first round print competition

Members could enter up to two colour and 2 mono prints on a theme of their choice. Thanks to Peter Cheetham for his constructive commentary and congratulations to Steve Williams and David Lane for wins in the colour and mono sections. All winning images may be seen on the SOME OF OUR PICTURES page.

our first members’ evening of the season

Club members were judges for the evening - first to decide on the winner of the Summer Holiday Competition. This was to present 5 images on the theme of ‘Wheels” all taken over the course of our summer break. The clear winner was Mike Lewis whose images were of great quality and also varied.

Next we chose the images for our 2019 calendar - amongst much well humoured banter. So, fear not, your Christmas shopping will be all the more straightforward when the Matlock Camera Club 2019 calendar is on sale later this year!


…… was the subject of tonight’s talk by Tesni Ward. A refreshing description of how photography ‘hooked’ her and her journey from amateur to successful professional. Some stunning images were accompanied by descriptions of the craft of working with the animals, the pitfalls, the unexpected, the successes and her passion for conservation. All was delivered with obvious enthusiasm for her chosen path.

first round digital competition

Sixty nine entries was the challenge for judge Ashley Franklin this evening. An ‘open’ competition made for a wide range of subjects and a wide range of resulting marks! Congratulations to winner Ken Smith with his stunning image of a Great Crested Grebe. Five joint second places were awarded and they can be seen with Ken’s image on the SOME OF OUR PICTURES page. Our thanks to Ashley for his commentary and constructive critique.

our first visiting speaker of the new season …..

..… was Peter Yeo FRPS, DPAGB, APAGB who presented a series of prints to illustrate his talk ‘Island Hopping’. His session was very well received due to the undoubted quality of his work but also to his engaging commentary. The effectiveness of light in his images led to much positive comment and his confidence in recording what he likes whilst sometimes breaking the ‘rules’ was refreshing. His images were of Venice and some of the Scottish Islands. Great to see many coastal images - as a club we normally see far fewer seascapes than landscapes!

The first meeting …..

..… of the new season got off to an extremely good start with many members renewing their subscriptions for the coming year.  The first half of the evening was the judging by those present of the Triptych competition being three prints that tell a story.  Pauline Dawson was the winner, with Mike Lewis in second place and Irene Smith in third.  Their pictures can be seen on the competitions page.  The second half was a presentation by one of our members, David Monkhouse entitled "The Italian Job", a series of images taken on his holiday traveling by train the length of Italy with his wife, Lorna.  Aided by a humorous but also serious approach to holiday photography, the presentation was well received. 

The 2018/2019 season begins on wednesday 5th september

We are a group of people with a wide range of abilities and we offer an informal, friendly and supportive environment for photographers at all levels of experience. The club's imaginative programme of activities and events includes practical 'hands-on' sessions, internal competitions, and visits from guest speakers with knowledge and expertise in a wide range of fields. It's the chairman's evening on the 5th and a chance to catch up after the summer break. Do feel welcome to come along. See more details on the Programme page. 

What we got up to over the summer

Huge thanks to Garn Parkes for organising our Summer Programme outings this year. Preparation started in the early Spring when members voted on a list of possible venues. Garn’s idea was to let members experiment with different subject matter, trying subjects other than their normal genre. The social side of the group outings was also an important element.

The first event was the motorcycle racing at Darley Moor. Three members had attended Darley Moor before and therefore were able to offer suggestions on the best places to photograph with regards to panning, dramatic action, celebration wheelies, riders and machines. Thanks to Des for the use of his motorhome for us to use as a base! Everyone seemed pleased with some good images. 

Next it was a visit to Poole’s Cavern, Buxton - an evening event after they closed to the general public. The manager was very obliging in every way, giving us free movement and with no restriction on equipment. This was attended by eleven members  - not a bad turnout as England played in the World Cup at the same time! 

The third visit was to Barrow Hill Roundhouse and later to the Highland Games at Matlock Farm. Most of the Summer, in the heat, we had wanted rain - we just had to have it the day of The Highland Games, all day! It led to a disappointing day for photographers (but possibly not farmers and gardeners!) as lots of the events were cancelled. The management kindly told us we could come back the next day when the weather forecast was back to dry …. and it was!

The gallery below shows a selection of images from these summer events by Garn, David Lane and Phil Robinson.

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