Three female members of Ribblesdale and District Camera Club swept the board at the competition evening held on Tuesday 26 September.
This was the first of the new season’s competitions and members had to enter a panel of 3 images which, in some respects, should complement each other. There was a difference this year since not only could 3 prints be entered but also 3 digital images which would be shown together.
All of those members who had not attempted this before expressed their satisfaction in having developed their skills to achieve that.
The winners were all digital images and the overall winner was the youngest member of the club, Laura Nutter.
Laura's three, very emotive, black and white images were based on the song The Sound of Silence and her locations ranged from Downham to Liverpool.
In second place was Denise Sanderson’s ‘Bunny Hop’; 3 images of a cyclist performing a particularly tricky manoeuvre.
Third place was taken by Francine Critchley with 3 very colourful images of young Esme in a red gingham dress against a backdrop of solid yellow flowers.
Ribblesdale Camera Club’s plans for the winter season were discussed by members of the clubs committee and it was decided to introduce several new ideas, writes Ken Geddes.
The programme will be a mixture of talks, folios of the best competition entries in the area, club competitions and practical evenings, including portraiture and still life.
Competitions for prints and digital projections in both colour and black and white will be considered by judges from the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Unions list - but as an experiment, possibly one competition will be assessed by a professional photographer or journalist.
Many people like competitions as they like to see their images discussed and graded by experts as well as compete for annual trophies.
However, others would prefer just to hear the opinions on their work and tips for improvement, without the competitive element. This will encourage new members as well as imaginative or experimental images, not normal competition material. There is room for both groups on the same evening. Other evenings will feature guest expert photographers showing their work, as well as members giving shorter contributions.
The club meets at 7-30pm in the Pavilion at Grindleton every Tuesday evening (except Halloween) from September 12th to May 8th.
New members will be made very welcome, whatever their cameras or abilities.
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.
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!
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.