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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 https://www.walnuttreepub.co.uk/ including the food options.

Please let me know via rpsgroup@chichestercameraclub.org.uk 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

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 rpsgroup@chichestercameraclub.org.uk

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 – 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

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.

PAGB GROUP MEETING, MONDAY 4TH april AT THE TANGMERE VILLAGE CENTRE.

The PAGB Group will meet on Monday 4th April in the small hall at the Tangmere Village Centre.

We meet at 6.45pm for a prompt start at 7.00pm. Please come early to help get the room ready for the meeting. Cost is £3 for club members and £4 for non members.

Please bring along your Prints and PDIs with a view to having an in-depth critique by the group. We will also be assessing image suitability for Salon submissions and/or inclusion in a prospective panel for a PAGB distinction. 

I look forward to seeing you all.

The image featured above is The Sweeper © Michael Davison

RPS Group – Tuesday 15th March

I’m pleased to say we will meet again at Tangmere this month when two members of the group who been through the Royal Photographic Society’s one-to-one service on potential portfolio submissions will share with us the advice they received.

The group exists to support members who are interested in following the RPS distinctions routes and is open to all. Whether you have work well in development for submission or are just interested in finding out more, you will be very welcome.

We meet in the small hall at Tangmere Village Centre, at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. The cost is £3 to Club members, and I regret we are not yet able to open the sessions to non-club members.

The featured image is from Nick Hepworth’s recetn successful L Panel

Annual Exhibition 2022

The Club’s highly regarded Annual Exhibition returns this August to the Assembly Room in Chichester after our enforced break, running between Saturday 6th and Saturday 13th August. It’s now time to start the planning, but as it’s three years since we held our Annual Exhibition, I’m aware that our newer members will not have taken part or indeed perhaps ever even seen the exhibition.

Because of that, and as it might seem this is very early to begin our planning, I’m starting with some background information and to encourage all Club members to take part in this special opportunity to show your work to a wider audience.

The Exhibition takes place over a week and attracts visitors from far and wide – usually well over 1,000 over the period. It is open to all members in both print and PDI categories, and all members are guaranteed at least one image will be accepted.

Unlike the Spring Exhibition and North Mundham, this exhibition is judged, this year by Chris Palmer FRPS EFIAP DPAGB APAGB, on Thursday 9th June, who will select a number of awards and trophies. Along with the trophies won by members during the season (such as the league winners in PDIs and Prints), the awards are made at the Exhibition Preview Evening on Friday 5th August which is open to all members and their family and friends as well as the Club’s invited guests.

As well as the Selection Committee then deciding on the images to be included in the Exhibition, the layout of the display boards has to be arranged and a catalogue for the Exhibition produced and printed – hence what might seem like a long lead in time.

You can enter work that you have shown during the season, or work that is new and there is full guidance on how to submit both Prints and PDIs, available here (guidance for entrants). The upload site and boxes for prints will be open from Thursday 17th March, with a deadline of Thursday 12th May. This year we will also have drop off points for prints, available until the same deadline.

The Exhibition has an excellent reputation, and is also a wonderful social occasion – as you might guess, we need lots of volunteers and help to make the event successful – most importantly of course, a good body of work to exhibit.

Lorna Brown

The featured image shows setting up the exhibition in 2018, by Lorna Brown

Ladies’ Spring Celebration – 18th March

Dear Ladies of the Club

As we were unable to hold our Little Christmas Celebration this year, I promised to arrange a Spring Equinox get together instead (any excuse really!)

That is now approaching, falling this year on Sunday 20th March. I propose that we meet on Friday 18th March for lunch, most probably at the Walnut Tree in Runcton, and meeting at 12.30pm.

Please let me know if you would like to join us by Tuesday 15th March using this email please rpsgroup@chichestercameraclub.org.uk

It will be lovely to see everyone again!

Lorna Brown

The featured image, Anemone, is by Lorna Brown