Monday, April 20, 2015

Annual Exhibition Time Again

As some of you know, I am a member of the Dublin Camera Club.  Tradition has it that they have an Annual Exhibition to show off the members' skills.  It also doubles as a competition and quite a serious one from a logistical point of view.  Each member is entitled to enter 8 (different) images in colour and mono prints and digital images.  Multiply that by the hardcore of regulars who enter competitions and it adds up to a weighty (literally) number.

The fact that it comes after the Winter League competition that runs from October to February with the finals taking place in March, means that the entries that have done well for them will be an automatic pool to select from for the Annual Exhibition.  The logistics are a nightmare! The sheer weight of prints probably mean the organisers have to go into training for the event.  Then there is the judging.  Usually three people from outside the club are the ones who judge the entries.  In the past it has been a day long event.  Personally, I think I would go into a meltdown after staring at images and scoring them for that length of time!

This year the studio will be closed on 4 separate occasions to accommodate the competition and exhibition.  One will be for sorting (5 hours).  Another for photo recording (5 hours).  The judging will take place on a Saturday (8 hours) and a final session to select prints for the exhibition (5 hours).  So, you can see it is not trivial.

There are always more prints than there are spaces to hang them in the exhibition.  Because of this, the club promises that each entrant will have at least one print selected for the exhibition regardless.  All of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners along with 'highly commended' prints will also be selected.  After that, a group of selected members will select the balance of prints for the exhibition taking regard that there is a balance between the advanced, intermediate and novices sections.  Not an easy job.

This year, for personal reasons, I am entering only digital images.  They are a selection from shots taken recently.  Enjoy?



Seeing Red

Time and Tide



Christ Church


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