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March Meeting 2020

The next meeting of the Stamford and Rutland Photographic Society will be held on Thursday 19th March 2020 at 8.00pm at the Church Hall in Great Casterton, Stamford. The competition will be for the Portrait Cup, with up to 4 prints per member of a maximum of A3 in size or equivalent. A Portrait is a photograph of a person or pet, especially one depicting only the face or head and shoulders. Each print will be scored and the sum of the four scores will used for the Group Competition. The best 4 images will be selected for the Individual Competition.

The competition will be judged by Richard Houghton who opened his first photographic studios in Farcet near Peterborough in 2011 to extend the range of portrait photographs available to families, couples and individuals. Due to a relocation, the studios in Farcet closed in November 2017 and his new studio in Welby opened in April 2018. Richard completed two years as President of Peterborough Photographic Society and also, until their closure in mid-2013 was the Chief Photographer for Peterborough City On-Line, covering news and sports stories around the region. Currently, in addition to the many photo training courses he has written and presented at either his studios or at various locations around the region, Richard also presents  a number of his courses for attendees at City College Peterborough.

January Meeting 2020 results

The January meeting of the Society was held on Thursday 16th January 2019 with the competition topic being Open for both Individual and Group competitions. The competition was judged members.

Tom Carlill was 1st in the individual and group with pictures of the north Norfolk coast in winter including the Cromer lighthouse at dusk and night

Ian Dobson came 2nd in the individual completion and 4th in the group competition with images of flowers with his individual picture of a bee on a thistle being particularly detailed.

Julie Coles and Peter Bowers were joint 3rd in the Individual competition with Julie’s picture of the sunrise at Uffington Meadows and Peter’s of shapes around water

Veronica Watson and Sue West were joint 4th in the Individual competition

Veronica was 2nd in the group competition with her collection of shadows, both natural and artificial and Sue West was 3rd in the group with pictures of the fishermen landing and selling their catch in India 

December Meeting Report 2019

The December meeting of the Stamford and Rutland Photographic Society was held on Thursday 19th December 2019 with the competition topic being the Print of the Year with a single print. The competition was judged by Jon Adams, a partner in Foto Buzz and local company Blue Ice Media.

1st Place – Veronica Watson with ‘Misty Harbour Morning’.
This photograph was taken in the early morning in the little harbour of Essaouira, Morocco. It portrays an extremely misty scene, which lends a lovely atmosphere to the image. Interlocking lines of boats and posts lead the viewer’s eye through to the masts in the background, apparently rising out of the mist.
2nd  Place – Julie Coles with ‘Time for Dinner’.
This lovely image, showing great contrast, is of a heron taken at night. It has been perfectly exposed, with excellent detail and makes a captivating photograph with shimmering reflections in the water.
3rd Place – Andy Hunting with ‘Light Work’.
His image has caught a wonderful moment, showing a beautiful composition of a collection of very detailed, coloured lanterns, taken in the town of Hoi An, Vietnam…..beneath which is a figure, apparently completely unaware of her surroundings and focused on her mobile phone.
4th Place – Sue West with ‘Elaborate Make-up…..’.
This is a fascinating image taken in Kerala, India, of a young man whose face has been exotically and very colourfully made up. The photograph exhibits excellent framing, depth of field and good eye contact.

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