July and August Images (Mostly White, All about cars, and open)
It's been a while since there's been a regular president's report, but now there's a blog section on the website, I'll try to provide monthly updates on what's happening in the club. You can read my first report here.
Annual Subs Now Due
A reminder that the new club financial year began as of the 1st of July, and subs are now due. If you've already paid, a big thank you. Details on subs are here.
If you are looking for past competition results, you may have noticed a few things have moved. Over the past several years I've been responsible for both the technical side of the website and competition secretary which includes getting results online. In taking on the role of president, I need to simplify the workload so that it's either easier for me short term till I can pass it on to someone else. Currently competition details are in a few different places on the site, but I'm working to move competition results so they're linked directly from the competition calendar page once they become available. This will be easier to edit, and hopefully easier to find, as if you go to the competition calendar page you will see links to results as they're made available, so in just one place you can check details of upcoming club competitions and the results of past ones. If you have any feedback, let me know.
AGM and Shot of the Year
Following the AGM, the club has a new committee who are Chris Cookson (president), Lynette Bainbridge (secretary), Heike Richter (treasurer), Harry Matthews, Carol Spaulding, Damaris Warnick, and Stuart Wilson.
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.
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.