Competition Results - Prints1 2014/15

Monday October 6 was the first Print Competition of the new season. There were two categories, Open and Creative. The judge was Peter Weaver LRPS, CPAGB, APAGB who thought the standard of prints was extremely high!

Result Open: First Dennis Read with The Snow Monkey, second Tony Dunkley with Peter Trego Bowled, third Alan Grant CPAGB with Marsh Harrier Hunting at Dawn. Highly Commended were Mike Birbeck FRPS with The Chair, Tony Dunkley with Orang-Utan and Dennis Read with Web Design.

Result Creative: First George Reekie DPAGB with The Chase, second Richard Baker with Shooting the Past, third Ed Burrows with River Barle. Highly Commended were Jeanne Bradban LRPS with Countryside, Glynis Dunkley with Bombed Out and Spiv.

Congratulations to new members, Dennis, Richard and Ed on their winning entries.

Gavin Hoey - Camera Shake Up

On Monday September 29, the well-known Professional Photographer, Photoshop guru, Digital Photo Magazine contributor and lecturer Gavin Hoey entertained members. He started the day with a Photo Walk at Wells Cathedral and finished with his talk ‘Camera Shake Up’ in the evening.

During the Photo Walk Gavin gave advice on the best place to take a shot and allowed members the use of his fish eye lens.

In the evening he demonstrated a range of creative camera and Photoshop techniques using everyday items to create some wonderful images. Gavin is very generous with his online videos, his website has many Photoshop ones as does YouTube, he also has a Friday freebie on his website, well worth a visit! It was another great evening by Gavin and was much appreciated by the large audience!

Competition Results – DPIC1 2014/15

The first Digital Competition of the season was an Open Category on September 22. A large entry ensued and it was pleasing to see a number of new and nearly new members competing for the first time. In the open category there were a variety of genres and the judge Ian Drake commented that the quality of the images was extremely high and he had a hard task to award just 6 images out of the 97 that were accepted for entry. The result was First and winner of the Presidents Cup George Reekie DPAGB with Osprey with Catch, second Caroline Briggs LRPS with Scarista Beach, third Pauline Watling CPAGB with Waiting. Highly Commended were Linda Brunsch with Approaching Storm, Alan Grant CPAGB with The Chase Is On and Pauline Watling CPAGB with Mud Boy.

The RPS, multimedia and the future

Peter Hayes FRPS aided by Sheila Haycox ARPS DPAG EFIAP on computer presented The RPS, Multimedia and the Future on September 8. The evening basically consisted of Audio Visuals produced by various Royal Photographic Society members, some of which were successful for a distinction. There was a variety of styles which gave members lots of ideas. Also there were a couple of AV’s which were used to point out why they didn’t ‘work’. Peter discussed how many and how long the duration of AV’s for each distinction.

Mike Birbeck FRPS - President 2014/15

President - Mike Birbeck
This year’s President Mike Birbeck FRPS FBPPA FDPS was presented with his Chain of Office by previous Chairman Tony Bagwell.

Mike has been with Taunton Camera Club for a number of years after moving to Somerset. Mike broke his back in a flying accident in 1982 whilst serving in the RAF and since that time, all of his photography has been from a wheelchair. He is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society (FRPS), the British Professional Photographers Association (FBPPA) and the Disabled Photographers’ Society (FDPS). He is a member of the Licentiate Panel at the RPS, and is also on their Advisory Board. He has been on the organising committee of the DPS since 1998, was Chairman for 10 years from 1994 to 2004, and has been President of that Society since then. In 2008 Mike was made Honorary Life President and in 2005 he was awarded the RPS Hood medal for services to photography. He is an active photographer and enters images into exhibitions and competitions from club to international level. He has won many medals and awards, including Gold medals from FIAP, the RPS and the PAGB. He has been lecturing and judging since 1985. His main interest is in ‘people’ photography, both portraiture and candid.