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Smethwick open for entries The 46th Smethwick International Exhibition of Photography is open for entries. This year, the exhibition is projected images only, with the usual three print sections replaced by three additional PDI sections. The six sections are: Open Colour, OpenMonochrome, Nature, Creative, Scapes and Travel. Please send us your news

The deadline for submissions for inclusion in the next issue of Photography News is 2 October.

Online entry closes 5 November with judging/selection on 13 to 15 November.

Chester PS Chester PS has been holding a variety of online activities during the lockdown including competitions, photo quizzes and a special interest online discussion group. The forthcoming season is being held online using Zoom and in addition to the usual competitions,


a variety of speakers are booked, with topics ranging from food photography, macro, composition and press photography. Visitors are welcome to book in advance for individual talks, which cost £5.

It’s Loughton CC’s 75th anniversary this year but, like many groups, has scaled back its 2020 programme. “We’ve moved to Zoom for presentations and competitions, and that will continue this season,” said publicity officer Thelma Banks.

However, its annual exhibition did go ahead in a small area next to its usual meeting place. “The judging process was videoed to club members wishing to join Alison Jenkins doing the selections,” added Thelma. Crosby CC Crosby CC has put together an exciting schedule of online talks this autumn, with events scheduled through to December. The club will then decide on whether to return to in-person meetings from January 2021, depending on the situation. “Things may look a little different at our meetings, but we’re still offering the same informative talks, coupled with the chance to enter your best images into competitions,” said Steve Sefton, Crosby’s president.

Thanet’s weekly meetings from this month are being held via Zoom, returning to normal from January 2021, circumstances permitting. The full programme for next season will be published on the club’s website. The club’s annual membership fee is £35 and £4 is payable for each meeting, but this does not apply to virtual meetings. Thanet CC

Clacton CC Clacton CC’s first online presentation is on 18 September. Taking place over Zoom, they’re free for members and for non-members, there is a £3 fee. For details of Clacton’s programme, visit the website or contact

For the first time ever, Amersham Photographic Society’s annual exhibition is being presented virtually on YouTube. Its 68th annual exhibition video was created by a team of club members and contains work frommany of Amersham’s members across a variety of photography genres. “Since lockdown, we have needed to find new and innovative ways to maintain the club’s activities,” said member Patrick Hudgell. “Our meetings, sub-groups and tuition sessions are now all held on Zoom, but our usual annual exhibition could no longer take place. The virtual exhibition we created is a wonderful solution and has the benefit of allowing people from all across the world to view and appreciate our work at their leisure. We hope that your readers enjoy seeing some of our Amersham PS

Chichester Camera Club is another that has taken its annual exhibition online. “It was with great sadness that we had to cancel our annual exhibition at the Assembly Halls this year,” said club selection committee chair, Peter Rocchiccioli. “The club has explored different ways of displaying our work to the public, so we are extremely grateful to The NoviumMuseum for their collaboration in this online showcase. It is available for viewing through to this December. If you enjoy the show, please pass on the message to friends and family.” Chichester CC

Sandhurst Camera Club had well over 1000 YouTube views of its first online exhibition. It was so successful, it will run alongside live shows when the club restarts. Sandhurst CC

ABOVE This picture was wrongly credited last month. The image is entitled Reach for the Sky by Martin Leech CPAGB

members’ amazing work.”

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