Recent Competition Winners.  Congratulations to the authors!

12th July: Annual Print Montage and Set Subject Competition, judged by Paul Burwood LRPS, CPAGB, QPSA, BPE3*

In our last physical meeting of the year we asked Paul Burwood, Field End PS, to judge not one but two annual print competitions which he did with aplomb.

This year’s Set Subject was ‘Every Picture Tells a Story’.  With no set criteria the variety of subject matter made for interesting interpretations of the subject and Paul’s critiques.  Congratulations to John Draper who won the Trophy for ‘Desperate Times’;  Avril Candler’s ‘Goodbye No Claims Bonus’ was second and ‘Sleeper Class’ by Alan  Colegrave, third.   Paul awarded two highly commended and these were Trevor Alexander’s ‘Quick Or You’ll Miss It’ and Avril’s ‘Night Work’.


Set Subject Trophy Winner by John Draper


This is the first time we have run an Annual Montage competition where images are assembled as composites from multiple individual images that relate to each other (theme, story, statement etc.).  Congratulations to Julia Wainwright for her winning print ‘Dance of the Veils’;  Alan Colegrave’s ‘A Red Flower Lives On………….’ was second and ‘Thames  Alien’ by Trevor Alexander, third.  Highly commended were Julia’s ‘Moment of Contemplation’ and Avril’s ‘On the Scrapheap’.


Montage Winning Print by Julia Wainwright

We didn’t give Paul an easy task  (especially in this heatwave) and his critiques were helpful and informative. So very many thanks to Paul for his judging, to everyone who entered and those who came along last night. Images from both competitions may be seen on Facebook

Thanks to everyone for their continued support over the past season, emerging out of lockdown took courage and it is great to be able to meet up in person again.

We take this opportunity to wish Julia and Ian well with their move and every success in the future.  We’ll miss them both.

Our final meeting next week is our AGM on Zoom.

Have a good summer and we’re looking forward to the start of our 2022/23 season on 6th September.

5th July: Print Competition #5 – judged by Kevin Day

A lovely show of prints for our final competition of the 2021/22 season, judged last night by Kevin Day, Stoke Poges Camera Club.

Congratulations to Julia Wainwright who swept the board with first, second and third for ‘European Roller Sunning Itself’, ‘Veiled Dancer’ and ‘Brown Bear in Evening Light’ respectively plus a 20 for ‘Common Buzzards Fighting’.  This certainly confirms Julia as our Print Trophy winner.  20s were also awarded to John Draper for ‘Sweet Peas’ and Alan Colegrave for ‘Sea Scene Sumatra’.        Kevin awarded four 19s and these were ‘The Barn’ by John, and Avril Candler’s ‘Black and White Emperor Tamarin Monkey’, ‘Willow in Morning Mist’ and ‘Wistful’.  There were several prints with 18 points including ‘Egypt Point Base’ by Peter Polkinghorne,  ‘Held at Red’ and ‘Riley Classic’ by Judy Buckley-Sharp,  ‘Gift Wrapped’ by Mark Buckley-Sharp and Ron Churchill’s ‘Old Wood and Sparrow’, ‘Ringlet’ and ‘The Wall 2’.

Winning Print by Julia Wainwright

Thanks and congratulations to all our print makers whose images may be seen on our Facebook page.

Very many thanks to Kevin for his meticulous and informative commentary which made the evening so enjoyable.

Next week we have a Print double bill:  Montage Trophy and Set Subject Trophy judged by Paul Burwood, Field End Photographic Society.

We look forward to seeing you there.


28th June: Talk – 100 STRANGERS by Steve Myall EFIAP BPE5*

A fascinating evening with Steve Myall and his 100 Strangers talk last night;

Flickr’s 100 Strangers Project offers the opportunity to step back from club and exhibition photography constraints and stepping into spontaneity and challenge of approaching and photographing strangers.  The project requires a short write-up of each encounter and technique.  Overcoming nerves, becoming confident in ones approach, how to engage with the subject, even asking them to move to a suitable/sympathetic background is an art form of itself!  Steve certainly has the techniques off-pat and shared not only his photographs but also technical tips along the way.  There is so much scope in the project for sub-projects – men with beards, red hair, colourful hats……….No wonder Steve is into his third 100 Strangers.

Many thanks to Steve for an informative and entertaining evening and to everyone who came along.

Next week we meet in Hatch End for our final monthly Print Competition of the season which will be judged by Kevin Day.

Have a good week and stay cool (and dry!).