Richmond Hill Camera Club Program Changes in Response to COVID-19 Risks
Leaders in the private and Government sectors in Canada have implemented many new measures to help contain COVID-19. After considerable deliberation and consideration of the rapidly evolving situation, the Executive Committee has implemented a response plan. The following programming changes or clarifications are being implemented by our club to help manage COVID-19 risks, and to help protect the health and well-being of our members.
- March 23 Workshop #4 (Post Processing Workflow). This workshop will not be held as an in-person event. However, the workshop will run as an on-line workshop presentation on the same evening and at the same time on March 23. We’re working with John Warren (Senior Instructor at Humber College for the Photography Program) on the details. Please register for Workshop #4 on our website and remember that it will be an on-line workshop. We are determining a deadline for registration (we will post this deadline shortly), which will be required to gain online access to the presentation. Registrants will receive instructions by email for joining the online meeting on March 23.
- March 28 Field Trip to Bird Kingdom in Niagara Falls. No Change. However, registered members are urged to monitor the Bird Kingdom website and mainstream media for changes in the COVID-19 situation, and make their own decision on whether to attend this event.
- March 30 Presentation of Digital 5 (Motion) results: The regular meeting will be replaced with a “Webinar” meeting. Details regarding remote connection will be posted on the Current News page.
- April 6 Presentation of Print 3 results and Photo Essay results: The regular meeting will be replaced with a “Webinar” meeting to review Photoessays. Details regarding remote connection will be posted on the Current News page.. Print 3 competition is cancelled (see below)
- April 20 meeting with Guest Speaker is cancelled. However, we are investigating whether to revise as an on-line presentation on the same day, or reschedule to next season.
- April 27 Annual General Meeting (AGM). Our AGM will not be held as an in-person event, and we are investigating running this meeting in an on-line format.
- May 11 Annual Banquet is postponed. The banquet has been re-scheduled to October 5, 2020. Planning for our rescheduled banquet will continue, and our request for silent auction and raffle items remains in effect.
- May 25 Big Trip to Newfoundland. Postponed until May 2021.
- We are actively investigating teleconferencing services that would allow us to convert selected in-person meetings to on-line meetings. Please do not run any face-to-face meetings for club purposes.
- March 16 deadline for Digital 5 (Motion). No change; please submit images as usual. Competition results will be presented using a “Webinar” format on March 30. Details on how to participate will be posted the Current News page. Images will also be available in the galleries on the website soon after the March 30 webinar session.
- March 23 deadline for Photo Essay. No change; please submit your work as usual. The regular meeting on April 6 will be replaced with a “Webinar” meeting to review Photoessays. Details regarding remote connection will be posted on the Current News page.
- March 23 deadline for Print 3. Cancelled to minimize risk of transfer of viruses through hand-to-hand contact and surface-borne contamination
- April 8 deadline for Phoenix remains the same, however, no prints will be allowed for this competition. No awards will be made for Print-of-the-Year this season, so no winning prints will be collected or judged. This is being done to minimize the risk of transfer of viruses through hand-to-hand contact and surface-borne contamination.
- May 13 deadline for Digital Images for OCCC. No change; please submit digital images as usual. Prints will be collected in September.
- On-line judging for competitions will continue. Year-end awards will be calculated from points, and the only changes will be the Print Maker for each division will be based on 8 prints instead of 12 prints.
- The competition team is determining whether the Image of the Year and the Phoenix presentations will be done through an online presentation, website posting or delayed until the fall.
- The collection of prints for donation has also been cancelled for the time being.