As September is approaching quickly and Covid-19 is still hanging around, this coming 2020/21 season will be somewhat different from usual. The Museum of Natural History informed us that they will not open for events at least until December. We already know that a second wave might be coming in or after November, so the rest of the season will not be easier either.
Your Executive team has been discussing the options and it seems that we’ll be using WebEx or similar solution for our meetings. You have probably attended several photography related webinars during the lockdown, our meetings will be similar to those.
Competitions are integral part of our program and this year the judging will go online. We have been looking around for judging software and ended up making one locally (thanks to Darryl) and this solution satisfies most of the requirements we have got used to over the years.
During the field trips we’ll need to follow the provincial guidelines and that can change during the season, depending on the actual Covid situation.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
The EoY Trophy Competition upload form is now active. It will close at 11:45 PM on May 15. There are two links on the members only page that relate to the EoY competition. The first is a web page PGNS EoY Annual Trophy Competition that describes each trophy and what competition category they represent. The second is PGNS EoY Annual Trophy Competition Form that is a printable PDF form that you can use to record what images you have submitted to this competition.
Dear fellow Guild members,
As you know, our AGM is scheduled for 7:30 pm on May 11. As it is closed until further notice, we won’t be able to have it at the museum. The Executive had an online meeting on Monday April 6 and we discussed the options and we decided to go ahead with the AGM using a webinar/conference call. We are still investigating which conference call solution we’ll be using, but we are choosing one that will have a phone in option without a computer, so those of you who have no microphone on your computer, you’ll be able to join the meeting.
If you are planning to call into our AGM, please send me an e-mail and we’ll send you the connection information once it becomes available.
We discussed the End of Year (EoY) competitions as well. Since it is not possible to have the judging done at the museum, we changed the upload deadline to May 15. The website upload form will become available on May 1st. This will give you sufficient time to select your best scoring images (print and digital). We’ll have the prints collected when it is safe to do so. We’ll have the judging scheduled when the social distancing rules will be lifted.
The submitted Sight and Sound essays will be judged sometime in September or early October (if this pandemic is no longer an issue) and we will hold the awards and trophies presentation at our Christmas banquet.
As we are all locked in and it is not suggested (nor allowed) to drive out to places to capture images, we need to find other ways to capture interesting images indoors or in the garden around the house..
If you have not seen episodes of The Art of Photography (Ted Forbes), I’d suggest the following two YouTube videos.
Part 1 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJafQpGADjg
Part 2 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1D4cWArgYlw
Please follow us on Facebook and you can post your assignment image there.
Stay safe, stay healthy and stay home.