• Summer Exhibition 2018

    My grateful thanks to the fourteen club members who, between them, contributed an impressive 217 prints and 13 photoboards that filled the exhibition room in Selsey Town Hall from the 23rd to the 27th August. The quality of the photographic work on display clearly impressed our 530 visitors over the five days, which included a number who came to the private viewing session on the Wednesday evening. The audio-visual presentation, once again so expertly compiled by Bryan Whittle to include a whole season's worth of high scoring digital images, also attracted many favourable comments. Overall this was a very successful summer exhibition - clearly our best yet !!

    Here are some of the comments recorded by our visitors:

    "Very impressed" , "Excellent" , "Great images" , "Well done" , "Great Exhibition" , "Wonderful", "Brilliant - Thank you" , "Very good as usual" , "Stunning work - thank you" , "Well done all"

    I would particularly like to thank the stalwart team of members who worked tirelessly setting up the exhibition throughout Wednesday, meeting & greeting visitors over the five days, dismounting everything and transporting the display boards back to Martin's garage.

    Once again we decided to drop the entry charge to the exhibition and replace it with a voluntary raffle in which visitors could choose to pay £1 for an opportunity to win their favourite print. This certainly proved very popular with 250 tickets sold over the five days. The winning ticket, drawn on Monday afternoon by Arts Dream Selsey's Jan Bush, belonged to Liz Hall of Brighton who had chosen print No 32 "Moving (2)" (taken by Dave Johnson).

    Two factors contributed to the overall success of this year's exhibition. Opening for five days clearly helped with visitor numbers, but collaborating with members of Arts Dream Selsey, who exhibited and demonstrated paintings, drawings and quilting in the main hall and council chamber, certainly ensured that both exhibitions benefited from one another's visitors. My grateful thanks therefore to JanBush and her colleagues for their support and for working with us on the advertising and promotion of what turned out to be a five-day arts "extravaganza"

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  • Presentation Dinner

    A select party of twenty members and partners enjoyed a most pleasant evening on the 9th July on the occasion of our annual presentation dinner. The event was held as usual at Selsey Golf Club where we consumed a delicious three course meal thanks to the friendly catering staff there. This was followed by the awarding of trophies and certificates to our competition winners and runners-up.

    However, before the presentations began, our traditional raffle was held with a good selection of prizes contributed by various members. This was organised by Bob Hoare once again and, much to everyone's amusement, resulted in almost every person winning a prize !

    Competition trophies were presented by club president David Nicholls to the winners from the past season together with a special rose bowl which is being presented each year to the most improved photographer. In addition, runners-up were also recognised with certificates; their photographic entries having gained equal top marks from competition judges.

    This most enjoyable evening concluded with a word or two of thanks from Club President David Nicholls, and informal conversation reflecting upon the successes of the past season and suggestions for the one to come.

    Our warmest congratulations to all our trophy and certificate winners.

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  • Annual General Meeting

    Sixteen members gathered in St Wilfrid's Church Hall on Monday 25th June for the club's Annual General Meeting.

    Opening the meeting, the Chairman welcomed everyone and paid tribute to the committee members who had worked hard throughout the past season to ensure that everything ran smoothly and successfully. Wearing his competition secretary's hat, he went on to report that competition entries were slightly lower than last season's figure and the number of members participating over all the competitions was down by 4% from the previous season.

    Programme Secretary, Joan Taylor, reviewed the various events that had taken place over the past season, including competitions, talks, workshops, outdoor shoots and the inter-club competitions. She then outlined the programme being planned for the coming season including our involvement in the Southern Counties Photographic Federation's print and PDI leagues

    This was followed by Andrew Kendon's treasurers report and the acceptance of the 2017/18 audited balance sheet together with approval of the appointment of our auditor for 2018/19 - Paul Robinson. Despite a small fall in revenue over the past year, he proposed that the club should maintain members' subscriptions at their current rates. This was passed unanimously.

    The Chairman then announced that Debbie Platt would be standing down from the committee to spend more time in her holiday home in Spain. She was thanked by the Chairman on behalf of all the members for her contribution to the club over the past six years. The remaining committee members were re-elected unopposed.

    The Chairman then asked all members present to choose their favourite theme, of the six short listed, for next season's set subject competition. Following a show of hands, "Water" was the overwhelming favourite.

    There followed an interesting and wide-ranging discussion about the recent decline in members attending club meetings, the possible causes of this and the difficulty the club has in retaining new members. A clear view was expressed that the club pays insufficient attention to supporting less experienced new members who may lack confidence and feel overwhelmed by the quality of pictures on show during competitions. To counter this trend, a mentor system was suggested as a way of providing one-to-one support to new members to help them find their feet and gain photographic confidence. It was also felt that promoting this message through the greater use of social media, including Facebook, might encourage new comers as well as bringing the club to the attention of amateur photographers and potential members living locally.

    PHOTO BOARD COMPETITION

    Prior to the AGM. members had been invited to submit entries for this new competition, comprising of a panel of any number of prints displayed on a sheet of A1 size board.

    On the day, ten boards were on display, covering a variety of interesting themes and subjects, and members were invited to view and vote for their favourites. Following the count, the result was as follows: In third place came Dave Johnson's board entitled "SHUTTERFLY". Second place came Joan Taylor's board featuring the many thatched properties in Selsey. However, the winner was Andrew Kendon's board composed of colourful pictures of street art from around the world.

    Thus concluded another successful season and AGM. All that remained was for the Chairman to remind everyone about the following important club dates:

    • Presentation Dinner (Monday 9th July)

    • Summer Exhibition (22nd to 27th August)

    • Welcome Evening on Monday 3rd Sept - Members' 10 Minute Presentations !

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