SxPF – Newsletter Winter 2018/19

Dear Member Clubs

So we are coming to the end of an interesting and challenging year for SxPF, in which we have re-established a new committee and got back on track with a successful PDI Championship in November. Thank you, everyone, for your support.

Back in the Summer we promised to put our attention to the following as a priority:

  1. Re-establish the core website and social media links
    Thanks firstly to Andy Conway and Niall Teskey, we have a clean and efficient new look to the site. We are continuing to make use of social media, with interest in the Facebook page increasing.
  2. Run a workshop early in the new season for Programme / Competition Secretaries
    Slightly later than planned, there is a Workshop planned for 16th February, for which an Invitation is attached.
  3. Run the PDI Championship as planned in November.
    The Championship was one of the most successful yet, with Mid Sussex CC running out winners in the single Open class.
  4. Rebuild our directories for Judges and Speakers
    We will be using the 16th February workshop as the launch vehicle for this.

More on all of these in this newsletter. Plus:

  • Report on the 2018 PDI Championship
  • Advance news of the Print Championship with a call for Display Stands

2018 PDI Championship

The PDI Championship held on 17th November proved to be a great success. Your response was very pleasing too, with good feedback on all aspects, save for one or two issues with parking at the venue.

Our three assessors – Walter Benzie, Roy Lambeth and Sue Sibley – enjoyed 180 images of high quality, with Mid Sussex CC coming out winners by just three marks from Steyning CC, with partner club Seven Sisters in third place. 618 is one of the highest twelve-image totals we have seen. Taking the Most Improved club award was Middleton CC. Best image was awarded to Graham Deacon from Seven Sisters for his image entitled “Sunshine Umbrella”, scoring 57 marks. Well done to all participating clubs and photographers for a great show.

We continue to work to attract sponsorship to the event. With attendance from Longridge, CameraCal and Marrutt, and prizes donated by them plus British Wildlife Centre and Orchard Frames, there was a good commercial presence.

For their contribution to that and brilliantly organised support on the day, special mention must go to Mandy Willard and the team at Seven Sisters Camera Club. The partner club concept we hope continues to give back something to clubs in return for the invaluable help afforded.

Image Eligibility

In our post Championship review, we did become aware of three images that appeared to infringe rule 3.1, which states that:

An image is not eligible if it has been entered as substantially the same image in any previous SxPF competition as a print or slide or projected digital image (PDI), irrespective of the image title.

The committee agreed that in one case the image was identical to a previous image, a second was substantially the same as a previous image  and the third was similar but not substantially the same. The marks awarded in the first two cases have been discounted and the clubs advised.

Print Championship 2019

The Print Championship makes a welcome return for 2019. The date is Saturday 6th April, and your invitation to participate is attached here. We will be partnered by Crawley Camera Club.

As usual we will be setting up an exhibition on 5th April. For that we rely on the loan of display stands from member clubs. Entry space is anticipated to be in the region of 180 prints.

If you are willing to lend print stands and to be available for a couple of hours on 5th April to deliver and set up, we would be enormously grateful. The exhibition cannot happen without your support on this. Please confirm when returning your intention to participate; Thank you.

Please also advise who your principal contact is for the championship, as we will need to create your account for uploading PDI equivalent images via the Photo Entry System and for coordinating the loan of stands.

Website and Social Media

You will have noticed, we’re sure, the new clean design for the website, set up by Andy Conway and Niall Teskey. We are keen to make you aware that you can use the website for promoting club events such as Exhibitions and special Open lectures. There are two routes:

  • You can post your link and media directly to our Facebook page
  • You can send a .jpg poster and link to either or for inclusion under the Club Events list on the main website.

Please do take advantage of this. Especially as we will no longer be circulating publicity of club events by ad-hoc email. 

Clubs Workshop 16th February

The clubs workshop on 16th February will be held at Wivelsfield and is aimed at Programme and Competition Secretaries. There are several purposes:

  • To invite you to share best practice with regard to booking judges and speakers
  • To share issues experienced in accessing information via directories and to explore what you need from a new set of directories.
  • To invite you to share your best speakers and judges with other clubs
  • To begin to explore who would be willing to run workshops

An invitation is attached here. We are inviting up to three attendees from each club.

Dates for 2019 – 2020

  • AGM and Forum – 18 May 2019
  • PDI Championship – 16 November 2019 (provisional)
  • Print Championship – 4 April 2020 (provisional)

Season’s Greetings

Finally, all of us on the committee would like to thank you all for your support during 2018 and to wish you and your members and families a prosperous 2019.

… Ken Scott

SxPF News Summer 2018

Dear Member Clubs

It is with great pleasure that we can bring you news of a successful AGM and the establishment of a new team for the Sussex Photographic Federation. There was great input and support from all the clubs who came to the AGM and Forum. With your ideas for what the Federation should be looking to do over the next year, we believe we have an excellent basis to move forwards.

The last few months have been a major upheaval, to say the least, so we would all like to thank you for your support. A big thanks is also due to all of our committee volunteers.

Download the Newsletter: SxPF Summer News 2018 (.docx) | SxPF Summer News 2018 (.pdf)

The New Committee

  • Chair: Ken Scott – Steyning CC
  • Secretary: Val McManus – Eastbourne CC
  • Treasurer: Graham Ketley – Lewes CC
  • Treasurer (Designate): Lawrence Homewood – East Grinstead CC
  • Clubs Liaison: George Backshall – Lewes CC, and Lawrence Homewood
  • Competition Team: Dick Saunders – Middleton CC (PDI), and Val McManus – (Print)
  • Web / Social Media Team: Andy Conway – East Grinstead CC (Webmaster),
    and Niall Teskey – Rottingdean CC

The process of handing over the Treasurer responsibilities between Graham and Lawrence has begun. You will be soon receiving the membership renewal information from Lawrence for the current year.

Also, We will be establishing roles more clearly over the summer. There is opportunity for anyone wishing to volunteer on part time basis for events or projects, and we will welcome any additional support.

Coming Up

As a priority, we will be looking to do the following in the immediate future:

  1. Re-establish the core website and social media links
  2. Run a workshop early in the new season for Programme / Competition Secretaries
  3. Run the PDI Championship as planned in November.
  4. Rebuild our directories for Judges and Speakers

Championship Changes

We will be writing to all clubs very soon with news of the PDI Championship, which will run as planned on 17th November 2018 in Burgess Hill.

As a result of long committee discussions, and listening to your opinions at the Forum, we have decided to suspend the Development Class for the time being, reverting to a single class Open event.

Clubs are still agreed, on the whole, that the Development Class has been a good innovation and has provided an unprecedented opportunity for more photographers to have their work representing their clubs at county level. However, it has proved ultimately unworkable to establish a watertight definition of eligibility. This committee is committed to continue to seek ways to improve the Championships.

Therefore, for both events in 2018 / 2019, there will be one Open class requiring an entry of twelve images from no fewer than ten photographers (as currently but with no restrictions).

Website  / Social Media

We will be providing updates throughout the summer. Please ensure to visit the website and encourage as many people as possible – at least one for every club – to Follow our Facebook page, from which you can have news of events ‘pushed’ to you.

If you have events such as major speakers or exhibitions that you wish to publicise, you can do this already by posting a web link and image to the SxPF Facebook Page. We will then approve it and share it to the timeline. Ultimately we hope to make it easy for you do this on the website too.

Have a great summer of photography.

… Ken Scott

On behalf of the SxPF Committee

SxPF Judging Seminar for Clubs

SxPF Judging Seminar for Clubs

SxPF Judging Seminar for Clubs 2018 – (docx)

Date: 3rd March 2018
Venue: Hassocks Room, The King’s Centre, Burgess Hill
Time: 10am – 4pm

SxPF would like to invite up to three people from your club to a Judging Seminar on 3rd March 2018.

It is aimed at club Chairpersons and Competition Secretaries in particular, but anyone interested may attend[i].

As you may know, SxPF provides training for photography judges, using the training that is currently adopted by the Southern Counties Photographic Federation (SCPF).

Judging, along with competition itself, is probably the most talked about topic in the clubs. Whilst we have invested a lot of time and energy, for training purposes, in understanding what clubs and photographers like or don’t like when it comes to appraising images, there is always room for dialogue.

So this seminar has a dual purpose:

  • To enable us to share with you the methodology we use in training
  • To enable us to hear from you what you feel the issues are around judging and competition

Hopefully this will engender a greater appreciation and understanding all round of what judging is about. The day will consist of discussion, presentation and some practical exercises using images. There will also be the opportunity, for those who wish, to try it in a safe environment.

There will be no charge, and refreshments will be provided, but we would ask that you bring your own lunches.

With best regards

… Ken Scott

[i] It is probably not beneficial for those currently judging.

SxPF Print Championship POSTPONED

Dear Member Clubs

It is with regret that we have to announce that the SxPF Print Championship scheduled for 21st April 2018 is being POSTPONED

Owing to family circumstances, Paul and Sonia Dunmall will be unable to devote time and energy to SxPF over the forthcoming couple of months.

The Print Championship is a large event, difficult to organise and requires dedicated resources in the two months leading up. We currently do not have the scope to run the event without Paul and Sonia, neither is it possible to bring others sufficiently up to speed in the relatively short time available.

What this highlights is that SxPF continues to run with a very small team, and if anything takes more than one of us out of the picture, then the situation is immediately critical. We have some very good things planned for the Federation, details of which will follow very shortly. But in the circumstances we have no option but to postpone this event.

The £10 event fee that is charged as part of the SxPF affiliation will be credited to a future event or to next year’s subscription.

Please would you acknowledge receipt of this email on behalf of your club and make sure that the correct people in your club are aware. And out of respect for Paul and Sonia’s privacy for the time being, please would you direct any SxPF queries to me and I will arrange for one of the committee to get back to you.

The Club Judging seminar on 3rd March will go ahead as planned. If your club has not yet responded, please would you let me know by the end of this week whether you would like to send any participants.

With best regards

… Ken Scott
SxPF Committee

PDI Championship 2017 Results

Congratulations to all the winners and participants at the 2017 SxPF PDI Championship

Club Results

  • Winners Development – Storrington Camera Club: 301 points
  • Winners Open – Eastbourne Photographic Society: 300 points
  • Overall Winners – Steyning Camera Club: 593 points

SxPF PDI 2017 Final Scores and Placings*

*Club results were revised from those issued on the day following one rules infringement.

Individual Winners – Development

Gold: “Warbler” – Joe Startup;  Middleton Camera Club

Silver: “Vestrahorn Stokkness Iceland” – Alison Willows; Mid-Sussex Camera Club

Jeff Lawrence Bronze Award: “How Do I look” – Bernie Evans; Bognor Regis Camera Club

Ray Bridges Bronze Award: “Man in a Red Hat” – David Seddon; Storrington Camera Club

Chris Palmer Bronze Award: “Floating in the Tide” – Helenka Boden; Chichester Camera Club

Individual Winners – Open

Gold: “Endearment” – Peter Bettley; Eastbourne Photographic Society

Silver: “Crossing the Crater” – Graham Russell; Crawley Camera Club

Jeff Lawerence Bronze Award: “Rose” – Debbie Lias; Uckfield Camera Club

Ray Bridges Bronze Award: “Eastern Skunk Anemone Fish” – Wendy Eve; Littlehampton Camera Club

Chris Palmer Bronze Award: “Amber” – Paul Williams; Chichester Camera Club

Portman Cup – Best Image

“Endearment” – Peter Bettley; Eastbourne Photographic Society

A Selection of Award-winning Images

Warbler by Joe Startup

Warbler by Joe Startup

How do I Look by Bernie Evans

How do I Look by Bernie Evans

Vestrahorn Stokksnes Iceland by Alison Willows

Vestrahorn Stokksnes Iceland by Alison Willows

Man in a Red Hat by David Sedden

Man in a Red Hat by David Sedden

Floating in the Tide by Helenka Boden

Floating in the Tide by Helenka Boden

News Release – Launch of RPS Digital Imaging Group South East Centre

The RPS South East Region is launching a new digital imaging group centre. The text below is from their News Release:


Download Promo Statement (PDF)

The RPS Digital Imaging group is proud to announce the launch of the new DIG Centre for the South East of England on Sunday 1 October at the Weald of Kent School in Tonbridge, Kent.

We are particularly delighted that the speaker for this very special event will be Steven Le Prevost FRPS, AFIAP, MPAGB, FIPF, from Guernsey. Further details and bookings can be reserved in advance by emailing Barrie Brown at Ticket prices for the day are £6 for DIG members and full-time students, £9 for other RPS members and £12 for Non-RPS Members. A limited number of tickets will be available on the day, but the prices will then be £8, £12 and £15 respectively, so make sure you email Barrie now to reserve your ticket at the lower advanced-booking price. If you would like to find out more about the speaker, go to .

The launch of the South East Centre will come as welcome news to around 150 DIG members living in Kent, East and West Sussex and the outer London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley and Croydon. In addition to the many other benefits of DIG membership, they will now be able to attend DIG events locally instead of having to travel long distances to other neighbouring DIG Centres. The South East Centre aims to organise around four big events a year with big-name speakers, locating them across the South East – Tonbridge, North and East Kent and the Hastings/Eastbourne areas on the south coast.

A programme of other notable speakers is already being planned for 2018 – including Polina Plotnikova on Sunday 14 January and Margaret Salisbury and John Herlinger on Sunday 8 April – put these dates in your diary now – further details will follow. The South East Centre will also be arranging regular photographic field trips in the region, hopefully joining forces with local members of other RPS Special Interest Groups.

The launch of the South East Centre has been made possible by the hard work, enthusiasm and determination of a small group of local DIG members. Bruce Broughton is the Centre Organiser and Barrie Brown, Treasurer. The other members of the group are Carole and John Lewis, Jan Beasley and Chris Hennessey. More volunteers are urgently needed to get the Centre fully up and running, however, so, if you live in the South East and would like to take part in helping set up this exciting new venture, please let Bruce know by emailing him at, even if you are not a DIG or (even) RPS member yet.

We are also very pleased to announce that the launch event on 1 October is being sponsored by Fotospeed. There will be a raffle with generous support from Epson, Peak Design, Permajet, Hahnemuhle and Fotospeed as well as the RPS – more than a thousand-pounds worth of prizes in fact! Representatives from Epson and Fotospeed will attend the event.

To reserve your ticket for 1 October, and for further information about the launch event, email Barrie at

SxPF PDI Championship 2016 Results

Congratulations to all the participants and clubs in a successful PDI Championships at Burgess Hill on 12th November.

Hailsham Photographic Society ran out overall winners with 1st place in the Open section and 4th in Development, which was headed up by Battle Photographic Club.

See full results from the links below – downloadable PDF will be available shortly.

Many thanks to all our organising team, to our partner club Battle, and to our three assessors: Micki Aston, Jim Pascoe and Rosemary Wilman, who provided an entertaining, informative and diverse commentary on the club images. Especially, thanks to all participating clubs and photographers for a wonderful selection of images.


Open Summary

Open Scores

Development Summary

Development Scores


Assessors, SxPF PDI 2016

Rosemary Wilman, Jim Pascoe, Micki Aston

SxPF Championship 2016 Results

Congratulations to all participants in the 2016 SxPF Print Championship.

The 2016 winning club overall is Uckfield Photographic Society, whose strong showing in both classes overhauled Open Class winners Eastbourne PS and Development Class winners Bognor Regis CC.



Full Results

SxPF Print Championship 2016- Open Results

SxPF Print Championship 2016- Open Results Club

SxPF Print Championship 2016- Development Results

SxPF Print Championship 2016- Development Results Club

Overall Total




Over 140 people attended the event, which was superbly ushered by our partner club Worthing CC, to whom our sincere thanks.

We also need to thank our appraisers, David Eastley LRPS, Rachael Talibart LRPS and Richard Walton FRPS, MPAGB, EFIAP. We give our appraisers a challenging day by asking them to select from a high-quality exhibition and then to speak to an audience of 100 plus people. It is important to SxPF to present appraisers who are great speakers as well as discerning selectors, and our guests this year were all excellent in their roles.

More pictures and winning images will be available soon.


Finally, we’d like to reiterate our apologies to all, especially the clubs affected, for the results error that led to the Open class winning club being incorrectly announced. See previous post here.