Members' Success Stories in recent External Events.

Doxey Pool by Rob Povey

Doxey Pool by Rob Povey

Imagine picking up the phone to discover that Outdoor Photographer Magazine is on the line, and amazingly they’re inviting you to take part in a Reader Workshop on the Roaches - starting in two hours’ time!  You’d probably think you were dreaming, but it’s exactly what happened recently to Rob Povey, our Club Secretary.  After a brief panic and a battery charge, he was out the door to meet up with the others. 

The group spent 5 hours in the evening light up on the ridge, with its spectacular 360 degrees views.  The result was a two page spread in the magazine, showcasing three of Rob’s images and his take on this highly successful event.

 Impressed with our secretary’s abilities, “a beautiful image that embodies a real feeling of peace and tranquillity” was how the Guide for the day described the capture of Doxey Pool, pictured above.  He also wrote of the downside of the project – the millions of midges, and of his utmost respect for Rob who dared to venture down to where they were doing their worst, in order to get this shot.

A trig on the roaches as it views out to the Cheshire planes and the Welsh mountains beyond, pictured below, is a special favourite of Rob's, and he plans a revisit to enhance the composition further.

Roaches Trig Point by Rob Povey

Roaches Trig Point by Rob Povey

Our Christmas celebrations got underway with a great dinner at the Three Horse Shoes, Blackshaw Moor. This was organised by our Treasurer, Lesley Worsley, who had put a lot of hard work into making it a successful evening. Mad Melvyn provided the right note in musical entertainment for us, and the sixty or so members and guests there enjoyed this social get-together.

It is difficult for images to get accepted in the Internationals, so it was a red-letter day when 17 of our images succeeded in doing so at the 35th Smethwick International Exhibition. The icing on the cake was that a Ribbon was awarded to Don Barker and two Highly Commendeds were awarded to Alan Battersby and Dave White respectively. 


Meastro by Don Barker

Double congratulationso go to Sonja Haig who was not only author of the acceptance, shown below, called Drying, but who, with Will Knight,  has worked tirelessly in locating the competitions, arranging the entries and getting  images delivered on time.  Consequently,  Leek is well and truly on the photographic map in external competition circles.



Bowsing the Visitors’ Book for our Nicholson Gallery Exhibition last month, it was rewarding to read the huge amount of compliments on the variety and skill of our work, leading to further member recruitment. So, bearing in mind how much visitors obviously enjoyed the viewing, it is appropriate to mention that 10th December promises to be another good time for visitors to join us.

It is our Open Projected Images competition, where all categories are eligible and none of the images (usually 80 plus) will have been seen by the club before. There promises to be something of interest to everyone, so why not treat yourself to a break from Christmas preparations and come along to the Dove Room, SMDC offices, visitors’ entrance fee £2, where you will be most welcome.

On 14th December, our Digital Group meets at The Choir House, Cheddleton at 7.30 pm for a presentation by Graham Vernon on Advanced Photoshop. This excellent editing suite always holds something to fascinate. For users and non users alike, it certainly won’t be disappointing. Again, visitors are very welcome; entrance fee is £3 including refreshments.

For more information, visit our website or contact the secretary 01538 369488, email .

Report by Ann Sharratt

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