This is an occasion marked by the serving of wine, beer and nibbles, to celebrate another year of successful running of the society and to offer a chance to members to choose their committee. We were not inundated with new nominations and most current post holders agreed to stand for another year. We warmly welcomed John Murray as our new webmaster and noted our great appreciation of the work done by David Southgate, who has had to resign this role, following his recent move.
The Chair, Natalie Robinson, thanked other committee members for their time and effort, including Alan Ainsworth, who is standing down as deputy Chair and who thanked Natalie for all that she does for the society.
We are intending to look at our constitution this year and perhaps limit the tenure of each post, in an effort to regularly introduce new people on to the committee and not discourage people from standing because they think it might be a lifelong commitment! The posts which are still waiting to be filled are those of deputy Chair and social Secretary - it’s not too late for volunteers to come forward!
In the absence of actual trophies, we applauded the achievements of Caroline Preece, winner of the digital image prize and Susi Luard, winner of the prints prize. Cathryn Rees was presented with a box of Maltesers on behalf of Steve Hayward, for being star pupil during his course on Photoshop.
Following the break, we enjoyed looking at the images members had chosen as their own ‘pick of the year’, with a brief comment about why and where they were taken and why they had been chosen.
Many thanks to the members who completed an informal feedback survey, to help guide our planning and programming for the coming year:
Inevitably, some people’s highlights were other people’s lowlights - so competitions, practical sessions and some individual speakers were listed in both. This just confirms that we are pleasing some of the people some of the time. Most often mentioned as a highlight were the new members’ evenings, Simone Sbaraglia, Jaap Buitendijk and the Livery Halls Project. There were not so many lowlights listed and most were not shared by anyone else - apart from the need for more advance notice for themes in competitions. There were requests for more trips further afield, more on ‘good’ photographers, less Street and more documentary, commercial and journalism photography. Those people who went on the Spitalfields Walk would have liked more structure and guidance and some thought the group was too large - all very helpful for planning future walk and shoots, so thank you for all your comments.
Please do add any further thoughts - or offers to join the committee, below.