It is an honour to serve as President of Paisley Colour Photographic Club for a second year and I have great pleasure in welcoming members, guests, lecturers and judges to the 2016-2017 session of PCPC.

Our comprehensive programme this year covers a wide range of interests. From plant photography to street photography, sports photography to natural light portraits and architecture to Clyde steamers, there should be something in the coming session to suit everyone. For those with a preference for landscape photography, David Hay in his talk entitled “Composition – in the Greek Islands” will tell us about compositional techniques and how they work.

Nature and travel photography are also well represented this year. Mary Gibson makes a long overdue first visit to the club to show travel images from Nepal and nature images from closer to home. Duncan McEwan will show images from “Further Afield”. Zul Bhatia will cover "Wildlife, Scenery and Seasons" in the Serengeti. Norma McDowall will help us explore more travel opportunities by talking about her favourite places while Guy Phillips completes the quartet of club members by talking about “Aviation and Other Things that Move”.

Jamie Simpson will give us an insight into the life of a working press photographer. Renowned sports photographer Rob Hardie will talk about sports photography.

We are delighted that Mark Hamblin will visit the club to deliver the 6th Winifred Brown Memorial Lecture. Mark is a professional nature and landscape photographer based in the Cairngorms. Mark was one of the founding members of the 2020Vision project.

The club holds regular Trophy Competitions on nature, open and set themes. In addition, the club competes in three PSA Interclub Divisions – Colour Projected, Nature and Travel. Once again this year, three PCPC members will judge one round of the PSA Interclub.

In addition to our weekly meetings, the club organises two teach-ins per month which have proved very popular: an AV teach-in to help members put images and music together; and a standard teach-in which covers topics requested by members and which is always rounded off with a critique session. 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 advice and guidance during my first year as President and I would like to thank the Council and club members for their continued support.

Pat Cook