2016 Competitions

February 2016

 

Stamford Photographic Society’s members interpreted their February competition topic ‘Closer and Closer’ at every scale.  There were images of Burghley House, insects, coins, a boat in a harbour, and even a plate of food!

Housefly by Wally Lodge

First Place – Housefly by Wally Lodge

Wally Lodge won the individual competition with a macro shot of a housefly, showing the intricate details of the wings.

Second Place - Lily by Sue West

Second Place – Lily by Sue West

Sue West’s vibrant image of a lily came second.

This was followed by photos by two new members: Veronica Watson’s Venice colours and Peter Bower’s wooden serving spoons.

Venice colours by Veronica Watson

Venice colours by Veronica Watson

Serving spoons by Peter Bower

Serving spoons by Peter Bower

Julie Coles produced the most ingenious images of the night – winning the group section with four shots of alphabet spaghetti spelling the competition subject!

Alphabet spaghetti by Julie Coles

Alphabet spaghetti by Julie Coles

Also successful were David Townshend’s images of blue bottles, Dave Baxter’s shots of Burghley House and John Hillier’s birch trees – all showing their subjects closer and closer.

Clown Fish by Gordon Brown

Clown Fish by Gordon Brown

SPS member Gordon Brown gave a fascinating presentation about underwater photography, explaining the technical challenges and showing us the camera and lighting equipment he uses.  His images of pike, corals, wrecks and whale sharks were taken in places as far apart as Whittlesea and the Maldives!!

January 2016

Stamford Photographic Society’s first meeting of 2016 provided an opportunity for members to display their talents in the ‘Open’ competition.

David Townshend won the both the single image and group sections with graphic black and white shots taken during the one brief morning of snow cover so far this winter.

Second place for an individual image was new member Veronica Watson’s image of Nepalese holy men. This was very impressive as it was Veronica’s first competition entry.  Third and fourth were Dave Baxter’s dusk shot of City Hall on London’s South Bank and St.John Burkett’s strikingly framed monochrome image ‘Vatican Saints’ – statues on the Vatican skyline.

Members also viewed – and were both inspired and challenged by – a presentation of the Royal Photographic Society’s International Projected Image Exhibition.

Sunday's Snow by David Townshend

First Place Sunday’s Snow by David Townshend

Nepalese Holy Men, Kathmandu by Veronica Watson

Second Place Nepalese Holy Men, Kathmandu by Veronica Watson

South Bank by Dave Baxter

Third Place South Bank by Dave Baxter

Vatican Saints by St.John Burkett

Fourth Place Vatican Saints by St.John Burkett