Report - Major Miscellaneous Print Competition

It is so often the case that a really special photograph starts with a good idea. This was well demonstrated at the Leek Photographic Society ‘Miscellaneous’ competition last week. Sonja Haigh’s original image ‘Twirling’ perfectly captured the grace and beauty of dance. The judge loved the colours and tones as well as the fact that the head and legs of the twirling dancer had been excluded and he commented that it must have been very hard to find a dancer able to twirl on the same spot. What he did not realise was that this photograph was in fact a self-portrait. Sonja had bought herself a ‘posh frock’ from a charity shop, set her camera up on a tripod with a one-second exposure and performed a twirl for her camera. How’s that for an idea?

‘The Linkage’ by Tony Kinder came second with the judge commenting that the simplicity and detail of the image illustrated the beauty of metal.

Ray Baddeley achieved third place with a photograph of an industry which has been so important to our region entitled ‘Bottle kilns and saggers’. This striking image of the working Gladstone Pottery museum was both evocative and detailed, even showing the scorched bricks from the tremendous heat.

Keith Johnson received a ‘Very Highly Commended’ award with ‘The Greenhouse at Heligan’. Keith was also Highly Commended for ‘Bottalack mineshaft’ as was Lisa Burdett with ‘Face the music’. Four photographs were Commended: ‘Two into one won’t go’ by Chris Sherratt, ‘Getting all steamed up’ by Ray Baddeley, ‘Misty start at Cheddleton railway’ by Bob Baddeley and ‘Young girl’ by Tony Kinder. In an evening of variety, the photos presented covered diverse themes including a sailor with his parrot on his shoulder (entitled ‘Long John’, as you might imagine) and a receding line of beach huts, the title of which gave a new meaning to the word ‘recession’.

At the meeting tomorrow, February 26th, Club members will be engaging in practical work. Thursday, March 12th is likely to be a very special evening indeed as the well-known wildlife photographer, Michael Leach, will present ‘A Funny Way to make a Living’. Michael is an informed and amusing speaker and very well renowned in his field. Details are available on the website Entry will be by ticket only, available from the Tourist Information Office in Leek for £5.25 or through the website using a secure Paypal payment.

Report by Linda Battersby

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