Chairman's Report 2010-2011 by Kev Bell
 
 
  • I’m sure you will agree it’s been another good year for Parkwood Camera Club. Our current membership reached an all time high of 88. I hope all our members, new and old, will continue to enjoy being part of what I consider a very friendly and helpful photography club. Can I remind new members, who are perhaps struggling with their new hobby, that there is plenty of friendly help and advice on tap from our more experienced members and committee – please chat to them on club nights – our interactive evenings are probably the best opportunity (the committee email addresses are on our website if you can’t make it on a club night).

  • The committee hopes that members have enjoyed this season’s programme and approve of the way the club has been run. We realise that we aren’t going to get it right for everyone - so if you have any suggestions for improvement we would like to hear from you, not just at the AGM but throughout the year. Please remember this is your club and the committee do their best to keep members happy by steering the club the way the majority would like it.

  • The high standard of our members’ photography has been commented on by several visiting judges and by the KCPA. I think this success can be partly attributed to the willingness of our members to help each other and by sharing ideas - this is something I would like to see the club continue with and build on for future years.

  • This year Parkwood were the winners of the ‘Battle of the Prints’ organised by West Malling. This is a very fiercely fought competition - we were up against 11 other clubs, some of which are reputed for having many excellent photographers. Winning this was a massive achievement for Parkwood – well done to all those who submitted prints and congratulations to those that had prints entered.

  • Another first for Parkwood CC - Chris Rogers had one of his prints selected by the KCPA for the annual national PAGB competition, this is a great success for him and for Parkwood CC – well done Chris.

  • KCPA exhibition successes.

    • Tony Hucks: Two prints accepted, one with a ‘highly commended’ award.
    • Chris Rogers: One print accepted gaining a ‘highly Commended’ award.
    • The late Sid Gilbert: One print accepted.
    • Lorraine Grey: One print accepted.

    Well done to all our members who made the effort to enter this very prestigious event but didn’t get prints accepted - next year it could be your prints being exhibited.

  • I sincerely hope members will continue to submit prints for next years KCPA Exhibition as enthusiastically as this year and perhaps gain a few accolades such as the PAGB Ribbon or a Medal awards. Please speak to Glen Diamond if you are interested in entering any county level exhibition or competition.

  • I hope I’m not alone when I say that competitions should be a big part of a photography club’s activities:

    • The Parkwood Cup remains our premier internal competition and the standard of entries this year has been excellent.

    • Our internal Mix and Match competition remains popular and will continue next season mainly for the fun element. Malling’s Mix and Match competition was cancelled this season but hopefully we will do well next year as we normally do.

    • It was decided to drop the Committee Challenge competition to give breathing space for our other competitions.

    • Our guest club’s appear to be enthusiastic about our Cesar’s Challenge, and there is normally a good following from our members. Parkwood are normally very successful at this but we will have to wait until September to hear Glyn Bareham’s verdict for this year. Glen Diamond is hoping to organise next year’s challenge for us.

    • We are continuing our themed competition on Flickr this year. One advantage of this competition is that members can take part even if they can’t make it on club evenings. Running along side of this is the national ‘The Championship’ competition, which is sponsored by Epson who offer fantastic prizes. Members of the committee will look at the Flickr entries when selecting entries for the ‘The Championship’.

    • We will continue our B&W internal print competitions for next season but will drop the colour print competition.

    • This season we tried a new ‘4 into 1’ competition which tests photo editing skills and didn’t require members to actually take photos. This had a mixed response but the committee thought it should run again with a few improvements because many members said they liked the idea having seen what it was all about.

    • The Four Print Panel Competition appeared to be very well received and will continue next session.

    • New this year is an interclub digital competition with Herne Bay, forming a new friendship with a neighbouring club.

  • We are planning to organise additional locations for our studio night sessions, involving smaller numbers at each location. It is hoped this will allow participants to become more involved in things like arranging lighting etc.

  • I’d like to remind members that the club has several items of equipment and tutorial material available for their use. We have decided to drop the small hire fee previously charged but have increased the deposit for expensive items. This list of equipment never appeared on our website as promised, but this year we have a new equipment officer (Jim Buckley) who has this well in hand.

  • One of my aims for last year was to set up a series of regular workshop evenings designed to help members with their printing skills and to encourage a few to attempt awards such as the CPAGB. These workshops appeared to be enjoyed by several members and these workshops may partly account for our success in the KCPA print exhibition and the ‘Battle of the Prints’. I would really like to see these workshops continue but we will need a new venue and someone willing to organise it (we have a new venue in mind) – if you are interested in taking part, or in running this then please contact one of the committee members.

  • To end on a very positive and worthwhile note; this year Parkwood members have raised approx £1000 for Kent Air Ambulance (see treasurer’s report for actual amount). This was mainly raised from our weekly raffle and the Christmas quiz evening, but in addition, some members have very kindly made separate contributions – a big thank you to everyone. John Brimecombe also raised £650 by selling some camera equipment donated by a non-member – the money raised went to Macmillan Cancer Support.