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"Lockdown" Zoom competition

On 21 July we held our first Zoom competition, with the appropraite subject "Lockdown". 41 entries from members had been sent to judge Barbie Lindsay beforehand, and she joined us online to give her comments, advice, scores and in some cases to show us how she would have improved the image by minor adjustments in Photoshop or other image editing software.

First place went to Graham Wood for his image "Lockdown Loneliness", which gave a graphic impression of the feeling of isolation due to being alone at this time (see below). In a close second was Steve Stammers with "Wandering Aimless with No Place to Go". A gallery of all images can be viewed here.

Our thanks go to Barbie for her excellent judging and helpful comments. Posted 23/07/2020

"Virtual" PDI competition

Congratulations to Barry Cross for taking first and second places in our "virtual" PDI competition, in which members entries were posted online and the images scored by their fellow members. Barry's 'Catalan Sunset' (see below) received the highest score from the 75 entries, followed by his image 'Butley Boilers'. Joint third place was taken by Barrie Henderson for 'A Lazy Sunny Afternoon' and Trevor Boyd for 'Kalahari Kinship'.

Images by Peter Skeet, John Pollard, David Semaine and Daryl Butcher also received high scores and were awarded highly commended.

Thanks to all of our members who submitted images and contributed to the scoring process. Posted 25/05/2020

From Dusk to Dawn competition - 18 February 2020

Our Dusk to Dawn competition yielded two entries that judge Andy Wilson ARPS could not separate, so he awarded joint first place to John Hughes' "Uyuni Sunset" and Robin Garrod's "Henry Moore Enters the Twilight Zone". There were a total of 53 entries from members, and our thanks go to Andy for his judging and helpful comments on all of them. Third place went to Richard Brown for "Deben Sunset", a subject that featured heavily in the entries! John's "Uyuni Sunset" is below, and all the entries can be viewed here. Posted 19/02/2020

Give a Child a Camera

Speaker at our meeting on 21 January was Julian Claxton, founder of Give a Child a Camera, which he set up in 2015.

Julian gave us an inspiring talk about how, on a visit to Uganda in 2014 he came across the Eden Preparatory School in the south-west of the country, and resolved to help them by providing cameras and film, and teaching the children how to use the equipment, with the aim of empowering them to tell the story of their life through photography. The project was a great success and has been the model for similar projects set up by Julian in other parts of Uganda and Rwanda.

To find out more about this worthwhile project and the fantastic work done by Julian, have a look at their website Posted 22/01/2020 

Christmas Social 2019

16 members enjoyed a festive Christmas dinner at the Riverside Restaurant in Woodbridge. As usual, the evening included a Christmas card competition, which, as usual, was won by Robin Garrod! Robin's card was selected by restaurant owner Stuart Saunders, who particularly liked the brussels sprouts featured in the design, and Robin was presented with a film and dinner voucher kindly donated by Stuart. Second place went to Andrew Nunn, whose card did not include any sprouts! Posted 19/12/2019

Book Titles competition - 19 November 2019

Sue does it again! Yet again, Sue Garrod trounced all rivals to win our BookTitles competition with her image "Arachnophobia" (see below). Judge Mike Cowling ARPS had the daunting task of working his way through a record 73 entries, but did an excellent job of scoring the images and giving helpful comments on their photographic qualities and how well they fitted the book titles they each represented. Our thanks to him for that.

Mike also awarded a maximum of 20 points to five other images: "Alice Through the Looking Glass" by Sue Garrod (again!), "Gathering Prey" by Ann Stammers, "Great Expectations" by Robin Garrod, "The House on the Loch" by Julie Caton and "The Shape of Water" by Richard Brown.

Plans are afoot to nobble Sue's entries for our next competition!

Click here to see all images. Posted 20/11/2019

Tripod Competition - 1 November 2019

This year's Tripod Competition, hosted by Wickham Market Club, was well attended by members from all three clubs taking part. Judge Peter Norris did a good job, awarding scores to prints and PDIs from each club and giving helpful comments on all the images. We achieved good scores in the PDIs, beating both of the other clubs, but unfortunately did less well well in the prints and were beaten into second place overall by Framlingham.

However, congratulations to Kirsteen Crossan for winning the shield for the best individual PDI with her image "Woman's Best Friend".

The final scores were Framlinham 273, Woodbridge 268, Wickham Market 256.

Thanks to Wickham Market Camera Club for hosting the event and providing us with tea and coffee and a buffet. Posted  03/11/2019

2019 Annual Exhibition

This year's annual exhibition, held again at the Longshed at Whisstocks, attracted a total of 536 visitors over the 3 days, who were able to see work by our members, including 74 prints and a rolling display of 60 projected digital images. We are grateful to everyone who came along and for their positive comments in our visitors' book.

At a members' presentation evening our guest Alan Sarsby was set the difficult task of selecting the best images. Alan is well-known to us for the informative and amusing workshops he has presented at club meetings, and his presentation of the winners was equally entertaining. In the print section the winner was Ron Maxfield with his image "A Heart of Stone", second was Sue Garrod with "Brian's Looking for Florence" and third was Ann Nunn with "Dead Bug". The winner of the PDIs was Kirsteen Crossan with "Woman's Best Friend", second was Sue Garrod with "Pinney's Smoked Mackerel Delights" and third, Sarah Bynom with "Bleak House". Alan also selected a number of prints and PDIs as highly commended. Click here to see all the winning and commended images.

Also on display were a number of boards put together by members in response to a "Scavenger Hunt" challenge They were given 6 subjects to find and photograph, and mount together on a single board as a collection, and visitors were invited to vote for their favourite collection. The winner of this "peoples' vote" was Steve Stammers.

Our thanks go to Alan Sarsby for taking on the unenviable task of judging the images, and also to all of our members who contributed to the success of the event by providing their images, and by stewarding and helping to set up and take down the exhibition.

Alan is pictured below with PDI winner Kirsteen while chairman Robin looks on (photograph taken by Jonathan Garrod). Posted 12/08/2019

Up Close competition - 16 July 2019

Our Up Close print competition attracted 63 entries, giving judge Peter Norris a hard time awarding scores and selecting the winners. Sue Garrod triumphed again (second time running!) with her image "Brian's looking for Florence" (see below), and Graham Wood was runner up with "Hitting the Note", The standard of entries was very high and our thanks go to Peter for giving us helpful comments and advice on all of them. The meeting was attended by 32 members. Click here to see all images.Posted 17/07/2019

Monochrome competition - 21 May 2019

Our monochrome competition attracted a total of 58 entries and was attended by 30 members, including 6 visitors, who signed up to join us on the evening. Judge Nigel Rea ARPS did an excellent job and held back 17 images from which to make his final selection, and the eventual winner was Sue Garrod with her image "Tunstall Rays" (see below). Runners up were *Love my Tender" by Barrie Henderson and "Suffolk 2 Barn" by John James. Click here to see all images.

Thanks to all those members who submitted images, and in particular to Nigel for his judging and helpful comments. Posted 23/05/2019

Close-up practical evening

At our meeting last Tuesday members had the opportunity to try their hand at shooting close-up images, using a variety of subjects and lighting setups. This was a fun evening, enjoyed by all, with many members learning techniques they had never used before. Thanks to all those who provided and setup the various shooting areas and lighting around the room. Posted 26/04/2019

Thinking in colour to see in black and white

At our March club meeting we had a workshop led by Alan Sarsby "Thinking in colour to see in black and white".

Alan gave a well-attended meeting a presentation on the theory of black and white photography, which was followed by an interactive workshop, with members split into groups to assess a range of images for their suitability for conversion to black and white. This proved to be a very instructive excercise and everyone came away with a better insight into how to produce great black and white images, which we hope will be reflected in the quality of entries for our "Monochrome" PDI competitrion in May. Posted 12/04/2019

Food & Drink competition - 19 February 2019

Our Food & Drink print competition was won by Graham Wood with his photo "Cheese and Wine by Candlelight", which was chosen by judge George Buxton from a selection of mouth-watering (mostly) images. Congratulations to Graham for winning his second successive competition, and thanks to George for his judging and helpful comments. Four other entries also received the maximum 10 points: "Ice & Lemon Please" also by Graham Wood, "Mussels on the Menu" by Robin Garrod, "Pinney's Smoked Mackerel Delights" by Sue Garrod and "Stirred not Shaken!" by Gaye Wightman. Click here to see all images. Posted 20/02/2019

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