Mar 272014

Some of the award winners at the Members’ Night on 21 March.  Please click on images to zoom in.  (You can click a second time for an even greater zoom!!)

All images © Billy McGuire

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EPS President Edith Smith with Rikki O’Neill who judged the Members’ Exhibition

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 Posted by on March 27, 2014 at 10:08 am
Mar 242014

Although the Members’ Exhibition was open to the public for two days this year, the attendance was disappointingly low. Only 72 visitors came through the door, and more than a few of those were club members.

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At five o’clock on Sunday 23 March, a good crowd of volunteers helped dismantle the exhibition, and all records were broken in the time taken.  Believe it or not, we took just around 25 minutes to take down all the prints, labels, numbers, and sort the prints into two piles – one for Rikki to talk to on Wednesday, the other for return to members.  The 21 boards were dismantled and stored away and most of the chairs returned to the room.

Here is the “front end” of the room during the exhibition

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While this is a worthwhile achievement, it means that the results of many, many hours and days of work preparing the exhibition, by so many people, can disappear in such a short space of time.  Also the disappointing turnout, in spite of more aggressive publicity this year, makes one  wonder if it is all worth it.

Thanks again to everyone who helped.

Neil Scott, Members’ Exhibition Secretary


Rikki will be talking to 52 prints on Wednesday night, and these will be available for collection by the authors at the end of the meeting.  This will allow members to pick them up in time to send them to the Scottish Salon.  Scottish Salon entries will be collected by Richard Bingham and Sandy Cleland at the Phoenix Group Meeting on Thursday March 27.  The remaining prints are now available for collection from the Library.  They are in two Nomad boxes, so please be careful looking for your own!




 Posted by on March 24, 2014 at 10:12 am
Mar 222014

Around 60 members braved a wet and windy night to attend the Members’ Night at the Annual Exhibition.

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The Exhibition seemed to be well received, both the prints in the Main Hall, and the projected images shown on a continuous loop in the Digital Room.

Unfortunately Rikki O’Neill who judged the exhibition was unable to be with us to present the awards, and the presentations were made by Senior Vice-President Stephen Meek.  Unusually almost all award winners were present to receive their trophies and certificates. Even more unusually, the choice of prints on the Popular Vote went to two images selected by Rikki!

Full details have been posted on the notice board at Great King Street.

Many thanks to all who were involved in this year’s exhibition – firstly to Terry Railley who handles the whole of the PI section, from collecting and collating all the images, sending them to Rikki, and then creating two slide shows – one with titles and authors’ names only, which was shown before the results were announced, and another with the awards listed, for display after the awards are announced. He set up the continuous loop slide show in the Digital Room.  Terry has also set up the digital display in the Lobby for public viewing.   Richard Bingham and Sandy Cleland put in a lot of effort on the print side of things, from collection, collating, and cataloguing, preparing spreadsheets etc, as well as being part of the expert team who assemble the exhibition.   Richard (Hawkeye) also casts his eagle eye (sorry to mix my ornithological metaphors) over the catalogue entries.  The exhibition itself involves setting up the 21 display boards, and mounting the 133 prints.  The team was Richard, Sandy, John Wells, Davd Wolfenden, Jim Moir and Ian McNaught and we managed to get the whole exhibition up before lunch.  Thanks also to June Scott for providing the refreshments – hot cups of tea, coffee and Jaffa Cakes being very welcome on such a cold night.

Thanks to Chick Calder for welcoming guests, and handing out catalogues and explaining the complex system for the Popular Vote – which involved writing two numbers on a voting slip!  And to Alex Melrose, the Returning Officer, for counting the votes and being around doing all sorts of other, necessary jobs.  And finally, my thanks to the volunteers who man the door on the two days when the Exhibition is open to the public, Jim Moir, Isobel Lindsay, Doug and Sue Hamilton, George Neilson, Sue Goode, and the crew who do the last stint, then remain to help take down the exhibition at 5pm on Sunday – you have all been mentioned already!

Now – come along to EPS on Wednesday 26 March to hear Rikki O’Neill explain his choices and discuss many of the other images too.  He is an excellent speaker as well as judge, so it promises to be a very entertaining evening.

Neil Scott, Members’ Exhibition Secretary

 Posted by on March 22, 2014 at 12:51 pm