Okay, it’s a new normal. The things we were all concerned about before the virus appeared now seem insignificant. COVID-19 is changing the landscape. But know this…one day, it will all be over and we’ll resume worrying about petty things.
We hope that you and your loved ones stay safe, well and positive through this very difficult time.
If you have not been in receipt of a membership renewal form that was sent out via email to all members it is available to download here or on the Documents page where it can be found in the Club Documentation section. This is a fillable PDF that can be filled in and sent back without having to download.
The aim of the 'renewal form' introduced this season is as a Treasurer's aid to knowing who's rejoining or not rejoining, and therefore to keep track of subscriptions. This should not be confused with a membership application.
The programme for this coming season will only be available in digital form.
There are however links on the Home and Documents pages as well as here to an alternative imposed version that anyone who wishes to have a printed version can download and print a copy providing their printer has a double-sided printing facility with, in this case choosing the “print using short side” command.
This alternative version allows for the finished print job to be gathered and folded in half and then stapled to give a document of a very similar type to the professionally printed programme that the club has issued in the past.
The existing PDF of the programme that has already been sent out via e-mail can also be printed of course.
2020 Image of The Year Competition
The first live remotely judged Zoom meeting that all members were invited to watch was held on the 24th July with an appraisal of ninety images by judge Dr Julie Hutson ARPS DPAGB.
Whilst the winners of awards can be seen displayed on the Home page here are links to edited down versions for viewing of that recording split into parts 1 and 2 for those not being able to sit through the whole of the original recording.
Friendly battle with Bury St Edmunds - Chrissie Hart
I was very pleased to see so many of you at the “Go To Meeting” for our friendly battle with Bury St Edmunds.
After a very close first two rounds we were even stevens on the score but Colchester pulled through in the Vegetable category to finish the evening 7 points clear. Well done everyone.
A special mention should go to those who scored 18 or above:
Colin Brett – Greater Kudo - 18
Cheryl Wilkes – Rock Formation Paradise Caves – 18
Wendy Leech – Buttercups & Daisies - 18
Vic Hainsworth – Trekking on Mount Blanc – 19
Martin Heathcote – Reflections in Still Water -19
Peter Howard – Morning Silhouette – 19
Kate Jackson – Road to Nowhere – 20
Martin Leech – Veg Box – 20
Congratulations to all of you.
Our thanks must go to judge David Gibbins EFIAP/s ARPS BPE5* APAGB Who was not afraid to appreciate “something out of the ordinary” which was reflected in Colchester attaining many of the highest scores.
Chrissie Hart - External Comp Sec.
Catch up on live talks provided by the RPS during lock down on YouTube.
Remote presentations and judging are becoming the norm and offer an advantage as physical distance is not an issue giving a wider choice of judges and speakers.
As well as the up and coming RPS talks posted on the What's on page you can catch up with any interviews from their season of live talks here. Be sure to return to catch up on other videos as they're added.
Regarding Nature Definition
A new PAGB document termed Nature Eligibility for PAGB events has been posted on the Documents as being the outcome of the responses from the area federations with the PAGB In addition the following is reproduced from the EAF Bulletin.
Due to the considerable concern of club members to the change in the definition of the Nature Rule in February 2020, the Executive has discussed this further and subsequently has agreed the following changes.
The so-called ‘montage paragraph’ has been removed as well as the restriction on people being included. Other text has been simplified and the Wildlife section has been removed. The Nature Rule will now be referred to as ’Nature Eligibility’ and is published on the PAGB
Website. The Monochrome Rule has also been renamed ‘Monochrome Eligibility’.
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.
See here for any exhibitions being held.