A new year and a new set of themes to challenge and inspire our members. With one eye on potential lockdown restrictions we kick off with 'A View From...' which means, even if things get really bad, a photo taken of the view from your back door can be submitted. Our members are pretty resourceful so it's likely there'll be some great images.
Please submit your A View From photos by noon on 21st January.
This and all the other themes for next year, and some of the other activities we're planning are on our Calendar page. If you're not a member and there's anything on there you'd like to participate in then get in touch and come along to one of our meetings.
We've reached the end of a year that we'll all remember with a shudder and can now start to hope that next year will be better. We've a good line-up of meetings and events for 2021 including (fingers crossed) the return of the Photo Show. Take a look at our Calendar page for more details.
Instead of the usual Image of the Month we decided to review all the images that members had nominated as their favourities over 2020. Members were invited to nominate their favourite - a sort of Image of the Year - and chose Smoky (left) by Adrian Chandler (a timeless image, said one member) just ahead of David Kallmeier's exquisite Dandelion Ballerina.
All the photos submitted this month can be seen on the gallery page.
December Photo Club meetings are usually especially social - members bring in seasonal food and drink, then sit back and enjoy each other's photos on the theme of 'Anything Goes'. Well, this year the members and their nibbles and tipples stayed at home, but we did manage to be as social as possible over Zoom and we enjoyed the biggest attendance of the year.
The 'Anything Goes' theme gives members the opportunity to show images that didn't fit into any of the themes during the year, or that they'd passed over when selecting for the meetings. The result is a wide-ranging set of subjects, with many of us submitting photos recalling those holidays that seem so long ago.
Such a diverse set of subjects resulted in members nominating many different images, but it was Trevor Jordan's Spider, Spider on the Wall iPhone picture (right) that won by a hairy leg.
David Boag is a wildlife photographer and author of 18 published books. For several years his work was the subject of the television programme ‘Out of Town’ and he has since been involved with both television and radio, either in an advisory capacity or as a knowledgeable guest or presenter. He lectures regularly to a wide variety of natural history, photographic and general interest audiences.
He recently gave his Photographing Nature More Creatively presentation online, which was well attended by members of West Haddon Photo Club, Spratton Photo Group and Inspire.
There's a brief report about this talk on our Calendar page.