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Black and White by Jane Richardson

Lockdown practice proves a winner!

Evidence of improvements all round !
We have resumed our annual programme of events after a short Summer break with a practical session conducted using Zoom featuring abstractions using paper, lights and textures. The results of members’ endeavours will be seen next week when a “show your own” session will be the focus. Members are invited to offer their best five efforts for critique and comment and select the best of these for their own personal gallery on the website.

The impact of the learning that has taken place during lockdown through Weekly Challenges and walks was very evident in the Open Competition entries that were judged on Thursday by Keith Spicer, a member of Weston Super Mare camera club, familiar to many as a regular judge at NRPS. Keith was quick to appreciate the variety of techniques and strategies on view in the entries, and gave encouraging, yet precisely focused feedback on composition and expertise that members took on board readily. It was good to see Jill Toman recovering from her recent illness, and once again her work got well deserved success in both Colour and Mono sections.

In the Open Colour section Jill took 1st and 3rd place with Autumn at Ullswater and Ashness Pier, Derwentwater. 2nd place went to Graham Nicholls’ Coming out of the Dust with Janice Cuer and Bill Collett Highly Commended , and Diana Walker, Tony Nineham and Pamela Bruce-Lockhart Commended.

In the Mono section Diana, Jill and Graham were awarded Commended, with Graham achieving a Highly commended together with Bill Collett. In equal 3rd place with I’m the King of the Castle and Dandelion Clock were Jilll Toman and Janice Cuer respectively. Again Graham Nicholls took the honours in 2nd place with his masterly portrait of Bath Poser, but Jane Richardson took a well deserved 1st place with her flat lay still life composition Black and White, inspired by a recent challenge to depict food in a variety of ways. Congratulations to all entrants, and I look forward to the creativity that is to come!

The walks continue within the Covid guidance,and we plan to meet at 2.30pm on Thursday 24th september in the Bath Hill car park, Keynsham (BS31 1 HH) for a Riverside walk.

Jenny Short