June Images (Hold the line and open)
Results from the June monthly competition are now available on the site.
Colour Me Green
The Colour Me Green Exhibition at the Wine Station is coming up. Don't miss this opportunity to view this public display of club members' work.
There's also a special celebration of the exhibition on the 28th of July.
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.
Motueka Camera Club are hosting this fun weekend this year, and registrations are now open. Even if you're unable to attend you can enter one or more of the competitions. More details are on the Motueka Camera Club website.
Call for nominations for Committee
Most of you probably just want to get on and do photography, and the mention of committees may make your eyes glaze over, but having a committee is an important aspect of running a club. As an Incorporated Society and registered charity, The Marlborough Camera Club requires a committee to operate. The club AGM isn't until August, but it's time to start thinking now about who can serve on the committee. The existing committee members have all served a number of years and would like a break, so it's time for some new faces. Rather than leaving things to the last minute, it's a good idea to start thinking now about who might be able to help. The club constitution calls for a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer (or secretary/treasurer) and a number of other committee members. Meetings don't have to be long, as agenda items can be discussed by email prior to meetings, so that meetings only have to formally adopt and minute decisions that have been made. The constitution only requires a mandatory four meetings a year, although in practice the committee usually meets monthly except over the summer. In addition the committee roles, there are other club roles like competition secretary, supper roster organiser and volunteers, field trips coordinator, keeping the club website and Facebook up to date, and help with setting up and packing up on club nights and other events.The more people who help, the less work there is for any individual, so people can get on and enjoy photography.
Recent Field Trips
You can view reports on all field trip reports, whether or not they they're featured on the home page, by selecting the year you want to view reports for from the Field Trips and Events menu at the top of the page.
E-Ko Tours Field Trip report
A write up and images for the June field trip are now available online.
Pine Valley Field Trip
If you haven't already seen it, there's a report under 2019 Field Trips on the May trip to Pine Valley.
2019 Competition Calendar
2019 set subject topics are now available on the website.
The club is looking at reviving Photo News in a blog format on the club website. If you have an interesting story that might be of interest to other club members, or are prepared to provide a member profile about yourself and your photographic interests, let Robyn Carter or Chris Cookson know.
There's a new page under competitions tab with a list of external competitions, both PSNZ affiliated and others that may be of interest to members. These are often mentioned in email newsletters, but it's easy to forget what's in emails, so they're getting their own page on the website so that you can easily check what's coming up.
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.