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 40 active 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.
2020 – 2021 Session
The club normally meets every second Wednesday evening from September to April, however this year due to Covid-19 restrictions the new session will resume in January 2021. Meetings are held in the Northmuir Hall where meetings start at 7:30 pm and finish at 9:30 pm.
The 2020 – 2021 season starts from Wednesday 6th January 2021 and the program for the coming year is available on ourCalendar Page
Visitors are welcome on any club night when you’ll receive a warm welcome whatever you level of ability. Everyone at the club is keen to know how to take better photographs and we learn from each other in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, so don’t hesitate to come along and check out what we get up to.
Annual Membership Fees.
The annual membership fee for 2020 – 2021 will be £17.50 per member, payable with application form below.
This represents a 50% discount for all members in view of the shorter than usual meeting schedule as a result of coronavirus restrictions. 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.
Please complete the following Membership Application for 2020 – 2021 and return as instructed on the form.
We will have 3 members each talking about how they've processed one of their own images. Shown in 6 or 7 photographic stages, they'll describe their process and the editing between each image from “Straight out of Camera” to the final, saved photograph.
We’ll have a Q&A session afterwards to allow questions from the members about what they’ve seen.
Annual KPC Knockout Competition. Our annual internal competition where the members are the judges. Over several knockout rounds we gradually whittle down to one winning image. Always a fun and enjoyable evening. The submission deadline for this competition is the 9th of December 2020.
This year’s President’s Award was given jointly to Bob Smith and Bill Powrie for their outstanding contributions to the club, both in the creation of the Wildlife Focus Group, the design and building of the exclusive Wildlife Hide at Kinnordy and providing a series of Training Workshops delivered in a small group setting for those looking to improve their knowledge of photography beyond regular club meetings. Congratulations to Bob and Bill for achieving this well earned recognition by Club President Alistair Carrie.
A huge congratulations to this year’s winners of both the Print of the Year and the Digital Image of the Year annual competitions which were judged for us by David Hay whilst we were all ‘Social Distancing’ due to the suspension of club meetings during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Digital Print of the Year – 2020
1st place – Sentinel of the Loch by Alan Belton, 2nd place – Dune by John Isaacs, 3rd place – In the Shadows of Blaven by Alan Belton
Digital Projected Image of the Year – 2020
1st place – Brooklyn Bridge by Bill Powrie, 2nd place – Callanish Stones by Iain Galbraith, 3rd place – Evening Enlightenment by John Isaacs
Theme Competition ‘The Games People Play’ – February 2020
The following are the winning entries in our Theme Competition entitled ‘The Games People Play’. Our guest judge was Ian McCurrach whose input and critique was very helpful to all those who entered.
1st – Alan Edwards – Getting to Grips with the Opposition, 2nd – Malcolm McBeath – Tight Turn – Too Tight, 3rd – Derek Ramsay – Pace Bowling, 4th – Michael Visocchi – I’m REEL Happy.
1st – Claire Higgins – Aeroplanes’ 2nd – Bob Smith – It’s Mine!, 3rd= – Ian Cameron – The Heavyweight, 3rd= – Neil Houston – Clearing the Fence, 4th= –Grace Johnston – Conkers, 4th= Heather Ray – Cross Country, 4th= Bob Smith – We’re off!
1st – Marlyn McInnes – Oops a Daisies, 2nd – Sally Lealand – Fetch, 3rd – Fiona Brown – Holiday Board Games
Knockout Competition Winners – January 2020
Congratulations to the winners of the annual Knockout Competition held on Wednesday 8 January 2020. There were 128 varied, interesting and sometimes funny images.
1st place – Squirrel – Bill Powrie, 2nd place – Meconopsis – Kevin Urquart, 3rd place – Girl in Red – Michael Visocchi, 4th place – Snowy Kirriemuir – Michael Visocchi.
“Architecture” Competition Winners – October 2019
Congratulations to all the winners of our first competition in 2019/20. The theme was “Architecture” and for the first time all three divisions were judged on the same night, this time by Gillian Temple CPAG.
1st: ‘Lyons Gate ‘. John Isaacs, 2nd: ‘Holding Up Holyrood’. Alistair Carrie, 3rd: ‘The Heavy Weight’. John Isaacs.
1st: ‘Red Roller Coaster’. Ian Cameron, 2nd: ‘Across the Tay’. Neil Houston, 3rd: ‘Marble Halls’. Will Martin
1st: ‘Celtic Cross Iona’. Jeremy Morris, 2nd: ‘York Abbey Tops’. Marlyn McInnes, 3rd: ‘Yorkshire Landscape Through Time’. Marlyn McInnes
Kirriemuir Show Winner 2019
For the second successive year KPC Member Claire Higgins won the top prize for gaining the highest aggregate points awarded for her entries shown below. With 3 Firsts and a Second in different categories, she scooped the top prize of The Wilson Shield in this year’s Kirriemuir Agricultural Show. Many congratulations Claire !
Church Calendar Competition 2020
The Glens & Kirriemuir United Parish Church Calendar for 2020 has just been announced and once again club members figure large in the images to be published. Congratulations toBrian Forsyth (January & August), Malcolm Mc Beath(February), John Isaacs (March & June) andClaire Higgins (April) giving us 6 months of full spread pictures.
The calendar also features smaller supporting images by: John Isaacs, Brian Forsyth, Malcolm McBeath (2), Claire Higgins and John Paterson.
Brian also won 2nd place overall in the competition.
Annual Dinner and Awards
Following another relaxed annual dinner at Kirriemuir Golf Club, President Alistair Carrie announced and presented the club’s annual awards for 2019. Afterwards, Brian thanked Alistair for his hard work and leadership in his first year as President and presented him with an engraved Acme Thunderer whistle as an upgrade to his green plastic one !
The Award Winners were as follows:
President’s Award: Brian Forsyth, Division 1: Alan Belton, Division 2: Derek Ramsay, Division 3: Irene Robertson, Knockout Competition: Malcolm McBeath, Print of the Year: Alan Belton, Digital Image of the Year: Iain Galbraith.
Two new competitions were held on 03 April 2019 for the first time. Both competitions were open to all club members as a whole without any divisional distinction. Our guest judge was Steve Whittaker, who very ably gave his critique on 22 Prints and 33 DPIs. Congratulations to the inaugural winners below:
Digital Print Of the Year 2019
1st – The Manager – Alan Belton, 2nd – Comox Harbour Reflections – Malcolm McBeath, 3rd – Yellowhammer on Gorse – Alan Belton
Digital Projected Image of the Year 2019
1st – Rattray Head at Sunset – Iain Galbraith, 2nd – The Rat Catcher and Pets – Alan Belton, 3rd – A Quiet Moment – Alastair Carrie
Summer Challenges and Outings 2019
Don’t forget to have a go at the Summer Assignments and submit your best images by email to Alan Edwards before the restart in September.
There are four categories to challenge you . . . .
Highland Games / Agricultural Shows Capture the action, people and excitement.
Rivers and Bridges Different angles, long exposures, night time.
Boats, Planes and Trains On their own, all together if you can!
Yellow Use your imagination for this one . . .
Two outings are being planned for May to Kinclaven Woods and in August to Pittenweem.
Division 3 entries to the February Open Competition were judged internally on 06 March 2019 by Brian Forsyth who congratulated all those who had entered.
Division 3 Winners
1st: ‘Tortured Soul in the Howff”. Bob Smith, 2nd: ‘The Only Way is Down‘. Bob Smith, 3rd: ‘Madeiran Home’. Helen Humphreys
In addition to the above ‘Here’s Looking at You was Highly Commended and All is Calm and In Oban were Commended. A good competition with some super images demonstrating how our Division 3 photographers are growing their craft !
Open Competition Winners – February 2019
Another successful competition night was ably judged by Roy Robertson of Dundee. Divisions 1 and 2 both displayed a high standard of entries with an open theme and members were treated a huge variety of images.
Open Competition Winners:
Division 1 Winners
1st: ‘Yellowhammer on Gorse’. Alan Belton, 2nd: ‘Vestrahorn’. Alan Edwards, 3rd: ‘Taking the Plunge’. Brian Forsyth
Division 2 Winners
1st: ‘Get out of that’ Derek Ramsay, 2nd equal: ‘Pointe de la Chiesa’ Bill Powrie, 2nd equal: ‘Flares Demo’ Derek Ramsay
Knockout Competition Winners – January 2019
Our first competition of the New Year was our popular Knockout Competition with 128 images going head to head with members voting for their favourites.
Knockout Competition Winners:
1st: ‘No, I’m the Boss’. Malcolm McBeath, 2nd: ‘Bobtail’. Ian Cameron, 3rd: ‘Coming in to Land’. Ian Cameron
Competition Winners ‘When the Sun Shines’ – October 2018
Our first competition of the new season brought a host of superb images. Judging Divisions 1 and 2, Andy Hayes commented on the high standard of entries and complimented the club on a warm Kirriemuir welcome, wonderful hospitality and excellent organisation. We were delighted to support his chosen charity ‘Lisa’s School’. Division 3 entries were shown and appraised by club member Malcolm McBeath. The winning entries from all divisions are shown below.
Division 3 Winners:
1st: Sunset over Sanna Bay, Jeremy Morris, 2nd: I am Sailing, Elma Sim, 3rd: Splashing About, Emmi Loftus
Congratulations to the winners of both Division 1 and 2 who were as follows:
Divison 1 Winners:
1st: Underneath the Arches, Michael Visocchi, 2nd: Comox Harbour Reflections, Malcolm McBeath, 3rd equal: The Cyclist and the Dog Walker, Alistair Carrie, 3rd equal: North Carr Lightship, Michael Visocchi
Divison 2 Winners: 1st: Sunshine and Showers, Kevin Urquhart, 2nd equal: The Shadows are Long, Bill Powrie, 2nd equal: The Shadows are Strong!, Bill Powrie, 3rd: A Narrow Escape, Derek Ramsay
Kirriemuir Show Winners 2018
Two of our club members enjoyed considerable success at this year’s Kirriemuir Show. Claire Higgins won the top prize Photography Shield for gaining the highest aggregate points awarded for her entries shown below. Heather Ray came close with her entries also catching the judge’s eye on the day. A huge congratulations to both for your well deserved success !
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:
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.
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 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.
Print of the Year and DPI of the Year Competitions
Both the Print of the Year and the DPI of the Year (Digital Projected Image) are open competitions (no theme) and are open to all members. There will be no distinction between Divisions, i.e. all photographs will be judged together, with one print and one digital image chosen as the winners.
Each member may enter up to 2 images in each of these competitions.
Images entered must be entirely the work of the member and must be taken within 1 year of the competition date.
There is no restriction on images which have been entered in previous club competitions. If you have entered an image in any competition in the last year you may enter it again, either in its original form or modified in line with the judge’s advice or comments.
Both prints and digital images should be submitted as per KPC standard competition rules.
In the case of Division 1 entries and Print of the Year, 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:
This page contains links to a number of resources which members may find useful . . . .
Club Lighting Equipment now available for hire.
The club has recently invested in buying some studio lighting and bought a kit which comprises 2 soft box lights with stands, 2 umbrella lights with stands and a backdrop stand with 3 backdrops – white, black, and green. The kit is available for hire to members for a fee of £5 per use. If you would like to use it for a personal project or to try to improve your studio portrait skills please contact the Club Secretary Alan Edwards via the Contacts Section for details. The kit is fully portable, each item has its own marked box and there’s a couple of sturdy, fitted carry bags for the equipment. Photos of the kit set up is shown below. (Barstool not included!)
WFG Hide Booking Calendar
Due to the further easing of Covid-19 government restrictions, hide availability has once again been extended and will now be available for bookings from 6 AM in consecutive two hourly slots up until 10 PM.
Please use the Virkon S anti-viral spray provided when arriving and leaving. Anti-viral disinfectant wipes are also provided to use on your equipment if you wish and also the door handles and lock.
If you are intending to take a visitor we now need their details, Name, address, email & phone number to comply with NHS Scotland ‘Track& Trace’. Please add these to the ‘Details’ box on the booking form. If there is not enough room please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the information and the date & time of the booking.