RCPS Press Report 8th December 2016

The most popular competition of the season, Landscape, attracted an entry of nearly 80 prints and well over a hundred and thirty digital projected images (DPIs). The judge gave a consistent commentary, pointing out shortcomings in almost everyone’s entries but suggesting ways to improve images, occasionally saying something was ‘excellent’ but then failing to acknowledge that in the results, so it became another bemusing judgement night! Overall, the standard of entries was outstanding, and it must have been a difficult task for the judge to choose his winners. Congratulations therefore to all members who took part. In the print section, first place went to Derek Hodson for Fortified Landscape, second place to Tim Nichols for Nightfall on Loch Rannoch and third place to Norma Littlefair for Pagoda Reflections. Highly Commended were Derek Hodson for Calm Waters and High Force, Carol Morrison for Standing Guard and Studley Park, and John Elvin for Barmouth Bridge and Cader Idris. Commended were Frank Vallely for Tree Line, Alistair Peterson for Rock Formation Arches in Utah, Helen Tabor for St Wilfrid’s Church, Burnsall, Lyndsay Campbell for Lone Poppy and David Uffindall for Droitwich Canal. In the DPI section, first place and overall competition winner, was Helen Linfoot with Arran Hill Shower, second John Elvin with Lakeside Cottage, and third Iain Cairns with Teesport. Highly Commended were Helen Tabor for Valley of the Seven Bridges, Stuart Jackson for Winter on Ingleborough, Derek Hodson for Autumn on Tees and Frank Vallely for Elterwater in the Langdales. Commended were Bill Swan for Autumn into Winter, Margaret Vallely for Lavender Fields and Frank Vallely for Sunset on the Norfolk Broads.

If you fancy some night time photography there is still time to visit to the Magical Lantern Exhibition in Rounday Park, Leeds. It’s well worth the admission money, and cheaper if you book timed tickets online. The exhibits are tremendously colourful and opportunities for photography numerous. Wrap up warm, wear stout footwear and perhaps take a torch as there are hidden hazards such as boulders to trip over whilst your attention is elsewhere! It’s a fun event that will have all ages smiling and has none of the tackiness that seems to bedevil some festive events.

If you are stuck for a present to give this festive season, or you want to drop a hint for one you want, then the North York Moors Railway is running day-long photo courses for £125 which include lunch, refreshments and train travel. There are courses for Beginners and others for Improvers/Intermediates, led by professional photographer, John Potter. They run from May to September (see NYMR web site for more information). If you want a walk on the wild side, then have a look at what is on offer from international wildlife (and now aviation), photographer, Andy Rouse, who for £299 per day course is running several courses on wildlife photography at the British Wildlife Centre in Surrey. There will be six places per course and only Andy can get people into the animal enclosures so that the creatures can be photographed ‘as in the wild’. Search ‘Andy Rouse’ and get more details.

Next up is a talk by a member of the Yorkshire Mono Group, ‘Mono’ being short, I presume for ‘Monochrome,’ so perhaps we shall be given information in black and white!

Members might also have noticed that as part of our Christmas social evening on 19th December we have a Ladies v Gents match, or should it be rematch as we had one last year but I have quite forgotten which team won! (Well, OK chaps, we just have to do better this year!)