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Thursday 24th May – the AGM

I am very pleased to report that last night’s AGM was well attended and very productive, with the rather special interval for refreshments provide by ‘Cook’, who enticed us with curry tasters and a delicious dessert. Our hearty thanks to Carmel Lynch who arranged this treat with ‘Cook’.

Last night was the third AGM I have chaired – and also the last, having served as Chair for two years and Vice Chair before that.  I summarised to the AGM those four years, outlining a range of positive changes that the Management Committee has overseen. Much of that has been behind the scenes, such as the production of role guidance for all Committee posts and many Post Holders, to make clear what it is we expect of those who take on these roles. Especially, that has clarified where responsibility for the Club lies, for while we have no formal existence in law, we do not exist outside of the law, as you can see in the separate post regarding the Privacy Policy required of us under the new General Data Protection Regulations.

Some changes are more visible, not least the way we run the AGM itself, now with greater input from the many who have worked so hard to make the Club successful.  That includes the budgeting system David Harris, our excellent Treasurer, has established and reported on last night so that we can better predict that our finances are secure – so important last year when costs were running ahead of income and we were able to take steps to manage that.  

Other changes have been about our public face, with an updated Club logo, renewed Annual Exhibition Banner and much improved labelling for the exhibition. We have upgraded our equipment – the laptops, screens, sound system and importantly the much needed new projector, greatly assisted in that by Mike Hancock’s funding bid. A replacement second projector is on order, plus equipment to help record our Special Interest Groups to improve our online self-help tutorials.

Our competition rules have been revised, and Vanessa Stern’s efficiency as Membership Secretary enabled us to reduce the overly long waiting list, with a successful mentoring scheme for new Members also set up.  The website has been revamped, thanks to Jeff Owen, and is no longer dependent on one webmaster but can be kept up by a number of us. The Spring Exhibition, established in 2015 for our new and aspiring members, is now a firm fixture in the calendar, and we also introduced Little Christmas – the ladies celebration on Twelfth Night, very happily stolen from the Irish tradition.

I must thank Vanessa for her diligence as Membership Secretary, Linda Bullimore and Kim Tattersall for their contributions as Committee Members, and Mike Harris as Print Secretary, all of whom are stepping down now, although Linda and Mike Harris return in new roles. I must make a special mention of Dave Abbott, the longest serving of our Committee Members, ending his term of office this year, whose contribution to the Committee has been valued and to whom I must also add my personal thanks for his support to me, both as Chair and as a developing photographer.

Thanks are also due to Sheila Tester for SCPF representation and to Glyn Edmunds, for yet another year of first class programming, both of whom return next year. Thanks also to David Harris for his sterling work as Treasurer, and to Tim Crabb, our Secretary, both elected last year for two years. And of course especially to Mike Hancock for his enthusiasm as Vice Chair, his ready support to me and for his hard work in looking into the issues around our Club Class Members.

Our thanks are also due to our Post Holders who are standing down this year, to Linda for her excellent work as Small Print Secretary, to Cath Walter who has been our Publicity Secretary for many years and to Richard Smith who valiantly took on Regnum Crouch and Sussex Photographic Federation representation. Our grateful thanks to Jeff Owen, who stays on as PDI Competition Secretary, for all his hard work, including the major work on GDPR.  Thanks are also due to Phil Shaw, stepping in as Exhibition Secretary and to John Field and Hilary Featherstone who took over the External Exhibitions, and to Iain McGowan and Sarah Nichol for their work with the North Mundham and Spring Exhibitions. The amount of sheer graft that goes on behind the scenes isn’t always evident, which is to the credit of this dedicated band of volunteers, and which of course includes our highly regarded Special Interest Group leaders.

In terms of hard graft we must also recognise the Selection Committee, tasked with ensuring we do the very best we can while including the widest possible representation of Members’ work in external competitions. Their skill in doing this has retained our position in the top league for prints in the SCPF and returned us to first division for PDIs.  The Management and Selection Committees have worked closely together to try to make its working clearer. To that end we have published role guidance, introduced an appeals procedure for promotions, revised (and continue to revise) the assessment of new Members’ work and now quickly publish selected images and authors and the results of external competitions.  

Many of our Members also work towards accreditations, and this year John Howes and Margret Preece achieved their EFIAPs, and Glyn reached his EFIAP/gold. These are achieved by entering salons, and while many of our Members have had success in these exhibitions, the total successful entries are too great to mention in full, but Glyn achieved a gold medal at the London Salon and Ann McDonald won gold at Southampton.  Ann, who was elected to the prestigious London Salon this season, also won the only southern region award with a PAGB Gold Cup. Sheila Tester, who had many salon successes this year, also received an SCPF Roll of Honour. Sheila, Ann and Peter Rocchiccioli were all successful in the PAGB Masters of Print, and Peter secured his DPAGB, while Jeff Owen was awarded CPAGB. Andrew Vance was awarded an LRPS. On that very positive note the formal part of our AGM concluded, with outcome of the discussion regarding promotions and classifications reported on a separate post.

While I don’t fully step down as Chair until the opening of the Annual Exhibition, this is the last weekly newsletter post of the season, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support while I’ve been Chair and wish the new Committee and Post Holders every success.

Lorna Brown, Chair

Promotions and Classifications

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

Chichester Camera Club exhibition at the Novium Museum

I am delighted to be able to let you know that the Club has been invited to work with the Novium Museum – Chichester’s local museum – and holding an exhibition in the temporary gallery there between November and March.  That is a professional exhibition space and we will have full support and assistance from the museum staff, in curating and hanging the exhibition, which is part to mark the 125th anniversary of the Club this year. 

While this is rather early days, the overall plan is to exhibit some of our archive prints, our current  work and feature images inspired by Chichester District.  That is a wider area than the 10 miles of the Cross, so I would encourage you to get out over the summer and into the autumn to take images throughout the district.  That’s broadly from Selsey Bill up to just beyond Linchmere and from this side of Rowland’s Castle across to Wisborough Green.  There will be a selection process for the best and most wide-ranging of those images as the new season starts, and over the summer the Photocomp portal will be opened for you to upload your images.

As a taster the images below are a taster of the work from our archive and images inspired by Chichester district.  

Old Harry by Charlie Simcox, circa 1942
Some Enchanted Evening by Brian Southward (Boxgrove Priory and the Cross)The Sheep Judge by John Howes (Weald and Downland Museum)

For Goodness Sake Don’t Drop Your Keys by Ken Worrall (Bosham)

Digital Group 22nd May 2018

“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers”

On Tuesday 22nd May a small but select number of gentlemen of the club enjoyed an instructive  evening lead by Ken Worrall. Ken gave an outline of the possibilities of ACDSee Ultimate 2018 as an image manipulation programme. From what we saw it appeared to have more to offer than Photoshop Elements and perhaps should be considered by those who object the paying a monthly fee.

Ken then demonstrated how he constructed one of his images which recently scored 10 and which was made up of elements from 5 different images. Thank you Ken

Thursday 17th May

It’s warm congratulations to Mike Harris who won last night’s PDI of the Year with The Worker’s Hand. John Howe’s  had an excellent result with second and third places, with Curious and Judging Sheep respectively.  Also commended were Stephen Marsh with Estuary;  Andy Dulson’s  Vashti Cunningham USA; Nigel Hayes with Bognor in May;  Sarah Nichol’s  Feeding Frenzy; Jeff Owen’s Please Come In; Lynne Owen with Love in the Mist and Paul Williams with Venus Ann.

Our judge for the night was John Tilsley, another change to the original programme, and gave us a very illuminating and entertaining evening of first class judging, followed by a presentation of his own images.  John , who is based near Dorchester, is a very experienced photographer, a past President of the Western Counties Photographic Federation and chair of its judging panel which trains new judges.  His skill in that area was evident, with a very warm, positive take on images.  He has a very acute eye, and a wide ranging knowledge, and very open in his own tastes.  He was most complementary about our images, praising the breadth of photographic styles we presented to him and his top picks also represented a good wide range of work.

This was our last photographic evening of the season, but we certainly go out with a bang next week with PAGB on Monday, Digital on Tuesday, Multi Media on Wednesday on Thursday and the AGM on Thursday!

In the background, work has now started on processing all the entries for the Annual Exhibition, and to look ahead, the Members’ Pre Meeting is on Thursday 2nd August at Tangmere as usual and the Preview evening for Members and guests on Friday 10th August.

Mike Harris’s The Worker’s Hand

 

John Howes’s Curious

John Howes’s Judging Sheep

Thursday 10th May

Last night saw our annual visit from the Southampton International Exhibition – one of the foremost world-wide photographic competitions – with our friends Sue Dunham and Ian Hutchinson. This year is the 105th Southampton salon, and attracted entries from 55 countries  across the world.  With such a high number of submissions and an acceptance rate of about 20 – 25%, success is a real achievement and it was good to have a good local showing at SIE this year, with success for Chichester members in both print and PDIs.  

Sue and Ian brought along the PDI selection with nature, travel and open sections.  These included images from John Howes,  Sheila Tester and from Ann McDonald who did particularly well this year with merit awards and a FIAP Gold Medal for Best Environmental Portrait in the travel section.

As Ann stressed in her vote  of thanks, entering the national and international salons can be really rewarding – that moment when you get your first acceptance is a real high – and as the travel sections in these only accept images which are more or less straight from the camera (no cloning, additions or subtractions – just cropping, colour correction and dodge and burning), they are a good way to start, and don’t have to feature exotic locations. As Ann said, our PAGB Group supports members interested in salons as well as the PAGB accreditations, so do come along to find out more.

We always enjoy having Sue and Ian and their road show with us, and we noted that Sue was awarded her APAGB last year for ‘meritorious service’, service that includes 26 years with SIE – and well deserved too!

Ann McDonald’s Man in a Turquoise Turban won the FIAP Gold Medal for Best Environmental Portrait in this year’s Southampton International Exhibition

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

You are probably aware that new data protection regulations come into effect on 25th May and have had requests from various organisations and companies you deal with over the internet to update your contact with them.  These regulations will have a bearing on Chichester Camera Club too we are currently ensuring we will be compliant.

This will mean updating our membership forms and renewal forms, as well as publishing a ‘privacy notice’. Watch out in the next few weeks for these changes.

All Special Interest Groups and those sending group emails across the Club membership MUST ensure they use BCC for all the email addresses (use your own email address for  the ‘open’ send to address). 

Thank you for your assistance in this.

Lorna Brown – Chair

Upcoming important dates

We are rapidly nearing the end of the 2017 – 2018 Season with a few important dates in May.

After our week off, we meet again on the 10th May for an evening with Southampton International PDI Show.  A special opportunity to see the pick of this world renown photographic salon with our good friend Sue Dunham. 

Thursday 10th May is very busy with the deadline for Annual Exhibition entries, including uploading print and PDI entries, as well as the deadline for the Selection Committee’s request for PDIs for the forthcoming PDI national competition in which we are representing the Southern Counties, and the PDI of the Year deadline.

Our AGM is on the 24th May this year – do please attend this important evening, which not only reports back on the current year but looks ahead to next.  Papers will be distributed via the Club’s Newsletter next week, on or before the 10th May.  Please download them and read them in advance of the meeting.

The PDI of the Year competition is on the 17th May, with judge John Tilsley replacing Chris Neill-Griffin.  This is likely to be the last stand alone PDI of the Year, as at last year’s AGM it was agreed to trial three PDI competitions in the 2018 – 2019 season.  If the trial is successful, it will require a formal proposal to change the Club’s Competition Rules at next year’s AGM.

John Tilsley, our judge at the PDI of the Year on Thursday 17th May

MORE DISTINCTION SUCCESSES FOR PAGB GROUP MEMBERS

TWO MORE DISTINCTIONS FOR PAGB GROUP MEMBERS

I’m delighted to announce that there were two more distinctions for the club at the PAGB Awards for Photographic Merit Adjudication in Chorley recently. Two members of the PAGB group were successful in gaining their PAGB Awards.

JEFF OWEN was awarded a CPAGB

PETER ROCCHICCIOLI was awarded a DPAGB

These are very highly desired distinctions and very difficult to achieve indeed, requiring a very high standard of photography. Congratulations to these two talented photographers. Below are some sample images from their successful panels.

Above is Jeff’s panel for his CPAGB. He achieved high marks in the adjudication and gained his distinction with plenty to spare!

Waiting and Wondering © Jeff Owen. One of the images in his successful CPAGB panel

Taqua © Peter Rocchiccioli. One of the images in Peter’s successful DPAGB panel