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