ACC AGM 2015 Notes

Here are notes from the 2015 AGM.

Programme Secretary's report

Another good year that everyone seemed to enjoy. Presentations included ones on composition, Scottish wildlife, the Arctic, Iceland, Monochrome and an artist's perspective. Member evenings included some creative work and opportunities to show our work to one another and get constructive feedback.

There was higher attendance at presentations and competitions than member evenings, so next year there will be one more of each of these and consequently two less member evenings.

In case you're interested in looking up any speakers, there's a page linking to their websites on our site.

The 2016 programme is pretty much complete. There will be seven presentation evenings, five internal competitions, four photo member evenings and four practical member evenings.

All speakers and most judges are booked. Member evenings are drafted, although because they are for and by you, we can change these if you wish.

Come the new year, I'll be looking forward to booking the 2017 programme. If you've any ideas, desires or whatever, please do let me know.

Webmaster's report

The website worked just fine and is now established. The most-used page of course was again the 'Programme' page. Notices have been updated through the year. If you ever want to add something or see things others would like, just tell Dave.

The site based on a system called 'Bootstrap', which was written by a couple of geeks at Twitter and will reformat each page depending on the size of the window. This should cop whether you are looking at it on a desktop, laptop, tablet or phone. If you're desperately interested in the technology of the site, there's a brief page to chew on that you can access via the site map.

It has also been structured to make it easy to find what you want, based on your purpose. Hence on the front page and at the top of every page, there are clear entry points for members, visitors, possible joiners and those just browsing around the subject of photography. At the bottom of each page is a site map, which appears when you click on the words. This is another route to all pages on the site.

It also needs help from you. First, please do chew around the site, clicking on links and seeing if it all works. It would be nice also if we could recognise each other on sight, and know a little about each other, so we need a photo and blurb from everyone for this purpose. It would be neat also if we can show photos from competitions so others can see them afterwards. If you can provide for this, it will help. If you don't want to be included in this, just let me know (preferably in a friendly manner). There's also a few links page, which I've started with some stuff. Please let me know of any other good pages to add, including if you have your own photos on a website somewhere.

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