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Achievements + the L&CPU Annual

The BBC celebrates our obsession with the British weather in its Weather Watchers pictures, which are sent in from photographers around the country. During each of the four seasons, the organization chooses its favourite weather-related pictures and the public votes for their ‘Pic of the Season’. Ann Dallaway’s fabulous image The ‘flower’ supermoon rising in Haile, Cumbria has been chosen as one of the BBC’s favourite 2020 Spring pics and voting begins today – simply click on Ann’s photo then press ‘vote now’ before this Sunday, 7th June. Well done Ann and good luck!

Congratulations to Phil Drayton, who won our recent Design a Poster competition! Phil’s poster will be used to promote the Club in the local area.

Our Federation, the L&CPU, hold an Annual Individual competition for both prints & PDIs each Spring. Due to the pandemic, this year’s competition was initially cancelled, however it’s now been decided to hold an interim PDI only event and Club members received an email containing details from Dave this week. Entry is made by individual club members through the L&CPU website and the closing date is Sunday 28th June. More information is available on the Federation website.

Members’ Achievements

There are lots of avenues for our photographic skills outside of Camera Club evenings which I thought it would be nice to share. We all want to encourage our members and celebrate their achievements, plus I hope it will provide information on the varied ways we can use our photographs in the wider world.

I’ll start with offering massive congratulations to Amy Bateman, who has been shortlisted for Landscape Photographer of the Year. LPOTY is Britain’s leading landscape competition and attracts in excess of 30,000 entries each year. There is a £10,000 first prize up for grabs and winning entries are exhibited in Waterloo station, which has a staggering ¼ of a million people passing through it each day. A book is also available of the best entries. I don’t think Amy is allowed to tell us yet which image has been selected, and the winners won’t be announced until October so it’ll be a long wait, but it’s a huge honour to be shortlisted and we wish her lots of luck!

On a totally different theme, Jo Knight’s Lockdown image was chosen for the cover of the May edition of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain’s newsletter. She also had an article included earlier on that month. The PAGB E-news offers a way of seeing other photographer’s work, keeping up with trends, finding inspiration and is a platform for keeping abreast of news from the Camera Club world. E-news welcomes articles written by members and it’s a great way of raising your profile as a photographer. Subscription is via email – click on ‘Sign Up’ on the top right of the home page.

FIAP (Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique) are running a one-off, free international competition called ‘We Stay At Home’ to mark the global Lockdown. Up to 4 colour, or monochrome, images can be submitted but they must have been taken after 15th March in the place where your lockdown occurred, which for most of us will be our homes. FIAP is an international organization of national associations of photography. More than 85 national associations are members, including the PAGB and therefore our Club, which means FIAP comprises nearly one million individual photographers. FIAP is the only international photographic organisation recognised by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and they run the FIAP distinction scheme (more info from the Salons & Distinctions link in the member’s section of our website). The closing date for the We Stay At Home competition is 31st May, so if you want to enter you’ll need to get your skates on.

We’d love to hear about any achievements by our Members! Please email details to the webmaster (contact link is in the Member’s section of the website).

Covid Time

Welcome to our new blog, keeping members updated and giving visitors to our website & social media a glimpse into life at the Club!

We were all disappointed to have to end the season so abruptly due to the Covid-19 pandemic and we’re not sure yet how the next season will pan out, but in the meantime Gavin has kindly organized Zoom meetings online which give Club members a chance to meet up in cyberspace.

Most of us had never used Zoom before and there were various technical issues, but we all got there in the end! There was plenty of dodgy lighting and dodgy hair-dos after 2 months of lockdown, plus the rule to raise your hand before speaking was abandoned very early on, but it was great to be able to see everyone in person and have a good catch up 😄

For anyone who hasn’t yet taken part and is a little bit nervous about using Zoom it takes only a few seconds to download on your mobile or tablet (search for zoom in your app store), or your laptop/desktop (download ‘Client for Meetings’ here). If using a computer make sure you have a webcam with microphone and Windows set to Allow Apps to use both (go to settings/privacy/camera on your machine).

Once installed, click on the Zoom icon to open, then click on Join A Meeting and enter the meeting ID number which will have been emailed to all members. You will then be prompted to input the password included in the email and that’s all there is to it! If you have any issues Gavin will do his best to help.

This week Dave organized our first Zoom competition. 18 images were entered, which could be viewed in the members’ section of our website, and voting done via email or during the zoom meeting. It was a really fun night, with a variety of excellent images and lots of helpful critique from members.

Big congratulations to our winner Amy, who took a wonderfully evocative image of ‘Rosie’s Lamb’. Second place went to Phil with ‘Castle Star Trail’ (apologies for earlier boo boo with the 2nd place image – note to self, only write blog posts at 6am after you’ve fully woken up and had at least two mugs of tea!) and third to Jo with ‘Lockdown’.

Next Wednesday evening we are Zooming to offer critique on any pictures members need help with – see Dave’s email for more info. Look forward to seeing you!