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All images remain the copyright of their authors      © Colchester Photographic Society 2019

In addition to the rule changes that have been introduced for this season please be aware that in preparing PDI images for our competitions in future the image size should be
1600 pixels x 1200 pixels.

The reason for this is that there are some external competitions which we enter where the club/organisation are using the latest projectors which use this increased size of image and we don’t want to be disadvantaged when competing.


The new rules with highlighted changes have been placed on several other pages throughout this site but are also downloadable here.

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Salons, Exhibitions and Circuits


Images submitted are judged to standards set by whomever they have received patronage from and a week or two later, the results for the salon are published. Photos that have won awards, commendations or honourable mentions are then sent certificates, small trophies/medals and in rare cases a salon may offer cash prizes. The rest of the images are either accepted or declined and each photographer is given a report card showing how well they did.

The notion of an acceptance is an important one as the goal of most photographers entering a salon is to earn acceptances. This means your photograph is officially recorded as meeting a minimum standard by the salon judges and they want to include it in that year's suite of exhibited images. The letters after photographer's names come from and indicate how "successful" someone has been in salons over time.

Midland Monochrome - closes 17th May -

Winchester National Exhibition - closes 30th June-

EAF Exhibition

Accepted Images will be displayed at Wingfield Barns, Church Road, Wingfield, Eye, Suffolk, IP21 5RA from:- Saturday 4th May to Sunday 19th May 2019 (including weekends and Bank Holiday Monday {6 th May} – but CLOSED ON MONDAY 13th MAY AND TUESDAYS). The Gallery Opening times will be:- 11.00 a.m. (N.B. one hour later than previous years) to 4.00 p.m. up to the final day of Sunday 19th May - when it will close at 12.00 Noon, to allow dismantling in the afternoon.

The official opening by Paul Radden EFIAP/b. DPAGB. PSA2* (Federation President) will take place on Saturday 4th May at 14.00 hrs. followed by the presentation of awards and Projection of the Digital Images.

External Events

Workshop / Demonstration Day with Paul Gallagher

On this one day workshop, PAUL GALLAGHER will cover aspects of post processing and image editing using Adobe Camera RAW, Lightroom and

Photoshop. You will learn important considerations you need to make throughout your digital work flow, to arrive at a superb image file ready to print or publish.
Digital files of support notes will be available afterwards to those who attend the day, which will save the problem of trying to take notes and then missing the next vital step, hint or tip!
REFRESHMENTS - morning coffee/tea with biscuits and afternoon tea/coffee with cake will be

provided. A “Social Club” adjoins the Hall and you will be able to get “refreshments” there at

Lunchtime including drinks, food, sandwiches and soup. Hot meals may also be pre-ordered

before the day, or you can of course bring a packed Lunch and drink.

APPLICATIONS may be made individually on this application form and handed to Steve Robinson together with a cheque made payable to the EAF.

Please note tickets will not be available on the door.

Download full details of the day here.

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2019 Mersea Island Challenge.

Our club together with North Norfolk and Tonbridge met in the final with Wakefield, Dingwall and XRR from Group 2 at East Ipswich on the 2nd April. Vic commenting on the result said "A very close result and for the first time that I can remember a tie-break was used. Couldn’t complain about the judge which was Sarah Kelman.

Thanks also to Clifford for representing the club."
The 2019 Mersea Island Challenge Trophy result can be found here showing that we finished third.

Maldon Challenge

Thirteen members of the club attended to see a variety of work from eight other clubs competing at this event. Formerly a mono print and open digital competition this event has recently been changed to include colour prints. The submissions had been previously assessed and marked by judge Ken Payne who gave his appraisal and awards. Amongst the club's eight print submissions five were awarded tens and Highly Commended. The event ended in a close competition with the club winning by just one mark which was gained over Photofold.

Full results and individual scores can be seen on the Archive page.

Our thanks to Annie for her iPhone image of Vic and Ken Payne

Essex Wildlife Trust's Photography Competition

Those of you who may have received the Spring edition of the Essex Wildlife magazine may have spotted that the 'Gardeners World' section of the competition was won by our very own genial Social Secretary Andrew Smith. The magazine reported that it was won "thanks to his impeccably timed capture of a Leaf Cutter Bee returning to its nest near Colchester"

Their website reported that "The whole judging panel were very impressed with the standard of the submissions to the 2018 competition, improving every year, now appearing to be at a level of a national competition! It is great to see so many people getting out in Essex, enjoying wildlife with their cameras and then sharing it with us all!"

Congratulations Andrew.