The 2021-2022 season got underway this week 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 structure of our season, Brian Green was presented with the final trophy of last season – the ‘Most Improved’ – as he was unable to attend the presentation dinner. Congratulations and well done again to Brian.
Next, we viewed the entries to the Mike Goldie Trophy, a standalone digital competition and the traditional season’s opener. The previous year’s winner chooses the new theme and judges the entries so it was the turn of Andrea Thrussell to step up and attempt to judge for the first time.
‘Hands’ was the chosen theme and there were hands of all types and sizes, in all sorts of poses. It was a challenge to whittle them down to a top three, which was as follows:
1st: Fleming’s Left Hand Rule, Possiby by Stuart Alexander (top of page)
2nd: Tiny Little Hands by Lucia Dickson
3rd: Watch the Hands by Stuart Alexander
Many congratulations to Stuart for gaining first and third places with two very different images, and to Lucia for her second place. Andrea said: “It was hard to split them and you can tell that I felt black and white really suited this subject. “
Thank you to the members who provided some very enjoyable images. Stuart, we will look forward to finding out your theme for next year!
After the break, we saw a selection of images for the summer “Knobs and Knockers” challenge, with Castletown featuring heavily after our photowalk there earlier this year, and then some “What I Did This Summer” images, which included a wide variety of subjects and activities and prompted a relaxed chat as they were viewed.
Our next meeting is Wednesday 22nd September, which will be a practical session with the opportunity to try some new subjects so bring cameras, lenses and any accessories like tripods and flash. It will be informal and the perfect opportunity to mingle and ask for advice or offer help.
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 “Movement/Motion”.