2016 04 - End of Season

01st May 2016
Retford & District Photographic Society - Press Release - Joy Allison
26th April 2016
Images by Des Lloyd, Jayne Mair and John Heath

End of Season

At the Annual General Meeting in April the Society reflected on a successful season. The major achievement of the year was obtaining a grant from the Big Lottery's Awards for All Fund which ensured we ended this year in much better order than last year. Our failing computer and projector have been replaced and we now have improved storage and display equipment. These have been used to good effect to exhibit some of the members' excellent work in a number of places for local community groups. We hope to be able to do more of this in the future and welcome approaches from group organisers if one of our displays would complement an event they are planning.

Our season of inter club competitions ended on a high note with us winning the three way contest with Doncaster TTL and Axholme. It was notable that having improved our projection capability, it was our projected images which rescued us from third place after the prints and saw us achieve a clear win.

The final competitive event of the year was the The Denis Rich Memorial Trophy, where members vote for the club’s favourite print from the selection brought on the night and displayed by members. This is always a favourite event because we have the chance to see both new images and favourites from the season. There was a good range of styles on show from wildlife to architecture and candid to observational.

The winner was Des Lloyd's ‘Barn Owl Coming in to Land’, yet another of his magnificent images of fully wild creatures captured by means of great patience and careful research as well as great technical skill. In second place was Pat Oaks' 'Mirror Reflections’ which was a cleverly observed shot of flowers reflected in ornamental mirrors. Third place went to John Heath with his image entitled ‘Inquisitive Stoat' demonstrating the strength in depth our members have in photographing the natural world.

There was a smaller entry for the Rosemary Wright Memorial Trophy for the members' favourite projected image. Alan Burkwood, our newly re-elected President, known and frequently teased for his love of steam train photography, emerged the winner with another of his lovely images entitled ‘Climbing’. Jayne Mair, whose photography has really improved this season through hard work and determination, excelled herself ending the season with both second and third places with 'Highland Stag' and 'Final Farewell’.

The two final events of the season are the Annual Exhibition in the Town Hall on Saturday May 7th when we hope many people who have enjoyed our images in the pages of the Retford Times during the year will come and see them displayed. This is a free event and is open to all between 10am and 4pm.

This is followed on May 9th by our Annual Presentation Dinner, when the club's most successful photographers of the season will discover who has won the many trophies to be presented. Two of these are for the colour and black & white images which receive the most votes from the public at the Annual Exhibition, so please come along and cast your vote.

Any community groups interested in including a display of our work in their events are invited to come and talk about opportunities at the exhibition or to get in touch via our web site: www.retford-photographic.co.uk.