July 2022

Our President's picnic, at the Cotswolds Wildlife Park and Gardens, was enjoyed by many members on Saturday 16th July. We look forward to seeing some of the photographs in the forthcoming season.

The summer competition on the theme of 'Colour' was well-supported by our members, with 59 entries from 23 different authors. You can view the full results at: 'Colour' Competition 2022.

 

Our new season starts, back at the Church Hall, on Thursday 8th September, with a 'Members Showcase' evening, where we celebrate the photography of our own members. Each member may contribute up to 4 images, each with a short commentary. We look forward to meeting up again in-person.

 

May 2022

Our formal season concluded on Thursday 5th May, with our Annual General Meeting, conducted online via Zoom. We welcomed to the Committee a couple of new members: Meet the Committee. We voted to change the image size of competition entries to 1600 x 1200 pixels, in line with many other clubs and external exhibitions. We agreed to increase the annual subscription from £32 to £40 (the door fee of £1.50 will remain the same). We voted to try an earlier start time of 7.45 pm at the Church Hall in September, and, finally we agreed to replace the 'Themed' Competition with Travel / People on alternate years. Look out for a few events such as an online competition and pub nights during the summer break.

 

April 2022

Our season approaches its conclusion with the 'fun' Creative and Audio-Visual Competition and the President's Evening, where we enjoy some of the work of our President Mick Schilling. Congratulations to Mick who has recently achieved BPE1*, following his successes in a number of British Photographic Exhibitions.

 

March 2022

Our Annual Print Competition was held as another 'hybrid' meeting with a small audience at the Church Hall and other members 'tuning-in' from home via Zoom.  This year judged by John Lewis, the results can be viewed at: 2022 Annual Prints Competition. This year hosted as an online event by Knowle Camera Club, our Interclub Competition took place on 31st March. Once again, a closely fought battle, but this year Shirley won the Warwickshire Plaque with a score of 351. The full results can be seen at: Interclub Competition Results.

 

February 2022

February saw us return to the Church Hall on two occasions, with 'hybrid' meetings broadcast via Zoom to those at home. First, our Mono Competition, judged by Peter Gennard, live from the Church, followed by our Landscapes Competition, judged live by Chris Fletcher. It was great to prints in the Hall once again.

 

January 2022

Our first meeting of the New Year took place on Thursday 6th January, with our Knockout Competition. A total of 512 entries, raising over £250 towards club funds, were whittled down round-by-round to the final few, with David Venables' 'Tanglewood Creek' taking first place and Jenny Ladbrooke's 'Blossom Birds' second. Our season continues with Diane Seddon's 'Odd Things' and (hopefully) our first print competition in the Hall, Natural History judged by Sandie Cox, ARPS DPAGB. 

 

December 2021

Our poll back in November suggested a roughly 50/50 split in support of returning to 'live' face-to-face meetings at the Church Hall. In response, we propose to host a number of print competitions 'live' from the Church Hall, still broadcast via Zoom to those members who prefer to stay at home, with other meetings held on Zoom, entirely from home. With the emergence of the more easily-transmissible Omicron variant, guidance from government is changing on a daily basis, so we will monitor the situation carefully and inform members of any changes.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Let's hope the year 2022 brings a return to some form of normality.

Please click to view: SPS Christmas Card 2021

 

November 2021

Our season continues to flourish online, but, as life starts to return to some form of normality, following the terrible pandemic of 2020/21, clubs like ours are starting to think about returning to physical meetings. On Thursday 18th November, our President's Set Assignment will be judged from the Church Hall, with a small 'live' audience and broadcast to members at home via Zoom. A hybrid meeting involving 'live' judging and Zooming via the internet.... what could possibly go wrong?!

 

 

October 2021

On Friday 24th September a small, specially selected team of our members managed to infiltrate Shirley Methodist Church Hall, and successfully conducted a Zoom meeting from inside our room, interacting with a number of agents based at home. I am not at liberty to say how many members took part in this mission, but ‘I counted them all out, and I counted them all back’. The good news is, when we return to the Hall we will be able to enjoy the benefits of Zoom from the Church, such as being able to invite speakers from further afield, who will appear live on screen. Also, we will be able to conduct the President's Assignment evening from the Hall in November, with a small audience, meaning we will be able to show prints for the first time in 18-months.

 

September 2021

Our poll at the Extraordinary General Meeting on Thursday 26th August, suggested that members were in favour of continuing to meet online via Zoom, for the next few months, with a view to returning to the Church Hall in January 2022.  However, we are committed to testing out the technology, in order to ensure Zoom meetings will be successful from the Church. Also, we will conduct a trial where a number of members will be invited to join a live meeting to judge prints at the Hall, and broadcast this on Zoom. More details to follow.

Our Knockout Competition on Thursday 9th September was hugely popular, attracting a total of 473 entries! Thank you all for generously supporting this event which raised £236 towards club funds! Congratulations to Mick and Aileen whose pictures survived to the final round, with Mick's 'Helvetia Sunset'  claiming the top-spot.

 

 

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