As newly-elected President, I would like to welcome you all, members and guests, visiting lecturers and judges to the 2015-2016 session of PCPC.

Our wide-ranging programme this year includes photojournalism, press photography and underwater photography as well as landscapes and travelogues from Bhutan to Chile. As befits such a comprehensive programme, our lecturers this year also come from far and near. We will be exploring creative photography with London-based photographer Andi Edan and learning about farming with wildlife with Andrew Parsons from Newark. Nearer to home, we will be taking a close look at the Nevis area with renowned hill walker and photographer Alex Gillespie from Fort William and even travelling back in time to the 1960s with Tom Doherty for a look at Glasgow’s people and places as seen through the lens of respected photographer Eric Watt.

This year, the club welcomes back former member, Ken Crossan, who will give the 5th Winifred Brown Memorial Lecture. Ken is an award-winning photographer of birds, mammals and plants and judged the Nature Section of the Paisley International on more than one occasion.

The club holds regular Trophy Competitions on a wide variety of subjects. In addition, the club competes in three PSA Interclub Divisions – Colour Projected, Nature and more recently Travel. This year, three PCPC members will judge one round of the PSA Interclub. Lastly, 2016 is once again our turn to host the Renfrewshire Inter Club Competition.

In addition to our weekly meetings, we will continue to organise two teach-ins per month as these have proved very popular. This year, the file swap will move to the teach-in sessions where the dynamics and reasoning behind image enhancement can be explored more fully. Once again we are indebted to the local campus of West College Scotland for providing premises for these teach-ins.

It is a great honour to serve as President of PCPC, a club with a long and distinguished history. I would like to thank my immediate predecessor, Fiona McEwan, for her help and guidance during my time as Vice President and I would like to thank the Council and club members for their continued support.

Pat Cook