Friday, July 05, 2019

A Letter from the CAP President

Dear CAP Members,

As we celebrate the United States of America’s 243rdBirthday, please take a few minutes to give thanks to our ancestors along with our military service members. Our country’s volunteers in 1776 kept our enemies at bay to help form this great nation. 


As with any organization, CAP runs with the help of its members. (You may see a theme developing here in my message.)

Many of us will be headed to the New England Camera Club Council’s 74thAnnual Conference at UMASS, in Amherst next week. As Summer continues, we need to think about the Fall fair season as many fairs have photography contests. I have entered a few images myself in the past as many of you have. While on this subject, the Durham Fair is looking for volunteers to help with their photography division competitions. They will also be in need of judges. Many CAP members have judged and volunteered in the past and I hope to see a few new volunteers offer to help. If you are interested, contact Jennifer Schulten, Asst. Superintendent, at 860-287-3291; or Matthew Kabel, Asst. Superintendent, 860-347-0131,


Connecticut Invitational 2019. At the last board meeting we discussed possibly changing the format of the Invitational as we have had very few clubs enter the past couple events. Hazel Meredith and Loretta Paul-Goldin are the co-chairs of the event. Loretta and Hazel plan to continue on as chairs (though Hazel & I will be relocating to TN later this year, so we will need a new co-chair for 2021). We are looking for alternative event ideas for the contest. Should it be opened to all CT photographers (like the TOPS event is)? Should we have a “theme” for the images (such as black and white, buildings, transportation, crazy creative, artist creative, portraiture, cellphone/tablet entries)? Please submit ideas to or

TOPS in Connecticut is the premier venue for Connecticut photographers to compete and share their excellent work. This competition is held every two years in even-numbered years. The 2018 event had almost 125 Connecticut photographers enter, competing with 734 images!  

The Co-Chairs of TOPS have been Antoinette Gombeda and Bill Barnett. They are retiring from this position and would need to pass along the management of this event to new Co-Chairmen. Ideally, two individuals will handle this competition. Some of the responsibilities include: receipt of entries, organization of entries for the competition, obtaining judges for the event, reserving venues for the competition and subsequent awards dinner, ordering awards, etc. Please contact me at Dave@MeredithImages.comif you are interested in co-chairing this event.

Watch for more news soon on other upcoming CAP events. Hope to see you at Amherst!

Dave Meredith
CAP President