FCC Members' Information

Mission Statement

FCC Members' Information

Mission Statement

FCC provides a friendly, inclusive, social and educational environment for members to pursue and nurture their interest in photography. The Club is affiliated to the KCPA.

Club affiliations

The club is affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain [PAGB] through the Kent County Photographic Association [KCPA]. We follow their guidelines and many lecturers and judges are obtained through them.

Membership

Membership is fully inclusive, regardless of photographic experience or knowledge on payment of an annual subscription to be set each year at the AGM. Currently, this is £35 per year inclusive of refreshments.

Meetings

The Club meets weekly every Monday at St Georges Church, Audley Road, Folkestone  7.30 – 10.30 p.m for a nine-month season from September to May as per the programme.

Programme

The Committee shall arrange and organise a varied programme of lectures, presentations and competitions, as well as Practical Evenings and Audio Visual Group meetings and informal outings.

Inter Club Activities

FCC will compete against other clubs in 'Battles' held both at home and away. A Selection Committee, appointed by the Committee from the membership, will choose the images to enter in external competitions.

Distinctions

The Club supports and encourages members to work toward achieving photographic distinctions offered by the RPS(Royal Photographic Society), PAGB (Photographic Alliance of Great Britain) and BPE (British Photographic Exhibitions) and FIAP (The International Federation of Photographic Art)

Website

The Club's website is open for all to view but is administered by the Committee. The Members Area of the website is only available to view if you are a paid up member of the FCC It provides the main source of information for club members: gives members the ability to dispaly a gallery of their images; a link to their personal website; the ability to upload to Club competitions; a means of communication with other members via The Bulletin. Links are available to the KCPA and PAGB for information about external exhibitions and competitions. This is supported by verbal and written notices displayed at club meetings for those without web access.

Competitions

  • Only fully paid up members may enter club competitions.
  • Entries must be received by the date published in the programme.
  • The content of images submitted to all competitions must be entirely the original work of the photographer.  Third party images, or part images, whether authorised or not, are not permitted.
  • One entry per member per competition
  • Members may only enter an image once in any competition*Each season will include  the following Club competitions for members to compete against each other 5 Print,  and 5 PDI, 5 Creative PDI and5 Mono
  • Each competition will be judged by an invited outside judge who will appraise, critique and mark images .
  • The scores for each member will be recorded by the Competition Secretaries and published on the Club's website. Highest scoring members are awarded trophies or certificates at the end of the season.
  • Members may enter one image in each section. No image may be entered in more than one section whether as a print or digital image. An image accepted by the competition secretary for a previous competition is not eligible.
  • For the purpose of these rules the committee reserves the right to consider an image to be the same as one already used if, regardless of title or medium, it is so similar to the other as to be almost identical.

 Print Competitions

  • All prints entered into Club competitions must be mounted and the mount must be 500mm x 400mm.
  • The title, member's name and group entered must be indicated on the rear of all entries.

 Projected  Digital Image (PDI) Competitions

  • Digital files must conform to JPEG format maximum 1620 pixels wide and 1080 pixels high.
  • File size no more than 2mb 
  • Images should be uploaded via the member's area at www.folkestonecameraclub.co.uk following on screen instructions.

 The following additional competitions MAY be held throughout the season:

  • Portraits – images of living people in print and pdi format. Animal portraits are not acceptable. Up to 3 images in both Print and PDI.
  • Landscape – print showing an extensive area of land. Maximum 3 images per entrant.
  • Anyscape – print of a city/sky/urban/sea scape. Maximum 3 images per entrant.
  • Themed Subject – subject to be announced at the beginning of the season.As from Sept 2013 combined in one of the PDI Comps throughout the season 1 image per entrant.
  • Panel of Images –  “A panel of images consisting of a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6 prints. The panel may be any subject of your choice but should link together in a cohesive way and be visually balanced. The sequence in which you would like your panel to be displayed should be clearly marked on the reverse of each print. Members may enter a maximum of two panels each. Each panel should be titled and marked Panel 1 and/or Panel 2” In the event of an exceptionally high number of panels being entered, the committee reserve the right to remove Panel Number 2 from the competition. PDI Panels may also be entered, details on how to present these will be posted here in due course. A combination of PDI and Print Panels may be entered up to two per entrant.
  • Member's Presentation with commentary- 15 pdi, 12 minutes
  • Audio Visual Competition - sequences up to a maximum of 10 minutes.
  • Annual Print Competition – best of the previous season's competition prints, number to be advised usually 3
  • Annual DPI Competition - best of the previous season's dpi competition images, number to be advised.