Recent Competition Winners.  Congratulations to the authors!

17th October: Print Mounting and Digital Image Preparation Workshop – John Draper and Mark Buckley-Sharp

Many thanks to John and Mark for leading a very successful workshop last night. The planning and hard work that went into the evening is very much appreciated.  People thoroughly enjoyed trying their hand at mount cutting and learning top tips on image preparation, workflow and electronic file delivery systems.  It was a well-attended insightful and very sociable evening.


10th October: “Our Journey Through Printing” a Talk by Judy and Mark Buckley-Sharp

Many thanks to Judy and Mark for an extremely informative and interesting talk last night.  Their journey, illustrated with prints made in the darkroom days through to today’s digitally produced work was fascinating.  In many ways the challenges are very similar often  mirroring some of the pitfalls as well as  triumphs of the past.  We all came away with a better understanding of colour space,  the pros and cons of different paper finishes such as gloss, semi-gloss, art papers, matt etc. and the dilemma of using external print options vs printing our own.

It was a very enjoyable evening and a good pre-cursor to next week’s workshop on how to prepare prints and projected images for competition.

3rd October: Print Competition #1

Our first print competition of the season was judged last night by Les Spitz ARPS. We had a very large number of prints and we thank everyone who contributed to an informative and enjoyable evening.

The Beginners’ section was won by Millie Colegrave, Alan Colegrave’s granddaughter, in her debut competition with a portrait of her friend “Lucy”.  Alan watch out!  Alice Kass scored 18 for “Walking Mud” and Eric Everatt also scored 18 for “The Lock” and “Two Buildings”.

In the very high scoring Open (promoted) section, Judith Gimber got first of the night with “Cleaning the Fish” and also scored an 18 for “Richmond Park First Light”.  Les gave 20s to Julia Wainwright’s “Osprey Displaying its Wings” (second), Alan Graham’s “Rolling Hills at Sunrise” (third) and Judy Buckley-Sharp’s “Bronze Curves”.  19s went to Frank Woods (who joined us recently) for ” Canal Abstract”, Peter Polkinghorne’s “Overtaking”, Ron Churchill’s “Towards Fort William”,  “Osprey with Catch” and “Silver-Studded Blue on Heather” by Julia Wainwright, “Reggie” by John Draper and Avril Candler’s “Female Anna’s Hummingbird”. Les awarded a further twelve 18s – it was quite a night!

Congratulations to Millie and Judith and to everyone who entered and came along to support the evening.  Special thanks to Les Spitz for his generous commentary and marks.