PALMERSTOWN CAMERA CLUB CONSTITUTION

1)   General

The Name

The name of the Club shall be Palmerstown Camera Club. 

The Aim

  • The aims and purposes of the Club are to promote, foster and encourage photography.

 The Season

  • The Club’s season shall start in September and run until June of the following year.

  • The season shall culminate with an Annual General Meeting (AGM).

 Ordinary Membership

  • Any person aged 18 years and over may apply for Full Membership of the Club.
  • The Committee reserve the right to refuse membership of the Club.

  • We are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our members so they can participate in Photography and related matters in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our club. Bullying concerns should be reported to the committee.

 Honorary Membership

  • Upon proposal of the Committee, the members at each AGM may award Honorary Membership of the Club to any individual whose services to the Club have been notable or outstanding.

  • Honorary members shall not be liable to membership fees.

  • Honorary members shall have the same rights as full members of the Club.

Membership of the Club is forfeited;

  • by letter of resignation addressed to the Chairman, and after settlement of any financial obligations,

  • by the non-payment of the membership fee or debts to the Club, or other

  • by exclusion on ratification of a decision by the Committee, by the members of the Club in accordance with Article 1.16.

  • the exclusions stipulated in sub-article (1.11) and (1.12) of this article shall be decided upon by the Committee.

  • In the event of membership of the club being forfeited a refund of membership fee paid shall not be made.

 Complaints

  • A member may be called before the Committee to answer a complaint made against the member.

  • The Committee may;

    • reprimand the member and request a written apology,

    • suspend the member for a time deemed to be appropriate, or

    • propose expulsion of the member.

  • The member in question has the right to request a hearing before an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM). The member must be informed of this right and the Committee shall make all necessary arrangements to convene such an EGM. The result of a majority vote of those present at such an EGM, taken in secret ballot, shall be binding on the Committee and the said member. A proxy vote shall not be eligible at such an EGM.

Grading

  • The members of the Club shall be graded in three sections:

Novice

Intermediate

Advanced.

  • Each new member shall determine their own initial grading.

  • The Committee reserve the right to re-grade any member.

 Competitions

  • The Club shall organise internal photographic competitions.

  • The Club may arrange competitions with other clubs.

  • The Club shall hold an Annual Exhibition.

  • The Club may enter or arrange national and international competitions.

Acceptance of the Rules

  • Acceptance of the rules shall be a condition of Membership.

Participation

  • Each member of the Club is expected to participate in the Club’s activities to the best of his or her ability.

 Responsibilities:

  • Members are advised to familiarise themselves with their responsibilities concerning their photography, and to proceed accordingly.

  • The Club shall adhere to current national Data Protection legislation in all its activities. 


2)   ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

General

  1. Every year the Club shall hold a General Meeting. A minimum notice of 21 days must be given to members.

  2. The quorum for the Annual General Meeting shall be 50% plus one of the average weekly attendances throughout the year.

  3. The AGM shall hear the report of the outgoing Committee and elect a new committee.

Convening

  1. In order to convene an EGM an agenda signed by not less than 75% of the members of the Club must be lodged with the secretary not less than 21 days prior to the date of the proposed meeting.

  2. The committee can call an EGM if the circumstances require, 21 days notice and the agenda for such meeting must be circulated to the membership.

 Voting and Amendments

  1. Only members of the Club are entitled to vote on the club’s policies and constitution in person, or by properly registered proxy.

  2. Amendments to the constitution may only be made at an AGM or an EGM.

  3. To facilitate the smooth running of these meetings:

    1. Proposed amendment to the constitution and motions must be submitted in writing to the Club Secretary at least 21 days in advance. Each amendment/motion must have the signature of the proposer and the seconder.

    2. Each proposed amendment/motion should be proposed separately, such that each may be properly considered on its own merits.

    3. The list of amendments/motions and their proposers and seconders shall be made available to the club membership at least 7 days prior to the AGM.

Assets and Finances

Not for Profit

  • The Club is a non-profit making organisation. 

Equipment

  • All equipment of the club shall remain vested in the club and shall not be owned or part owned by any member of the Club.

Funding

  • The Club shall be funded by annual subscriptions to be determined each year at the AGM and from a levy which may be required from time to time to cover extraneous expenses and from sponsorship and fund-raising activities. In addition, the Club may borrow monies subject to approval at an EGM or AGM.

  • Special annual subscriptions may be set in cases of hardship at the discretion of the Committee.

  • The membership fees must be paid before the 30th September each year. Any person who applies for membership after that date will be required to pay at the time of application. Arrangements, on a pro rata basis, may be made by the new members applying for membership after December of each year.

  • Any surplus funds shall be used for the betterment of the club.

 

3)   THE COMMITTEE

Composition

  • The club shall be run by a committee elected from and by the members of the Club at each AGM. Unless unopposed, committee members shall be elected by secret ballot, on a simple majority basis.

  • The Committee shall consist of:

Chair

Secretary                                  

Treasurer                                  

Competition Secretary      

Two Representative to the IPF DSLR (Irish Photographic Federation - Dublin and South Leinster Region)                          

R.O.  

Plus up to six ordinary members whose duties may be assigned as the need arises.

  • The six officers at least, must be elected at the AGM. 
  • The Committee shall have the right to co-opt new committee members during the year.

  • Nominations for officer and ordinary positions on the committee should be made to the Club Secretary at least 21 days in advance of the AGM.

  • All nominations must have the signature of the proposer and seconder and must be accompanied by the written consent of the nominee, all of whom shall be club members in good standing. The list of nominees, and their proposers and seconders shall be made available to the club membership at least 7 days prior to the AGM.

  • Only in the event of there being no nominations to a committee position in accordance with paragraph 2.10 above will nominations be accepted from the floor at the AGM.

 Meetings

  • The committee shall meet at any time during the year as the need arises.

  • The quorum for a committee meeting is 50% +1 which must include two officers

  • Any committee member failing to attend two consecutive committee meetings shall at the discretion of the committee be relieved of their place on the committee.

Decisions and Authority

  • The committee shall make any decisions necessary for the proper discharge of its duties and functions in relation to the running of The Club.

  • Should any circumstances arise which is not provided for in the Constitution or in case of doubt regarding the interpretation thereof the decision of the committee shall be final subject to ratification at an AGM.

  • The committee cannot alter the constitution of the club.

  • Amendments to the powers of the committee may only be made at the AGM or EGM.

Misc.

  • In the event of the disbandment of the club after disposal of equipment and settling of financial obligations remaining assets may be dealt with as seen fit by the members at the time.  

  

A 52 week PHOTO CHALLENGE FOR PCC MEMBERS FOR 2019!!!

This challenge takes place on Facebook..... and starts on 1st February. The Challenge is to TAKE a photo EVERY week, process it and post it in the Facebook "PCC52" group page  to the theme for that week. The list of themes is on the group page. Your interpretation of the theme is entirely up to your own artistic creativity. The challenge runs for whole of 2019. Membership is on a participation only basis and is only open to members of PCC.  Contact secpcc@mail.com to join this facebook group.  ENJOY!!!!!

Congratulations to all the winners !!!!

Club Outings - Summer 2018

Every Wednesday evening in July and August the club members go on a photography outing. Anyone who is interested in joining our club is very welcome to come along and get a sense of what the club is all about: taking photos, learning about photography, developing your skills and making new friends!

New members are always welcome!

  • July 4th- Lough Owel
  • July 11th- Grand Canal Dock
  • July 18th- Skerries
  • July 25th- Barrow Beach
  • August 1st- St Patricks Cathedral
  • August 8th- Killiney Beach
  • August 15th- South Bull Wall
  • August 22nd- Carton House

The summer outings meet-up point ( for car-pooling) is at Palmerstown ULSTER BANK from 7:30-8pm each Wednesday. A PCC committee member will lead each outing.

Contact: secpcc@mail.com if you would like to come along/ for further details. There is no charge, and a great way to get to chat informally to some members and get advice about your camera/ photography in general.


 

Image: Lorraine Morris                                                       

CLUB SCHEDULE 2018

 

GUIDELINES FOR ENTERING PCC CLUB COMPETITIONS

Information on club competitions :

Each month Palmerstown club holds an internal competition for members to submit their images (anonymously) on a particular theme, for critique by a guest judge. These monthly competitions results form part of an Annual League, and results of the League are announced at our annual exhibition in June.


Any committee member will be happy to clarify any questions you may have on entering images.

There are three categories each month: monochrome print, colour print and projected image.

The Mono print and colour print categories are on a particular theme each month,

but the Projected Image is "open" and can be on any theme.

Themes for 2018 are listed below.

Images:

  • May only be entered once;
  • A new image is required for each competition;
  • That have been used in last season’s league competition’s may not be used again;
  • From the club exhibition that were NOT used in last seasons league competition’s may be entered this season.
  • From the club exhibition that were NOT used in last seasons league competition’s may be entered this season.
  • Converting an image that has already been entered in competition to a different category for the purpose of re entry is not allowed (i.e. from colour to monochrome or projected image etc.).
  • Members may enter one image only in each of the three media categories = Max three entries per member.

Workshop photos:

  • Any images taken on a Wednesday workshop night within the club schedule will not be allowed into any club competitions e.g. league, panel, exhibition, John Thorpe nature etc.,

Duplicate photos:

  • Images taken in the same sequence and of a similar/same scene/type are not permitted entry into league competitions more than once in any year. The competition secretary’s decision is final.

Printed images

  • Are to be mounted (flush mounted only please, no window mounts) on 20” x 16” mount boards (available from The Treasurer).
  • They must be CLEARLY marked on the rear top left hand corner,
  • with the month;followed by the letter indicating the members grade (Novice, Intermediate, Advanced)

followed by the members club PIN no;and the title of the image;

e.g. SEPTEMBER N 123 “TITLE”

  • There should be no other indication as to the authors identity.

Projected Images:

  • Should be as large as possible to allow for possible use in future competitions.
  • Projected images should be in .jpeg format should have the members grade and PIN indicated on them. 
  • Projected images for the 2017/18 season are themed as ‘Open’ and so do not need to follow the set competition theme.
  • Projected images should be as large as possible to allow for possible use in external competitions. This will allow images to be printed should they be chosen by the selection committee.

All entries MUST be submitted on the appointed hand in night.

Judges decisions with regard to points awarded are final

Previous "Image of The Month" Winners

December's winning image by Pat Kavanagh: Nature theme                                                         

November's winning image by Susan Carney                                                        

Octobers winning image 'Misty Morning' by Teresa Kavanagh                                                      

September's winning image: 'Room' by Lorraine Morris                                                        

May 2018: Open Theme: Isolation by Mary Mangru                                                      

April 2018: Environmental Portrait: "The Barber" by Pat Kavanagh                                                      

March 2018: Nature Theme: Nina Butler                                                        

              January 2018: Silhoettes/ Reflections Theme: Lorraine Morris                                            

November 2017:  Architecture  Theme: Elaine Butler                                              

Nature Photography Definition: Irish Photographic Federation

Palmerstown Camera Club uses the IPF definition for nature competitions. Since Jan 1st 2015, images submitted in IPF Nature competitions in both ‘open’ and ‘themed’ categories must comply with the below definition of Nature Photography, as published by FIAP (Federation Internationale De L’Art Photographique), and as agreed with the PSA (Photographic Society of America) and RPS (Royal Photographic Society).

“Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify its honest presentation. The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality.

  • Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves.
  • Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible.
  • Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are ineligible.
  • Photographs with any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement are ineligible. No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted.
  • Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content, or without altering the content of the original scene, are permitted including HDR, focus stacking and dodging/burning.
  • Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches, are allowed.
  • Stitched elements are not.
  • All allowed adjustments must appear natural.
  • Colour images can be converted to grey-scale monochrome.
  • Infrared images, either direct captures or derivations, are not allowed.  
  • Images used in Nature Photography competitions may be divided in two classes: Nature and Wildlife.
    • Images entered in Nature sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above can have landscapes, geological formations, weather phenomena, and extant organisms as the primary subject matter. This includes images taken with the subjects in controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, botanical gardens, aquariums and any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food.
    • Images entered in Wildlife sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above are further defined as one or more extant zoological or botanical organisms free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat. Landscapes, geological formations, photographs of zoo or game farm animals, or of any extant or botanical species taken under controlled conditions are not eligible in Wildlife sections. Wildlife is not limited to animals, birds and insects. Marine subjects and botanical subjects (including fungi or algae) taken in the wild are suitable wildlife subjects, as are carcasses of extant species.”

 The full FIAP definition can be downloaded from the FIAP website. The judge shall have the right to determine, for the purpose of this competition, what does or does not comply with this definition. The judge’s decision is final.

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