success for Ards Club photographers
On Wednesday evening 26th January the Club were delighted
to be awarded three Stars at the NIPA Round 3 Adjudication
Evening. A Star is only awarded to very high scoring photographs
as judged by a panel of three judges.
Sean Evans, one of our Novice photographers was awarded
his first star for his stunning photograph of ‘The
Rig’, Jonny Andrews for ‘Time to Go’
and Linda Hutchinson for her Busy Day in Lockdown Self
‘Time to Go’
by Jonny Andrews
Report of Round 4 Judging Evening at Ards Camera Club
Spackman ARPS, former NIPA President, was our judge for
the fourth Round of the NIPA annual competition. A very
well known face in camera club circles Martin can always
be relied on to give valuable critique to all entrants.
The theme this Round was Man’s Impact on the Environment
and our members interpreted this in many diverse ways.
Martin had kindly taken time to consider the creativity
and skills displayed, pointed out issues he had spotted
and gave much encouragement to all the entrants.
We can’t show the winning photographs until NIPA
has judged them but we have added a few which just missed
This week we had two Member Nights during which we passed
on learning and discuss individual issues or queries about
technique. On Wednesday we are focussed on Processing
Software other than Lightroom, Photoshop and Niks and
on Friday we looked at all aspects of lighting
in photography. Huge thanks to all our members who contributed
to the evenings.
Malcolm's 'Sick and Tyred' was Fourth in Advanced Colour
Sinclair Rusty Adair's 'Turf Cutter' was
Highly Commended in Advanced Colour
Keith Malcolm's 'Metropolis' was Third in Advanced PDI
Roy Finlay Memorial Natural History Competition
to everyone involved in the 2021 Roy Finlay Memorial Natural
thoroughly enjoyed this lively and inspiring evening of great
photographs and knowledgeable critique from judge Dominic Reddin.
Congratulations to all photographers who received comments and
especially those who achieved commended and highly commended
status (a fuller report on our Ards results will follow).
The build up to the final three was excellently managed by Vittorio
Silvestri and the 3rd place Dueling Rooks by Hugh Wilkinson
of Catchlight Camera Club was a specular image which we took
time to appreciate both for its impact and detail. Next special
congratulations to our own Jonny Andrews in 2nd place with the
delightful “Time to go”. And finally the pièce
de résistance and the stunning “Splash” by
Ross McKelvey of Catchlight Camera Club. Combining high speed
action, a magnificent bird of prey, its squirming catch and
a perfect background it is a very worthy Ray Finlay Memorial
winner. The icing on the cake was Ross’s kind offer of
a print of the winner to Neil Finlay, Roy’s son who again
kindly provided a beautiful Langham Glass Sculpture of a Bullfinch
as the overall prize. Many thanks again to everyone who entered
and all involved in making the event run smoothly.
In these difficult times when many people are struggling and
photography is capable of bringing so much pleasure and meaning
to our lives it is lovely to see it being enjoyed, encouraged
and inspired and last night was that kind of night. Please take
time to visit the NIPA website to see our worthy winners.
Ards at NIPA Round 2
theme of Round 2 of the annual NIPA competition was Street Photography
which had our members travelling all over seeking the perfect
shot. In October we invited Vittorio Silvestri, a well know
photographer and judge in camera club circles and former President
of the Association to chose the 12 entries for the NI finals.
It was a daunting task as many definitions exist and he had
a wide variety of great photographs to choose from. The general
rule is that they are candid, unposed, natural shots taken in
a public thoroughfare.
we also have a Highly Commended and Commended section and 34
photographs were highlighted in all the categories. Our members
really appreciate the time and care Vittorio took in considering
and critiquing every image and providing valuable advice for
entrants were Claire Russell, Sian Kerr, Alan Hillen (2), Linda
Hutchinson, Liz Tullett, Sean Evans (2 firsts – Top Novice
PDI and Top Novice Colour), Jim Tweedie, Rusty Adair and Richard
Vittorio had chosen well and three members received a Star as
being amongst the best photographs across all NI clubs. We may
invite him back…
Street Success for Ards
I’m guessing the Editor had a few favourites this week
when choosing from our successful photographs from NIPA Round
2. Congratulations again to our stars - Sinclair Rusty Adair
for The Board Meeting, Richard Holmes star for the Crossing
but Take my hand printed and Jim Tweedie star for Going, going
almost gone. Terrific photographs!
Friday 19th November 2021
from Kenya to Ards Camera Club
has opened up amazing opportunities and last Friday our
speakers Jonathan and Angela Scott came live to us from
event in partnership with RPS NI, ourselves and Bangor
and North Down Camera Club was always going to be a highlight
and as they are the only couple to have individually both
won the prestigious award of 'Wildlife Photographer of
the Year" they really were world class.
They entertained us with tales of the lives of lions,
leopards and cheetahs they have photographed in the Maasai
Mara National Reserve in Kenya. They have written and
illustrated 34 books and we saw stunning photos from their
latest “Secret nature 2: Reconnecting people to
Scott’s were married in the Maasai Mara in 1992,
and from 1996 to 2008 worked on the hugely popular TV
series Big Cat Diary. Aside from East Africa, they spoke
of travelling widely including expeditions to the frozen
wastes of Antarctica. As Patrons and Ambassadors for a
number of Conservation organisations including the Cheetah
Conservation Fund in Namibia and the Kenya Wildlife Trust’s
Mara Cheetah and Lion Projects, there was also a special
relevance in these post COP 26 times.
week our photos had to be of beautiful animals so our
featured photographer is Colette Andrews with Devoted
Friday 12th November 2021
Entertaining Judging Evening at Ards Camera Club
Coe was our judge for the third Round of the NIPA competition.
A highly awarded photographer, digital artist and renowned
iPhone photographer, a longtime friend of the club and
a member of Bangor and North Down Camera Club he was a
perfect choice to look at our eclectic range of entries.
Gerry had kindly taken time to consider the highlights
and skills displayed and he provided valuable critique
and shared tips about improving crops, weak areas and
issues to look out for and gave much encouragement to
all the entrants. We can’t show the winning photographs
until NIPA has judged them but Chris Davidson had two
highly commended – Make some Noise and Plover and
Claire Russell was commended for English Country Garden
and third in the PDI section with Summer Eventide.
Friday, 19th November 2021 at 7pm we have a special joint
Zoom event all the way from Kenya with the Royal Photographic
Society NI and Bangor and North Down Camera Club. “Big
Cat Tales” is presented by Jonathan and Angela Scott,
who are award winning wildlife photographers and authors
who have made their name documenting the lives of lions,
leopards and cheetahs in the Maasai Mara National Reserve
in Kenya. Free to Ards Club members but also open to the
Friday 5th November
Projects galore at Ards Camera Club
Keep enthralled us on Friday evening on his Project-Based
Approach to Photography. He had promised us descriptions
of his approach to creating powerful images that stand
out from the crowd and he certainly didn't disappoint.
The evening was a fascinating and informative walk through
his logical, project-based approach and the benefits were
clear to see in the striking end results. His clear explanation
from initial concept, contact building, planning and shooting,
right through to the processing techniques he uses on
some of his award-winning images was a master class in
the rewards of hard work and dedication.
thanks to funding from Ards and North Down Borough Council
both Bangor and Donaghadee Camera Club members joined
us so we had over 50 photographers benefiting from David's
This week’s photo was second overall in our recent
Annual Four Nations Quadrangle Competition when we compete
against clubs from Wales (Wrexham & District Photographic
Society), Scotland (Hamilton Camera Club) and England
(Corby Photographic Club). Swallow Squabble was awarded
the full 20 points and is by Ted McKee.
'Swallow Squabble' by Ted McKee
Friday 29th October 2021
Steve Proctor evening - Talk to Me.
Friday 29th October we had a very entertaining evening with
Steve Proctor. We were delighted that he not only showed us
some superb photographs but he also shared many practical tips
that will undoubtedly improve our photography. Rather than focussing
on the equipment he discussed the preplanning to do before even
touching your camera. His main focus was on working with models
and this has been valuable this week as some members were doing
His subject was “Talk to me” and it did indeed explore
“working with people to create images to be proud of.”
He covered all aspects of two formal studio-based shoots right
through from the planning, shooting, post-processing and sharing
of the resulting images. He gave details about the technical
aspects of the shoot in a way we could all follow and understand.
The key message was to improve the collaboration between photographer
and subject. We look forward to the resulting photographs!
and North Down Borough Council
Stars at Ards Camera Club in NIPA Round 1
The first round of the Northern Ireland Photographic Association
Annual Club Competition was judged on 25th October. Ards has
a great Club record and regularly finishes in the top 5. In
2019/20 and 2020/21 we were especially delighted when our Novices
won the overall NI Novice Competition and they continue to go
from strength to strength.
The top photographs scoring 13 or more points out of 15 are
awarded Stars and we got off to a great start when three stars
were awarded to Jacqui Agnew, Keith Malcolm and Sian Kerr. Jacqui
is one of our Novice photographers and this is her first star
so we will continue to watch her progress with interest.
The other scores have set us up in 3rd place in the Novice competition
and 4th in the overall competition. Much appreciation to everyone
who entered Round 1 and please note the deadline for Round 3
is 6th November and Round 3 will be judged on 23rd November.
The images in Round 2 were yet again of a really high standard.
Many thanks to the Newtownards Chronicle for their continued
Starred images for NIPA
Round 1 Competition
Chronicle - October 2021
Veined White Butterfly' by Jacqui Agnew
on the Wing' by Keith Malcolm
Kingfishers attract attention at reserve
Great photos in the Chronicle this week from Club member Marty
Coney. He has been a great supporter of club members with their
wildlife photography and several members have reported their
first photos of this elusive, speedy bird. Best tip? Bring a
deckchair and lots of patience.
' Kingfisher' photos by Marty
Annual Four Nations Quadrangle Competition 2021
Annual Four Nations Quadrangle Competition when we compete against
teams representing Wales (Wrexham & District Photographic
Society), Scotland (Hamilton Camera Club) and England (Corby
Photographic Club) is always a highlight. On Wednesday 13th
October we saw a wide range of work hosted by Malcolm Hupman
of Corby Photographic Club. Thank you to all our members who
entered photographs and congratulations to all got through to
the final selection and contributed to our very respectable
Each club choses a selection of 15 images to represent the club
and they are marked out of 20 points each. An additional twist
is that only 3 photographs can be from the one photographer
so the competition also shows the spread of talent within a
club and we had 9 photographers representing Ards this year.
Many a finger nail was bitten throughout the evening as we knew
the result would be extremely close.
Huge congratulations to all and special congratulations to Wrexham’s
Simon Roberts whose image, Feeding Grebelets came first and
our own Ted McKee for coming second with Swallow Squabble awarded
20 points and Liz Tullett whose Sleepy Puppy was awarded 19
Ards had a very successful record but we were content to be
beaten by a very slim margin of 3 points by the excellent range
and depth of skills on display from Corby Photographic Club
who achieved 244 points on the night.
Our Judge was Rosemary Wilman, Hon FRPS ABPE AFIAP APAGB a former
President of The Royal Photographic Society and she gave her
experienced and valuable critique on every image entered and
it was particularly interesting to see how her approach was
similar to and also differed from what we are used to in Northern
One benefit of not winning this year is we will shake ourselves
up and rise to the challenge of improving for next year!
'Swallow Squabble' by Ted McKee
Photos by Ards Camera
Club members in the new Macmillan Cancer Care Centre at the
Camera Club are delighted to welcome the opening of the new
Macmillan Cancer Care Centre at the Ulster Hospital today by
Health Minister Robin Swann. The Club was excited to be invited
to send local images on the theme of Flight and Movement to
adorn the Unit and we are honoured that 8 photographers had
14 of their photographs chosen.
Congratulations to Ted McKee, Jenny McCrea, Claire Russell,
Elizabeth Campbell, Keith Malcolm, Marty Coney, Marlene Hazlehurst
and Sean Evans. This unique building provides welcoming, uplifting
spaces that support the comfort and wellbeing of patients.
You can catch some glimpses of the artwork in the news coverage
and the photos taken below by Hospital staff as, of course,
we can't visit at the moment. We will add some more photographs
here soon. We also appreciate the work of last year's committee
in managing this valuable project.
South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust
Article & Video
by Marty Coney and Keith Malcolm in the Entrance Hall
Brig' by Ted McKee in the Unit
Camera Club Macro Members Evening
One of the joys of being in a club like Ards is being
able to benefit from members willingness to share their
knowledge and experience. After last weeks talk on Macro
photography several very experience members led an informal
evening on their approaches to macro photography.
Keith Malcolm, our featured photographer in The Chronicle
this week, put together a very interesting talk about
the pitfalls of macro and explained his techniques and
gave us all hope by saying maybe only 5% of his shots
would be keepers! Jonny Andrews showed his light boxes,
which were also inspirational, and showed what imagination
and ingenuity can produce. Robert G Johnston and Alan
Hillen showed us interesting photos from their archives
and all this mixed with the usual banter made it a fun
club night, and we appreciate all the members attending
'Black Darter' by Keith Malcolm
Bee' by Keith Malcolm
Companion' by Keith Malcolm
Friday 8th October 2021
Members Night - Macro Hints and Tips
Thanks to Keith, Jonny, Robert and Alan, to name but four, we
had an informative, though informal evening discussing Macro
put together a very interesting talk about the pitfalls of Macro
and explained his techniques, and gave us all hope by saying
maybe 5% of his shots would be keepers! This talk was all the
more appreciated because he had put it together in an afternoon
after gentle (?) persuasion from Claire!
light boxes were also inspirational, and showed what imagination
and ingenuity can produce.
and Alan showed us very interesting photos from their archives.
this mixed in with the usual banter made it a fun club night,
so thanks to everyone for attending!
talk at Ards Camera Club
for the squeamish this week!
Wonderful coverage again from the Newtownards
Chronicle for our feature photographer Jonny Andrews under the
Theme of Macro photography. His three photographs are The Fly,
Hoverfly and The Jumping Spider. Believe it or not he keeps
these spiders as pets!
The theme is in honour of our speaker
on Friday 1st October, Tony North on the art of macro photography
which involves taking very close up photos of very small objects
or creatures. Many members had expressed an interest in this
subject, as it was a great pastime in Lockdown – as long
as you could find spiders and bugs in your house (or get Jonny
to lend you some)!
discussed his love of nature and special times spending hours
in a wildflower meadow capturing images of butterflies and dragonflies.
His fascinating talk also revealed the amazing beauty of the
world of miniature beasts. He discussed balancing the beauty
against the story and shared many tips such as the temperatures
needed to get a chance of photos before they wake up and start
to move about, how to overcome the more usual challenges and
how to work with your depth of field to get the best results.
Everyone agreed it was an evening packed with tips and great
ideas to inspire us to try this type of photography and we continued
the theme into this week's members night.
The featured photographer this week is Jonny Andrews and he
has certainly mastered the art of macro photography.
full programme is available on Facebook and our website. New
members are very welcome to join us for a few evenings to get
to know us before deciding to join us.
Club Contact: email@example.com
Ards Camera Club Members 'Out and About'
lovely to have great support again from the Ards Chronicle and
to see our members out and about enjoying their photography.
This is what the club is all about- fun, socialising and learning
all at the same time. Our featured photographer this week is
Colin Majury and they look amazing. Ards Camera Club is going
from strength to strength!
to R: Linda Hutchinson, Rodney James, Marlene Hazlehurst
and Heather O'Neill
photos by Colin
from Newtownards Chronicle - September 2021
Abundant entries in Ards Camera Club NIPA competition
our members have been collecting up their best photographs
over the summer and we had an amazing 165 photographs
entered for the first NIPA Round of the new season. Our
judge, Anita Kirkpatrick AIPF from Enniskillen Photographic
Society provided an entertaining and much appreciated
critique of all the images over Zoom. The images were
provided to her in advance so she had kindly taken the
time to consider the highlights and skills displayed and
commend these and also to provide valuable comments and
tips where improvements could be made. We can’t
show the winning photographs as they go forward to the
Northern Ireland wide competition but here is a sample
from our entries in the General section - t (Highly Commended
General) and Sausage, Egg and Chip man also by Liz Tullett.
24th September, we have Ruth Grindrod speaking to us via
Zoom about “Landscapes, the Photographic Journey”.
Ruth has told us this presentation highlights elements
of theory and her practice and shows a range of her beautiful
work in colour and black and white from around the world.
We are again delighted members of Donaghadee Camera Club
are able to join us for this Ards and North Down Council
Our full programme
is available on Facebook and our website. New members
are very welcome to join us for a few evenings to get
to know us before deciding to join us.
Anita Kirkpatrick AIPF: www.anitajkirkpatrick.co.uk
Newtownards Chronicle - September 2021
Walker at Portrush' by Liz Tullet
Egg and Chip Man'
by Liz Tullet
Ards Photographer awarded Royal Photographic Society
great success for Ards Camera Club this week as member Patricia
Mackey was awarded Licentiate membership of The Royal Photographic
Society. Her successful panel is a carefully constructed, coordinated
and complementary collection from both her worldwide travels
and her back garden. Patricia is also one of our members always
willing to help support beginner photographers improve their
The quality of the speakers we can engage this year thanks to
the support of Ards and North Down Council's Arts grant is clearly
seen in last week's speaker. If you have any CD's from or have
watched Planet Earth, Life of Mammals, Deep Jungle, Congo,
Wild Africa, Life in the Undergrowth and the Natural
World series you will probable already have seen many of
Phil Savoie's excellent images in your home. Phil worked for
the BBC Natural History Unit and has explored the Amazon, the
Congo and the jungles of Papua New Guinea as well as the surprising
hidden nature on our doorstep.
The evening was not only full of stunning images but also of
valuable learning as he covered the principles of photography
and provided tips for all levels of photographers. This valuable
time spent with an experienced professional will surely help
us all improve our photography. We are now on the lookout for
fishing buckets, cling film, tin foil and nun's knickers! A
thought from the evening - Great photography is about depth
of feeling, not depth of field. Peter Adams.
This week's we have our first competition of the new season
and our full programme is available on Facebook and our website.
New members are very welcome to join us for a few evenings to
get to know us before deciding to join us.
Club Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
3rd September 2021
Guest Speaker -
"Around the World and Back
impressive Zoom speaker, travel & portrait photographer
Tommy Hatwell reminded us of the travels we were missing in
these Covid times. We listened to his wonderful tales of adventures
on ships, trains and bicycles over several continents and his
fascinating talk included his favourite photographs along the
journey from knowing little, to knowing a little more about
the potential of photography. The photographs were stunning
in their own light but the stories behind the scenes of the
people, places, adventures and relationships added great depth
to the evening. It was a night to inspire us all to think about
pushing the boundaries in our photography and we are grateful
he shared many tips and techniques behind his photography.
Tommy Hatwell: https://www.tommyhatwell.com/
Launch of Ards
Camera Clubs New Season 31st August
Ards Camera Club launched our 2021/22 Friday Night Programme
at the opening night of the new season on Friday 27th August.
Our Friday evenings are full of great national and international
speakers and 6 of these have been funded through a valuable
grant from Ards and North Down Borough Council. As well as several
regional and national competitions to look forward to we also
have a Wednesday evening programme with a more practical approach
including outings and many learning opportunities. This Wednesday
we will be hosting a Zoom Q&A session all about our cameras
3rd September travel & portrait photographer Tommy Hatwell
will join us through Zoom as he shares his photographic journey
and adventures in an engaging talk full of imagery from around
the world. Tommy will go beyond the image and behind the scenes
to share the moments before, after and in-between the people,
places, adventures and relationships in his favourite photographs
along the journey from knowing little, to a little more about
the potential of photography!
Ards Camera Club Summer
Speakers 17 August 2021
Even though our 2021/22 Season does not formally start until
Friday 27th August, our summer programme continued with topics
specially requested by our members.
On 28th July we had an evening with renowned UK street and documentary
photographer Brian Lloyd-Duckett. Brian runs StreetSnappers,
shoots editorial portraits for newspapers and magazines worldwide
and is the author of best selling books, ‘Mastering Street
Photography’, and ’52 Assignments: Street Photography’.
He shared a wide range of tips, techniques and discussed various
approaches to Street Photography to give us food for thought
and inspired our members to get out with their cameras and explore
local street scenes. This will also be invaluable for the NIPA
competition Round and the Ards and North Down Council funded
project Love Living Ards.
On Wednesday 11th August, we looked at mono processing particularly
looking at Lightroom, Photoshop and Silver Efex. Martin Sproul,
who runs F-Stop Training, took us through a carefully crafted
journey highlighting loads of tips, advice, recommendations
and learning from his years of experience in this area. This
was exactly the sort of practical skills evening our members
had been seeking. We threw random and sometimes very advanced
specific questions at him throughout the evening (we are not
known to be silent viewers!) and we were impressed with his
patience and easy manner of both explaining and demonstrating
This week we will be putting all this learning into practice
with a club outing to the Titanic area. The photos this week
are from Jim Tweedy and illustrate both street photography and
the impact of black and white processing.
Black and White
By Jim Tweedy
Black and White
By Jim Tweedy
Ards Camera Club successes
in NIPA Exhibition 2021 15th July
The Northern Ireland Photographic Exhibition (NIPA) selections
for 2021 has been announced and Ards Camera Club are delighted
to report our members great successes.
The following members got photographs accepted - Jonny
Andrews, Patricia Mackey, Alan Hillen, Sinclair Adair,
Sian Kerr, Collette Andrews and Ted McKee.
addition we were delighted to see Alan Hillen and Sinclair
Adair were awarded PAGB Ribbons.
Congratulations to all those who had an image accepted
and especially to those who received an award.
Also our congratulations to Catchlight Camera Club, whose
members were awarded all 6 PAGB medals
for the 6 best photographs!
view all the Ards Camera Club accepted and awarded images
I Go First' by Sinclair (Rusty) Adair - Awarded PAGB Ribbon
Lonesome Me' by Sinclair (Rusty) Adair
by Sinclair (Rusty) Adair
Ards Camera Club Awarded Council Arts Funding 6th July
Camera Club are delighted to receive an Ards and North Down
Borough Council Arts Project grant. Our project is called “Loving
Living Local” and will support access to the arts, skills
development and wellbeing. Our final aim is to present a photographic
record of life in, out and about in the Ards Peninsula in 2021.
The funding will help us book Zoom events with well-qualified
and recognized professional tutors to encourage artistic development
and help with digital processing skills and support both our
beginners and advanced members in a safe and nurturing environment.
In particular this will enable older members or those with vulnerabilities
who were isolated due to the Covid restrictions and may be hesitant
about physical meetings to still be involved. We are sharing
the grant by inviting members of Donaghadee Camera Club and
Bangor Camera Club to join our funded Zoom events.
The images will relate to the common theme of Living, loving
Ards and will reflect the joys, troubles, community efforts,
and other aspects of life within the Ards Peninsula. This week
we have included a few photos taken by Rodney James at the 20
Year Anniversary of Movilla Fishery. A perfect example of Loving
at Movilla Trout Fishery'
by Rodney James
at Movilla Trout Fishery' by Rodney James
Club Members success in National Inter-Federation Competition
year the Northern Ireland Photographic Association chooses images
to represent NI club photography at the Photographic Alliance
of GB (PAGB) Inter-Federation Competition. Out of only 19 photographers
selected from across Northern Ireland clubs, five members of
Ards Camera Club were chosen in the Nature Round; Alan Hillen,
Jonny Andrews, Michael Loane, Patricia Mackey and Ted McKee.
In the Open Round two Ards Photographers were chosen; Sinclair
Rusty Adair and Alan Hillen.
scoring images from across the UK are accepted into the PAGB
Inter-federtion Exhibition and we are delighted Club member
Alan Hillen has two images accepted and will receive a NIPA
Neil Marshall Medal. The two images are Pure Joy and Tying the
Knot are we are sure you will agree they are exceptional photographs.
Alan joined Ards Camera Club as a Novice photographer but is
now Advanced and regularly helps our novices and advanced photographers
with workshops, sharing tips and practical advice. He will be
leading our outdoor lighting Motorbike Photography session this
week in Groomsport.
to other NI clubs for their successes and especially Laurie
Campbell who won the Gold Medal (and a PAGB Ribbon), and to
Ross McKelvey and Mark Marlow who each won a PAGB Ribbon.
the Knot' by Alan Hillen
Joy' by Alan Hillen
Camera Club Members visit Kiltonga 2nd June 2021
the success of our first post-lockdown outing members agreed
another evening out was a good idea. The weather just about
held for our Wednesday evening outing to Kiltonga Nature Reserve
and members took many photos of the wildlife there. Some members
were also willing to model and let others practice their flash
photography which can add beautiful light on duller evenings.
The outing was another success and we intend to keep up a mix
of our Wednesday Zoom sessions and safe outings over the summer
months. Our featured Club photographer this week is Marty Coney
and these amazing photos were all taken around Kiltonga.
around Kiltonga Nature Reserve' by Martin Coney
Club Members finally get to meet up! 26 May 2021
with many others, our small club house was closed all last season
and we only met over Zoom. Although that social connection was
very valuable especially over the long winter, we longed to
be able to meet up again in real life.
There was a sense of relief mixed with some hesitancy when the
restrictions were relaxed. After much discussion, detailed risk
assessments and studying expert advice our members were finally
able to have a safe socially distanced outing this week.
We chose Sketrick Island as our location as there is plenty
of space and a variety of sights to suit members needs. We emerged
from our separate cars and were greated, at a distance of 2
meters, by familiar friendly faces. We also realised our new
members, who we had only seen over Zoom, looked quite different
in real life. The outing was great success and we intend to
keep up a mix of our Wednesday Zoom sessions and safe outings
over the summer break. And any whiff of alcohol will only be
from the hand gel!
sun at Sketrick' by Alan Hillen
Cat' by Irvine Ferguson
over Ballydorn Light' by Irvine Ferguson
Ards Camera Club Member receives
National Award 24th May
high point for our Camera Club this week was the recognition
of club member Sian Kerr’s progress on the National
photographic stage. Sian joined the Club in 2015 and has
worked diligently to improve her skills.
Earlier this year Sian was awarded Licentiate membership
of the Royal Photographic Society and in May Sian was
awarded the One Crown Award from British Photographic
Exhibitions in recognition of her success in Exhibitions
across the UK.
Sian is also a keen traveller and you can follow her travels
and photography on Instagram @miceimplicitly
Congratulations Sian Kerr LRPS BPE1*
by Sian Kerr
by Sian Kerr
by Sian Kerr
Purity' by Sian Kerr
All Images Copyright © 2021 Ards Camera Club