RCPS Press Report 22nd September 2016

Hardly has the excitement of our very successful photography exhibition subsided before we resurrect the memories with the draw for the winner of a print of their choice. Voting slips from visitors to the Annual Photography Exhibition will be in the hat at our first meeting of the season on Monday 26th September, 2016 and one lucky person will get to choose which image from the 200 plus on display they would like to have in mounted, print form. Not only that but the votes for best image in the show will be the revealed, the winner being……. oh no, you will have to wait and see! Everyone who exhibited, attracted votes and there was a good spread across prints and digital images and across a variety of subject matter.

Monday night at The Arches, underneath Holy Trinity Church on Kirkby Road, Ripon is also enrolment night when members can renew their membership and we welcome new members – £35 per adult and £10 for juniors who are 17 years and under, although Juniors need to be accompanied by a responsible adult. Guests are always welcome at £3 per session and if, as we hope, some guests will give us a try and then opt for membership, their guest fees will be deducted from their membership fee. The format of our sessions is that we start at 7.30pm, break for refreshments (usually 50p) around 8.15 to 8.30pm and then continue to 9.30pm or thereabouts. On our first night this time, apart from enrolment, members are invited to bring along a memory stick containing three images from ‘Summer’. Members can show the images and talk about them – why they took the pictures, perhaps how they did and what the images mean to them. Prints are also acceptable.

We are hoping for a big turn out of members and guests on Monday 3rd October when the British Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015, Barrie Williams makes the long journey south from his Edinburgh base. Apart from showing his award winning entry, Barrie will be telling us about his love of the sea and the coast and will be emphasising that his prize picture was taken on pretty bog standard equipment. I know he won’t mind this description because in talking with him it became clear that Barrie champions the art of photography and not the assemblage of expensive equipment. The same night is also the closing date for our first competition, ‘Humour.’ The rules state that “This category includes any image which is meant to bring a smile to the viewer. The humour should preferably be contained within the image itself, but in some cases may become apparent when viewed with knowledge of the title. Images may be relatively unmodified or may fit in the ‘altered reality’ category. Images consisting of a photograph of text only are unlikely to do well in this competition.”