• Welcome Evening

    Our 2017/18 season began with a flourish last Monday when twenty five members and visitors attended our traditional "Welcome Back" evening.

    The session began with the chairman warmly welcoming everyone and presenting the following trophies to three members who were unable to attend July's annual dinner:

    • The Selsey Camera Club trophy to Tony Tomlinson, the winner of last season's monochrome print competition.

    • The John Sayers landscape Cup to Steve Newman, the winner of our annual PDI landscape competition.

    • The Peter Clarke Trophy to Jim Sheridan, the winner of the panel competition for PDIs.

    The main programme for the evening got underway with a series of ten minute PDI presentations given by various members with five of these scheduled either side of the interval, as follows:-

    • David Nicholls began with some fascinating pictures of celebrities he had photographed in the course of his work as a press photographer. Among the many famous faces were members of the royal family !

    • John Wadd followed this by showing us some images he had taken locally which he had processed with some new software.

    • Richard Love also showed us some local images, including views of the now demolished Lifeboat House , along with some holiday pictures.

    • Martin Thomas showed us a selection of views from his recent holiday in Norway, followed by some pictures showing the demolition of Selsey's old Lifeboat House.

    • Tony Tomlinson finished the first half of the evening with an audio-visual presentation of the colourful gardens at West Dean.

    We then enjoyed a break for refreshments served by Louise Satturley and Joan Taylor, a welcoming chat with our visitors and an opportunity to view four photoboards brought along by Joan Taylor, David Nicholls and Jacquei Mitchell. Before settling down again for the second half, Bob Hoare called out the winning numbers for the club raffle organised as always by Beryl James.

    • The second half began with Steve Newman's excellent selection of big cat photos taken at the Big Cat Sanctuary in Kent.

    • Bob Hoare then have us an amusing account, along with some pictures, of his recent though rather bothersome holiday in Turkey.

    • Louise Satturley followed this with a series of pictures taken during her biking holiday on the Isle of Mann.

    • The penultimate show was given by Chairman Tony Storey who showed some images of steam locomotives working in the south during the early 1960s contrasting with similar preserved machines currently working on the Watercress Line.

    • The final presentation was given by Dick Read who took us on a photographic tour of the lively scene and very colourful stalls to be found in Borough Market in London. Dick also finished with several very dramatic images of aircraft seen at a recent air show.

    Thus ended a most enjoyable evening which was rounded off with the Chairman thanking all the contributors together with a reminder to everyone about the our forthcoming PDI wildlife competition and encouragement to members each to enter up to five images.

    Read more...

    0 comments

  • Summer Exhibition 2017

    My grateful thanks to the twelve club members who, between them, contributed an impressive 186 prints and photoboards that filled the exhibition room in Selsey Town Hall from the 25th to the 28th August. The quality of the photographic work on display clearly impressed our 431 visitors over the four days, which included a number who came to the private viewing session on the Thursday 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 - perhaps our best yet !!

    Here are some of the comments recorded by our visitors:

    "Very impressed" , "Another super show" , "Great images" , "Lovely show" , "Great Exhibition" , "Wonderful" , "Brilliant - Thank you" , "Excellent" , "Lovely exhibition - thanks" , "Well done all"

    I would particularly like to thank the stalwart team of members who worked tirelessly setting up the exhibition throughout Thursday, meeting & greeting visitors over the four 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 219 tickets sold over the four days. The winning ticket, drawn on Monday afternoon by Arts Dream Selsey's Angela Benwell, belonged to Mr Keith Palin of Selsey. Mr Palin had chosen print No 103 "Barn Own" (taken by John Wadd), which he was delighted to receive upon delivery immediately following the exhibition.

    This year we also gave our visitors the opportunity to purchase copies of the prints on display and by Monday afternoon some twenty expressions of interest had been recorded. Needless to say the authors of those prints will contact the interested parties in due course to discuss the sales.

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

    Read more...

    0 comments

  • The Annual Presentation Dinner

    A select party of sixteen members and partners enjoyed a most pleasant evening on the 24th 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 this year and, much to everyone's amusement, resulted in pretty well 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 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.

    Read more...

    0 comments