Welcome

Welcome to Kirriemuir Photography Club

Kirriemuir Photography Club was formed in 2015 and aims to encourage and improve members’ photography through workshops, discussions and practical sessions.  Since then, membership has grown to over 50 members with a broad range of age, gender and ability.  The club aims to welcome everyone with an interest in this fascinating hobby who would like to improve their skills and enjoy the company of other photographers.

2018 – 2019 Session

The club meets every second Wednesday evening from September to April.  Meetings are held in the Northmuir Hall which offers a flexible space and other facilities required for club activities.  Meetings start at 7:30 pm and finish at 9:30 pm.

We are currently in recess until our opening night of the 2018 – 2019 season on Wednesday 5th September 2018.   Members will be busy though, having been issued with four summer challenges as well as taking part in a couple of outings which are are also planned.  The first of these will be to Scurdie Ness at Montrose in May.

The draft syllabus for next year can be found on the Syllabus Page.

Visitors are welcome on any club night,  so don’t hesitate to come along and check out what we get up to.

Join Us

Annual Membership Fees.

The annual membership fee for 2018 – 2019 will again be £30 per member,  payable in September 2018.

Membership fees go towards the cost of the running and ongoing development of the club.  This covers major items such as accommodation costs,  speakers’ and competition judges’ expenses as well as the purchase of display boards, lighting and other equipment which the club will require as it meets the demands of a successful and enjoyable organisation for its members.

 

Syllabus

You can use the Options below to filter this listing or to look back to previous events.

  • Wed
    05
    Sep
    2018
    7:30 pmNorthmuir Hall
    • An introduction to the club and an overview the coming season’s events and competition information hosted by the President.
    • Review of images from the summer assignments.
    • Note that Annual Membership fees of £30 are now due.
  • Wed
    03
    Oct
    2018
    7:30 pmNorthmuir Hall
    • One of our competition judges from last year, Ian McCurrach, returns to KPC, this time to give a talk on the subject of 'Composition'
    • Submission deadline date for entries to the Themed Competition  -  'While The Sun Shines'
  • Wed
    17
    Oct
    2018
    7:30 pmNorthmuir Hall
    • Part 1 -  Bring a print of your favourite image for discussion in groups.
    • Part 2 -  A chat about cameras, lenses and other favourite bits of kit.
  • Wed
    31
    Oct
    2018
    7:30 pmNorthmuir Hall
    • Guest judge Andy Hayes will judge the Division 1 and Division 2 images for the themed competition 'While the Sun Shines'
  • Wed
    14
    Nov
    2018
    7:30 pmNorthmuir Hall
    • A selection of members will give short presentations on a subject of their choice.
    • Division 3 images for the themed competition 'While The Sun Shines' will be judged by one of our own club members.
  • Sun
    25
    Nov
    2018
    TBC
    • Final arrangements for this outing will be announced at the club nearer to the time and will also be posted here when known.
  • Wed
    28
    Nov
    2018
    7:30 pmNorthmuir Hall
    • Selected images from the club outing to The Hermitage will be used in a number of image processing workshops using a variety of editing software.
  • Wed
    12
    Dec
    2018
    7:30 pmNorthmuir Hall
    • Come along and test your knowledge of photography in our Annual Photography Quiz accompanied by some excellent nibbles etc.
    • Submission deadline date for entries to the January Knockout Competition.
  • Wed
    09
    Jan
    2019
    7:30 pmNorthmuir Hall
    • Our informal Knockout Competition starts the New Year in an informal way.  Good fun and a popular night.
    • Submission deadline date for entries to the Open Competition which takes place on 6th February.
  • Wed
    23
    Jan
    2019
    7:30 pmNorthmuir Hall
    • Award winning professional photographer, Jeremy Walker, will give a presentation of his work.
  • Wed
    06
    Feb
    2019
    7:30 pmNorthmuir Hall
    • Guest judge Roy Robertson will judge Divisions 1 and 2 for our Open Competition
  • Wed
    20
    Feb
    2019
    7:30 pmNorthmuir Hall
    • Renowned Landscape, Sports and Fine Art Photographer David Lowe, completes his latest Scottish Tour with this evening's presentation of his work at Kirriemuir.  Not to be missed - invite your friends!
    • Check out some of David's work at http://www.davidlowepics.com/
  • Wed
    06
    Mar
    2019
    7:30 pmNorthmuir Hall
    • A demonstration workshop on how to tackle Portraits and Lighting.
    • Division 3 images for the Open Competition will be judged by one of our own club members.
    • Submission deadline date for entries to  Print of the Year and Digital Image of the Year competitions.
  • Wed
    20
    Mar
    2019
    7:30 pmNorthmuir Hall
    • A selection of members will give a variety of Short Presentations on a subject of their choice.
    • There will also be Demonstration Workshops on Mount Cutting and Framing.
  • Wed
    03
    Apr
    2019
    7:30 pmNorthmuir Hall
    • Guest judge Steve Whittaker will judge these two new competitions for 2019, selecting the very best of your work across the year.
  • Wed
    17
    Apr
    2019
    7:30 pmNorthmuir Hall
    • The Annual General Meeting will be followed by an Exhibition of Members' images from throughout 2018 - 2019.
  • Wed
    24
    Apr
    2019
    7:00 pmKirriemuir Golf Club
    • Come and enjoy dinner together as we recap on the year and announce the annual awards for 2018 - 2019.
    • Please arrive at 7.00 pm for the annual club photograph.  Dinner is served at 7.30 pm.

Competitions

This page outlines competition procedures and guidelines as well as information concerning submission of images to the Competition Secretary.  This information is referred to on the final pages of the club’s printed annual Syllabus which is issued to all members upon payment of annual club fees. As competition rules may change from time to time, those listed below should be taken as current when entering club competitions.

General Information

Images entered must be entirely the work of the photographer.  Image manipulation is permitted and images submitted for competitions must have been taken within 2 years of the competition date.

Competition Divisions: Club Competitions are divided into three general divisions depending on the experience of the member.  New members are permitted to enter initially for the division they consider most suited to them, however they may be requested to submit at a different level for later entries.

  • Division 1:   This division is intended to include members with some years of photographic knowledge and experience.
  • Division 2:   Division 2 is for those who recognise that, whilst they do have some photographic experience, they do not yet consider themselves at Division 1 level of knowledge and ability.
  • Division 3:   Division 3 will be reintroduced this year for those who feel that they are not yet at Division 2 level. Division 3 competitions will be held separately as part of regular meetings to allow members to gain competition experience and will be judged by a division 1 member of our own club.

Division1 entries will be judged on the basis of mounted prints (see details below), each of which should be accompanied by an associated digital image file in JPEG format for projection on competition nights.

Division 2 and Division 3 entries should ONLY be submitted as digital image files for projection, and mounted prints are not required.

Knockout Competitions

Members are invited to submit either two or four images as jpeg digital image files on any subject of their choice. This is necessary as images are judged in pairs by members present on the night, with the more popular image going through to the next round.

Themed Competitions

Members are invited to submit a maximum of two images, in the division formats specified above. Themes and dates for these competitions are contained in the Syllabus section of the website and in the printed Syllabus booklet.  Members should take careful note of the submission dates for entries which are always some weeks in advance of the competition dates.  Themed competitions will be judged separately for each Division.

Mounted Prints ( Division 1 )

In the case of Division 1 entries, printed images should be fixed to a mount and held firmly in place with mounting tape.  Mounts should be no larger than 500mm x 400mm and prints must be no smaller than A5.

Each print should have an appropriate title on the back of the mount at the TOP LEFT CORNER.  In order that the mount can be reused, titles should be written in pencil.  There should be no other markings on the mount.  The competitor’s name or club membership number should NOT be written on the mount.

Mounted Prints should be submitted to the Competition Secretary by the requested date along with:

  1. A Competition Entry Form with the competitor’s name and title of the image.     and . . .
  2. An associated Digital Image File (see below), sent by email to the Competition Secretary.  Every email will be acknowledged. If this is not received within 48 hours, it is the entrant’s responsibility to double check their entry has been safely received.

Note :  The club will make every effort to look after mounted prints submitted to competitions and has purchased special equipment for the safe storage and transport of members’ entries to Division 1.  Regretably however the club cannot ultimately be held responsible for any damage or loss may may occur.

Digital Images for Projection

All Digital Image Files, for all divisions, should be submitted to the Competition Secretary as JPEG email attachments of image size no larger than 10Mb per image, together with details of the competitor’s name and the title of the image.   Images should be no more than 1600 pixels horizontally or 1200 pixels vertically.  This is the maximum size set by the SPF and has now been adopted by the club. To comply with this standard,  your entry should be resized if necessary, so that it fits within a rectangle of 1600 pixels by 1200 Pixels.

Every email will be acknowledged by return. If this is not received within 48 hours, it is the entrant’s responsibility to double check their images have been safely received.

As stated above, Mounted Prints should be accompanied by a completed Competition Entry Form:

Click Here to open the Competition Entry Form

For general guidance on how to submit your competition entries, we now have a PDF document to read in conjunction with the procedures laid out above.

Click Here to Open the Competition Submission Information Leaflet

If you do not have familiar software with which to resize your images, the link below will open a PDF document on the use of Microsoft Paint which has a basic resize option.

Click Here to open ‘Using Windows ‘Paint’ to Resize an Image’

Latest News

Annual Dinner and Awards – 21 March 2018

 

Once again this year we enjoyed an excellent dinner at Kirriemuir Golf Club and this year incorporated our annual awards to finish off a splendid evening which was well attended by members.  The new perpetual awards being introduced this year and their winners were:

The Fin Mackenzie Trophy . . . for highest cumulative points awarded in Division 1 . . . Alan Edwards

The Clova Cup . . . for highest cumulative points awarded in Division 2 . . . Will Martin

The Prosen Cup . . . for highest cumulative points awarded in Division 3 . . . Bill Atkinson

The President’s Award . . . for outstanding service to the club during the year . . . John Isaacs

The assembled company, the awards and the award winners are pictured below:

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Open Competition Results – 7 March 2018

 

Division 3 of our Open Competition was judged by Alan Belton who gave feedback on all of the twelve images entered.  The winning images and their authors are shown below.  Congratulations to everyone who entered in what was hopefully a positive experience.

Divison 3 Winners:

1st:  ‘Left in the Dark’  by Bill Atkinson,  Joint 2nd:  ‘Vicugna on Hill’ by Emmi Loftus,  Joint 2nd: ‘ Mountain Beauty’ by Helen Humphreys,  3rd:  ‘Tear Drops’  by Bill Atkinson.

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Open Competition Results – 21 February 2018

 

Our final competition for this year for Divisions 1 and 2 was an Open Competition judged by Nocola Shepherd of  the PAGB and St Andrews Photographic Society.  A super selection of images were entered and the winners are shown below.  Congratulations to them and to all members who entered what was a very high standard.

Divison 1 Winners:

1st: ‘A Mighty Reflection’ by Alan Edwards, 2nd: ‘Blue Oban Morning’ by Alistair Carrie, 3rd: ‘Watching his Hinds’ by Malcolm McBeath, 3rd: ‘Young King’ by John Isaacs.

Division 2 Winners:

1st: ‘Rhea’ by Gabrielle Freed, 2nd: ‘I’ve got my Eye on You’ by John Paterson, 2nd: ‘Uig Bay” by Ian Cameron, 3rd: Looking Good in Mono’ by Bill George

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Feel Good Festival – 17 February 2018

 

 

This year we doubled our frontage at the annual Feel Good Festival and created a terrific platform for the club to show our work and chat to interested members of the public.  The stand offered mounted prints for sale as well as the option to order a copy of any of the superb prints on display.  The raffle was in demand with two framed prints and two mounted prints drawing a lot of interest and raising £150 for club funds.  As well as the variety of prints mounted on the display boards, a scrolling slideshow of members’ images also attracted interest and discussion with folk who expressed an interest in photography.

Congratulations to our Raffle Winners:

1st Prize: Norma Fairford,  2nd Prize: Kirsty Stewart,  3rd Prize: George Barr,  4th Prize: Elma Sim.

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Knockout Competition – 10 January 2018

 

First meeting of the new year was our popular Knockout Competition with over 128 fantastic images on display.  Congratulations to Alan Belton and Malcolm McBeath who cornered the first three places.

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Photography Auction and Sale – December 2017

 

Thanks to the generosity of members who donated cameras, lenses, tripods and all manner of photography accessories, we held an extremely successful auction and sale night at our final meeting before the Christmas break.  A total of £809 was raised for the club.  Members dug deep in support of this event which allowed us to complete the purchase of a new Sony Projector for the club without drawing on club reserves.  A huge thank you to everyone for the magnificent support shown throughout in reaching this important goal for 2017.

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Open Competition – November 2017 – Division 3

 

Congratulations to the winners of our first ever Division 3 competition.

1st. Sandy Glen for ‘Lake Garda 2’
2nd. Irene Robertson for ‘ Bavarian Alps’
3rd. Ian Jack for ‘ All Mine’

The competition was judged by Michael Visocchi whose comments and encouragement were greatly appreciated by everyone present, especially the new entrants.

Division 3

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‘At Work’ Competition – November 2017

 

Congratulations to the winners of our first themed competition for this session: ‘At Work’

In Division 1 : 1st – Alan Edwards,  2nd – Alan Belton,  3rd – George Ingram.

In Division 2 : 1st – Iain Galbraith,  2nd – Lorna McWilliam,  3rd – Bill Allan.

The competition was judged by Ian McCurrach from Aberdeen

Division 1

Division 2

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Club Membership Reaches 50 Mark

 

At our regular club meeting on 18 October 2017, we were delighted to be joined by our  50th member  for this year.  This marks a notable milestone in the rapid development of the club and is a great encouragement to what is still a relatively new group of photographers who are keen to develop their skills and share these with each other.

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Club Stages Local Weekend Exhibition of Prints

 

A selection of member prints was put on display for three days courtesy of The COOP Superstore who gave us a free hand in their foyer space to stage this mini exhibition.  A small team pulled the project together with a view to raising community awareness that the club’s new session was soon to start and lots of shoppers took time to stop and chat while admiring the wide range of images.   Thanks to all our members who loaned prints and gave time to attend and talk to the public.  Information leaflets about when and where we meet were handed out and a number of people expressed interest in visiting the club on 6 September when we restart.

Malcolm McBeath and Alan Edwards very kindly donated framed and mounted images as prizes for an informal raffle which was drawn by Team Leader Vicky from the COOP.  1st Prize was won by Mr D. Fonteyn of Westmuir and 2nd Prize by Mrs J. Guthrie of Northmuir.

A total of £380 was raised for club funds and this will be put towards the purchase of a new high definition image projector.

COOP Raffle 2017

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Member Successes at Agricultural Shows

 

Three of our members have enjoyed competition success at their local agricultural shows this summer:

Iain Galbraith had a good day at the Alyth Show on 16 June when he won two Firsts and two Second Equals, making him the overall points winner in the Photography section of the show. Another shield for your collection Iain.

Bill George also did well at the Alyth Show. A First Place in the fruit section and a Second Place behind Iain in the single flower section.  Out of 6 sections, KPC members were placed First and Second in 3 sections !

Heather Ray entered some of her images at the Kirriemuir Show on 15 July and came away winning the shield for the most points in the photography classes comprising two Firsts, a Second and a Third – impressive work Heather..

Many congratulations to all three of you !

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Calendar Competition Success for KPC

 

Congratulations to members of KPC who were successful in having their images chosen by the public to be printed in the Glens and Kirriemuir Old Parish Church Calendar for 2018.     The overall winner of the competition was:
 
Ian Cameron whose winning image will appear on the cover.
John Isaacs won joint 2nd in the competition.
John Isaacs again with another 2 of his entries. ( 3 months in all ! )
Grace Johnston also gets a full page to herself and . .
Bill Martin succeeds in being published yet again.
 
Other supporting thumbnail images will also feature by Alan Edwards, Heather Ray, Alistair Carrie, Watson Lawrence (2) and Malcolm McBeath
 
More than half of the photographers who submitted images to this competition are already members of KPC and the church has been very appreciative of the support which our members gave this year, with a record number of 114 entries in all.
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Summer Assignments for 2017

 

There are 4 assignments to challenge us during the recess.  Why not have a go at one or all of them and email your best 3 images from each challenge to Alan Edwards before the end of August latest?  Alan will collate these and results will be displayed during our regular meetings starting in September.

‘Abandoned’  –  Depict a scene,  a building,  a vehicle etc. which has seen better days.

‘Patterns in Nature’  –  Using close up or wide angle to show nature’s many and diverse patterns.

‘Reflections’  –  In glass,  on water,  in a mirror – the choice is yours.

‘Motion Blur’  –  Use a slow shutter speed or try panning to show movement.

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Annual Awards 2017

 

At the AGM on 22 March 2017, two inaugural awards were presented to recognise the work and contribution of members who have excelled in what they do.

Photographer of the Year  –  George Ingram

President’s Award  –  Alan Edwards

Many congratulations to George and Alan.  We plan to extend the awards system in the coming year.

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‘A Book Title’ Competition – February 2017

 

Congratulations to the winners of our  creative themed competition ‘A Book Title’   In Division 1 : 1st – George Ingram,  2nd – Ian Cobb,  3rd – Malcolm McBeath.   In Division 2: 1st – Brian Forsyth,  2nd – Neil Jackson,  3rd – Grace Johnston.

The competition was judged by Al Buntin ARPS MPAGB

Division 1

Division 2

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Knockout Competition – January 2017

 

Another great night at the club with palpable tension near the end as we whittled over 100 super images down to the final three in our first ever Knockout Competition. Thanks to Ian Christie, John Isaacs, Jim Miller and Ian Cobb for helping it all to run smoothly and congratulations to the winners : 1st – Alistair MacDougall Carrie, 2nd – John Isaacs and 3rd – John Isaacs and his dog Murphy.  Click on the thumbnails to view images full size.

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Themed Competition – November 2016

 

On Wednesday the 2nd November the club held its first internal competition, based on the theme of ‘Water’. Entries were split into two divisions and the winning entries are shown below.

Our judge for the evening was Stan Farrow FRPS, DPAGB, EFIAP.

Division 1

Division 2

Contact Info

If you have general enquiries concerning Kirriemuir Photography Club, please contact the Club Secretary below.

Committee Members 2018 – 2019

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Alistair Carrie

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Alan Edwards

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Elma Sim

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Ian Cobb

Ian@kirriemuirphotographyclub.org

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Malcolm McBeath

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Heather Ray

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Michael Visocchi

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Bill Allan

bill@kirriemuirphotographyclub.org

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Lorna McWilliam

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Jim Miller

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Brian Forsyth

Immediate Past President

Links

Club Contact Details

Address:

Northmuir Hall
Shielhill Road
Northmuir
Kirriemuir

Directions to Northmuir Hall

An interactive map is also available by clicking the ‘MAP’ link at the foot of this page.

Club Constitution

Map

Meetings 7.30pm every 2nd Wednesday
Northmuir Hall,
Sheilhill Road,
Northmuir