Jervis Bay and St Georges Basin, Shoalhaven, NSW
There are a lot of suggestions listed above, and thank you to everyone who filled out the survey and gave us such excellent feedback! The committee has taken all of your suggestions on board, but a few things mentioned above really require some additional comments ...
"We need one competition where people can submit panoramas, squares and not just a4"
Anyone can submit panoramas, or squares and not just A4 for any competition, whether Open or Set Subject, but perhaps the respondent means that we should have a competition where entries are limited to panoramas only, or another where only square format images are allowed. A square format only competition sounds like a really good idea! We have had a "panoramas" only competition in the past, but it was back in 2012, so perhaps it is time that we had it again?
"All photos from local area or say Australian Photos at least for set subject."
A quick check of all of our winning photos shows that only 9 out of 91 of our Set Subject winners, and 19 out of 86 of our Open winners, were taken overseas, so it would appear that photos taken overseas may actually have less success than photos taken locally!
"Requirement that photos be under one year old for SS limits entries. Have not been submitting for this reason."
We limit the photos to under one year old to encourage members to take new photos for the competition, rather than searching through their old photos for one that suits the set subject. Without this rule, a member might never take another photo, and just submit old ones. We assume that most people come to the camera club to improve their photography, by actually taking new photos, rather than to use the camera club only as a place to display their old photos.
"I would like the meetings more open. If you are not one of the "in crowd" you struggle."
We try to be inclusive, and go out of our way to make new members feel welcome. We were totally unaware that we had an "in crowd". We are saddened that one of our members feels this way.
"Could we try again a Creative section in the competition?"
Any photo in any competition can be "creative" - there are no limits placed on images other than that they must be taken by the person submitting them. Minor tweaks or major manipulations are both allowed. Perhaps you want one of the Set Subject competitions to be totally devoted to "creative" entries? The definition of "creative" - see the bottom of the Competitions page on the website - is "Creative images are those that have been substantially manipulated using various techniques with the resulting image differing significantly from the original subject matter. Another way of looking at it is 'Altered Reality'." The committee will look further into this for future competitions.
"What about our own exhibition and/or the promotion of an exhibition of certain members?"
Exhibitions were mentioned quite a few times in responses to the survey questions. The second last response says that "the publicity ... may also attract new members". We do have club exhibitions from time to time, especially during the See Change Festival which is held every two years. We have also exhibited images in a Huskisson coffee shop.