As we’re all aware we needed to make some changes to the structuring of our grades in readiness for our 2022 competition.

The reason for this was the dwindling numbers in B grade which could have left us with only 2 members who regularly enter.

All members were surveyed to try and work out the best way to move forward. We got excellent responses from a huge majority of our members with some very insightful comments.

We took a democratic approach when deciding the final outcome and looked at what the majority of our members had voted for.

The final result is that we have maintained the 3 grades. We have replaced B Grade with Open Grade.
Members were asked if they wished to stay in A grade or move to Open Grade. We had enough members who were quite happy to move to Open Grade that now our problem with numbers across the grades is solved. These changes have been made on the website so that members can start entering for 2022 in the appropriate grade.

Three members moved from A Grade to Advanced. Congratulations to Toni Conquest, Ian Nunn and Tanya Heather.

Frank Bleechmore has moved from B Grade to A Grade. Congratulations to Frank.

Congratulations to all our point score winners and runners up and to all our POTY winners and runners up too.
I hope you’ll all be at the Christmas Party to receive your awards.

Congratulations to all our members. We really are an awesome club.

Won’t it be fabulous to be able to have our meetings in person again.

We are feeling very confident that we can get back to normal for 2022 and offer both digital and print choices for our competition entries.

We will continue to have our 3 sections monthly. (Colour, Mono and Set Subject).  In all 3 sections there will be both EDI and prints as per our pre-Covid competitions.

David Price has already set up the competitions for 2022 for both print and digital for the first 4 months. Members can start entering now.

Everyone should have received the competition calendar for 2022. Please let me know if you haven’t received it and I’ll email you another one.

Please remember that the EDI (digital) section will close two weeks before the competition night (At 11:59 pm on the Saturday 2 weeks prior to the competition).
We are used to doing this so it shouldn’t be a problem to remember. (Unfortunately, this means that the closing date for our January competition is Christmas Day… but we’ll just have to get organised ahead of time).

The prints sections will close 2 days before competition night (At 11:59 pm on the Saturday before the competition). 
We will then bring our prints with us on the night and need to have them on the stands by 6:30.

We will still only be allowed to put in 2 entries per section (Colour, Mono or Set Subject) per member, but we could choose 2 prints or 2 EDI’s or 1 Print and 1 EDI per section.
Remember, print and digital for each section is 1 category for the purposes of entering.

There will still be an overall maximum of 3 entries per member.

Some members have expressed that they would like the option to enter more than 3 images per month but at this stage we will be staying with 3 images per month per member.
The main reasons for this are due to:
We have no control over if members choose prints or digital. If members choose mostly digital we will have too many images to expect the judge to judge online considering they will also be coming along to the club on club night. If members choose mostly prints we will have a problem with not having enough stands to display all the images. We’re also on a time limit at the club and don’t want our judges to have to rush through to get all the judging completed in the allocated time.
I’m sure we can all agree that it will be much better to have quality judging of less entries rather than rushed judging of a lot of entries.

Don’t forget to check our rules document on the website for more information and don’t hesitate to ask if anything isn’t clear.

Have fun getting your 2022 images ready.