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Last night was the third of our print competitions. In the words of the judge Margaret Southerngton LRPS, "our members do get to to travel to all sorts of places."
Margaret also commented on the great range of images as is usual for the society.
The JW Murray Trophy was the first to be judged.
1st place went to Andy Withey with his picture of Victoria Gate Leeds (20 pts). "It has good shapes and tones, with detail even in the darker areas."
2nd went to GRaham Binns with his picture of "Keswick Clouds" (also 20 pts)
3rd went to Graeme Mitchell with his "Saltsburg Horses" (19 pts)
On 16 March we were privileged to hear a talk by Colin Harding, who was Curator of Photography and Phototechnology at the National Media Museum until last summer. He is now a humble student, he says, but he does not seem to have forgotten much!
It was an impressive lecture full of flashes of illumination (why is it called a camera?) to amusing asides. Apparently William Henry Fox Talbot, who was not known at the time by that name anyway, only developed his photographic process in response to the discovery that his new wife was a much better painter than he was. Not to worry, it was being invented independently by a number of others at the same time anyway! She referred to his original camera as a 'mousetrap' and the name stuck (see header).
A first for our Society, 9 March saw a joint competition with Stowarzyzenie FOTSPOT a photography group in Poznan, Poland. Each club had selected twenty images on the topic 'Exoticism'. The BPS images were judged by two Polish judges nominated by FOTSPOT while the FOTSPOT images were judged by a judge nominated by BPS. These operations were carried out separately and the results revealed at our meetings on Thursday.