Droitwich Camera Club was well represented at this 'Picnic in the Park' held in the grounds of the Chateau Impney Hotel to celebrate the 200th anniversary of John Corbett, the 'Salt King' of Droitwich. There were over 2000 people at the event and a superb total of 10 members of our Club were present taking photographs of all the activities with many of their family members joining them to enjoy a picnic and the good weather. This was a wonderful day as the attached images from members demonstrates.
Just a reminder that this coming Sunday, June 25th the Salt King 200 'Picnic in the Park' will be taking place in the grounds of the Chateau Impney, (just off the A38 bypass north of the town) and this will provide some fantastic photographic opportunities in a great location.
This is a free event open to everyone to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of John Corbett, the 'Salt King' and the man who built the Chateau. The event takes place between 12.00 - 17.00 with the official opening ceremony at 13.00.
The organisers are keen to get as many photographs as possible to record the event, especially anything with the Chateau in the image with a view to arranging an exhibition later in the year, so get the picnic basket out and get down there with your camera.
If you want further details visit www.droitwichartsnetwork.org
This past weekend marked a rite of passage for me as for the first time since my recent illness I was able to go out and try to photograph an event. I did not manage very long at the festival but when I was there it was very busy with people enjoying themselves in the glorious weather. Hope you enjoy the photos.
A famous politician once spoke about how things are shaped by events and the last couple of weeks have certainly proved eventful in many ways.
The club held it's last few competitions and also the AGM prior to the summer recess and they will be back at Chawson Barns in September we hope. As for me, unfortunately I ended up in hospital last week for a few days, which as many of you will now know, has resulted in me having to step down immediately from all club responsibilities and activities, at least for the foreseeable future. As a consequence, my assistant Dave Hull has taken on the whole responsibility for the publicity side of things at the Club and I wish him all the best for the future.
On the Thursday before I ended up in hospital I was in Worcester with my camera and I hope you will indulge me in some shots from then, they were nearly my swansong.
Goodbye for now.
Julian Rouse, Publicity Officer
The results of this popular annual competition held recently were as follows:-
Joint Standard Print Winners: Sue Abbott with Hookah Smoker & Jeremy Richardson with Lofotens Beach
Standard DPI Winner: Sue Abbott with High Flyer
Advanced Print Winner: Al Haden with Stokksness Magic
Advanced DPI Winner: Robin Couchman with Oh Bother
The following images progressed through to the second round from which the above were selected:
1 Peak District Survivor Mike Townley
2 Lofotens Beach Jeremy Richardson
3 Hookah Smoker Sue Abbott
4 Natures Power Grid Dave Hull
5 Miles Away Sue Abbott
1 The Sikh Soldier Mark Chambers
2 Winter Tree Robin Couchman
3 Stokksness Magic Al Haden
4 Gale Force Ric Harding
5 Claimed by the Sea Audrey Couchman
1 Hummingbird Dave Hull
2 High Flyer Sue Abbott
3 Snowy Egret Dave Hull
4 Happy Bunch Jeremy Richardson
5 Wind Turbines Sue Abbott
1 Nine in the Rain Al Haden
2 The Baltic Robin Couchman
3 Oh Bother Robin Couchman
4 Apprehension Mark Chambers
5 Bengal Tiger in Evening Light Ric Harding
That concludes our competitions for the 2016-17 season. Congratulations to those who won trophies, but thank you to everyone who took the time and trouble to enter images into any of the competitions this season. Special thanks must go to Robin Couchman our Competiton Secretary and his very able assistant Ian Johnston, for all of their efforts in compiling the images and prints for all of the Club competitions.
Good luck to you all next season.
The 2017 overall winner of this annual competition in memory of Graham Trevor was a print by Trevor Hunter entitled "Last Light Elgol"
There was a strong showing in all sections, but Trevor's image taken on the Isle of Skye was a very worthy overall winner. Below is a picture of Trevor with his trophy and also the full list of results.
Trevor's winning image is currently taking pride of place on our Home Page
Well done to everyone who took part.
Position -Author - Title
1 Doug Chaplin St Justinians
2 Dave Hull Malvern View
3 Mark Wild Valley
HC Sue Abbott Standing Stones
C Robin Truran Poppy Panorama
Position – Author - Title
1 Mark Wild Potato Field
2 Sue Abbott Wind Turbines
3 Doug Chaplin Obelisk in the Mist
HC Dave Hull Flower Meadow
HC Robin Truran Cotswolds
C Doug Chaplin St Nons
C Dave Hull Storm Brewing at Madresfield
Position – Author - Title
1 Peter Rean Fellside Dusk
2 Ric Harding The Disappearing Stream
3 Nigel Reader St Michael’s Mount
HC Robin Couchman Towards Bamburgh
HC Ray Portman Dorset Cliffs
C Al Haden Low Light Hi Viz
C Al Haden The Rooftops of York
Position – Author - Title
1 Trevor Hunter Last Light Elgol
2 Al Haden Home Through the Mist
3 David Benton Safe
HC Ian Johnston Orkney
HC Peter Rean Worcestershire Morning
C Ric Harding Rainbow Over Loch Fada
C Trevor Hunter First Light
In a keenly fought inter-club competition against Vale of Evesham Camera Club held on Monday last, Droitwich Camera Club won back the Wychavon Trophy by just 6 points, the final score being 497 - 491.
DCC Competition Secretary Robin Couchman said "..it was a close competition, but it was nice to have sufficient strength throughout our the club to enable me to select entries from 11 of our members"
Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the club at this event.
Important Reminders: There is NO club meeting next Monday, 1st May as this is a Bank Holiday. Entries for the Print & DPI of Year competition which is being held on Monday 8th May need to be in by midnight on Sunday 30th April. The Club AGM will take place on Monday 15th May.
Over the next few months various members of Droitwich Camera Club will be exhibiting some of their work in the library in town. Over Easter it was Julian Rouse and currently it is Ric Harding. Pop in to see the work.
Easter Weekend - Please note that there is NO MEETING on Monday 17th April.
Our next meeting on Monday 24th April is an Inter-Club Competition vs Vale of Evesham CC for the Wychavon Trophy - Please note that this will take place at Evesham CC.
There is NO MEETING on Monday 1st May as this is a Bank Holiday.
The next meeting at The Barns is on Monday 8th May when we hold the Print & DPI of the Year Competition.
The 2016-17 Season ends on Monday 15th May with our AGM & Chairman's Competition.
And finally, just a reminder that various club members have images on show in Droitwich Library over the next month or so with Ric Harding presently displaying a picture.
One of the big events in Droitwich this summer will be the celebrations for the 200th anniversary of the birth of John Corbett, the 'Salt King'. This will be marked by a Family Picnic in the grounds of the Chateau Impney on Sunday 25th June (12.00-5.00) and everyone is welcome. This event should provide a lot of interesting subjects for local photographers and indeed the club hope to be participating in a number of ways with more details to follow. This celebration is largely being organised under the auspices of Droitwich Arts Network (DAN) and there is a dedicated Facebook page for discussion and information on this subject at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1146279222087044/