Category Archives: Exhibitions

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

Sales Opportunities at the Annual Exhibition

If you make greetings cards from you photographs, or indeed have prints for sale, you can make these available at the Annual Exhibition.

You’ll need to provide a display stand, table-top is fine, and make sure everything is clearing priced. You will need to bring any sale items to the Assembly Room, preferably on Friday 5th August during the set up times (details of which will follow in due course).

The Club will keep a record of the number of cards sold, but is not able to keep detailed records of which specific cards sell. There is a 15% commission charged, and you will be paid soon after the event, once all the payments are accounted for, less of course the commission.

As we expect to have commercial sales on the Friday evening of the Preview and the opening Saturday, we may not be able to offer Members’ cards for sale then, and given limited space, cannot guarantee all cards will be displayed at all times.

If you are interested please let me know via

The featured image is Winter on Rannoch Moor by Richard Webb

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


It may seem you have only had the trophy you won last year or even, perhaps, the year before, for a few weeks but we now need them back, in preparation for the 2021/22 awards.

Unfortunately, there are only two more Thursday evening meetings at Tangmere before we break for the summer. These are the 19th and the 26th of May. If you are in possession of a club trophy, please be sure to return it to me on one of those evenings.

By the end of May, the entries for the 2022 Annual Exhibition will have been judged and the process of getting the cups engraved with the names of the new winners needs to be started in early June.

So, trophies back to me please on the 19th May. This will give one week to round-up the remainder.

David Abbott

Annual Exhibition – summary

That was a first-class masterclass from Chris Palmer for the panels competition last night with plenty of lessons to take away – especially for the forthcoming Annual Exhibition, for which Chris is also our judge. This is a reminder that the deadline is approaching for entries, just five weeks now to the 12th May.

As it’s three years now since we’ve been able to hold the exhibition and some of our newer members will not have had a chance to enter before, here’s a summary of some of the key points (you can get the full guidance here (guidance for entrant ).

  • You can enter up to SIX prints which must be mounted on standard 40 x 50 mounts
  • You don’t need to window mount your prints – you can surface mount them, that is stick them onto the mount. (If you saw Mike Davison’s super panel of three interiors last night you will have seen some perfect surface mounting)
  • You also have to upload digital copies of your prints via Photocomp as you do for print competitions which we use for data management and publication purposes. See here for information on uploading here
  • All entries are judged individually, not as a group, but think about how the images will look exhibited together. Use the same colour mounts, think about the format of the images – all the comments about good panelling we heard from Chris
  • All of your entries will be considered for the various awards (the cups and trophies) – you cannot enter additional images for consideration in those categories, nor can you specify which category you think any image falls into
  • The exception to that is for images taken within a 10 Mile radius of Chichester’s Cross. Those images must be recognisably of their location and using the location in the title is helpful. Again, this needs to be within the 6-image limit, not in addition to it. (PDIs can also be considered here but see below for more on that)
  • You can use images that have been entered in competitions but you cannot enter again any image that has been in previous exhibitions including last year’s online version. That includes not entering as a PDI an image that was a print, or vice versa
  •  You can also enter up to SIX PDIs – these are different from the digital versions of your prints, so in total you can enter 12 images for the exhibition. Again these need to be uploaded via Photocomp and all the same rules apply

In addition to the usual awards (which are listed in the guidance) there is a new category this year. The Kenneth Richardson Cup has been presented to the Club by Barbara Coombes in memory of Kenneth, her brother, a Club member some years ago who died tragically young. It will be awarded for the best black and white image in the exhibition.

Chichester Camera Club’s Annual Exhibition is one of the foremost across the south and attracts well over 1200 visitors over the week (6th to 13th August) and it depends on the variety and quality of our members’ work to succeed. These have been difficult times and this is a splendid opportunity to celebrate our love for photography so do please enter to once more make it the wonderful event it has always been.

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.

Spring Exhibition, 9th and 10th April

If not already done please send your hanging plan and personal statement to Sarah at

An exhibition dinner will be held at the Walnut Tree, Vinnetrow Road, Chichester, PO20 1QB on the Saturday evening at 6.45 for 7 p.m.and is open to everyone, not only exhibitors.  Please look at the menus on the Walnut Tree website and send your order to Sarah at the above email. You will be able to pay individually on the night .

John Howes and Mike Harris will be looking after the set up on Saturday and will need some strong arms to assist him from 7 a.m. – volunteers please!

Margret Price will be masterminding the refreshments (tea, coffee and cakes) and will be delighted to have homemade cakes (or a donation) and volunteers to help over the weekend so lookout for the rotas to fill in next week. 

Madeleine Craggs is organising the raffle so any raffle prize to her or Sarah please. There will be a box at the club on Thursday evenings

There will be space for any cards you might like to put up for sale, with a 10% commission to the Club on any sales made.

We will want help in various ways over the weekend.