We won this years ICPA Annual PDI Competition with 70 points, receiving The Frank Sellers Trophy, the following images were used for our entry.
We came 7th in this years ICPA Annual Colour Print Competition with 54 points, the winners, Chorley Photographic Society, receiving 72 points, the following images were used for our entry.
We came 6th in this years ICPA Annual Mono Print Competition with 62 points, this year the results were very close with the winners, Nelson Camera Club getting 67 points, the following images were used for our entry.
Talented local photographers have been celebrating success after coming tops in a regional competition. A number of budding photographers, who are all members of Ribblesdale & District Camera club, have earned successes in the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Unions annual individual competitions. They were up against some of the very best photographers not only in the county, but also in the UK to achieve their respective merits. Clitheroe teenager, Laura Nutter, claimed a very impressive first place as the Young Photographer of the Year with a series of black and white images. The judges were so impressed that they have chosen Laura's images to go for selection to represent Great Britain in the upcoming FIAP Biennial world competition in the Young Photographer of the Year category. Laura has been with the club now for a couple of years and regularly enters competitions and supports the club.
Beneath the Streetlamp - Laura Nutter
Adorned - Steve Proctor
Abraham from Lincoln - Gary Williamson
Remembrance - Laura Nutter
The Boatman and the Navvy - Steve Proctor
Calm Before the Call - Gary Williamson
Chairman of the camera club, Steve Proctor was placed fifth in the Photographer of the Year competition among some highly-respected competitors from the northern counties many of whom represent the UK in prestigious exhibitions and competitions. This entry required a set of 12 digital images and 12 prints. Gary Williamson also represented the club favourably by finishing in eighth place in the colour print category. These placings were keenly competed by over 250 photographers who entered their very best images from their year's work. Ribblesdale and District Camera club held its presentation night at the Calf's Head in Worston, where the best images of the season were rewarded with a range of trophies in recognition of the photographer's skill. The awards were shared out between eight members with Steve Proctor winning the Photographer of the Year title for the third successive year, Jason Merrin winning the digital section and Clare Drew the print section.
Many congratulations to Laura Nutter who took first place in this years L&CPU Annual Individuals Competition, Young Photographer section.
Beneath the Streetlamp
Ribblesdale Camera Club have members with many different experiences but are united by their love of photography.
One of the most successful is Gary Williamson who, remarkably, is registered blind - although he has two jobs, a Disabled Support Worker by day and a youth worker by night.
Gary was talking about his photography at the last meeting but the topic became wider than just that. He described how he was in Gibraltar when suddenly he found he couldn’t see clearly and with very little money in his pocket had to hitch-hike back to Clitheroe. Doing this successfully gave him the confidence to live close to a normal life. In particular, to become a serious amateur photographer.
His talk was titled “Street Photography”, but concentrated largely on festivals, such as the Goth Festival at Whitby, the Steam Punk Festival at Lincoln and the Horse Fair at Appleby.
His interest is in people but also in the indirect things like their shadows and the patterns of people lying in the sun, each with their own area of grass.
His talk ended with a strong message: it’s not acceptable to offend by photographing without permission and it’s not acceptable to treat people as inanimate objects, however they are dressed. Introduce yourself, ask permission and although the girl may be the most attractive to photograph, make sure her boyfriend is not left out! Always be polite and offer copies of the best pictures: a business card is helpful and reassuring and allows contact. All things which camera club members should be aware of - but it’s helpful to be reminded.
Ribblesdale Camera Club meets on Tuesday nights in The Pavilion, Grindleton. Everybody is welcome, whatever their photographic capabilities and interests. It is not even necessary to have a camera! Come for a few meetings before joining!
We came a very creditable joint 2nd with 51 points in this years ICPA knockout competition, the following images were used for the competition, well done everyone.
On Tuesday 17th January, Ribblesdale camera club welcomed John Barlow as their guest speaker, a photographer with a real passion for wild bird photography. John started his love of birds at an early age and began compiling and creating records of his sightings as his hobby developed. Once he got his first digital camera he started to take record photographs of the birds that he saw and soon became quite adept at capturing these images and joined a local camera club to develop his camera skills further. John is now a leading member of Chorley Photographic Society where he regularly provides images to their successful national and international competition entries.
John began by sharing with his audience the equipment that he uses from his choice cameras and lenses to the hides that he uses whilst out in the field.
The first set of photos that were shown comprised of the typical garden birds that we often see in our own gardens and included, various Tits, Robins, Finches and Jays shot in all seasons using perches some of which were natural and others that were put in place. One of John's projects was to photo a Wren that frequented the garden and seemed to be quite a poser, featuring in many interesting ways for the camera. The second set of images were taken out on, or close, to the reservoirs and included Egrets, Herons and various Ducks both common and rare.
A hallmark of John's images is the interaction captured between birds as they bid to survive and defend their home territory. The quality of images on show were consistently outstanding and set a high standard for club members to aspire to in their own photography. The members asked questions on technique throughout and the presenter willingly shared his knowledge and ideas, hopefully we all learned a little on how to improve our own images.
All in all this was a very enjoyable evening featuring a knowledgable and interesting speaker in John Barlow. More of John's excellent images can be seen on his website at www.jrbarlow.co.uk.
The club programme continues at 7:30pm on Tuesday nights at Grindleton pavilion. Over the next few weeks we will be hearing from club members sharing their latest projects, holding our final monthly Competition and hosting more interesting guest speakers. Feel free to come and join us.
Chairman, Steve Proctor with guest Graham Currey
Chairman Steve Proctor promised members that the invited lecturer for January, Graham Currey from South Manchester Camera Club, would be showing some photography probably never seen at this club before. This turned out to be a recording of a form of free-style professional wrestling which made impressive images from Graham's privileged ringside position. As the wrestlers received very little money, most of their income came from sales and souvenir photos and t-shirts which Graham was able to supply, having developed the commercial side of his business to include posters, for which his photographic skills are crucial.
Graham retired from work in 2006 when he found his travel photography was in great demand for brochures and then expanded into music gigs, travel industry assignments and eventually wrestling. He then turned to his travel pictures, describing how he achieved his images. A shot at Capel Curig was merged from three different exposures; the use of tone mapping on a picture of the Snowden Horseshoe - and the use of large format cameras to produce startling detail of landscapes. However composition was equally important as finding unfamiliar landscapes.
Gengis and Einstein by Jessica Moyle
While She Sleeps by Gary Williamson
Ribblesdale Camera Club members took on and defeated a Spanish competitor, Torevieja Camera Club, in a 20 image challenge.
This friendly, but hotly contested, event occurs biennially as a result of local photographer, Raymond Greenwood, who has a foot in both camps. The UK is one of the more successful countries on the international stage and Ribblesdale fare well in the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union, which itself is one of the strongest areas in the country.
Chairman Steve Proctor welcomed Nick Hilton, a well respected and recognised Warrington-based photographer, as the independent judge for the battle. The competition was well judged by Mr Hilton who gave scores for each entry along with critique and advice where it was appropriate, he even offered to judge the return leg in Spain as he expected that it would be warmer than our local autumnal weather.
The photographs on show were of a high quality and its fair to say that both clubs shared images that were even better than previous encounters. Ribblesdale fielded images by 13 of its members in the 20 image selection where each image was scored out of 20 points. The local club attained the seven highest scoring photographs featuring six different photographers in the course of amassing 322 points against 260 for the opposing team.
Congratulations go to Gary Williamson whose image, While She Sleeps was deservedly judged the best of the night by the judge. The evening was recorded so that it can be shared with Torevieja at one of their club nights over the winter period. This was an enjoyable evening which was well attended by the membership featuring some great images from home and abroad. The season continues with guest speakers, competitions and folios of prints at 7-30pm on Tuesday nights at Grindleton Pavilion. New members are always shown a warm welcome.