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Portrait Evening

The Society held a portrait evening for its June meeting with Andrew James and Jon Adams of Foto-Buzz helping members to improve their techniques. They were ably assisted by two excellent local models Katy and Ellie

Countryside Regeneration Trust – Photographic Competition

Enter the Countryside Regeneration Trust Farm Photography Competition!

Are you a countryside lover with a passion for photography? Did you spot a funny moment out in nature? Are you obsessed with a species and take a picture every time you see it? 

Then this may be the competition for you! 

The Countryside Regeneration Trust is launching this brand new photography competition, open to professional and amateur photographers, with a chance to win a stay at our five-bedroom Turnastone Lodge in Herefordshire.

There are three categories to enter:

  • Species spotlight – Send your photo of wildlife you’ve spotted on British farmland. Let us know what species it was and where you photographed it. We’d particularly love to hear about examples of how wildlife can thrive on farms when given the right conditions.
  • My moment in nature – Send us a beautiful image of a place in the British countryside that means something special to you and let us know why. Has it helped you get through difficult times? Did a significant moment happen there?
  • Funny times on the farm – Whether it’s a heart-warming moment that tickles you or hilarious antics, send us your funny photos of livestock or farmland wildlife.

Each category offers a glimpse into the vast and beautiful world of the countryside.

The overall winner will be able to whisk their family or friends away for a relaxing weekend in the beautiful countryside of the Golden Valley in Herefordshire. During your stay at Turnastone Lodge, which sleeps up to 10 people, you’ll have the opportunity to go on a guided walk to explore the flora and fauna of Turnastone Court Farm with our Wildlife Monitor Ruth Moss. There will also be other great prizes for the winners of three categories. 

More details can be found at






Summer brings Open Studios and we shall be welcoming visitors again this year.  As part of Peterborough Artists’ Open Studios, David Townshend will be displaying his prints and his wife Suzanne’s weaving. Their studio in Woodnewton, PE8 5EY will be open over three weekends 25-26 June, 2-3 July and 9-10 July, 1030-1600 – if you can, please come along and say hello.

He will also be displaying prints at the Oundle Art Summer Exhibition held at the Yarrow Gallery, Oundle, PE8 4JF, open daily 9-16 July 1000-1600.  Free entry.  He will be stewarding at the exhibition on Thursday 14th am and Friday 15th pm.

And in September he will be participating in Northamptonshire Open Studios – more information to follow.

Stamford’s rich history captured on photowalk

Stamford and Rutland Photographic Society organised a Photowalk through Stamford for their May meeting. Before the walk, a brief history of why Stamford has retained such fine Georgian buildings was provided by a professional reenactor Jed Jaggard who dressed in period costume of the early 1700’s.

He was very knowledgeable about the history of the period and explained the clothes he was wearing and how he would have fitted into the social structure of the time. The route was carefully chosen to provide atmospheric locations where Jed could pose in front of suitable architecture. He did a great job of providing a range of postures from dignified to well and truly drunk.


Some residents who were enjoying the lovely sunny evening were intrigued by the activity and posed with Jed, although not entirely adding to the authenticity of the period!

The main objective of the club is to help members take better images through photo opportunities such as this walk. Training and mentoring are provided and there are regular low key competitions. This gives members an opportunity to share their images and receive helpful feedback on how to improve them. All standards are welcome from beginners to those with more experience with equipment from mobiles to high-end cameras.