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Its been a bumper distinctions weekend for CPS members
November 26th

Saturday 20th January 2018

The Cambridge PDI Trophy, held at the Whittlesford Village Hall, Mill Lane, Whittlesford, Cambridgeshire, CB22 4NE. Although commencing at 1.30 pm, it is advisable to be there by 1.00 pm at the very latest, to save being sat at the back. Tickets are £8.00 per person, which includes an afternoon tea of sandwiches and cake.  Cash to Steve Robinson next week, please.


Sunday 4th February 2018

The EAF AGM, followed by the PDI Championships. This event is held at The Fulbourn Centre, Home End, Fulbourn, Cambridge, CB21 5BS, commencing no earlier than 11.00 am. The top 2 clubs will represent the EAF at the PAGB PDI Championships at Warwick, as we did in 2016. Tickets are £8.50 per person, which includes tea/coffee.

Cash to Vic Hainsworth, please.


Sunday 4th March 2018

The EAF Print Championships, commencing at 10.30 am. We missed out representing the EAF by one point last year. All the details are as for the above.

Anyone interested in either of these events, please let me  know by next Tuesday, 9th January, with your payment. I can then obtain tickets for them the following weekend.


And finally, The EAF Exhibition

This event is for you all to submit Prints and PDIs of your choice. So now is the time to start planning and select your images. Each member can enter 4 PDIs, 3 Colour and 3 Mono Prints. Entry fee is  60p per image. PDI format is our usual 1400 x 1050 pixels and PDI versions of any prints entered are required.

Closing dates are as follows: PDI images and PDIs of your prints  to Steve Robinson, treasurer@colchesterphotosoc.co.uk by Tuesday 6th March,  Prints to Vic Hainsworth by Tuesday 13th March at the latest. (No late entries please) Please give your entry fees on any club evening to Steve. Entry Forms and rules:





The accepted images will be displayed at Wingfield Barns, Church Road, Wingfield, Eye, Suffolk, IP21 5RA  from Saturday 5th May to Sunday 20th May 2018. Official opening by the EAF President on Saturday 5th May at 2.00 pm.


It is worth attending any of these events as you will see the cream of work from around the Federation.



It was the EAF's turn to hold one of the PAGB adjudication events this year and it has been a bumper weekend for distinctions for those club members who entered for either a C or D distinction at the event. Pictured here from
left to right with the President of the PAGB
Gordon Jenkins APAGB in the background
are the members who gained a C award namely: Robert Farrow, Kate Merriweather, Nancy Shephard and Ben Heather.

Not only did the club gain four new holders of the C distinction but two others, Robert Bannister and Lynn Rix, gained a D distinction and are pictured below also with the President of the PAGB in the background.

Whilst these members have to be congratulated, an added triumph was for Vic and Roy in organising and staging one of the most successful events and venues for a round of the awards from the PAGB. They were both presented with an engraved glass award in recognition of their hard work.

Vic's comments afterwards told of "how very complimentary the PA executive team were, saying it was one of, if not the, best adjudication weekends they have taken part in. They appreciated how smoothly it all ran and how everybody played their part so well. Of course, the great venue also made a difference, so thank you for suggesting it, Roy."
Pictures courtesy of Tony Bramley FRPS. www.stormphotography.uk.

Essex Challenge Trophy  - November 21st

Our evening set aside for images to be judged for the Essex Challenge Trophy Competition was preceded by a couple of awards that had been due to members, one of which was believed to be a first in the club, that of a BPE1 Crown Award to member Colin Brett.

Once the evening had got under way, judged by Sue Dobson CPAGB APAGB, the audience were shown a wide variety of images across nearly all genres as the competition had no restrictions on what could be presented other than the fact that the image must have been taken in Essex. There was however for one of our club competitions, a noticeable decrease in nature or wildlife images so it would seem that most members had not felt that the zoos, wildlife refuges and parks in the county would provide many opportunities for images for this competition.


Whilst entries were dominated by landscape images, second place was awarded to Roy’s character image of “Dave of Colchester”. Before the evening closed Roy was prompted into relating to the audience a very graphic account of a conversation that he had had with the subject of his image about his life, circumstances and acquaintances.


The well-deserved choice as winner of the competition selected from a total of seventy images submitted and twenty that were held back was Colin Westgate pictured above receiving the trophy from the judge for his image “Misty Sunrise Mersea Island”. Individual awards and images can be seen here.

The Club 'Project'

Due to the relative unpopularity of the set subject or themed competition evenings, it was decided that, from this season they were no longer to be included in the programme. Instead, a subject for an ongoing ‘project’ would be chosen, and this season it is ‘Street Photography’ (see page 5 in this edition of the inFocus newsletter).

The idea is that those wishing to take part will produce images as and when they wish, and will have the opportunity to present some of these on a special club evening on May 1st.

Images can also be posted on the Society’s Flickr and Facebook pages (see page 2 in this edition of the inFocus newsletter to see how to do this). Our annual competition with Colchester twin town Wetzlar (Germany) also has the theme ‘Street Photography’ this year, so in March, members will be invited to submit images for consideration to represent the club.
This idea is designed to get you out-there with your camera and then hopefully to share with us of some of your efforts at a special showing on 1st May.

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January 23rd 2018

7.30 pm -10.00

Talk - Beyond Devine Light



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