Photographers went flocking back to the weekly meetings of Retford and District Photographic Society, when the new season started. President Jenny Smith presented certificates and trophies to members who missed the presentation dinner at the end of last season. The biggest collection was reserved for Des Lloyd who, to nobody’s surprise, retained the title of Photographer of the Year.
It was pleasing to see many existing members returning as well as to welcome one new joiner and seven guests. Everyone is looking forward to the diverse subjects of the society’s speakers, competitions and tutorials for the season until the end of April. These will include some more unusual talks, including one from a professional garden photographer, one from an equine specialist and one who takes unusual views of the world using drones. Of course, there will be the familiar subjects of wildlife and landscape. There will also be competitions amongst members and with other clubs along with tutorials from visiting tutors and experienced members.
Events organiser Jane Brownley showed everyone a summary of the club’s summer trip to photograph feeding gannets off Flamborough Head. It was interesting to see the flocks of birds fighting for our fish, the swell which agreed more with some members than others. Next year’s events are likely to be land based.
There is a broad range of age and ability in the club with members from Retford and beyond. A warm welcome awaits guests and you can go to three evenings before committing to joining.
Weekly meetings continue for the 2019-2020 season at St Joseph’s Church Hall, Babworth Road, Retford on Monday evenings at 7.30pm until the end of April 2020. Just go along or contact them via their website and members will look out for you. Everyone is welcome. For more information see on www.retford-photographic.co.uk.