President’s Report 2013-2014 Year
We had a full and varied program this year with a number of excellent external speakers including Nick Didlick (twice), on news and Olympic photography, and video; John Gordon, on bird photography; Allen Bargen on the philosophy of judging; Francois Cleroux on the history of photography; Rick Church on aerial photography; Adam Gibbs on landscape photography; and Ursula Easterbrook on her trip across Canada. In addition we had presentations by members, including Lynne Kelman on Topaz; Karen Kroeker on embroidered photos; Brian Palmer on video; and Thomas Dethlefsen on his trip to Tanzania.
We had outings, field trips or workshops by Deb Reny to Granville Island and Downtown Christmas lights; an inter-club trip to Point Roberts to photograph eagles, arranged by John Ostaf of the Delta club; and a landscape workshop to Golden Ears Park with landscape photography professional Adam Gibbs. I have been personally disappointed by a relatively low level of member participation in these excellent opportunities and hope to encourage more members to participate next year.
We entered many external competitions, both local and CAPA arranged, and hosted the fall 2013 CAPA Print Competition. And we had a successful Black and White Print Competition, something for which our club is well known. Many members assisted with this to make the evening a success, and I thank them all. Thanks to digital chair Thomas Dethlefsen, print chair Geoff Hayes, and CAPA competitions chair Geoff Milne. Finally we had many intra-club theme competitions; thanks to Glenis Lyttek for looking after those.
We also took part in an project and exhibition at the White Rock Museum, pairing member-taken photos with archival photos from the museum’s collection to create “Then and Now” pairs to be displayed and then sold to help the museum.