2015 Competitions

December 2015

Our Print of the Year competition was judged by Sue Churchill, Secretary of Deepings Camera Club, who provided expert constructive advice on all the entries. The Cup was won for the second year in a row by Robin Pearson, this time with a strikingly lit monochrome shot of palm trees on a Californian beach – a worthy winner.  In second and third places were Julie Coles’ painterly interpretation of a lighthouse and Sue Haynes’ delicate seedheads.

Smoking palms by Robin Pearson

Winner – Smoking palms by Robin Pearson

St Marys Light, Whitley Bay by Julie Coles

Second Place – St Marys Light, Whitley Bay by Julie Coles

Sue Churchill also kindly offered an assessment of all the entries in the second competition: Landscapes.  The winner, chosen by members, was David Townshend, just one point ahead of John Hillier. Sue Churchilll commended the quality of the composition and lighting of their images.  In third and fourth place were Gordon Brown and Sue West.

Geese by moonlight by David Townshend

Landscape First Place – Geese by moonlight by David Townshend

Windmill, South Luffenham by John Hillier

Landscape Second Place – Windmill, South Luffenham by John Hillier

Cups were awarded to David Townshend for winning both the single and group competitions, and the Chairman’s Cup was given to Dave Baxter for organising our successful summer exhibition in the Arts Centre.

Our next SPS meeting will be on Thursday 21 January, 8pm.

October 2015

The latest challenge for Stamford Photographic Society members was photographs of an ‘Industrial Scene’.

This competition produced images of factories, foundries and industrial premises. Ketton Cement works proved to be the most productive source of inspiration – David Townshend won the best single image with his shot of the factory against the orange sunset sky.

Ketton also featured prominently in the group competition, where first place was shared by Dave Baxter and David Townshend with shots of the inside and outside of the factory.



Other images that scored well were shots inside a bell foundry by Wally Lodge and metal fabrication by John Hillier, and an evocative shot of a power station and wind turbines in the orange haze of a setting sun by St John Burkett.




The Society also held its Annual General Meeting at which officers were appointed. Members agreed on a number of innovative ideas for the 2016 programme which will increase the opportunities to share ideas and techniques. Our next SPS meeting will be on Thursday 19 November, 8pm, when members will compete for the Best Portrait Cup. Visitors and new members are very welcome. Please see www.stamford-photosoc.org.uk or contact secretary Dave Baxter 01780 751849 for further details of our monthly meetings.