• Paul Ubsdell Wildlife Trophy

    Our annual wildlife competition this week provided the sixteen members and visitors with a great show of digital images - forty six in total submitted by eleven members. They depicted a wide variety of subjects including birds, mammals, insects and plants as well as a number featuring big cats !

    A warm welcome was extended to our judge for the evening, Walter Benzie Hon FRPS and former President of the Royal Photographic Society. Following the usual preview, each image was displayed for Walter to comment upon and give a mark out of twenty. Throughout the course of the evening some very helpful feedback was given by Walter, including some suggestions aimed at helping members to improve the composition and overall quality of their wildlife pictures.

    For example, Walter emphasised the importance of achieving an appropriate depth of field and correct exposure for wildlife pictures. In particular, when shooting in RAW, he suggested that a small degree of over exposure can prove helpful. Walter also drew attention to the problem of burnt out highlights and also over pixellated areas of an image caused by digital over sharpening. As an aside, Walter also recommended the making of prints from favourite PDIs as a way of preserving the pictures in perpetuity in a way that may well not be possible with digital storage.

    By the end of the evening eight images had been awarded high marks, thus gaining certificates of merit for those members.

    Of those, the following five received eighteen marks:

    MORNING HUNT by Graham Ainge

    HIS MAJESTY by Bob Hoare

    GIRAFFES by John Jeyes

    ALL PUFFED UP by Dave Johnson

    LITTLE GREBE WITH SHY CHICK by David Moore

    One gained nineteen marks: DRAGONFLY by Dave Johnson

    Two gained twenty marks:

    SURFING OSPREY STYLE by Graham Ainge and WHITE FEATHER by Bob Hoare

    Of these two, Walter announced that the evening's overall winner would be Bob's very original and subtle picture of a white feather caught amongst some green leaves which, by inference, brought together the two themes of flora and fauna most effectively.

    The evening concluded with club chairman Tony Storey offering a vote of thanks to Walter Benzie, to the evening's winning member, Bob Hoare, and to all the members who had contributed their work for what had been another interesting club night.

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  • 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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