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.

Club News and Events

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It has also been realised that the work-flow guides previously issued and available on the website were out-of-date in some respects.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.


In addition to the above guidance has also been issued with regard to this seasons
Image of the Year competition which can be viewed here.

External Events

North Essex PDI Competition 26th November 2020

This evening saw the North Essex PDI competition; this year hosted by Maldon Camera Club, the winners last year.

Entry this year was lower than previously with only seven clubs entering but never the less there were some interesting images and the competition was fierce.

The judge, Tony Oliver from Wiltshire gave some good appraisals with astute observation and a sense of humour. Strange thing this judging - Jan Cross’s humorous image entitled “Let me Out” scored 20 in the International Twin Town Competition hosted by Halstead and judged by Naomi Saul in October!   Congratulations to Martin for his Yellow Baboons at Dawn which scored a 20 and also to Marny whose Golden Eagle was scored by the judge at 20 but was not actually used in the competition as we did not need to use the reserve having already lifted the trophy.

My thanks go to all those who allow Colchester to use their images and the high standard we have come to expect from our members saw consistently high marks awarded.

1 Osea Island Chris Aldred 19
2 Yellow Baboons at Dawn Martin Heathcote 20
3 Humpback Whales bubble-net feeding Derek Howes 19
4 Jah Wobble and the Invaders of the Heart Steve Ball 17
5 Let Me Out Jan Cross 16
(Reserve) Golden eagle** Marny Macdonald 20
  ** Not used but scored by judge    

CPS members images may be seen here


The final results were:

Colchester 91 points

Halstead 88 points

Mersea 85 points

Clacton 81 points

Harwich 80 points

Maldon 79 points

Braintree 73 points

The image of the evening went to Laraine Green from Halstead with her imaginative still life “Coffee Time”


Colchester will therefore host this competition during the 2021-22 season.

Chrissie Hart - External Competition Secretary


A rematch with Bury St. Edmunds Photographic Society Tuesday 15th December 2020

Judged Live on Zoom by Roger Parry MPAGB ARPS EFIAP Hon. PAGB

We will be looking for NEW images not used at Colchester before (this will not preclude you using them during the 2020-21 season)

This time it will be an open competition with no set subjects Images to be sized in the usual way for CPS ie 1600px by 1200px, sRGB

Please name them as per the latest instructions ie  Bird on a Stick and put the Title and Author in the Metadata

You can send in 2 images for selection and we will aim to use 1 image from 30

different members.

Entries to be received by Sunday 29th November 2020

Please send entries to: externalcompsec@colchesterphotosoc.co.uk


Do not send your entries to the Internal competition secretary


The Show Must Go on!


Normally at this time of year St Ives Photographic Club are getting ready for their annual exhibition in St Ives. As they can’t run their exhibition in the usual way they have decided to do this online.

Their Club members have provided images recording A Day In Lockdown (1st May 2020) which can be viewed as an online video here.

PAGB GB Cup & Trophy 2021 - New Rules and entry details

The format of these events has changed and they will now be run in combination in order to encourage more print entries. Additionally, to encourage print entries the maximum paper size allowed will now be A4 and there will be no charge for print entries.

The new rules for the events can be found at:

The timetable for 2021 can be found at:

Entries can be made at:

Website opens for Entries Sunday 1st November 2020 Closing date for entries Monday 24th January 2021 Judging Saturday/Sunday 30th/31st January 2021

EAF Print and PDI Championships 2021


Sadly a decision has been made to cancel both the EAF Print and PDI Championships for 2021.


At this time the EAF Exhibition is going ahead, with a caveat depending on the current situation. Members can if they want re-submit the work they did in March.

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.


Revised Rules

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.

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