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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
A Competition Entry Form with the competitor’s name and title of the image. and . . .
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:
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:
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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
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.
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.
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 !
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.
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.
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.
‘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
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.
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.
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