Awards Presentation Evening – June 14th 2022

The recently elected Mayor of Royal Wootton BassettCouncillor Pat Farrow was the guest of honour to present the awards to the winners of our Annual Competition for prints and projected images which spanned three categories; Action; Portrait and Open subject.  This is the first year that prints have been included since 2019 due to the pandemic and attracted a pleasing number of entries. The winning entrants were as follows:

Action Print   – Nigel Walkley   “Shake those feathers”

Portrait Print – Nigel Walkley    “Smile please”

Open Print    – Paddy Bohan     “Wild flower”

 The projected image section attracted a healthy response with over 60 images which were evenly distributed between the three categories and dominated by one member’s entries

Action Projected    – Robert Slade   “Splash down”

Portrait Projected  – Robert Slade   “Hamster portrait”

Open Projected     – Robert Slade   “Christchurch college”

The best overall print was judged to be “Shake those feathers” and the best overall projected image was “Splash down”

 In addition to the Annual Competition, our Mayors Cup competition for projected images, which comprises four competitions throughout the season, was awarded to Robert Slade who received the trophy.

 Finally, Honorary Life Membership was conferred to Bob Nunns for his long-standing contribution of service to the club in various capacities and a certificate presented.

After the formalities were over, members socialised with some refreshments and took the opportunity to chat with the Mayor who expressed a genuine interest in photography and enthusiastically explored members approaches to both seeing and successfully capturing images.

Awards Presentation – The Angel Hotel Ballroom – 14/06/22

What
Awards Presentation
When
Tuesday, June 14, 2022
7:30pm - All Ages
Where
The Angel Hotel Ballroom (map)
47 High Street
Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire SN4 7AQ

Ballroom located on the first floor at the hotel. Is accessible either through the front entrance and up the stairs by the bar or through the rear courtyard where there is a set of metal stairs on the left hand side.
Please note that there is unfortunately no Disability access to the Ballroom

Other Info
Presentation of awards and social evening

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Annual Competition – June 7th 2022

Our Annual Competition was judged by Ralph Snook from Bristol PS and featured prints after a two year absence due to covid restrictions, as well as projected images. Entries were received in three subject categories namely Action, Portrait and Open with each member limited to three entries for each category.

Print entries were judged first and attracted a good input with the Open category being the most populated. Once again some creative interpretation was used in the Portrait section which was well handled by the judge.   After a short interval, the projected images were viewed and not surprisingly attracted a very healthy number of entries which added to the challenge for the judge. The evening concluded with selection of the best overall print which was “Shake those feathers ” by Nigel Walkley and the best overall projected image was “Splashdown” by Robert Slade with both winners featuring bird images.

Presentation of trophies for all the winning entries will take place at an Awards Ceremony on June 14th at the Angel Hotel by Councillor Pat Farrow, the Mayor of Royal Wootton Bassett.

Annual Competition Prints and DPIs – The Angel Hotel Ballroom – 07/06/22

What
Annual Competition Prints and DPIs
When
Tuesday, June 7, 2022
7:30pm - All Ages
Where
The Angel Hotel Ballroom (map)
47 High Street
Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire SN4 7AQ

Ballroom located on the first floor at the hotel. Is accessible either through the front entrance and up the stairs by the bar or through the rear courtyard where there is a set of metal stairs on the left hand side.
Please note that there is unfortunately no Disability access to the Ballroom

Other Info
Annual competition comprised of three categories - Action: Open and Portrait for various trophies

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Members Evening (Note \\\”A\\\”) – The Angel Hotel Ballroom – 24/05/22

What
Members Evening (Note "A")
When
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
7:30pm - All Ages
Where
The Angel Hotel Ballroom (map)
47 High Street
Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire SN4 7AQ

Ballroom located on the first floor at the hotel. Is accessible either through the front entrance and up the stairs by the bar or through the rear courtyard where there is a set of metal stairs on the left hand side.
Please note that there is unfortunately no Disability access to the Ballroom

Other Info
Open evening for discussion and information sharing

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\\\”Cellars, Towers and Tunnels\\\” – Jon Ratcliffe – The Angel Hotel Ballroom – 10/05/22

What
"Cellars, Towers and Tunnels" - Jon Ratcliffe
When
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
7:30pm - All Ages
Where
The Angel Hotel Ballroom (map)
47 High Street
Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire SN4 7AQ

Ballroom located on the first floor at the hotel. Is accessible either through the front entrance and up the stairs by the bar or through the rear courtyard where there is a set of metal stairs on the left hand side.
Please note that there is unfortunately no Disability access to the Ballroom

Other Info
An intriguing look at some of Swindon's hidden past and secrets

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Print Mounting Evening – May 3rd 2022

This additional meeting had been arranged specifically to share knowledge and experiences in printing images and their subsequent mounting in readiness for competition submissions. Firstly some potential print suppliers were explored to compare offerings and ease of online ordering. Prices ranged enormously between local print shops to the large online print houses which typically charge around 80p for an A4 print and £1.20 for A3 size.

We then turned our attention to methods of mounting prints for display purposes. Surface mounting the print to a backing board using a spray adhesive is one process that can be used which does require some dexterity in placing the print in exactly the correct position but using a repositional adhesive enables some adjustments to be made. The most popular route in camera clubs tends to be attaching the print to a window mat and securing it with tape. Additionally a backing board can also be used to provide additional rigidity and robustness. Window mats are cut from mat board materials and can be either bought ready made or made yourself using a mat cutter and a great deal of care. Paddy demonstrated how to cut a window mat, attach the print on one edge and then finish by adding a backing board. He also showed various images printed on different photographic papers to demonstrate the effects which can be achieved and also different coloured window mat and backing board materials.

Hopefully the information exchanged and the practical demonstrations will have given people more confidence in producing their own prints and either doing their own mounting or outsourcing. The deadline for print entries for the Annual Competition is May 24th with up to 3 prints allowed in each category of Action; Open and Portrait.

Audio-Visual Evening – April 26th 2022

Members were treated to a full evening of audio-visual presentations which had been entered into last year’s Western Counties Photographic Federation Competition. In total 38 AVs had been entered across 3 main categories: Short; Long and Photoharmony.  Short related to presentations that were less than 4 minutes in length; Long included presentations exceeding 4 minutes and a Photoharmony section enabled participants to demonstrate their skills in marrying images through appropriate transitions and strong harmonisation with the sound track. We started viewing some of the unplaced entries before moving to each category and watching the presentations in reverse order. Being able to see the judge’s comments gave further insight into the main characteristics of each presentation and how they were interpreted.

As always the subject matter was diverse ranging from social documentaries covering the covid lockdown experience to vibrant street photography, still life images, unusual connections and exploration of places both in the south west and far further afield. One can only marvel at the skill, patience and creativity that had been used to achieve the final results.