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Invitation to Participate
Dear Member Club
We at SxPF are excited to make an official invitation to your club to participate in our annual PDI Championship, to be held at The King’s Centre, Burgess Hill on Saturday 12th November 2016. sxpf-pdi-invitation-2016issued
Please indicate by 16th September 2016 latest directly to the SxPF Secretary – secretary@ – your intention to enter the competition. A response is required from all clubs please, affirmative or not.
The closing date for delivery of entries is now extended to FRIDAY 21st October 2016. Entry arrangements and technical requirements will be issued after 16th September.
The event will be appraised by three judges in a morning session and commented during the afternoon. This will bring together the best of commentary and salon-style assessment.
We would urge clubs to do the following as soon as possible:
- Identify who in your club is eligible for Open (Advanced) and Development categories.
- Begin the process of selecting images – now six from no less than five photographers in each category (twelve in total).
We have not been sitting in the sun; we have been testing new software to enhance the running of the day, which also has an online upload facility that will be available from the website.
To ensure that everyone understands the system we have arranged a workshop with hands on tuition. Please ensure that at least one member of your club attends this event on Saturday 1 October, 10:00 – 13:00 at the Kings Centre, Burgess Hill.
There are a number of changes to the rules for the coming season following agreement at the AGM. Please read the revised rules carefully and fully.
The following are the most important:
Number of Images per class: In order to encourage maximum participation, the number of entries in each class has been reduced from eight to six images from no fewer than five photographers. We would hope to bring all clubs into the fold following this change.
Development class eligibility: The Development Class is open only to photographers of primary or intermediate standard. Para 2.5.d. now covers all clubs to which a photographer belongs and a cut-off date of 1st September has been introduced.
The cut-off date means that, for example, a photographer promoted to an advanced class at the end of the previous season is deemed to be ineligible for the Development class, even if the image entered was successful at club Development level. Similarly, a first distinction or exhbition acceptance gained after 1st September will not in itself affect eligibility for the Development class for the current season.
Calling all Judges
THIS EVENT IS REARRANGED FROM FEBRUARY 2016
Judging is still the most talked about topic in club photography.
And the volume is louder than ever when I visit clubs. I could be forgiven for wondering if we are more concerned about judges than making photographs.
But when was the last time you had the opportunity to attend a professional development event to discuss and develop our craft among peers and respected practitioners?
For that reason, SxPF is organising a Judges Forum on Saturday 24th September, open to all practising judges at all levels living in Sussex and / or members of SxPF clubs regardless of your affiliation (SCPF, SPA or KCPA).
At the Forum you will have the opportunity to:
- Practise and develop our craft
- Share best practice and experiences
- Discuss and resolve some challenging issues
- Consider challenging genres and styles
At the present time, we are looking for expressions of interest from you.
Later in October, we will go out to you with some candidate topics for discussion and invite your input, so that we can build a conference agenda that matters to you and that can make a difference collectively to our development.
If you are interested to attend – no commitment at this stage – please indicate by replying to the Secretary by return.
This is an almost unique opportunity – the day event has been run successfully by SCPF (Southern Counties Photographic Federation) – and we would like to make it an annual or biennial event as part of the SxPF calendar.
Meanwhile please do get in touch if there is anything you would like to know.
… Ken Scott ARPS
The 2016 SxPF PRINT Championship, in association with Longridge, takes place at the King’s Centre, Burgess Hill on 9th April 2016. We look forward to welcoming members from all affiliated Sussex clubs on the day.
Download Poster – 2016 SxPF Print Poster 1
- 12:30 – 14:00 – Prints Open to view
- 14:30 – 17:30 – Commentary and Presentations
The morning session is closed to view whilst judges score the images independently. Doors open at 12:30 for viewing the prints.
Please Note: No food or drinks will be permitted in the display room.
During this session all of the images will be projected. Our judges will comment on all the club sets and some individual images.
The awards will be presented at the end of the afternoon.
Admission on the door is £4. Refreshments will be available from 12:30 and at the official afternoon break.
You may wish to bring a packed lunch with you if you are visiting from 12:30, or of course there is a wide choice of pubs and cafés in nearby Burgess Hill town centre.
We are delighted to welcome our three judges for the competition
- David Eastley LRPS
David is a member of Brighton and Hove Camera Club and is well known to Sussex clubs. David is a well-respeted judge with SPA and has recently completed a photographic project documenting the coastline of England http://www.davideastleyphotography.com/
- Rachael Talibart LRPS
Rachael is a judge for SPA and a public speaker. She is also co-founder of f11 Workshops, providing photography day tours and workshops in Surrey, West Sussex and London. Rachael’s images have been published in books and both print and online magazines and have been exhibited widely in the UK as well as Barcelona and New York http://www.rachaeltalibart.com/
- Richard Walton FRPS, MPAGB, EFIAP
Richard is from Kent and has been a member of the RPS Visual Arts panels since 2011 as well as an assessor for the PAGB Awards for Photographic Merit. He is therefore well-known across the region and nationally http://www.richardwalton.co.uk/
We are very grateful to Longridge for being a main sponsor for our event. They will be on hand during the day to give product demonstrations and have generously donated some raffle prizes. Please support their generosity in the usual way.
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We have been asked again to clarify the eligibility for the Development Class, which is intended for Beginner and Intermediate standard photographers, at SxPF Championships events.
Please note this rule clarification about the Development class, which was issued with the Invitation:
Para 5d says: have none of the above but whose club considers them to be of advanced
standard in any discipline of photography;
It is quite possible that a photographer might be in the advanced section at one club and
not in another. In such a case ‘whose club’ means ‘any club the photographer belongs
In other words: If a photographer is in the Advanced section of your club or any other,
then he or she is considered to be of advanced standard and is not eligible for the
Development Class at the SxPF Championships.
This was always the intention and will be formalised at the next Forum.
This post concerns your entry to the SxPF Print Championship, to be held at the King’s Centre, Burgess Hill on 9th April 2016. All SxPF clubs were invited to take part in the competition in early January, so we hope you are making good progress with your selection.
Please read these notes in conjunction with the rules.
- Prints must be presented in card mounts measuring no more than 50cm x 40cm.
Mounts MUST be strengthened with a backing card to protect the print.
- Note: It is suggested but not mandated that all print mounts are exactly 50cmx40cm for consistency of display and safety in transit.
- The back of the print must display an SxPF label with the Club Name and Image Title. The label must not show the name of the photographer. However, it is acceptable if the photographer’s name appears elsewhere on the back of the print in connection with previous competitions and exhibitions. We rely on the professionalism, integrity and impartiality of our judges to ignore all such information.
A projection quality PDI version of each image must be provided for projection. See below for formatting requirements.
There is an additional column on the entry form which asks for a Print Order. Please list your prints from A-H, where A is the first (top left) and H is the last (bottom right).
In a change from last year we are not suggesting a layout because we do not yet know the configuration of the display stands until the day of the event. Images will be considered and marked individually without regard to the overall impression of the set.
Delivering your Prints
We have arranged several drop-off points for the delivery of your entries. You may take your prints to these locations by prior arrangement up to and on the closing date of Friday 18th March.
- West: Len Brook (Worthing) – Tel: 01903 209889
Up to closing date Friday 18th March
- East: Valerie McManus (Eastbourne) – Tel: 07950 904778
Up to closing date Friday 18th March
- Centre and all catch ups: Sonia Dunmall – Tel: 07810 518851
On Friday 18th March at McDonalds, Burgess Hill from 6 – 9pm
Prints must be delivered in a suitable print box labelled with your club name and a contact name and phone number. SxPF will take every care of the images supplied but cannot be held responsible for damage, however caused.
Your print box must contain your sixteen images, plus your entry form in hard copy and, if you have not sent them in advance, your companion PDIs on suitable media.
It would be extremely helpful if you would send your completed entry form with list of prints AND your formatted PDIs as soon as you have them ready so that we can prepare well in advance. These may be sent by email or by a Cloud storage system such as Dropbox or WeTransfer. Emails to Paul Dunmall at email@example.com
These will be issued later in detail. In outline:
- The print event will be hung for display on Friday pm / Saturday am
- Three judges will score the event, marking each print individually out of 20 to determine the winning clubs and images. Unlike the PDI, the judging will be a closed session.
- The exhibition will be open to view from late morning to mid-afternoon
- Commentary and presentations will take place from mid-afternoon.
It is likely that this year the judges will be asked to pre-select images that they would like to talk about in commentary, so that we can have both the original print and the PDI available to view during the afternoon session.
Collecting your Entries
Please make sure that your club has a representative at the event to collect your print boxes at the end of the day. We would, of course, expect that you will wish attend.
Companion PDIs – Sizing and Preparation
- Images must be sized to a maximum of 1400 px wide x 1050 px high
- Images should be in the sRGB colour space to be compatible with the projection software
- Images must be in .jpg format and should be saved at a low compression e.g. 10
- Image files must be named using the convention: Image Title_Photographer Name.jpg e.g. Waterfall at Dawn_Jane Bloggs ARPS.jpg
Please use title case for both i.e. main words capitalised, and spaces between words. The separator between Image Title and Photographer Name is an underscore. Do not use an underscore or hyphen anywhere else in the filename.
- Your title and name should be as you would wish it to be displayed on results sheets. You may include distinctions, of course, but the software occasionally has issues in distinguishing these from surnames.
- Images must be organised into two folders, one for each class, named simply with your club name and the class – Open and Development.
- Your club name must be as you wish it to be displayed on results sheets e.g.
ABC Camera Club – Open
ABC Camera Club – Development
Any questions relating to these notes should be addressed to either:
- Ken Scott
T: 01903 812834 M: 07958 984378, E: firstname.lastname@example.org (before 21/2 only)
- Paul Dunmall
T: 01424 893982, M:07876 593575, E: email@example.com
Entry Form (docx) – SXPF Print Championship – Entry Form
Entry Form (PDF) – SXPF Print Championship – Entry Form
Entry Notes (PDF) – SXPF Print Championship – Entry Notes
Print Labels Open (docx) – SxPF Print Labels (Open)
Print Labels Dev (docx) – SxPF Print Labels (Dev)
Final Rules (PDF) – SxPF Championship Rules 2015 V2.1
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions you may have.
… Ken Scott
Level 1 Judging Workshop Joining Instructions
Thank you for registering to attend the Level 1 Judging Workshop on 23rd and 30th January 2016. We hope you will have an enjoyable and rewarding course. This course has been run successfully by SCPF and SxPF since 2012 and is being extended to two days for the first time.
Venue and Time
The Kings Centre, 33-35 Victoria Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, RH15 9LR https://goo.gl/maps/j4irH3PXfsm
We will be in the Hassocks Room but will meet in reception to the Centre.
Arrival from 9:30am; workshop timings 10:00 to 4:30 approx. Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided on both days. If you have any special dietary needs, please could you advise Sonia Dunmall directly.
What to Bring
- Pen, notepad and Self-prep (see questions below)
- Three prints that best illustrate your style and standard of work
The course leader is Ken Scott ARPS, judging advisor to SCPF, with Caroline Colegate ARPS, senior judge and tutor with SCPF, and Paul Dunmall CPAGB, SxPF Chairman and judge with KCPA.
The workshop provides a practical introduction to club judging and looks at underpinning principles as well as the ins and outs of doing it. It is intended for those who wish to try and practice before going out on the club circuit.
The objectives of the workshop are:
- To understand the role and core qualities of a good club judge
- To understand and practice providing a photographic appraisal, notably:
- Expressive Quality (EQ), meanings and interpretations
- Visual design and craft
- Technical diagnosis
- To understand and practice how to give structured feedback
- To be aware of and practice how to speak to an audience, notably:
- Body language
- Voice projection
- Use of language
- To consider the requirements of some different genres and specialist styles
- To be aware of the club processes for judging, as guided by PAGB
- To be aware of marking schemes and their relevance
Please give some consideration to these questions before the workshop:
- What is the role of a club judge?
- What are your judging pet hates? What things do judges do or say that really irritate you (and your fellow club members) ? How do you think it should be done?
- What appeals to you about judging?
- What kind of judge do you want to be? / What individual qualities will you bring?
- What are your fears (if any) about going out to do judging?
- What do you want to achieve during the workshop?
SxPF is always looking for new judges to come into the club community.
Are you a photographer who would like to give something of your expertise back?
Competition is still a staple of the club programme and judging takes up more discussion time than just about any other topic in club photography.
We are running Level 1 training course, for the first time over two days, on Saturday 23rd and Saturday 30th January 2016 at Burgess Hill. It is the first step on the road to becoming an accredited judge.
You will have the opportunity to:
- Learn the Core Principles of giving feedback to others
- Understand our role – judging vs appraisal vs coaching
- Practise in a safe environment
- Understand the key elements of an appraisal
- Become aware of public speaking techniques and body language
- Practise the differences between judging prints and PDIs
- Look at some specialist disciplines, such as nature, contemporary and art abstract
- Discuss marking
Places are strictly limited to twelve and are expected to fill quickly.
Please note, this workshop is practical and interactive. Whilst there are no obligations afterwards, it is aimed at photographers who are looking to judge on the club circuit in our region. If you are looking to understand more about how judging works, we are able to arrange overview sessions for your club or for groups who are interested.
We are making a small charge for the course of £20, which will include lunch and represents fantastic value for two days of professional training.
Please send the booking form to the address indicated by November 30th. Joining instructions will be issued then.
Meanwhile please do get in touch if there is anything you would like to know.
… Ken Scott ARPS
The SxPF AGM and Forum will be held on Saturday 23rd May 2015 in The Hassocks Room, Kings Church, Burgess Hill, from 10:00 to 4:30
The purpose of the event is to give you – our member clubs – a voice and a feeling that you belong to a community through SxPF. We hope that every member club will attend.
Please confirm your attendance by completing the booking form along with any proposals and nomination for committee members by Friday 8 May 2015. Please note up to 4 members can attend however only one can be the delegate for voting at the AGM
- From 9:30 – Arrivals, Coffee and Networking
- 10:00 – Intro to the day / Chairman’s address
- 10:15 – Feedback on SxPF Competitions
How can we improve the formats? Trophies? Marking? Patronage? Commentary?
- 10:45 – Refreshments
- 11:00 – A Future Vision for SxPF
A presentation and forum discussion led by Paul Dunmall (See Discussion 1 below)
- 12:30 – Activity Slot
- 1:00 – Lunch
- 1:45 – AGM
- 2:15 – Your Questions
Your opportunity to raise questions for discussion – please indicate on the return form.
- 3:00 – Refreshments
- 3:15 – Club Competitions and Judging
A presentation and forum discussion led by Ken Scott (See Discussion 2 below)
- 4:30 – Close
The AGM Notification and Agenda are attached separately.
Your club is invited to send up to four delegates to the Forum, though the AGM will allow only one vote per club from a nominated delegate.
Note that there will be no ‘Any Other Business’ at the AGM. Proposals for AGM Agenda must be received in advance. General questions will be handled in the Forum.
Please would you indicate your club’s attendance on the attached by returning the attached form to the Secretary by the date stated.
Lunch is available at a small cost, payable on the day. Please also state on the form the number of lunches you would like.
- SxPF AGM Forum Invitation 2015 (PDF)
- SxPF AGM Forum Invitation 2015 (DOCX)
- Agenda AGM 23.05.15
- Committee Posts 2015
Discussion Outline 1 – A Future Vision for SxPF
Led by SxPF Chairman Paul Dunmall CPAGB
In the last twelve months we have implemented a huge change to our competitions. We believe these competitions are already the equal of any County and Federation competitions in the UK. The events will continue to evolve, and we are inviting feedback during this forum.
We have already stated our aims for 100% membership of Sussex clubs and to be your Federation of choice. What next for SxPF? What do you, our member clubs, want from your Federation?
Clubs continue to ask us “Where do we sit in relation to the PAGB?” We will revisit that discussion.
What other events can we run? How can we improve inter-club communication? What potential is there in social media?
This is a vital opportunity to continue our development as a Federation.
Discussion Outline 2 – Club Competitions and Judging
Led by Ken Scott ARPS
Judging Advisor to SxPF and SCPF, PAGB listed judge
As regular judges on the club circuit we hear much about competitions and judging – no other topic takes up as much bar time in discussions among members.
What is the state of play? What does your club and your members want from competition? Is it really a benchmark for how we are doing as photographers? What do new members make of our competition formats? Is there such a thing as a ‘standard’? Do marks matter?
This discussion will, in addition to gaining your views, provide some insights into how we are training new judges, into marking schemes and the pros and cons of marking, and will introduce some different ways of thinking about critique.
Please come armed with your views. We would not expect this discussion to be quiet!