MyPhotoClub is a web based solution for photography clubs and competitions.
To go to, or to see list of MyPhotoClub comps and clubs click on this icon:
The system previously used for sending emails when a post is made on your website (MailPoet) has been replaced with an in-house solution. The main reason for this change were problems with the maintaining the mailing list, especially when an email address changed.
The new system uses the membership list directly and also uses the current header image on your website.
At the bottom of the message you will see an address block. If your address is not showing correctly, go to
This new approach allow me to communicate more easily to webmasters of each site as each person receiving this is a member of the webmaster group for your club / competitions.
With the opening for entries of the Maitland International Salon of Photography on October 1st, a new feature is being released – group payments and discounts.
Competition organisers can elect to turn this feature on and set up a discount schedule. Everything else is automated, with no further action required.
To setup a group simply press the Group Entry button and select Create a Group. Enter a name and a four digit PIN number. The system emails an acknowledgement of the group name and the submitted PIN number. This information can then be sent to all potential group members.
The person who creates a group becomes the group manager and is responsible for making a single online payment for all members of their group.
To join a group each entrant uses the Group Entry button and selects the group and enters the PIN number. Payment options are then turned off for the group member. The Group Manager is notified by email when someone joins.
How is the discount applied?
Once the number of group members that have entered the competition crosses a discount threshold, the entry fee due is reduced by the applicable discount rate. If you don’t reach a discount threshold, the full rate is charged. If you pay the entry fees and more people join your group the discount is applied to the total entry fee so you get the full benefit of the discounts on offer.
For example, Maitland Salon is offering a discount of 10% for 10 or more entrants, and 20% for 20 or more entrants.
How do I track my group’s entries?
The Group Entry page shows all group members who are in the group and their entry details and individual fees. For the group manager, the PayPal payment button to pay fees appears at the bottom of the page.
Can I do the labeling and posting of prints (if applicable) for my group?
Yes, the name of each entrant in the group member list enables you to access their label set. Each entrant still has access to their labels so they can elect to do this themselves. Your choice, but every entry must be labelled correctly.
Who can use this feature?
All with all features added to the MyPhotoClub network, this capability is now available to all clubs and competitions hosted by MyPhotoClub.
A while back I sent a message out requesting feedback on change to the membership process. Some great feedback was received, and I hope that you will all be happy with the outcome.
The membership core process is still the same – Register – Login – Fees.
The main changes are:
For renewals the “Would you to like to join” button becomes “Membership renewal”
A settings page allows for these membership setting to be set:
Lots of visual changes are happening with MyPhotoClub!
The drivers for this change are:
This pdf file is a presentation regarding these changes: Membership Process
Please have a look and then feel free to ask any questions.
When will the changes occur?
I will raise a support ticket for each club in the name of your contact. From there we will progress each site’s transition. Committee members will see Club Management button appear and functionality slowly appear.
The aim is to retire the Members, Committee and Webmaster menu options at the end of the year.
What about the club pages and content?
There will be a single About the Club page where all of these pages will reside. Depending on who you are the pages available will change. This is the last stage of the transition away from menus. Plenty of discussion and fine tuning will occur to ensure your content is made as easy to access as possible.
Will the menu disappear?
No. Each club can continue to use the menu as they wish. MyPhotoClub is steadily growing and menu maintenance for all of the ‘system’ pages is not practical.
By removing the menu the capability for a club to choose a different theme becomes a possibility.
What about Competition sites?
The same changes are being implemented. A Competition Management button will appear with activities divided up in the timeline of the progression of the competition.
What is the MyPhotoClub Challenge?
Stay tuned for info on this…it’s going to be big!
As always never hesitate to contact me with your queries or suggestions
Recently Google released a version of Chrome that flags any website that does not have a SSL certificate (proof of identity – https at the beginning of the address). Any page not covered by a SSL certificate that has a login box is now showing the message Not Secure in the address bar.
While technically correct, the likelihood of a breach is extremely remote for a photography club/competition website to be targeted in such a way. All payments associated with the site are done at PayPal and not at MyPhotoClub. Many other security safeguards have been in place since inception of the site.
Nevertheless a certificate has been purchased and installed, so that all communication on the site is now encrypted. Chrome now proudly displays the site as Secure.
There are two issues that arise from this implementation:
If most of this is gobbly-gook then that’s OK. – Trust me – the site is safer now but was never unsafe 🙂
Presenting images onto a screen that are either being judged or to show the results of a completed competition is a core feature. Initially the approach was to use Internet based images, but this allowed Internet connection problems to get in the way.
The alternative is to download the images in advance and then show them from the local computer. To display information such as titles, results and group the images, a program called Flexishow has been used. While being quite effective, it was moderately complicated to use and setup.
I have now setup a new system that still downloads the images, but uses your computer’s browser to display the images. All of the competitions to be presented can be selected so that a single download is required.
After making the selection and downloading your zip file, you simply unpack the zip, open the presentation.html file and follow the instructions. The title slides are constructed using the front page banner from your website.
There is one major caveat :- you must use Google Chrome as your browser. Start Google Chrome and press Ctrl (Cmd) and ‘O’ and open the file.
The feature is accessible on all club websites from the Competition Management page, and is called New Downloading Images Page. Thisis located under the Presenting, Projecting and Downloading Images heading.
Looking forward to your feedback.
The link below will allow you to download a demonstration copy. Within it are six February print competitions that Prepared for Judging (titles only) and six January with Judging Completed (titles, results and awards) (Finalised),
A new feature has been added that enables a judge to enter an overall comment about the competition they have judged. This option is available to judges accessing the competition through their Remote Judges Home Page. Each competition has a green Comment on competition button, which opens a simple form to enter the comments.
For members, when they view the competition gallery the comments will be displayed above the competition title. If there are no comments then nothing is visible.
An improved process for completing competitions has been established. This system uses a layout similar to the Remote Judging Selection Page. This will be implemented over the coming days.
A three step wizard then takes you through the process:
Accessing this new process is done using a single link on the Competition Management page called ‘Finalise and/or Publish Competitions’ .
This will replace the two Finalise and Publish options currently in place.
As always, your feedback and comments are appreciated.
As detailed in my last post, an improved remote judging process has been introduced.
One of the main aspects of this new system is the Remote Judges Home Page. On this page the judge is given access to the competitions to be judged. As with many pages on your website this page has the small MyPhotoClub logo in the top right, signifying that it may be updated at anytime and should not be edited by the club.
To place club specific information on the page a ‘text-block’ is provided. This is a bit like a page within a page. Several pages in the website have such a text-block. To edit the text block go to the WebMaster page and there is a link to Go to the Text Block area at the bottom of the page. The text blocks are named the same as the page they reside on. Simply edit them like a page or post.
Having a competition judged remotely (online) is a very important feature of the MyPhotoClub solution. The process of having a judge register, then follow a link to become a judge and then go back to the email each time to access a competition was pretty clunky so an improved process has been establishd.
The main points of the new system are:
Accessing this new process is done using the same link on the Competition Management page called Competitions judged remotely.
If you wish to test this go to Demonstration site > Competition Management> Competitions judged remotely. Use email@example.com as the judge, or create one with an address ending in @noemail.com
Below are screen shots of the email and home page.
The new system uses the same commenting system used on posts and allows for comments to be edited. A notification is sent to the owner of the image when a comment is made.
For Remotely judged EDI / Digital competitions, entrants will receive a message containing the judges comments when the results of the competition are published.
Click on the two images in this post to see what the new pages look like.