Plans for our very special exhibition at the Novium, Chichester’s district museum are progressing really well. A very varied exhibition is coming together featuring work from our archive – including lantern slides from the early days of the Club, which started in 1893 as the Chichester Photographic Society.
As well as a section of our contemporary work. a large part of the exhibition will be photographs drawn from across the Chichester district area that show activities, the people and the geography of this diverse area. Club members have been submitting their images, many drawn from their back catalogues, such as Dave Abbott’s late 1980’s image above, for this part of the exhibition and the deadline in now looming, Thursday 4th October.
We would like lots of images, and you can submit either prints, which should be unmounted and either A4 or A3, or you can upload through the normal Photocomp routed digital images. Prints should have your name, the title, the location and the date of the photograph, and digital image titles should include the location and date too please.
The usual suspects are of course Goodwood, Chichester City, the Weald and Downland Museum, the Witterings and Selsey and West Dean, so we would particularly welcome images from outside that area, even slightly over the borders too. Unlike the Club’s 10 Miles of Chichester competition for the Annual Exhibition, these do not need to be immediately recognisable locations.
The exhibition will open to the public on 24th November and runs through until 10th March 2019.
In the next 2 weeks the selection committee needs you to bring your best prints for selection consideration for the new season SCPF League & Exhibition as well as the Sussex League (irrespective of your Class).
Also if you feel you have outstanding PDIs that we have not had please upload to the 2018 selection PDIS at 1600 x 1200 resolutions SRGB
At the Annual General Meeting on 24th May, our President, John Bradshaw, led a discussion on issues relating mostly to our Club Class Members. Mike Hancock, as Vice Chair, (and now incoming Chair) had ably led this work for us, and the conclusions presented last night had been considered and agreed by John; Ann McDonald, as Vice President; Lorna Brown, Chair; Peter Rocchiccioli, Chair of Selection Committee and Mike, and subsequently by both the Management and Selection Committees.
As John summarised, a meeting held with all Club Class Members in April 2018 had looked at why there were relatively low number of entries by Club Class Members into Club competitions; issues of support available to them and matters of grading and promotion, both internally or the new Members. This followed a very full response by those Members who had been invited to comment by email.
While there were many positives arising out of the responses and the meeting, it became clear that there were issues relating to lack of confidence, lack of technical knowledge, a desire for more specific support for new photographers and a perception of a log jam in Club Class, as well as issues relating to initial classifications on joining the Club.
To address these matters, is was agreed that: –
A Developer’s sub group will be set up specifically for Club Class Members, developed and delivered by those Members themselves, and co-ordinated by Mike Hancock. This group will only be open to Club Class Members.
Training material on the Club website will be reviewed and developed to encourage Members to do more self-help with presenting and manipulating their images.
That in competitions for Club Class Members only, names will be announced only for those images held back by the judge.
That all new and existing members with evidence of photographic qualifications at the following levels or above: LRPS, CPAGB, AFIAP or a Degree in Photography will be placed into the Intermediate or Advanced Class, as determined by the Selection Committee.
That promotion from Club Class to Intermediate will be made easier with the Selection Committee looking favourably on those in Club Class submitting work to competitions regularly, so that more of those Members are promoted each year.
It was also noted that for those dissatisfied with their grading as an outcome of their competition entries in any programme year, there is a formal appeal procedure set out on the Website.
The criteria for promotion from Intermediate class to Advanced will remain as at present, that is only through assessment of work by the Selection Committee either in the initial classification on entering the Club or through performance in internal and external competitions and exhibitions.
The particular matter for discussion at the AGM was to consider the position for those Members who have been in Club Class for some time already and any newer Members joining the Club who do not achieve promotion for some time. There was a very supportive debate, with a number of questions raised and it was agreed that:
Existing members who have been in Club Class for 3 years or more and who wish to progress to the Intermediate Class will have the option of self-referral to Intermediate providing they have entered the main Club competitions during the previous year, irrespective of the marks obtained.
New Members placed in Club Class who have not been promoted after three years may also self refer to Intermediate, as long as they have taken part in competitions during those three years, irrespective of the marks obtained.
While the expectation is that this means entering ALL competitions for the specified period – along with an encouragement to take part in the Spring Exhibition – the Selection Committee will consider mitigating factors if Members are unable to enter every competition. Please also note that this does not means taking part in competitions is obligatory – from Club Class Members’ responses it was clear that some are very happy watching others progress but have no desire to do so themselves, and that will not change.
I would like to thank everyone for their positive response to this, and especially Mike Hancock for the work he undertook and the Selection Committee members for their sympathetic consideration of these issues.
Lorna Brown, Chair
Ken Worrall’s Permission to enter politely refused
Many of us find the external competitions the Club enters mystifying, even now I write about them with a degree of trepidation. Which bit of Regnum Crouch is the PDI competitions, which part of the SxPF competitions are open to those with any photographic distinctions and which are not? It is of course the Selection Committee who have to understand the often Byzantine rules that operate, and the complexity of some of these are one of reasons why the Selection Committee needs a really good number of images to select from as they may need to find – say – eight different authors submitting no more than two images each, some of which may (or may not) have distinctions, plus six more authors who definitely don’t have any distinctions. It can be really challenging – and don’t quote me on the example criteria!
For the past two years the Management and Selection Committees have been working together to attempt to make the the way the Selection Committee works clearer for all our Members, so you will now see lists of whose work and which images have been selected both on the pin board at the Club, on the website (once publication limitations are met) and via the newsletter.
You may also have seen we published the Selection Committee Guidance earlier this season (most key roles such as Chair, Treasurer and Committee Member guidance is now available, with some soon to follow) and you can find it here: –
We have also now agreed a process for any appeals about promotions from one classification band to another, which you can find with other useful links on the Documents web page, or via this link: –
The work on making what can seem complex and confusing, both about how the Club itself operates and how we engage with other organisations will carry on, and you can expect further news as it progresses.
We have a very serious issue regarding the titling of images which has had detrimental impact on Club performance. Some of our members are changing titles of their images, entering them under different titles on different occasions. This is totally unacceptable for several reasons but most importantly, it has meant the Selection Committee can make mistakenly select the image twice which results in it being disqualified as happened last year. This is unfair to the other Members whose work has been selected but is then unused because of other Member’s carelessness. Last season in the League PDIs we were relegated because we had inadvertently submitted the same image twice but with different titles. Fortunately this season we have come second in League 2 and and so will resume our rightful place League 1 for next season.
Another problem that we have found that one Member is using the same title fordifferentportrait images. This is not acceptable as we can select an image but the one we receive from the Member is different, which as you can imagine causes considerable confusion.
We also also that image titles are kept short – many national and international exhibitions physically limit titles to character count and long titles are problematic, especially when it comes to setting up the Annual Exhibitition Catalogue
We simply must ask for all Members’ co-operation to avoid these problems and the difficulties it has caused the Selection Committee whose job is anyway difficult and whose members give up their time for the benefit of all Club Members.
It is quite simple. One image – one title: one title – one image.
Paul William’s short and sweet title – Femme Fatale
I have been approached by a number of Members who were puzzled why I have been asking for first PDIs and now Prints.
Just to outline, the reason is that the Club has a Selection Committee that, as the name implies, selects work for various external competitions and this predominately is at the beginning of the season. We enter both PDIs and Prints in the Southern Counties Photographic Federation (SCPF) inter-club league competitions. That is, the competitions between clubs in the southern area which are divided into different groups according to their previous success in these competitions. There are six print leagues and seven PDI leagues. Chichester is currently in League 1 for prints and League 2 for PDIs. Each club in the relevant league hosts one of the inter-club judging rounds during the season. We will be hosting the Print League on 7th December and the PDI League on 4th January.
We have to select eight prints which will then be away for most of the season, as these same prints are used for all the league matches where they are judged by a different judge in each round. The prints will be away from October until February. We have the same requirements for PDIs. We then also compete in the SCPF Exhibition where we select 6 prints and 8 PDIs. For these competitions we use what the Selection Committee considers to be the best work available from all of the membership.
We also enter the Sussex Photographic Federation (SxPF) competitions both in prints and PDIs. For these competitions we only use work from the Club Class and Intermediate sections only. That ensures that there are opportunities for those members to have work selected to represent the Club, and although we are competing against images from the Advanced classes in other clubs, we do very well.
Because of our success last year when we were joint League 1 winners, this year we have the honour of representing the SCPF at the Interclubs Print championship run by the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) in Blackburn. This is on Sunday 29th October, we shall return the 40 prints that we require for this event the following Thursday. Over the season we have other external competitions where again as the Selection Committee Chair I shall be asking for more PDIs and Prints. Hopefully this has helped you to understand the reason for our requirements. Do ask Sheila Tester, our SCPF Representative, or Richard Smith, our SxPF Representative, if you would like any further information.
Peter Rocchiccioli, Chair of the Selection Committee
Tony Baberstock’s Olive Grove was chosen by the Selection Committee last season as part of the Club’s submission to the SxPF Print Competition, and was a medal winner
Would all members please bring a number of your best prints, mounted 50cm x 40cm for consideration by the Selection Committee. We need your prints for the Southern Counties Photographic Federation (SCPF) League and the Exhibition (held at Salisbury) The dead line date is next Thursday 14th September. Thank you for your co-operation, it is much appreciated.
Frank Adams’s Lindisfarne Castle
Patron: The Right Worshipful Mayor of Chichester. Affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain through the Southern Counties Photographic Federation.