2016 05 - Annual Presentation Dinner 2016

24th July 2016
Retford & District Photographic Society - Press Release - Joy Allison
10th May 2016
Images by Andrew Paul

Annual Presentation Dinner 2016

The Society hosted its annual Presentation Dinner at Retford Golf Club in May as the finale to a very successful season. Members gathered to enjoy some social time, which we are good at; to enjoy an excellent meal and to hear the results of the year’s competitions. We were pleased to welcome once again Derek and Joan Broughton representing Retford Rotary Club. They had kindly joined us last year when their then President was unable to attend and this year Derek saw reaching the end of his own Presidential year.

This final meeting of the year was a chance to reflect on a season of improvements and achievements. Most recent in everyone’s thoughts was the Annual Exhibition which everyone agreed had been a great success and reflected very well on us as a club. Derek and Joan Broughton had kindly come to the event and Derek expressed himself ‘very, very impressed with the standard for the work on display’. In addition to presenting the members best work of the year, the exhibition showcased most of the equipment and materials bought with our Lottery grant.

Introducing the evening, President Alan Burkwood expressed his thanks to the Committee and members for their hard work and support. He made particular mention of the on-going efforts of Lesley Wilson as speaker finder for the excellent programme she delivers year on year. Alan also remarked on the impact of the Awards for All grant from the Lottery, which enabled us to replace our woeful projector with an brand new model. This had boosted club morale no end with its excellent, clear images. The other grant purchases had allowed us to produce an exhibition which was widely thought to be our best ever and which attracted our best ever attendance. Alan thanked Joy and Dik Allison for their work on the grant and the exhibition. He concluded that the club continues to attract new members at a time when other clubs are struggling and the future looks good.

We have had a good year in competitions, ending on a high by winning the annual three way event with Doncaster RB and Axholme. Members have done well individually in internal and interclub competitions and we had the pleasure of seeing Des Lloyd, the winner of our ‘Best New Member’ trophy last year, win the Daily Mail Great British Wildlife Challenge 2016. Members had a good numbers of their images accepted for the North & East Midlands Photographic Federation Exhibition earlier in the year and we have staged several successful displays for other organisations.

Jane and Neil Brownley were thanked for organising the outstandingly successful trip to the Farne Islands in 2015, which is to be repeated in June. Fourteen members are eagerly looking forward to another visit to the breeding grounds for so many sea birds. No doubt gannets, puffins and shags will feature in our competitions next year. One of these has the theme ‘Up Close’, which is certainly what you are there, with birds literally at your feet.

During the year some competitions are for a trophy and others contribute to members’ points total for the year. The club ‘league’ is divided into Advanced and Club level with trophies for the highest scorers in each level and advancement to the higher level for the top winners in the Club section.

This year saw the President’s Trophy, which is awarded personally by the President to the person deemed to have made the greatest contribution to the club in any way during the year, go to Gwen Mabbott, our trusty and hardworking Treasurer. Gwen doesn’t court the limelight but she does a sterling job of keeping our books in order and has had a lot more to manage this year with separate accounting for the Lottery funds.

Nathan Story, our Best New Member this year was also the first recipient for a number of years of our Best Junior Member trophy. Nathan has become a familiar face at meetings and he has been brave enough to give short presentations of his work as an enthusiastic newcomer to photography. Various members have shared their time and skills with him to help him improve. He has expressed his appreciation at how welcome he has been made and we all look forward to seeing more of his work next year.

As the other presentations were made, it was good to see some new names on the trophies. Retford Rotary Club makes the final presentation of the evening along with the award of the coveted title to our ‘Photographer of the Year’. With the developing strength in depth of our members this had been much more closely fought this year but Geoff Stoddart retained his title in the face of stiff competition. Making the presentation Derek Broughton had an opportunity to comment on his visit to our Annual Exhibition and to express the pleasure his Club feels at sponsoring our success through the magnificent carved wooden camera presented to us by Retford Rotary Club. This is a memorial in honour of Percy Laws, who was a founder member of both our Society and Retford Rotary. He remarked that it was good to see another local club achieving such high standards and obviously thriving.

The full list of winners is:

Colour Print – Advanced – Des Lloyd
Mono Print – Advanced – Des Lloyd
Projected Image – Advanced – Geoff Stoddart
Colour Print – Club – Dick Lewis and Liz Tilstone joint winners
Mono Print – Club – Barry Inman
Projected Image – Club – Alan Burkwood
Colour Print Portfolio – Geoff Stoddart
Mono Print Portfolio – Des Lloyd
Projected Image Portfolio – Geoff Stoddart
Enprints – Barry Inman
Rosemary Wright Memorial Plate (Projected) – Alan Burkwood
Dennis Rich Memorial Shield (Prints) – Des Lloyd
Best Newcomer – Nathan Story
Best Junior Member – Nathan Story
2015 Exhibition Visitors’ Choice (Colour) – Gordon Oaks
2015 Exhibition Visitors’ Choice (Mono) – Alan Townsend
President’s Trophy – Gwen Mabbott
Photographer of the Year – Geoff Stoddart

The next opportunity to see the club’s work and also something very different in the form of photomicrography – photography through a microscope – will be at the Idle Valley Nature Reserve on July 17th as part of their ‘SPOT IT – ID IT’ event. We would be pleased to see you there.

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

The club is now on its summer break. Weekly meetings begin again on 5th September on Monday evenings until May 2017 at 7.30pm at St Joseph’s Church Hall, Babworth Road, Retford, DN22 7BP. Guests and new members are always welcome. For more information see the 2016 / 17 programme on www.retford-photographic.co.uk, contact us through the same site, or just come along from September onwards.