Nice to see you, to see you nice

Last Thursday (23rd September 2021) was a special night for the club as we returned to face-to-face gatherings in the club room after an 18 month hiatus. It was great to get together again in-person and we are hoping to continue this from now on.

The night hosted our annual Photograph of the year contest judged by Dennis Russ (LRPS, AFIAP, AWPF, CPAGB, BPE1*).

Words & Photographs by Jeff Howe

Photograph of the year ’21

Last Thursday (23rd September 2021) was our annual Photograph of The Year competition, where members of the club are invited to submit their best images from those previously entered into competition during 2020/21 season for this season finale.

Our images were expertly judged by Dennis Russ LRPS, AFIAP, AWPF, CPAGB, BPE1*. The standard was of course very high and from the 50 entries Dennis selected:

3rdRed Rose by Dave Barton

2ndSelf Portrait by Andre Van de Sande

1stNeon Runner by Niall

“Handrail” by Dave Russell, ‘The mushroom family” by Jeff Howe & “Pistyll Cain Waterfall (North Wales)” by Chris Chinnick were also highly commended (HC)

Congratulations go to the top three photographers but especially to Niall who also won this years Photographer of The Year competition.

For the 2021/22 season we will be return to DPI and Print competitions so dust off those cameras, printers and lenses and get out there!

Words by Stephen Willcocks

2021 Exhibition Opens

Every year the club holds a print photograph exhibition open to the public to showcase work from all our members. Despite the difficulties presented by the COVID-19 pandemic we were able to keep this tradition going in our 125th year and our exhibition opened on Wednesday (8th September 2021). This years exhibition is being hosted by the The Hearth Gallery at University Hospital Llandough.

Our photographs will be on display through to the 10th October 2021 between 9am & 8pm. If you have time we would very much like you to visit the exhibition and enjoy our photographs in printed form – perhaps leave a comment in the visitor book.

This years exhibition includes the work of 17 club members (Dave Brown, Dean Pine, Cara Sutton, Pete Rankin, Necia Rogers, Tim Stephens, Trevor Waller, Stephen Willcocks, Dave Russell, Niall, Jiping Bai, Jennifer Cox, David Barton, Anne Phillips, Richard Payton, Gwynn Angell Jones and Amanda Golton) plus the winners of our recent “My Wales” competition.

My Wales concludes

Our fun “My Wales” competition to celebrate 125 years of Cardiff Camera Club came to an end yesterday (12-AUG-2020). During a live online video conference our President, Dean Pine, announced the cash prize winners. We had submissions from all over South Wales but in the end three worthy winners were selected.

In third place (£25 prize) was the distinctive photograph “Steel Town” by Gareth Martin

Second place (£50 prize) was taken by the excellent “Dinorwic quarry” by Jenny Hibbert

Finally, in top spot (£100 prize) is the beautiful “Red Kite, National Bird of Wales” by Emma Woodhouse

Well done to Emma, Jenny & Gareth and thanks to everybody who entered. Our members very much enjoyed the opportunity to review your photography and we hope you enjoyed the challenge of taking part.

Portraits in the park

Making the most of the long summer nights last Thursday (22nd July 2021) a small group of Camera Club members including Trevor Jeff, Jen, Dean, Cara, Necia and Gwynn met up at the Pavilion in Roath to try our hand at modelling for each other. The purpose was to capture some portraits and to understand the way to make your model feel comfortable to pose for the photographer.

Words by Dean Pine. Photographs by Dean Pine & Jeff Howe

The results are in

Our 2020/21 season Photographer of the year league competition has now concluded. Due to the social restrictions associated with COVID-19 pandemic the competition could not take place in its normal form with no prints or face to face gatherings. This season it has been an entirely digital affair hosted over a video conferencing service. One small positive outcome of this mode of operation is the ability to use judges outside South Wales for a novel perspective on our photographs.

Still, despite these restrictions, our members still managed to make this season another high quality competition with many of the clubs new members getting stuck in – great to see. Across the 8 rounds of competition 21 members participated submitting 408 photographs (despite the difficulties of making photographs under these circumstances). Thank you everybody who was able to contribute to this success.

Well done Jeff Howe, Andre Van de Sande, Dave Barton, Chris Chinnick, Niall & Dave Russell for taking the top spot in at least one of the monthly rounds – you can see the winning photographs below. Our highest placed new member was Necia Rogers but it was great to see all our new members get involved. The top three places overall went to:

2nd – Andre Van de Sande
3rd – Dave Barton

You can see the full results but clicking on the button below:

Final round

The final round of the 2020/21 Photographer of the year league contest took place yesterday (24th June 2021), judged by Diane Seddon ARPS AFIAP CPAGB BPE3*

A good range of genres were on show including street, portraiture & wildlife which made for an enjoyable evening. Diane provided thoughtful & constructive critique of our photographs and on the night her top three photographs were:

1st – “Grey Heron” by Andre Van de Sande
2nd – “Bengal eagle owl” by Niall
3rd – “Baby bunnies” by Andre Van de Sande

Congratulations Andre for your 1st & 3rd places. Not in the top 3 but Dave Barton deserves special mention for the consistently high scores his photographs achieved with two scoring 19 points.

To see the full June results and overall league positions click below

The picnic that wasn’t

The committee was thinking about the programme in these transitional times from lockdown, and decided we are ‘Zoomed Out’! And in June, the weather is good, isn’t it? So we thought we would have a social picnic and maybe take a few photos. Just the fun of meeting up and maybe some would adjourn to the pub afterwards? But the BBC forewarned us of Thunderstorms and rain – so we cancelled the picnic – and then updated forecast to better weather! So some of us met anyway and had a good chat. As some wandered off in pairs it is hard to know yet what photos were taken overall; and Andre, ever the nature photographer vanished! I guess a show and tell, plus our Facebook page will show a couple of images… Oh and it was fun using photography to meet a Kurdistani chap who insisted his ancestors came from indigenous USA Indians, he with the white feather in his hat…

Words by Trevor Waller. Photographs by Jeff Howe & Trevor Waller