November kicks-off with a terrific presentation by our own Jane Roby, entitled 'Beautiful Baja, Wet Mountains and a Dry Valley - A Whale of a Winter Trip!'. This month, we look forward to visiting speakers and our President's Assignment, featuring images conveying Feeling, Mood and Emotion. On Sunday 6th November, there is a photographic day out to Batsford Arboretum and the Cotswolds Falconry Centre. The plan is to meet in the car park about 9.50 pm. Details can be found on the website at: Getting to Batsford (batsarb.co.uk). A few weeks away yet, but our Annual Christmas Knockout is fast approaching (entries by Thursday 8th December). A great fund-raiser for the club, where literally anything goes. Any number of entries (50p per entry), any subject, any year. A fun night where two images are projected at once, and the audience decides which to put through to the next round, by voting 'left or 'right'. We whittle the entries down round-by-round, until we reach the final few, and ultimately, vote for our favourite of the night.
On Thursday 17th November, we enjoyed one of the highlights of our season, the President’s Assignment, judged by this year's President Jenny Ladbrooke. Also, our challenge for next year was set by our Vice-President, Phil Moorhouse LRPS. Three digital images on the theme of 'Straight Lines'.
Our season continues with Adrian Donoghue, joining us via Zoom, all the way from Melbourne, Australia. The audience in the Church Hall thoroughly enjoyed Adrian's presentation 'A Lonely Man Walks Lonely Cities'. On Thursday 13th October, we welcome back Dr Anne Sutcliffe, to judge our First Print Competition of the season. In an addition to the programme, on Thursday 20th October, we look forward to a Member's Evening, with our own Tim Hutchin BPE3*, fresh from his travels around the UK, who will take us on a tour entitled ‘Car-parks, sewage pipes, lighthouses and the Giant’s Causeway’. Finally, thank you to the person who said to me last night 'Isn't it great to be back meeting up in person'.
Our new season commenced, back in the Church Hall, on Thursday 8th September. Despite the sad news of the Queen's death, the audience enjoyed a Members' Choice evening celebrating the photography of our own members. Our first competition, The First Digital Competition, judged by Colin Walls, will be held on Thursday 29th September, and the deadline for entries is Thursday 15th September.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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?!
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