Annual General Meeting – Thursday 26th April 2018

I’m writing to notify the forthcoming Annual General Meeting [AGM] of Melbourne [Derby] Photographic Society, which takes place on Thursday 26th April 2018, in the Thomas Cook Memorial Hall, High Street, Melbourne DE73 8GJ, commencing at 19.30.

Attached to this page is an agenda and the supporting papers. If we could ask you to print these off and bring with you as there will be no hard copies available on the night.

Look forward to seeing you there

Paul Cooper   President

Document Purpose
Melbourne Photographic Society Agenda 2018 AGM Agenda
 MPS 2017 AGM Minutes AGM Minutes 2017
 Melbourne Photographic Society – Presidents Report April 2018 Presidents Report
 Melbourne Photographic Society Treasurers Report 2017-2018 Financial Report & Narrative
 Melbourne Photographic Society Programme Secretary Annual report 2018 Programme Secretary Report
 Melbourne Photographic Society – 2018 -2019 Activity Programme Version 1 Programme 2018 – 2019
 MPS Officer Report Competitions 2018 Competition Report
 Melbourne Photographic Society – Exhibition Secretary Report 2018 Exhibition Report
 Melbourne Photographic Society publicity Annual report 2018 Website & Promotions Paper
 Melbourne Photographic Society – Constitution 2016 AGM Constitution, for reference only
 Melbourne Photographic Society – Fund Raising Report 2018 Fund Raising Report



Motions Received 

A number of motions have been received for discussion at the AGM. Members who have raised requests that would require investment from the society, should bring estimates for the expenditure required, and how such items would be used. This will enable members to make an enlightened choice on the motion.

Proposal to have a selection panelI propose that we return to a selection panel approach.  The panel should select a balanced portfolio of photographs from the different genres and from different members.  The genres should try to include (but not limited to) Landscape, National History, Portrait, Macro, Sport, Still life, Creative, Fashion, Architecture.  The techniques could include colour, black and white, drone etc.  We should not have the same image twice as a pdi and print.The panel, would be appointed by the committee. Chris Brown
Proposal for future equipmentWe should spend some of the money we have raised on a studio setup – lights and backdrop.  This will be used for portraits, still life etc. – indoor photography.  The purpose of this, other than to be fun, is to widen our repertoire and skills producing new and fresh images. Chris Brown
Proposal for the change in competition  rules for the Natural History images.Should we adopt the news rules, which have changed recently to bring us in line with Nempf/PAGB rules for competitions. Simon Pearce
“With regard to competition projection, the image quality is perceived to be poor with a reduced resolution and a noticeable lightening of shadow detail and associated loss of saturation and contrast especially compared with i) the Annual prints when they were shown together and ii) when other exhibition material is shown using other display software, the image saturation and contrast is usually much better.Suggest a bench marking with what other software other societies use, and/or alternative ways of working.” Alistair Moore
Social Media presenceAs a new member this year and I dare say it a ‘little bit younger’ than a fair few of the members, When I was looking to join the club I used my phone and computer to look at the club website & social media sites which didn’t really give me much of an insight to the actual members and the standards of photography, (meaning, I was looking to see if I was good enough to join and not look an idiot) So the next place I went was Facebook to the club page however this is a closed group and I feel that it should be more welcoming and allow anyone to view but not post and that the security settings are reviewed on the page.The other thing I think that would be beneficial is other social networks such as twitter and Instagram, now as I know the website is a wordpress there are plugins available that would allow you to post once on the website and it automatically posts to social media sites such as twitter and facebook.  So time saving, the other side of it is that if the club has events planned well in advance we can schedule posts on the website which would post to social media for you.I feel that the club needs to be more active in this field to offer its guidance and potential gain new members in the area.  Chris Findon