North Essex Inter Club PDI Trophy  - November 14th

On a night when the Chairman was celebrating his birthday he also had the fact that Colchester retained the North Essex Inter Club PDI Trophy to celebrate in a close fought competition with twelve other clubs.

So close that it had to be decided on a tie break between Colchester and Alresford with Colchester member Derek Howes nature picture of Dalmation Pelicans breaking the tie in favour of Colchester. Best image of the night chosen by Judge Nick Akers LRPS, was another nature picture of a Common Tern submitted by John Fryer-Kelse of Alresford Camera Club and in the absence of the author the trophy is pictured below left being accepted by Alec Corten who also belongs to Alresford.


Individual scores and final positions of participating clubs can be viewed here.

CPS 8 x 8 Competition - October 17th

The Club's 8 x 8 Competition judged by Dr Julie Hutson DPAGB was held before a capacity audience last night. Seven other regional clubs competed with us for the trophy as well as the shield for best print of the competition.

Three of the Colchester's eight images achieved the full mark
of twenty. This together with our other high scores enabled the club to retain the trophy with Chelmsford coming second and Halstead third.

The best print of the competition (pictured on the right) was adjudged to be Spirit of the Dragon, a mono submitted from
Dot Riches of Great Notley Photography Club whose External Competition Secretary Dave Greenwood is pictured below on the left receiving the shield.
Full results and scores can be seen here.

External Competition Win

The Club's External Competitions got off to a good start with a resounding win in the first competition of the season where seven out of our eleven entries achieved 20/20 at the Halstead International Twin Town Competition. Colchester won by a margin of 20 points from Halstead. The judge Ron Tear had a difficult task in choosing his most favoured image of the night but eventually chose an image from Christian Leg of Photo Cine Club Haubourdinois entitled ‘Zénitude’.
Halstead's Mayor Shirley Driver is seen below presenting the prize to a suitably suited and booted Vic and alongside is the judge's choice as the winner from the highest scoring images.
The Club's individual images together with their scores can be viewed here.

Recent award presentations


Robert Bannister was presented with the EAF Paul Keene award for his exhibition colour print of Brown Hares Boxing together with a belated CPS award for coming third in the Advanced PDI competitions and a Highly Commended in the Image of the Year competition.

Annie Ringland was presented with her PAGB Credit award.
Annie presented ten prints to experienced judges who rated whether in their opinion, it  was an example of 'good club photography' and thus would do well in inter club competitions. To achieve the Credit, images have to be consistently marked as meeting this standard by the judges.

David Banks was presented with a belated CPS award for coming second in the Intermediate Mono Print competitions and a Highly Commended in the Three on a Theme print panel competition.

The Club's opening night saw awards that had been outstanding during our summer break  presented to two club members.


A Royal Photographic Society Distinction is said to be one of the most prestigious in the photographic world. There are three levels, the first being Licentiateship followed by Associateship and then the Fellowship.


 Amit Roy's Licentiateship of The Royal Photographic Society was presented to him by Vic. Later in the evening Amit gave an amusing talk on his career in photography leading up to his award. The standard is high and Tony Bramley provided an insight into what the distinctions team would be looking for when assessing a panel. Amit's panel can be seen here.

PAGB Inter-Federation Competition Award

An Inter-Federation Competition is held each June. Federations submit entries from the members of their affiliated Clubs in four Categories – Monochrome Prints, Colour Prints, Open Projected and Nature Projected. PAGB medals and ribbons are awarded to individual images in each Category and club member Robert Macdonald was awarded a ribbon for his submission “Buffalo silhouettes at sundown”. The ribbon was presented to Robert by Vic.

The Club 'Project'

Due to the relative unpopularity of the set subject or themed competition evenings, it was decided that, from this season they were no longer to be included in the programme. Instead, a subject for an ongoing ‘project’ would be chosen, and this season it is ‘Street Photography’ (see page 5 of the latest inFocus newsletter).

The idea is that those wishing to take part will produce images as and when they wish, and will have the opportunity to present some of these on a special club evening on May 1st.

Images can also be posted on the Society’s Flickr and Facebook pages (see page 2 of the latest inFocus newsletter to see how to do this). Our annual competition with Colchester twin town Wetzlar (Germany) also has the theme ‘Street Photography’ this year, so in March, members will be invited to submit images for consideration to represent the club.
This idea is designed to get you out-there with your camera and then hopefully to share with us of some of your efforts at a special showing on 1st May.

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Coming up

November 21, 2017

 7.30 pm -10.00

Essex Challenge Trophy Comp.

Judge: Sue Dobson CPAGB APAGB.

Observer ticket details for the forthcoming APM adjudication to be held in Colchester 25/26th November can be found here


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