The competition subject for the November meeting of the Stamford and Rutland Photographic Society was “Portraits” and this resulted in a wide interpretation of the subject being entered including children on the beach, black and white images, professional models .
Wally Lodge won the Annual Best Portrait Cup with his portrait of a gentleman enjoying a swift pint. The Cup Competition was judged by Don Lambert the renowned Stamford portrait photographer who also provided a critique of all the other entries.
Tom Carlill won the Individual monthly competition with his colourful shot taken at an unusual angle on Skegness Beach of a child enjoying the sand.
Tom was also successful in the Group monthly competition where is selection of images took first place and wowed members with his creative lighting and engaging subjects.
StJohn Burket’s well composed image of a young lady was taken through the side of a series of beach huts and took second place in the Individual competition.
Veronica Watson came third in the individual section with emotional image of a young boy with tears processed in monochrome. This photo was also included in her series of images for the Group competition where she was placed second. All her images were in monochrome and the character of each of her subjects was clearly on display in the images.
The December meeting of the Stamford Photographic Society combined seasonal celebrations with the competition for Print of the Year.
The competition was judged by Malcom English ARPS, Chairman of the North Norfolk Photographic Society, who provided positive and encouraging comments on all the images. Entries covered the full range of subjects including landscapes, portraits, travel, wildlife and still life.
The Cup was won by Sue West with a striking image of argan oil workers in Morocco – a worthy winner.
In second place was Tom Carlill’s superbly framed head-on shot of a flying puffin
Third place was John Hillierwith twilight images of Cowes pier.
And fourth place was a night time image of City Hall, London by Dave Baxter.
In the Society’s annual ‘awards ceremony’ cups were awarded by Malcolm English to winning members. As well as Sue West receiving the Print of the Year Cup, Gordon Brown took the Best Landscape Cup and Wally Lodge received the Cup for Best Portrait. Cups were also awarded to David Townshend for winning both the single and group competitions, and the Chairman’s Cup was given to David Harris for his continued excellent work as Society Treasurer.
The competition subject for the October meeting of the Stamford Photographic Society was ‘Sporting Life’ and submissions included cricket, horse jumping, triathlon, mud running and cycling.
David Townshend won both the individual and group competitions with his images of the preparation and racing at the Peterborough Rowing Regatta.
Sue West’s monochrome shot of the Burghley cricket ground backed by the church towers and spires of Stamford came a close second,
This was followed by Tom Carlill’s fine shot of a horse and rider negotiating a cross country jump at the Burghley Horse Trials. Tom’s panel also came second in the group competition.
Also successful were Gordon Brown with his shots of horse and greyhound racing (echoing the former Sporting Life newspaper) and Julie Coles’ images of charity mud running.
The Society also held its AGM and appointed officers for the coming year, these can be found at http://stamford-photosoc.org.uk/contacts
The competition subject for the September meeting of the Stamford Photographic Society was ‘Open’ and this resulted in a wide range of subjects being entered, from robins, sunflowers and dogs to planes, a Victorian pumping station, war re-enactment and Southwold beachfront.
David Townshend won the individual competition with his striking dusk view of Clifton Suspension Bridge, and his set of black and white images also came second in the group competition with further, unusual views of the scenic bridge.
Veronica Watson won the group competition and came second in the individual section with beautiful close-up images of intricate seedheads, lichens and flower buds, notable for their colours and tones.
Other successful images were Wally Lodge’s candid portraits of dogs, Tom Carlill’s pin-sharp images of aerial displays at Duxford air show, Sue Haynes’ shots of a confiding robin and St.John Burkett’s reflections of Southwold beach huts.
The competition subject for the July meeting of the Stamford Photographic Society was ‘Villages’. Subjects included local villages such as Uppingham, Barrowden, Lyddington and Ketton, two model villages, aerial shots and Bainton Fun Day.
Peter Bower won both the individual and group competitions with imaginative and intriguing montages of four local villages.
Other individual successes were David Townshend’s image of the Winfrith Village Stores bicycle in second place
John Hillier’s shots of of his village, Barrowden, captured third place in the individual and fourth in the group competitions..
Veronica Watson came fourth (individual) and second (group) with photos capturing villages amongst the green fields and stone walls of the Yorkshire Dales.
In complete contrast, Sue West’s third place group of images depicted the bright sunshine of the Greek islands.
Earlier in the evening members went on a photoshoot in Wothorpe, capturing shots of the ruined towers and the adjacent countryside.
The competition subject for the June meeting of the Stamford Photographic Society was the ‘Best Landscape Cup’. This was an opportunity for members to display large prints of the favourite landscape images. Subjects from around the world included sunsets from Myanmar, Italy and Icelandic mountains.
Gordon Brown won the individual competition with his image of the Nun’s Cross deserted farm house on the Malvern Way in a remote part of Dartmoor.
Second place was the storm clouds over the Great Fen from Julie Coles.
Sue West and David Townshend joint third and Dave Baxter fourth. Sue’s image was taken at sunset in Myanmar and David Townshend’s image was from Florence
The group competition was won by David Townshend with images of Florence & Tuscany, Amsterdam and, closer to home, a bluebell wood. Sue West came second with her set including two images of Myanmar, followed by Gordon Brown with a series of images taken on one day on Dartmoor and Julie Coles with shots of the Fens and Rutland Water.
The competition subject for our May meeting was ‘Two Wheels Or More’.
There were many photos of bicycles and cars, with a few members thinking more laterally to shopping trolleys and Nepalese prayer wheels.
Winner of both the individual and group competitions was David Townshend with monochrome images of bicycles in Cambridge and Amsterdam that emphasised their graphic qualities.
Julie Cole’s close-up shot of Triking sports cars came second.
In third place, Sue West intrigued members with her recreation of sepia images of the movie posters for the 2004 film The Motorcycle Diaries.
Veronica Watson in fourth place again featured a bicycle and shadow.
The competition was followed by a presentation by David Townshend on the critical analysis of images when judging internal competitions.
The April meeting of the Stamford Photographic Society was a very interesting evening with a challenging competition for members: “Our Architectural Heritage”.
There was a wide range of interpretations, from the streets of Stamford to the interiors of churches in Cambridge. The winning image was taken by John Hiller with an atmospheric photograph of Caernarfon Castle taken at dusk.
A black and white image of the Lloyds Building in London by David Townshend was placed second and in third place was a photograph of the interior of Kings College, Cambridge taken by Gordon Brown.
The group competition was won by Sue Haynes with her set of photographs taken in the streets of Stamford.
The competition was followed by a review of the current Royal Photographic Society’s East Anglia Region Members Print Exhibition. This collection of 100 high quality prints was inspiring and gave SPS members an insight into the composition and technical skills required to achieve this level.
Our next SPS meeting will be on Thursday 19th May, 8pm, when the competition will be “Two Wheels or More” followed by a presentation by David Townshend on the critical analysis of images for competitions.
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.
Greens’ was the subject for the Stamford Photographic Society’s annual digital projected image competition, and it proved a rich source of inspiration for members. This included not only leaves, vegetables and fruit in many forms, but also landscapes, wildlife and fairground stalls.
Eleven members entered over 40 images and our invited judge Sue Churchill had a challenge choosing the best ‘Greens’ on display.
The winner was a striking image ‘Explosion of leaves’ by David Townshend. There was a three-way tie for second place, between another of David’s images ‘Perfection in a pod’, and images from two recently-joined members: Peter Bower with his still life of fruit ‘5aday’ and Veronica Watson with her creative, impressionistic ’Island of Greens’. Sue West and St.John Burkett shared third place with ‘Baby Green Iguana’ and ‘Green Wall’. Veronica Watson completed an impressive showing with two images scoring equally in fourth place.
Judge Sue Churchill commended members for taking on this difficult subject with such skill and imagination.