This heralds the start of our new season, an unusual one as we’ll be running virtually, although we are all familiar with the format by now. This is because adhering to the risk assessments required by the school will make face to face meetings unworkable.
I hope this doesn’t deter you from rejoining us this season as we have a very comprehensive program planned and booked and your support is the fuel that keeps us viable as a club.
We will, as I mentioned before, be running our normal league-style competitions but only as digital Image versions with the normal two sections in each of them, (section one for advanced photographers and section two for beginners and improvers), there will be no print versions. As usual, there will be six competition evenings in the season, three of which will be Open and three of which will have set subjects, these being pairs, reflections, and at home,(details will be forthcoming on the Club Calendar) so lots of potential there for some creative fun. We will also be running the other customary internal competitions but again as digital entries only. I have spoken to all our normal print contributors and they accept that this is the only feasible option at the present time. These comprise, as usual, the Portfolio Competition, the Howard Morris Trophy for monochrome images, (this opens up this competition to all members as its normally ‘print only’) and the Digital Image of the Season. We’ll also be throwing in some ad hoc competitions and challenges to keep us all on our toes and we have some excellent speakers booked giving presentations on such diverse subjects as ‘The art of Metamorphosis’ and ‘Photographing Chernobyl and Pripyat’ and lots of others to spark your interest and imagination.
We will, of course, be continuing with our ‘Two Hemispheres’ competition with Camberwell CC in Australia and hopefully all of the PDI external competitions. The Rosebowl will be running as usual and, a first, we will be able to attend all three rounds as a club as they will be running virtually via Zoom.
With no face-to-face club meetings taking place, we have deferred the AGM until later in the season and details and dates for this together with full details of the coming Program can be found on our Club Calendar at lbpc.org.uk and it’s subject to change so do keep checking.
While we are at present living in these unusual circumstances we are really depending on your support more than ever this season to keep us buoyant, we have been running successfully for more than 30 years and I hope we will continue to do so for many more, but a club is only as good as its members and I feel confident that, in you all, we have the best and most loyal supporters that we could want.
So, in closing, I look forward to welcoming you all back, albeit only virtually on the 2nd September. There are some interesting and exciting times ahead for the club and I hope you’ll all be a part of it.