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December Meeting 2019

The next meeting of the Stamford and Rutland Photographic Society will be held on Thursday 19th December 2019 at 8.00pm at the Church Hall in Great Casterton, Stamford. The competition topic will be Print of the Year with a single print up to A4 in size or equivalent.

The competition will be judged by Jon Adams, a partner in Foto Buzz and local company Blue Ice Media. Jon started out as a film-maker, working as a cameraman and video editor before becoming a writer/director. He made corporate and broadcast programmes in the UK and Middle East, and also composed music, writing for TV, radio and cinema. Jon worked as a photographer and journalist alongside this, and took his video skills into magazine publishing, where he edited the UK’s leading photography title for over 15 years.

New members are always welcome. Please contact secretary Gordon Brown at more details.

Conker Championship 2019

The World Conker Championship was held on 13th October in Southwick, Northants with the Conker King and Queen being crowned at the end of a rather wet day.

September Meeting

The Stamford and Rutland Photographic Society held their competition in September with the theme of Open, giving the photographers the opportunity to show any subject.

Tom Carlill was 1st in the individual and group with pictures of a paint, throwing dancer from a photography event in aid of Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough

Veronica Watson came 2nd in both competitions with images of horse from Iceland. The images were noticeable for the clarity of detail on the horses and the quality of the monochrome effect

Julie Coles was 3rd in the Individual and joint 4th in the group with a series of pictures showing the dramatic encounter of two herons and their reflections in the water

Sam Stubbs took 4th place in individual competition and 3rd in the group competition with pictures of cream and pink flowers. The lighting and composition of the flowers showed the detail within the flowers

StJohn Burkett was joint 4th in the group competition with a collection of striking silhouettes from a range of locations

July Meeting

The Society held their competition in July with the theme of Sky. This gave the photographers the challenge of creating unique images of an everyday subject.
Andy Hunting was 1st in the individual, and 2nd in the group competition, with a range of dynamic photographs, depicting sunsets in Lanzarote and Iceland.
Veronica Watson was 1st in the group, and 2nd in the individual competition, with photographs of Iceland’s Northern lights, and sunrise and sunset at home and abroad.
Gordon Brown took 3rd place in the individual competition with a beautiful image of the coast of England.
St John Burkett was 4th in the individual competition with a lovely picture of Blakeney on the north Norfolk coast.
In the group competition, Tom Carlill took 3rd place with his inspiring photographs of the sky at night including a fireworks display.

June Meeting 2019

At their June meeting, members of the Stamford and Rutland Photographic Society competed for the Annual Portrait Cup competition. 

The Society invited Jim Hartje from Peterborough to judge the competition. Jim, a judge for the East of England Photographic Federation with skills in many areas of photography, commented on and scored all images from the members, applying competition standards.

Veronica Watson won the competition with a delightful image of a young girl in a light coloured dress but unusually for a portrait she was in profile. 

In second place was Tom Carlill’s creative shot “I have nothing” showing a poker player with the face of the cards reflected in his glasses

Gordon Brown came third with his image of a young woman looking over her shoulder with clear bright eyes and Dave Baxter came fourth with his colourful portrayal of a Morris Man.

May Meeting 2019

The Stamford and Rutland Photographic Society held their competition in May with the theme of Abstract, which drew a wide range of subjects and styles
Veronica Watson was 1st in the individual and 3rd in the group with images of water and ice around Iceland.
Andy Hunting was 2nd in the individual, with a photo of the wake left by a boat
Geoff Sutcliffe was 3rd place with an image showing bent forks
Walter Lodge was 4th in the individual and 1st in the group with a range of pictures taken through glass ornaments!
In the group competition, David Baxter took 2nd place with images of reflections from unusual buildings, and St.John Burkett was 4th with his photos of a fascinating Helsinki Church

April Meeting 2019

The April competition created a real challenge for members with the topic of Emotion, however a wide range of images were presented. The individual image was won by Andy Hunting with a classic wedding image with loads of emotion and a good composition. One can only guess as to the reason for the emotion. Andy took first place in the Group Competition.

First Place Individual Andy Hunting

Second place was taken by Sue West with an image showing “anxiety” showing excellent contrast between the skin and the lined face. Sue also took second place in the Group competition.

Second Place Individual Sue West

Second Place Individual Sue West

Third place in the Individual competition and fourth place in the Group were taken by Wally Lodge and St.John Burkett was fourth in the Individual and third in the Group competition.

March Meeting 2019

The Stamford and Rutland Photographic Society held their Digital Projected Image competition in March with the theme of Yellow. The competition was judged by Gareth Gough who had a difficult job due to the high quality of the 48 images entered into the competition. The final results showed a diverse range of subjects and photographic techniques.

Andy Hunting dominated the competition with a range of pictures that showcased his travels and a range of bold yellow objects

First Place - Red Rock Canyon

First Place – Red Rock Canyon

Veronica Watson was 2nd with a mixture of flowers and easter chickens that showed excellent composition and imagination

Second Place - You're Late

Second Place – You’re Late

Gordon Brown was 3rd with a collection of wonderful underwater images showcasing clever lighting in difficult conditions

Third Place - Big Eye

Third Place – Big Eye

St.John Burkett was 4th with a range of different yellows. These included an image of a dew-spangled flower in which he had immaculately captured the details

Fourth Place - Flower Dew

Fourth Place – Flower Dew

February Meeting 2019



The competition subject for the February meeting of the Stamford and Rutland Photographic Society was “Speed” and this resulted in a wide interpretation of the subject being entered, including motorbikes, trains, bicycles and cars

First Place Individual

First Place Individual

Veronica Watson won the Individual monthly competition with her image of a cyclist at speed taken using a panning technique to freeze the cyclist but blur the background. Veronica was also successful in the Group competition where her selection of images took second place and wowed members with her selection of four images demonstrating a solid technique.

Second Place Individual

Second Place Individual

Tom Cargill came second in the individual section with strong image of two motorcycle speedway bikes in action. The red jacket of the front rider and the sharpness of the image making it very eye catching. This photo was also included in his series of images for the Group competition where he came first. All his images were on the same theme, accurately recording the riders’ speed and control of their machines.

Third Place Individual

Third Place Individual

Andy Hunting’s image of a Red Car in Cuba came in third place in the individual competition but his skilfully crafted selection of images including a horse with rider, canoeist and display aircraft resulted in third place as well in the Group competition.

Fourth Place Individual

Fourth Place Individual

A young surfer was the subject of St.John Burket’s fourth placed entry, capturing the excitement of the ride on the wave.

The next Stamford and Rutland Photographic Society meeting will be on Thursday 21stMarch, 8pm, when we the competition will be Digitally Projected Images with a subject of “Yellow” .

Visitors and new members are very welcome. Please see contact secretary Gordon Brown at further details of our monthly meetings.

January 2019 Meeting

The competition topic was Open and allowed members to have a wide range of topics. First place in the individual competition was Andy Hunting.

In second place was Veronica Watson with her monochrome image taken in the market square of a French village last autumn

In third place was Sue Haynes with her well composed image of a ballerina sitting on a wall. 

In fourth place was Tom Carlill with his image of Capt. Cook in front of the rising moon in Whitby