Altered Reality In-Camera - hand in Aug 10th. Digital only

Rolling Moon

Results for Altered Reality In-Camera - hand in Aug 10th. Digital only are now available.

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Welcome to the new 2023-2024 committee 

As elected to the 1st July 2023 to 30th June 2024, the following financial members have been elected to the committee

  • PRESIDENT              Stu Wilson                           
  • VICE PRESIDENT       Carol Spaulding 
  • TREASURER              Prin Kim 
  • SECRETARY              Carol Spaulding   
  • COMMITTEE              Grant Udy (PSNZ coordinator & Judge coordinator),  Sue Henley,  Norman Gamble & Eve Lyall. After the meeting, volunteer - Michelle Brown. 

A huge thank you for Lynette Bainbridge for over 20 years on the committee.                                   (added Sat 12th Aug - by Carol)


2023 - Marlborough Camera Club & Hay On Wye, Wales, UK - topic is LINES - submit by 4th Sept

It's on again finally Our international inter-club competition with Hay On Wye in Wales.    The topic is .... wait for it ..... LINES 

We need your submissions into our club website by  Mon 4th Sept (yep - straight after the Seddon Shield) This gives the selection panel enough time to select images for our club  'set' that needs to be entered in by Sat 9th Sept, A live zoom session will be on for all members to attend from both clubs ... Sat 23rd September at 8pm NZTime.   

COMPETITION DATE: 23/09/23      TIME: 09:00 BST/ 20:00 NZST     SUBJECT: Lines    JUDGE: Ashley Franklin ARPS, ABPPA, APAGB, BPE2    (Carol 31st Aug)


Notice is given of the Annual General Meeting, 2022/2023

Of the Marlborough Camera Club to be held on Thursday, 10th August, 2023 at St Mary’s Community Centre, Blenheim, at 7:30 pm.

As part of the notification the following will be sent to all members and visitors: 

  1. Agenda
  2. Draft Minutes of AGM 2022
  3. Acting Presidents’ Report
  4. Constitution amended as per the 2022 AGM
  5. Remit for Subscription increase
  6. Committee members available for re-election for 2023-2024

 Please consider this as formal notice of such a meeting.

We will have available for the AGM Proxy forms and  MCC Committee Nomination forms

 The Treasurers’ and Auditor’s Report to come.

Carol Spaulding, Secretary - Marlborough Camera Club.   (Tues 25th July 2023)

Seddon Shield Area Photography Convention - 1st to 3rd September 2023 

The 2023 Seddon Shield (check here) 'top of the south' area photography convention will be here in Blenheim. We're the hosts for this premier photographic weekend. The photography competitions to submit images into are: 

  1. Novice - open subject. Print and Digital trophies  (strict rules apply so please refer to the website) 
  2. Open - open sibject.  Print and Digital trophies
  3. Landscape - from anywhere.  Print and Digital trophies
  4. Natural History - from New Zealand. Print and Digital trophies  (strict rules apply so please refer to the website)
  5. Individual set (G C Wood) - you submit a diverse set of 6 digital images 
  6. and lastly the unique inter-club "Matthewson Trophy" where each club submits a set of 6 diverse images and judged. Who will be the winning club this year?  Last year (2022) it was us - Marlborough Camera Club. 

Don't forget about the amazing convention from Friday 1st of Sept evening to Sunday 3rd Sept afternoon. We're orgranised some amazing speakers, workshops, field trips and the opportunity to meet like minded amazing people :-). We'd loved you to not just submit images into the competitions - but also attend the convention weekend. 

The Seddon Shield consists of the following six clubs: Buller, Goldern Bay, Greymouth, Marlborough, Motueka and Nelson. 

Email  for more details - or contact Lynette Bainbridge.     (updated by Carol - 18th June)


Hands and/or Feet critique uploaded. 

Hi everyone - I've uploaded the critique for the Hands and/or Feet topic we presented at teh June club evening. click here. Well done to Sue for image of the month - "Waxeyes in Combat"    (updated by Carol - 18th June)


Topics for next year  - 2024 

On 23rd March we sent out an email advising of the committees 'draft' topics for next years (2024) topics.  We've been over whelmed with the responses. Yaa Hoo.

The most feedback was the 'Steam Train'  topic. Whew all thouht it ws toooo limiting .. So now the committee has the hard work to consider all suggestion and lock in only 8 topics. 

We'll send an email out after the next committee meeting with the confirmed list, as well as listing all of the topcis so you know you were heard. HUGE THANKS to all replies. It was great.    (Carol 30th March)

Trenna Packer Salver - club set of NZ Natural History - need images by 11th June

The 2023 dates are confirmed. Opens on the 1st of May and closes on the 16th of June - but for MCC to select a 'set of 6', so closes 11th June. The results will be announced on the 17th of July.

Please submit up to 2x digital images for consideration for the club set. 

The objective of the Trenna Packer Salver Competition is to illustrate the diversity of the natural world in New Zealand and its off shore islands, with images that are of a very high standard. As the natural environment comes under increasing threats from human activity it is vital that we have a comprehensive collection of high quality images. Many of the images used to illustrate field guides have come from members of camera clubs. We hope that by running an annual New Zealand Nature inter-club competition we can promote an increasing interest in photographing the natural world as well as encourage best practice in photographing nature subjects.

The competition is for sets of 6 nature projected images, and is open to all clubs in New Zealand. 

The Rules for this competition are the same as the PSNZ Rules for Nature, as current on the PSNZ website as of 1 February 2021 – see link below.

  • The subject matter must be nature as defined by the rules attached, which excludes cultivated plants, domestic animals and confined animals
  • The subject matter is restricted to New Zealand and its offshore islands.
  • Clubs with over 100 members are restricted to one image per photographer.
  • If the Club has less than 100 members, a photographer may submit 2 images.
  • Each entry is judged as a ‘set of projected images’ not as individual images and must flow well and have good cohesion
  • Entry is Digital and images should be saved as jpeg, sRGB colour space, resolution 72dpi with 1620 pixels on the horizontal for landscape and 1080 on the vertical side for portrait and at a file size between 400Kb and 1.2Mb. A layout image must be included showing the order and layout of the set.

If you have any queries please feel free to contact coordinator at details below and we suggest you look through the galleries on our web site at winning sets since 2007 for guidance.

Full details of the rules:  

Guidelines for Image Submissions, Points for EOY and Grade Progression 

The other week we sent an email to al lmembers. Please refer to the 'members only' section to refer to a copy. Also, the open discussion regarding questions raised by the guidelines (currenlty only on the 'Marlborough Camera Club Members Only' facebook site. 

Next club evening: Thurs 9th March Club evening

The hand-in for Thurs 9th March is Natural History .  This is a trophy topic and with that comes the opportunity of submitting 2 prints AND 2 digial images. So 4 images in all. 

So what is the catch you ask?

  • Well - there are no grades. So everyone is on the same playing field. Don't be put off by this. And for those thinking about it .. these are the platform for preparing you to submit into national wide/ international competitions. 
  • Ahhh... also there are a few, but very strict rules about how little photo editing you can do. So you will need to check out the rules:  Click here         ((Carol 30th March))   

Wow - an upgrade on the website for members

Wow - you can now look up your image results for any image that you've submitted using the online submissions.  It's the "VIEW MY COMPETITION RESULTS"  on the same page that you logon to submit your images.   (Aug 18th - Carol) 



If you're new to the club, you may not be aware that Marlborough Camera Club is part of a bigger family of photographers. PSNZ or the Photographic Society of New Zealand, is the national organisation that represents photography enthusiasts (neither MCC nor PSNZ care whether you are an enthusiastic amateur or a seasoned professional, you've just got to love photography) in NZ, and this club is an afiliated club. PSNZ has its own workshops, competitions and awards, some which you need to be a member of PSNZ to participate in, but there are opportunities, even if you're just a member of your local club. (If you join both PSNZ and MCC, you get a small discount on your MCC membership). The judges who critique our monthly competitions are drawn from a pool of PSNZ accredited judges from around the country. You certainly don't have to be a member of PSNZ to enjoy the club, however if you're already confident in your photography, and want additional challenges and opportunities to take your photography to the next level, PSNZ membership might be a worthwhile progression for you.

Competition Entries and  Rules

The web based competition submission form is working well and can be found on the web site under competitions -> Image Submission.

The submission system makes sure that individual images are submitted correctly, but it does not check how many images you have submitted. Several members are failing to follow the published rules on the web site and submitting more images than are allowed in a category. Unfortunately these additional images cannot be awarded points, as this would be unfair to members who stick to the rules.