Club News
Proposals for discussion and voting at the AGM
Proposals must be submitted to the for publication on the website at least SEVEN days before the AGM. These are the proposals submitted so far:

Themed competitions

Topics for all the themed competitions to be chosen at the start of the season to give everyone a chance to get high quality images in time.

Proposer: Sue Snelson, Seconder: Clive Chater.

First competition

First competition of the season to be fixed as a more interactive/bonding competition which for now can be on Song Titles. This has previously been very popular, and will help embed new members.

Proposer: Clive Chater, Seconder: Sue Snelson.

Newcomers' Trophy

Newcomers' trophy which is limited to members who have only been members within the first two seasons and have not been members of other camera clubs previously. This will be awarded to the highest place member who meets this criteria.

Proposer: Jed Thornley, Seconder: Simon Richards.

Second print themed competition

Second Print Challenge Themed competition to go alongside the first Print League competition.

Proposer: Clive Chater, Seconder: Jed Thornley.

Panel of Three Images Competition

To go alongside the first Print League competition, would be a "Set of Three Prints" in which the three images should work together.

Proposer: Simon Richards, Seconder: Steve Kirkby

Print entries increased

Three Prints can be entered per Print tournament (both League and Challenge competitions). The Colour and Black & White Print trophies will still be the top four images selected, whilst the overall Print winner will be from all Prints used.

Proposer: Clive Chater, Seconder: Jed Thornley.

Field Trips Secretary

Field Trips Secretary to be made a committee member position, and non-officer committee posts reduced by one.

Proposer: Steve Kirkby, Seconder: Simon Richards.

Publicity Secretary

Publicity Secretary to be made a committee member position and non-officer committee posts reduced by one.

Proposer: Steve Kirkby, Seconder: Simon Richards.

Number of Internal competitions

Number of internal competition evenings should be limited to 10 for the season, which includes AVs, and His & Hers.

Proposer: Simon Richards, Seconder: Steve Kirkby

If you have any questions, please email or .
Wendy Davies + Judith Parry
SCPF Championships 2019
This was kindly hosted by Hungerford Camera Club. Our highest scoring image was a 14 for Coming For You by Jed Thornley. This was overshadowed however, by a judge's silver medal for The GodBarber by Wendy Davies. Wendy is pictured right receiving her medal from judge Judith Parry DPAGB AFIAP HonPAGB.
In PDIs Alton were 23rd out of 28 clubs (average 10.27). In the Prints we were 16th out of 21 (average 10.67).
The GodBarber, Wendy Davies
Coming For You, Jed Thornley
Membership until the end of the season
If you join now you can take advantage of half-price membership: just £25.
Clive Chater
Keith Hunt Audio-Visual Trophy
This was held once again by Woking PS and this year's judge was Chichester CC's Graham Sergeant FRPS.
Former winner Clive Chater earned a Highly Commended for his sequence Svezhina ("Fresh Meat") with the judge praising the well-documented cultural aspects and storytelling of the work.
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Alton Camera Club has signed up to the easyfundraising site. This means that if you go via our page on their site when you are shopping online the club will be able to receive a donation, at no cost to you. As we're approaching Christmas you may well be thinking about buying presents online, but the site also works the rest of the year, from your weekly grocery shop, to holidays, insurance, and utilities, and each time the club could benefit with the money being used for guest speakers, equipment replacement, etc.
There are over 3,000 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation, including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, thetrainline and Sainsbury's - it doesn't cost you a penny extra!
This link for Easy fund raising will generate an extra £1 bonus each time it is used for the first time. https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/invite/2UGYBS/
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There are no catches or hidden charges and the club will be really grateful for your donations. If you have any questions please contact the treasurer.
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Welcome
A very warm welcome to all our new members. Please have a look at our latest newsletter.
Prospective members can come along to any meeting and there will be someone to help you. You can join at any time during the season.
Photo galleries on the Web
If you have a photo website or use a photo-sharing site such as Flickr or 500px then let us know and we'll add it to the Galleries page. Have a look at our Flickr group too.
Use of Images
Please note that your images entered in competitions may be shown on the club website, in club promotional material, in local media (online/print) and represent the club in its exhibitions and external competitions (SCPF and elsewhere) unless you tell us otherwise.
Pre-cut Print Window Mounts
Pre-cut print mounts at the regulation 500mm by 400mm dimensions, white and black, A4 and A3 are available at club meetings. These are very popular; price is just £2.50 each.
Photography Quiz: They're no mugs!
Quiz winners
An entertaining evening was had by all where everyone ventured into the usual and some unusual areas of photography. A sprinkling of history, cinema and music with some full frontal male nudity and criminal activities thrown in we had some worthy winners. The elimination rounds provoked lots of discussion but it easily whittled the teams down to two for the head-to-head challenge.
Sadly it wasn't a photo finish as Jane, Clive and Simon lost 120-240 to Derek, Phil and Barry, pictured here being highly delighted with their prizes.
GDPR: Introducing our Privacy Policy
You can't have failed to have seen that every organisation has had to make changes to because of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).
Our policy can be found on the Constitution page.
If you have any questions, please email .
Proposals voted on at AGM, 2nd May 2018

Revise the league awards to Monochrome, Colour and Overall

Background: Currently a monochrome competition is run within the league competitions requiring at least 4 of the images submitted to be in mono, the overall league winner is awarded the colour trophy even though a majority (or all) of the league submissions could have been in mono. It also means that people entering mono images can currently win two competitions, whereas those entering all colour images into the same competition can only win one. The aim of this proposal is to correct this imbalance.

Proposal

That both Print & PDI leagues have 3 possible winners:

  • Highest scoring 4 mono images (Norman Rogers Cup for mono prints & Shirley Finden Cup for mono PDIs)
  • Highest scoring 4 colour images (ACC Tankard for colour prints & The Joyce Vincent Memorial Cup for colour PDIs)
  • Overall winner of each league (all 8 images) irrespective of whether they are mono or colour (Certificate or trophy)

This would ensure that colour and mono images are treated equally, using a certificate for the two overall league winners would potentially incur no additional cost.

Proposer: Kelvin Perry, Seconder: Phil Thomas

Unanimous for

Challenge competitions

Proposal

Retain the new style challenges which replaced Children In View and Homes & Gardens this season as a one-year trial. This affects the 3 PDI challenges and the print challenge. Themes to be chosen by member submission/vote 6 weeks prior to the competition date. All challenge competitions including the portrait print competition must be new work (not used in the leagues or other challenges).

Proposer: Clive Chater, Seconder: Ian Bailey

Unanimous for

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What's on elsewhere?
Focus Group Exhibition
at The Assembly Rooms, Chichester, PO19 1LQ;
6th, 8-13th April 9am-4:30pm (not Sunday) Admission free
diane arbus: in the beginning
at the Hayward Gallery, London
until 6 May 2019 Adult £15.50 BBC Will Gompertz Review
Don McCullin Retrospective
at Tate Britain, Millbank, London
until 6 May 2019 Adult £18 (£16 in advance), Conc. £17 Article in The Guardian
BBC TV documentary: Don McCullin: Looking for England (available until 4 March)
Martin Parr: Only Human
at National Portrait Gallery, London
until 27 May 2019 Adult £18, Conc. £16.50
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
at the Natural History Museum, South Kensington; until 30 June 2019 Adult £13.50, Conc. £10.50