Rules and PDI preparation changes

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.

External Events

EAF Exhibition Entry Forms for CPS Members

Advance notice of submissions for the 2019 Annual EAF Exhibition. Steve will be needing your forms and entry fees well before 10th March.

The 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 LRPS. 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.

Entry forms can be downloaded here:

Rules can be downloaded here:


Lots of happy faces at the Masters of Print

and amongst those from the club were......

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.

Bristol Salon closing date is 26th January 2019

Clay Cross closing date for online submissions is 26th January 2019

Southport closing date for submissions is 19th January 2019


PAGB Distinctions

At another round of assessments at Pontefract in West Yorkshire, amongst those successful from the club gaining C's in prints were Mary Battye and Amit Roy to whom we offer or congratulations. Pictured below with EAF President Paul Radden .

North Essex PDI Trophy

Essex Trophy

The annual competition for the North Essex PDI Trophy was hosted by the club and judged by EAF President, Paul Radden. The evening resulted in a win for Great Notley with the club being placed joint fourth. The best image of the evening trophy was won by our own Derek Howes for his image "Jaguar emerging from river".
Full results can be viewed here.

Derek Howes receiving best image trophy

Dave Greenwood receiving the winners trophy on behalf of his club

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Congratulations to Jeff Scott winner of the Essex Challenge PDI Competition seen here receiving the trophy from judge, Pauline Martindale.

Jeff's winning image entitled Spheres of a Garden can be seen below.



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