Chris Weston, listed by Outdoor Photography as one of the world's 40 most influential wildlife photographers, gave us a fascinating talk titled 'Animals on the Edge: Reporting from the Front Line of Extinction ', taken from his book of the same name. It described his work, both in highlighting the plight of some of the 60 most rare and endangered mammals which feature on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's 'Red List' of threatened species, and his innovative efforts in working with others to make a positive difference - the ICUN being the global authority on the status of animal and plant species worldwide.
Chris highlighted how the interaction between poverty stricken countries and the wildlife around them are fighting a war all of their own - one of survival. His credits include the BBC, the Sunday Times and National Geographic and he finished with an impassioned message; '' we all have a choice to stand up and be heard and make a difference ''.
Round 1 of our print league competition themed as 'Open' was well subscribed and judged by Peter Orr LRPS.
'Photography in Cold Places' was the presentation by speakers John And Diana Tilsley who stressed that they enjoy nothing more than going on holiday and getting really cold! The talk showed how they combine their passion for photography with cross-country skiing in the Scandinavian wilderness of Finland and Iceland, and as John has recently been appointed a Fotospeed ambassador he used their paper and inks exclusively to produce this beautiful presentation - thus we were treated to an array of spectacular images of their travels across these cold climes including fjords and infinite coastlines.
The following week we had an in-house evening with 4 of our members showing and talking us through a selection of their favourite images. We thank Simon Brown, Chris Glasbey, Clive Hollingshead and Jacqueline Smith for stepping up and giving us an insight into their individual styles of photography.
'What Makes a Good Photograph' was the title of a presentation from our final guest speaker Andrew Mills and took an alternative view to the accepted norm of club photography. Andrew, a qualified lecturer in higher education, looked at a range of historic and contemporary photography to help us to not only identify aspects of photographs but to stimulate some concepts and ideas for our own photography projects. We were shown a selection of his own work together with examples of famous photographers both historic and current.
In late October we were sadly informed of the death of Thelma Tignet, a long standing and Honorary member of our club. In recent times a succession of illnesses had curtailed her ability to regularly attend meetings and she will be sorely missed by the club, our thoughts are with her family at this sad time.