News and Announcements

Annual General Meeting 2020

Due to not being able to have live meetings, our AGM this year was held on Zoom, and the following members were elected to the Steering Group for the forthcoming year:

Robin Garrod (Chairperson)

Sue Garrod

Steve Stammers

Charmian Berry

Richard Brown

Ann Nunn

Graham Wood

Barry Cross

In his Chairperson's report, Robin thanked retiring Steering Group memebsr Kirsteen Crossan and Doris Woolnough for their work during the past year. Posted 17/09/2020

Virtual Exhibition 2020

This year our annual exhibition of members' images is a virtual exhibition, which can be viewed as a slideshow in YouTube here. The images were judged by local photographer Andrew Cockrill, who awarded first place to Charmian Berry for her image "Fun for all the Families" (see below). Second and third places both went Sue Garrod for "The Last Supermoon at Orford Lighthouse" and "Fly the Flag for V.E. Day" respectively, and there were also 22 highly commended entries. Posted 22/08/2020

"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 herePosted 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 22/01/2020