Welcome Back!

Rose by Andrea Thrussell
Mike Goldie Trophy winning image: ‘Rose’ by Andrea Thrussell

The 2020-2021 season got underway last night and it was great to see so many familiar faces as well as some very welcome new members and visitors.

Following an introduction to the club and a brief explanation of the structure of our season, Anna Mayall was presented by Club President Brian Goldie with the final trophy from last season – the ‘Most Improved’ – as she was unable to attend the AGM and presentation last week. Congratulations and well done again to Anna.

Anna Mayall receives the "Most Improved" award from Brian Goldie
Anna Mayall receives the “Most Improved” award from Club President Brian Goldie

Next, we viewed the entries to the Mike Goldie Trophy, a standalone digital competition and the traditional season’s opener. Last year’s winner Brian Green chose the theme of ‘Flowers’ in recognition of our late former Chairman and President Mike Goldie, and he stepped up to judge for the first time.

There were flowers of every imaginable colour, size and angle in the 39 entries, and Brian viewed them all twice before whittling them down to his top ten and then the top three, which were as follows:

1st: ‘Rose’ by Andrea Thrussell
2nd: ‘Daffs’ by Simon Jennings
3rd: ‘Daisy’ by John Keelan

Daffs by Simon Jennings
Runner-up: ‘Daffs’ by Simon Jennings
Daisy by John Keelan
Third place: ‘Daisy’ by John Keelan

It was referred to a few times last night as “the competition nobody wants to win” because the winner must set the theme and judge next year, so the task now falls to me to judge for the first time! Thank you to Brian and well done on assessing the entries ‘live’ in front of your fellow members. The top three are on this page and all entries can be seen in the Gallery section here.

After the break we saw a selection of “What I did in lockdown/this summer” images, which included a huge variety of subjects and styles. Thanks to Jim, Lesley, Gwen, Brian Green, Georgina, John, Stuart and Lynn for talking us through their images of everything from aircraft and animals to nature and landscapes, along with astro, macro and a selection of images from our summer outings.

Our next meeting is Wednesday 23rd September, which will be a practical session with the opportunity to try some new subjects so bring your cameras, lenses and any accessories like tripods and flash. It will be very informal and the perfect opportunity to mingle and ask for advice or offer tips.

Four days later is the deadline for paid-up members to submit entries to the first competition of the new season, which has a set theme of “Barriers”. If you have questions about that or any other events or competitions, please ask on the 23rd or drop us an email.

Andrea