Club News and Events

Club Meetings Continue Online 2020/21

When the COVID-19 restrictions came in in 2020, CPS put together a full programme of talks, tutorials, and competitions for the members, which are being presented online. These have proven to be popular, with good attendance and we thank all the speakers and judges who have also adapted to this medium. We will continue with this format until further notice but we cannot wait to be able to meet once again.

The Bulletin - March 2021- See pages 11 - 17


It is hoped that readers of this quarters EAF Bulletin will note the information pertaining to the Club and its activities with our twinning partner Wetzler and the Halstead Twin Towns competition in addition to a Club Profile together with images submitted by our Chairman.

Congratulations to Steve Ball who has had the welcome news that he has gained an LRPS distinction. The hanging plan he submitted for his prints is shown below and if you would like to view the images  they the can be seen here.

Revised and updated guide and rules for preparing PDI's for competition

The requirements for image entries into PDI competitions have been revised, in that the inclusion of the members' name in the image file name is no longer required. This makes things a little easier for members and also the competition secretary when offering entries for remote judging. However, it is to be noted that such details are still required to be entered into the image meta-data.

It has also been realised that the work-flow guides previously issued and available on the website were out-of-date in some respects. The newly revised document reflects the above and, in addition some further advice has been provided aimed at ensuring better image viewing accuracy across printed media, presentations via a projector, video communication or the Internet.


View or download the revised document here.

External Events

ABF The Soldiers Charity


Later this year, following the success of previous events, the charity will once again be staging another exhibition and sale to raise funds for the Army family. Called Images On Parade 2021 (IOP 2021) and comprising 200 selected images taken during 2019-2021, it will be displayed at the Images On Parade 2021 Online Gallery during the three-month period 1st October– 31st December 2021.


IOP 2021 will cover a broad range of genres including the following: military, aviation/aerospace, drone/aerial, macro, sport/action, adventure, documentary, wildlife, nature, landscape, seascape, underwater, cityscape, street, still life, composite, creative, double exposure, infra-red, portrait, night, architecture, abstract, minimalist, astrophotography, boudoir, concert, event, fine art and lifestyle.

Submissions for IOP 2021 will be electronic, in the form of TIF files, and thus at no cost to participating photographers. The maximum number of submissions per photographer will be limited to six.


The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 30th June 2021.


Each image sold will be printed, using the Giclée method, on fine art grade photographic paper, mounted on card and sealed in a cello bag for protection.


Follow this link if you would like to take part.

Chelmsford 4C's Panel Competition


I have had confirmation from Chelmsford that, subject to the road map going to plan, they will be holding the Panel Competition on Saturday 16th October. I have accepted the invitation on behalf of CPS.

Chrissie Hart ARPS DPAGB

External Competition Secretary

External Competition Secretary Report 4th May 2021

Tonight, saw the annual local derby between Colchester and our Suffolk neighbours Ipswich Photographic Society.

Judge Dr Julie Hutson ARPS DPAGB eloquently and knowledgably commented on the 30 images from each club and gave a fair appraisal and equally fair marks.

Colchester managed a win, scoring 253 to Ipswich’s 249.5.

Julie gave a wide range of marks, with seven scoring a maximum of 10:


Clearing Storm over Inch Strand

David Robinson


Elephants Ears and Milk Bottle

Lindsey Saunders


Hellebores from my Garden

Wendy Mann


Surfboarder on the Beach

Alison Hance


The Boscombe Boys

Jackie Gilman


Post Office Tower

Alison Pangbourne


Storm Jorge Light Show

Kate Jackson



I congratulate the above on their maximum scores and would also like to thank all the photographers for such a varied array of quality images. It was a pleasure to see them.


Individual scores may may seen here.  Images scoring 10 may be seen here.

Chrissie Hart ARPS DPAGB

External Competition Secretary

2021 EAF Exhibition

The 2021 Exhibition will not be taking place in May. But the EAF hope to be able to arrange for the Exhibition to take place at Wingfield Barns in August for

Prints and Projected Images. Opening on Saturday 14th and Closing on Tuesday 31st August.

Click on the image of the poster for a larger version giving full details of opening days and times.

Click HERE for the full information document produced by
Naomi Saul (EAF Exhibition Secretary).

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.

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.

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