Report - Annual Dinner & Presentation of Awards, Print and Digital Image of the Year, External Competitions, & Art in the Park
The Annual Dinner and Presentation of Awards were held at the Three Horse Shoes Inn, Blackshaw Moor on 30th April. The visiting Judges also reviewed 45 images which had been placed first second and third in the year's competitions, and then conferred "Image of the Year" status on the best in each of the two categories.
Linda Battersby’s “Bear Photography” was awarded the title “Print of the Year”. In classic blue and white tones, it shows the rear view of a line up of beach photographers, their long shadows glistening behind them. These daring image-takers are focusing on a bear strolling along the seashore - glancing their way; breath catching!
Husband Alan Battersby’s "Brown Bear Fishing”, a brave action shot of this deceivingly cuddly-looking animal, scarily bouncing along in Alan’s direction, came joint second with Martin Biss’s “Roller”, a brilliantly coloured ‘old world’ bird, in serene pose.
Mick Johnson’s “Treeline”, a pristine winter landscape at sundown, in naturally mellow gold and chocolate tones, was awarded the title "Projected Image of the Year”. Half of the shortlisted projected images chosen by the judges had been taken by Mick, which demonstrates the quality and consistency he achieves. In second place was his striking “Wild Buzzard on Rabbit”.
Mick is also Projected Images League Champion, with 53 points, a clear 27 points in the lead, followed by Tony Kinder and Brian Ross.
There were single points separating Print League Champion, Don Barker, and Tony Kinder, Sonja Haigh and Rob Gough, making it a “photo finish”.
Bernard Beech was presented with the Millenium Award. This is reserved for special services behind the scenes, which have contributed to the successful running of the club over a lengthy period of time.
Several members have been successful in having work accepted for prestigious external exhibitions and competitions recently. Notably, Margaret Walker received a coveted Certificate of Merit (Highly Commended), from Midland Counties Photographic Federation for her beautiful “Tuscan Dawn”. Margaret, whose forte is landscape, was Competition Secretary for 18 of the 30 years she has been a Club member. Tony Kinder and Bernard Beech’s works earned them both cash prizes and Don Barker won a camera.
At the Art in the Park weekend, Councillor Margaret Lovatt, Chairman of Friends of Brough Park, together with Eileen Murfin, opened the Exhibition of our work. A large section of creatively artistic photos from “il Campanile” Club Fotografico in Este, were also displayed.
Winners of our three photography competitions were - Children: Emelia Hilton with “Barking up the Wrong Tree”. Adults: Mervyn Ryan with “Hedge, Flowers and Bowling Green”. Camera Club and Professionals: Mary Emery with “Balancing Act”.
A great atmosphere existed all around the Park. Lovers of arts and crafts enjoyed many unique and original examples on show. To listen to the musical skills displayed at the Bandstand, whilst relaxing in the sunshine and fresh air, was quite magical. Every aspect was well organised, including welcome refreshments, and the event was well attended. Leek is fortunate to be blessed with this superb venue, it’s a real credit to the town.
Report by Ann Sharratt.