Report of Club events September - November 2011

Our season is now in full swing and we have already had six very different speakers inspiring and entertaining us with their varying styles of photography.  Until Thursday last all our speakers brought along prints.

Our first projected talk was last Thursday when Bob Brind-Surch treated us to a truly fascinating session entitled ‘Tanzania – A Photographer’s Paradise’.  Bob visits Tanzania regularly and is totally familiar with the best spots to discover and photograph its richness of wildlife.  His photographs were stunning, many of them not just showing the animals, but also the intimate animal behaviour which can only be captured by waiting patiently for the right moments.  We were treated to photographs of the big cats (lions, leopards, cheetah); elephants, rhino, hippo, zebra; along with many species of exotic birds and monkeys.  We also saw buffalo and herds of wildebeest.   Images of well-fed animals after enjoying the spoils of a ‘kill’ gave us a view of the reality of survival of the fittest.

We have already seen a healthy number of entries into our club competitions.  The first competition was a set subject competition entitled ‘Urban’.  Out of 13 awards Tony Bailey came first with ‘Abandon Train’, Tony Kinder was second with ‘Urban Shapes’ and Sonja Haigh came third with ‘Southport Exhibition’.

We then held our Open Print Competition.    Twenty-two awards were given and space only permits the reporting of the top awards.   First went to David Slade for ‘Trees and Barn’, Margaret Rushton was second with ‘Mermaid’ and John Emery came third with ‘Portrait of a Raptor’.

Full results can be found on our website at along with some of the images.

Recently Blythe Bridge hosted the annual Robertshaw Trophy Competition, which is a contest between five local clubs.  Each club enters 10 images, making 50 in total.  We are thrilled to report that we won with a score of 174 points.   The competing clubs’ scores were Crewe 161, Blythe Bridge 152, Macclesfield 148 and Holmes Chapel 144.

Next Thursday, 9th November should prove interesting as we have our keenly awaited Major Natural History Print Competition.  We all look forward to the judges’ comments, whether we agree with them or not!

Our Digital Group, which meets on the 2nd Monday in each month, still attracts a keen following.  Our next meeting will be 14th November at Cheddleton Community Centre, Hollow Lane, Cheddleton – 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm.  Visitors are always welcome to our Digital Group meetings as they are to our weekly Thursday night meetings in the Dove Room, Moorlands House, Stockwell Street, Leek.

This Saturday 12th November we are holding our Annual Coffee morning in Trinity Church, Derby Street, Leek from 9 am to 12 noon.  Do drop in for some refreshments, maybe purchase a home made cake or find a bargain on our bric a brac stall.

For more information do visit our website at .





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