We had a good turnout for our first meeting of the new session where the Trophies for last year competition winners were presented, a full list of these worthy winners will soon be posted on the web site.
The Photographer of the Year was again Joe Fowler and an additional annual award has been introduced to acknowledge a person who has made a substantial contribution to the development of the club,
this year it goes to our Competition Secretary, Del Stonehill. Congratulations to all the winners.
I have put a copy of some of the comments I made which I hope will be of interest, especially to those that could not make last nights meeting:-
1. Warm welcome to all. Tonight is the start of our new season – we have organised an excellent syllabus and hope that most things will be of interest and give some guidance in developing your interest in photography and meeting members with similar interest.
2. Purpose of meeting – recognition of some outstanding work –with the presentation of trophies to our worthy winners of last years’ club competitions. These competitions are judged by outside judges, opinions of which is not always thought to be valid, but in the main there is some credit to many of their comments which if we take notice of will help to build our knowledge and improve our work and start to challenging some of tonight’s winners .
3. It is not essential for members to enter work in the competitions, but if you don’t you do miss out on helpful advise and giving yourself the challenge of making improvements in your hobby. So please will everyone try to make a real effort to put up to three images in each competition
4. We have set up some meetings to give guidance in order to develop your skills.
· Next week – 8th September – ‘The quest for the perfect image’ by Del.
· Thursday 15th Sept. ‘Basic Digital Techniques’
· Thursday 6th October – ‘Studio Portrait Techniques ‘.
5. Please note that our meeting on 29th September is a meeting at Penicuik with Beeslack C C – it is a lecture by Neil McIntyre, wild life photographer – ticket cost £6 and if you would like to go there is a list on the notice board, so please add your name. There is a caveat that there has been a lot of interest with other clubs and so they are trying to organise a larger venue, so at this stage tickets are not guaranteed, but we will get as many as we can.We would be grateful if those on the list will pay their £6 to David Howie next week.
6. Next week will be the submissions for our first club completion for Colour Prints, which can be any subject, including ‘Portraits’ – so please have a good look through your files and print off and mount up to three entries. Details and guidance for the submissions are on the web site, under Competitions, also a summary is now on the new syllabus.
7. Please also remember to look at the web site – this will keep you up to date with what is going on – your contributions will also be welcome –submit your images for the ‘Gallery’ also if you want to, join the ‘community through the Members Forum and the MCC Flickr site.
I look forward to meeting you all next week.