The main event in West Haddon Photo Club's calendar never happened last year due lockdown restrictions but, nearly 18 months later we finally held our 7th Annual Photo Show in our usual venue of All Saints' church.
We did wonder, as we planned it, whether anyone would come - would anyone outside our club even want to submit their images? Well, now the event is over and we look back over the Show weekend, we can say it surpassed our expectations. We had nearly 300 print and digital images submitted, 50% more than our last show, and more visitors than in any previous year. Over 250 people came and were treated to beautiful and inspiring photos from many talented photographers. We were particularly gratified by the number of people who said how much they'd enjoyed it and those who told us it had inspired them to dig out their cameras and start taking pictures again.
Everyone who visited was invited to vote for their favourite print and digital image and by the end our ballot box was nearly overflowing. It was great to see people taking their time looking at the prints displayed throughout the church and then sitting down with a cuppa and a cake to watch the rolling display of digital entries. Time and time again we were told how difficult it was to make a decision and we overheard many discussions as people tried to decide which image to vote for.
We've now counted the votes and the following are the favourite images as voted for by the visitors to the Photo Show:
We'd like to say a big thank-you to the following companies who have generously sponsored the West Haddon Photo Show this year.
Thank you to everyone who entered images, who came to visit (some, despite the rain) and who voted - you made the Show a success. We hope to see you again next year.
Our gratitude goes to Neil Phillips for his permission to use his image Quiet Solitude which was voted the favourite photo by attendees of the 2019 show.
Congratulations to both those photographers - that their images are the favourites in such a strong field shows how exceptional they were. If you want to see more of Janie's work take a look at her website.
If you want to see the rolling display of digital images show thoughout the show, click on this link to YouTube, or on the video image below.
Favourite Print Image
Bleak Beauty by Janie Chapman
Favourite Digital Image
TooWet Too Woo by Fiona Gunn-Stokes