RCPS Press Report 10th September 2015

Last Saturday our Annual Exhibition took place and for the third year running it attracted a new record attendance of just shy of 230 visitors. It was officially opened by The Right Worshipful, The Mayor of Ripon, Cllr Pauline McHardy. After declaring the event open, the Mayor presented awards to some members for their successes in the Yorkshire Photographic Union (YPU) Exhibition held earlier this year. That exhibition attracted entries from photographic club members across Yorkshire and Ripon was amongst the top liners with the following results:

The Mabel Bruce Trophy for Best Architecture and Record Print’ to Frank Vallely, CPAGB, for ‘War Memorial, Malvern Priory’; the ‘W A Johnson Trophy for Best Young Photographer’ to Callum Argent for his digital image ‘Taps’ (used on our Exhibition advertising poster); a ‘Certificate of Merit’ to Ian Kendall for his print ‘My Favourite Chair’; a ‘Certificate of Merit’ to junior member Tom Willis for his digital image ‘Dog Nose’ and a further Certificate of Merit’ to Tom Willis for his digital image ‘Tea in Kettlewell’ (also used on the Exhibition advertising poster). A further eight prints and five digital projected images created by RCPS members were also accepted for showing in the YPU exhibition.

President Richard Littlefair and Treasurer Norma Holmes accompanied the Mayor around the exhibition before taking refreshments and talking to members and visitors. There were over a 120 prints and a similar number of digital projected images on display with themes varying from land and seascapes to portraits, creative photography, architecture, natural history, sport and much more. Visitors had the chance to vote for their favourite pictures. The winner will be chosen at the first meeting of RCPS on the last Monday of this month.

Looking ahead, early risers may be interested in Morning Light Photography at Harlow Carr Gardens, Harrogate. For the normal garden admission price, photographers can visit the garden from 8am, (before normal opening time) to take pictures on any of the four Saturday mornings in September. At the same venue on Friday 2nd October, photographers can take part in a day course learning how to photograph fungi. The cost to RHS members is £60, £68 to non-members, including tea/coffee. Places must be pre-booked on this 10am-4pm course – ring 02031765830.

The autumn light is often particularly striking for landscape photographers and with this in mind it’s worth recalling some of the great beauty we have on our doorstep. Locations such as Brimham Rocks, Knaresborough, Coldstone Cut (Quarry) in Nidderdale, Fewston and Swinsty Reservoirs, Thorpe Perrow Arboretum, Fountains Abbey, Ingleton Waterfalls and Ribblehead Viaduct, to name but a few, are trusted favourite subjects.

For more information go to www.riponcityphotographicsociety.co.uk