement such as cloning or adding texture etc. However pressing “auto” to improve colour and exposure in a post processing package is acceptable. You may print your own images or get them commercially printed and they can be from digital files or negatives.


2nd Advanced PDI Competition

We welcomed Chris Neill Griffin as judge for last night’s competition, returning to the Club after a gap of some years.  Chris told us her judging had been described as ‘forensic’ and we certainly agreed! A very perceptive judge, we all valued her careful critiques.  Chris has a very sound technical and aesthetic grounding and her analysis of the images, the composition, the use of colour, sight lines, camera and post processing techniques was first rate.  We all learned from Chris’s  thorough judging, as well as appreciating her passion for photography and clear enjoyment of our images.  You can find the results and standings on the competition pages of the website.

Stephen Marsh-The Fourth Plinth X 2-10

Stephen Marsh’s The Fourth Plinth x2

Images for Selection Committee

Could every member remember to bring prints that you feel could be considered for representing the Club in external competitions (over and above of what I have asked for).

Could I also ask every member to send in new PDIs for consideration to represent the Club in external competitions. There will be a location on the website for this purpose. Could I also ask you to ensure all PDIs are in sRGB  at 1400 x 1050 DPIS at 300ppis.

Thank you all for your support, you have until the Thursday 11th February.

Peter Rocchiccioli Selection Committee Chair.

David Donati-Fading Glory-10

David Donati’s image ‘Fading Glory’



January Enprint Competition Winners

Congratulations to the following stalwart members who once again supported the Enprint Competition:

1st Place: “Out of Darkness” by Ed Feldmanis

2nd Place: “Gentle Walk” by Mem Baybars

3rd Place: “Black Hole” by Terry Powling

These three images will go through to the Final Round in March along with the nine winning images from the previous rounds

Meanwhile there is one more competition for any Beginners to submit images for selection to go forward to this Final Round. You can still enter the competition even if you have never taken part before, and last year the overall winner came from an image submitted in the last monthly round.

The 5th round will be judged on February 25th, and all entries should be with me (Linda Bullimore) by Thursday 18th February. There will be no set theme.

2nd Advanced Print Competition

Here are the scores:

First Name Last Name Title Score
Ray Acland Abandoned 8
Ray Acland Reminiscing 7.5
Ray Acland Bow-Fiddle-Rock 9.5
Frank Adams Rain Clearing Inch Strand 7.5
Frank Adams Serpentine River 8
Frank Adams Madonna Arundel Cathedrial 7
Don Baldwin Touch of the Blues 5.5
Don Baldwin The Sawyer 7
Don Baldwin Dianne 2 7
Jonathan Barham The View Remains 8.5
Jonathan Barham Goose in a Spin 7.5
Jonathan Barham Sand and Feather 8
Lorna Brown The King’s Shilling 10
Lorna Brown Across Dingle Bay 8
Lorna Brown Chrysanthemum 8
Michael Davison Keep Up ! 9
Michael Davison Birdman 9.5
Michael Davison Memory Lane 7.5
Andy Dulson Racing to Win 7.5
Andy Dulson Richard 8.5
Andy Dulson Handout 8
Ronnie Hall Silver Birch in Sun 8.5
Ronnie Hall Rodrigo Sanchez 8
Ronnie Hall A Pair of Pumpkins 9
David Harris Blue-Tailed Damselfly 9.5
David Harris Textured Clematis 7
David Harris Hares-Tail Seed Head 8.5
Ross Laney When the Boat Comes in 7.5
Ross Laney A Suitcase of Memories 8
Ross Laney The Midas Touch 10
Jeff Owen Eau 6.5
Jeff Owen Concentration 7.5
Jeff Owen Mosely the Fisherman 8
Lynne Owen Palm Leaf 8.5
Lynne Owen Speechless 7
Lynne Owen The Picture Window 7.5
Peter Rocchiccioli Power & Wealth 10
Peter Rocchiccioli Green for Go 8
Peter Rocchiccioli Health & Safety 8.5
Keith Sawyer The Plan 8.5
Keith Sawyer Tango 8.5
Keith Sawyer The Inner Life 7.5
Ken Stanhope Take Off 8
Ken Stanhope Icelandic Splendour 8.5
Ken Stanhope Voles Beware 9.5
Sheila Tester A Group of Mycena with Spider 9
Sheila Tester Skirting the Discussion 7.5
Sheila Tester Fungi Emerging from Fallen Tree 8

This Thursday is Deadline for 2nd Beginners and Intermediate Print Competition

This Thursday the 14th January is the deadline for the 2nd Beginners and Intermediate Print Competition.


Here are a few tips that should be noted, if you need help or have any questions just contact anyone in the club or use the feedback box below this post.

Upload instructions

Here are relevant extracts from the completion rules in the members Handbook on this link  Members Handbook:

4 Not more than three prints may be entered in any one competition. Entered prints should be consecutively numbered to show the entrant’s preferred sequence of selection for competition since acceptance of all prints submitted cannot be guaranteed.

Check that the PDI versions of your image are sRGB colour space and the cropping is the same as the print.  Also follow these guidelines that are for PDI club competitions.

2  Image file requirements:

  1. a) The maximum size of the image is 1400 pixels horizontal by 1050 pixels vertical, this is resolution of the projector so these dimensions will give optimum viewing
    b) Images should be in JPEG format (maximum quality) and each file must have a jpg extension.c) The working colour space should be sRGB. Images with missing or incorrect working space will be automatically converted to the correct working space but if this needs to be done no responsibility for any resulting colour changes can be accepted by the competition secretary.

SCPF Awards for The Club, George Atkins and Keith Sawyer

Friday night grand opening of The Southern Counties Photographic Federation exhibition and awards presentation.

Presentations by Tony Oliver SCPF President.

Peter Rocchiccioli receiving certificate for the Club second position in the PDIs

George Atkins getting his Silver medal for second place in the print section.

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Keith Sawyer gained a certificate for his ‘Mind Games’ as Highly Commended PDI.

Well done

4th Round Of the Enprint Competition Coming Up Soon

For those of you who missed the earlier post, this is a reminder that the next round of the Enprint Competition will be judged on Thursday January 21st.

There is no set theme for this round and entries need to be with me by the previous week (14th January). Apologies that this is the same deadline date as the main print competition.

As usual prints need to be between 4″ x 6″ and 5″ x 7″ with minimal cropping and minimal digital manipulation. You may print your own or have them commercially processed. I look forward to seeing some  excellent images as usual.

The final round will be judged on 25th February and all the winning entries from the previous rounds will be judged on 10th March to find the final three winning images to go into the Annual Exhibition and to find the overall winner of the Enprint cup. So you only have two more rounds to have a chance of being selected ……….!

3rd Enprint Competition Results

With only 3 people entering this round of the competition it seems that either the constraints of a theme or the run up to Christmas have meant that this was not a popular round. For the next round we shall therefore have an open category entry format and perhaps try a theme again for the final round.
From the excellent images that were submitted for the 1st Beginners’ print competition I can see that some of you might no longer feel that the Enprint competition is appropriate as you have progressed beyond it, but do remember that all Beginners can enter and if you are one of the final winners then there is a cup to be awarded and an automatic entry into the Annual Summer Exhibition. So well worthwhile in the end.
On Thursday I shall be displaying the winning images from all the rounds and you will be able to collect any other prints that you have submitted.
The 4th round will be judged on 21st January, with submissions by 14th January please. So do get out and about over the Christmas break so that we can have a good selection to choose from.
Whilst written feedback is given by the selection committee for the the 3 winners, I do know that some of you would like feedback as to why your images were unsuccessful. As I have said previously at the meetings, the committee are always willing to give feedback if they are asked and I can point you in their direction if you ask me, or in fact direct you to other advanced workers who are always available to help when needed. I do pass on any verbal comments that may have been made, and some people have already benefitted from feedback when they have asked. I would encourage you to get some feedback as everyone is more than willing to assist and to help you and the club improve.
So finally the results:
1st Ed Feldmanis, 2nd Ed Feldmanis , 3rd Mem Baybars . Their images can be viewed on Thursday evening.