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Annual General Meeting
On Friday 16th November, members gathered for the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING. Officers report were heard and in the election of Officers, three names have disappeared from the list, Rod Wainwright, Mike Martin and John Hoddinott (thank you for your services gentlemen!) and one new name appeared, Eric Playdell - see Officers Page for full details. Regretfully, no-one came forward to offer their services as Hon. Secretary.
Other changes include a revised Subscription rate for 2013 of £55. All future meetings will start at 7.30 pm
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Success for John Hoddinott
John has again had success in the LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR with his picture seen below. It received a commendation and will be in the Awards Book and Exhibited at the National Theatre from 12th November until January.

Annual Exhibition - Intermediate Class
Print Class:

Dave Bryan with 'Singing in the Rain'

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DPI Class:

Arthur Lees with 'Foel Goch, Snowdonia'


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Annual Exhibition DPI's Classes
The Winners of the Projection Image Classes in the Annual Exhibition were:

Open Class
Pictorial: Joanne Searle with 'Playing with Light'
Portrait/People: Elizabeth Restall with 'No Looking Back'
Record/Applied: Vanessa Herring with 'Chernobyl Interior'
Nature: Alison Price with 'The Dreamer'



Annual Exhibition
Our Annual Exhibition took place on Friday 9th November.
The full results can be found HERE 2012 Annual Exhibition Results 2 - and the winning images are displayed below

Cup Winners - Open Class
Pictorial: Joanne Searle with 'The End of the Day'
Portrait/People: John Long with 'Dennis and his Bowl'
Applied/Record: Jean Dimond with 'The Bobbin Room'
Nature: Alison price with 'the Kill'

Joanne Searle's 'The End of the Day' also awarded the Best Print in the Exhibition & The Best Monochrome Print in the Exhibition



Annual Exhibition 2012
On Friday 9th November we held our Annual Exhibition. Later in the week I will upload the winning images, but these are the members who won the Trophies.
Two of the judges are seen at the extreme ends of the Group, (left Peter McCloskey, Right Brian Swineyard)

Zombies
Friday 2nd November was a studio evening led by Steve Cox and the theme was Zombies. The first part of the evening was taken up with instructions and advise from Steve on studio lighting, camera settings for studio work etc. Two models were available and the following pictures are by Joanne Searle.

Congratulations!
Another RPS Distinction in the Society - our Equipment Manager is to be congratulated - ALAN SEARLE LRPS

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Evening out
On Friday 26th October a number of members met in Bristol to carry out some night photography. I understand pictures were taken and then a discussion held in 'The Shakespeare' over a lemonade or two!!

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Dr. Greg Duncan ARPS, DPAGB
Friday 19th October was an evening of short AV's, demonstrations, a bit of magic and a lot of education presented to us by Dr. Greg Duncan ARPS, DPAGB
Greg explained how he treats Photoshop and digital imaging as not merely tools for producing images but also as items to be tested - and the results of that testing were, to say the least, staggering! I am pondering just how many million pixels I have thrown away in producing the picture of Greg below, taken on a 14 million pixel compact!

'Famous for ten minutes'
On Friday 12th October, eight of our members volunteered (?) to take part in an evening called 'FAMOUS FOR TEN MINUTES'
We are most grateful to the following members - Arthur Lees, Elizabeth Restall, Vince Reeves, Kevin James, Brian Cheer, Alison Price, Bob Ryan and Bruce Gibbs, who showed prints and projected images.
Jubilee Year Convention
Sunday 7th October. The Pound Arts Centre at Corsham was the venue for our Jubilee Convention. A packed auditorium of people from all around the West Country enjoyed listing and seeing the photography of Des Clinton, Tony Dudley and Gijs van Gent
The event was considered to be an outstanding success



Just a few pictures taken during the day;



Print Critique Evening
Friday 5th October was a most interesting evening when three society members volunteered (?)
to lead the discussion. Members were asked to bring along prints and these were commented on by (left to right) Rod Wainwright, Vanessa Herring and Peter Phillips.

Quarterly No.3 Open Prints
On Friday 28th September, our 3rd competition of the year was judged by DAVID SOUTHWELL ARPS David was thorough in his comments and judgement.

1st Seeing the Light by Kevin James
2nd Oak Tree and Potato Field by John Hoddinott
3rd Monkey and Friend by Ray Reeves

Quarterly No.3 Open DPI's
1st Kings Cross Station Impression by Elizabeth Restall
2nd Chenobyl Interior by Vanessa Herring
3rd Sunset at Aber Mawr by Peter Phillips

Quarterly No.3. Intermediate Prints
1st Cooling Off by Bob Ryan
2nd Reflections on a Castle hy Alison Price
3rd Gingerbeard by David Rumsam

Quarterly Competition No.3 Intermediate DPI's
1st Drying off by Alison Price
2nd Waiting for Mum by Alison Price
3rd Final Approach by Alison Price

Pam and Eddy Lane ARPS's DPAGB's
Friday 21st September brought a chill into the meeting room with the visit of
Pam and Eddy Lane ARPS's DPAGB's
They brought us "Svalbard and the Arctic Circle - Kingdom of the Ice Bear"
We saw lots of polar bears, a colony of Walrus and other animals and birds - and of course, lots of ICE! A fascinating talk with very interesting and spectacular pictures.

Margaret Salisbury FRPS, MFIAP, FIPF, APAGB
Our programme for Friday 14th September warned us that "The Welsh Dragon is here again, do not dare to miss her, she will not be pleased and will mark your card"
Those who did not attend missed a treat of great photography and fascinating anecdotes. During her talk called "Dragon Away" Margaret Salisbury FRPS, MFIAP, FIPF, APAGB led us through many countries with her pictures and stories.

John Tilsley ARPS, DPAGB, APAGB
Friday 7th September brought John Tilsley ARPS, DPAGB, APAGB up from Dorchester to deliver his talk "Latest Work".
John is an excellent speaker and spoke enthusiastically about his partial move from Darkroom to Digital. John likes to work in series, and firstly display a set of pictures in upright 'letterbox' format of subjects with contrajour lighting and long shadows. This was followed other series including a wartime re-enactment, some exquisite snow picture taken whilst ski-ing in Finland and finally one of birds taken on a lake in northern Greece.


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