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Driving on the Edge

Our ‘Picture of the Year’, chosen by members from all the winning entries in this year’s competitions, is ‘Driving on the Edge’. Congratulations to Nigel Mee.


Print competition

We had a really strong turn-out for last night’s competition, which was back to being a prints only entry — no digital this time. Our judge was Hereford-based artist and illustrator, Moira Grafen-Campbell, whose critiques and comments were fascinating and inspiring. We’re hoping she’ll return to judge again next year as she was a very popular choice. She’s pictured here with her winning entries from each section.

Colour ~ open

1 Tentative steps — Rob Scamp
2 On the outside, looking in — Rob Scamp
3 Lost in thought — Rob Scamp
C Surfing connections — Alvin Botting
C Inflated ego — Pete Conolly


Black and white ~ open

1 Three dancers — Cristian Brigo
2 Solitude and the seagull — Pete Conolly
3 Cabaret Route Cemetery, Souchez — Pete Conolly
C Selfish — Cristian Brigo
C Feather Light — Henry Barnett



Editor James Matthews-Paul speaks about the world of publishing

Our club members received a fascinating insight into the world of on-line and printed publishing, with tips and ideas about how to get photographs accepted by editors, plus a look at a typical magazine layout. Our speaker was James Matthews-Paul, publisher and editor in chief of Output Magazine (


Sophie Matthews-Paul explains file formats and much more

Last Thursday’s meeting included a short presentation on the basics of digital processing and Sophie covered file formats, pixels and resolution, colour, calibration and profiling. We had a good turn-out for the session, with some new members and, hopefully, the information presented was useful.


Open competition, now with digital entries as well as prints.

Last Thursday’s competition show a departure for the first time from our normal format with the introduction of digital entries. We knew we would have some teething problems – and we did – so it was just as well Sophie Matthews-Paul, this year’s chairman, judged the competition in the role of guinea-pig.

Her comments were: “It’s pretty clear that splitting the sections into digital and print sections has been a popular move, with a good entry of the former. Interestingly the black and white photographs were, overall, far stronger, although there were some interesting colour entries even though they didn’t quite redress the balance.

“Having judged each section, it is interesting that some of our members are now moving away from the more formulaic approach which can make their work easy to recognise even when it’s anonymous. James Edgar, whose black and white digital prints sat in first and second place, provides an excellent example of why there is no need to stick to a set processing routine as his two photographs were wildly different in type and both equally deserving of the top spot. Likewise, his digital colour entry deserved its place, although it was a tough decision about picking the overall winner from both of the colour sections.”

Results : open competition held on 5 February, 2015
Judge : Sophie Matthews-Paul

Colour ~ digital
1: “Follow la rue” by James Edgar (posted here)
2: “Blue glass” by Catherine Joll
3: “Emperor’s new clothes” by Catherine Joll
C: “I’m a flower” by Cristian Brigo
C: “Sunset at Jarnac” by Pete Conolly

Black and white ~ digital
1: “Four on the hill” by James Edgar (posted here)
2: “Calmness and serenity” by James Edgar
3: “Windows” by Catherine Joll
C: “Biking back” by Cristian Brigo
C: “Big Issue” by Pete Conolly

Colour ~ print
1: “Long Eared Owl” by Martin Nicholas
2: “Trebarmouth Strand” by Pete Conolly
3: “Porthlevan” by Pete Conolly
C: “Hobby” by Martin Nicholas
C: “Rocket to heaven” by Catherine Joll

Black and white ~ print
1: “Cotton Reels” by Catherine Joll
2: “Boozy boat and buildings” by Catherine Joll

Overall winners ~ digital vs print
Colour: “Follow la rue” by James Edgar
Black and white: “Four on the hill” by James Edgar


Practical evening on “f” numbers with Phil Pickard

We had a good tutorial last night from . He explained some of the basics of photography and them demonstrated them with Cristian Brigo’s help. There were plenty of discussions afterward before the evening ended.

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