Member’s Evening, 9th December, 2020

Three of Keswick’s own members provided the entertainment this evening.

First in the spotlight was Sue Rugg who talked about her journey from complete novice in 2013 to an accomplished sports photographer today. She described the many pitfalls encountered whilst photographing sporting events. In 2014 she went to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow but, despite having good seats, she soon discovered that she was not in the right place, quickly realising that she needed to be much closer to the action and in a position to achieve an uncluttered background. Following this she went to her granddaughter’s gym club but, although she was closer to the action, the backgrounds were still very cluttered. She then turned her camera on the Yorkshire stage of the Tour de France cycle race only to find that other spectators often obscured her view. Other obstacles at similar cycling events included support vehicles, advertising barriers, motor bikers and poor weather as well as her own over enthusiasm which sometimes resulted in her failing to press the shutter in time to capture the participants. Sue presented some excellent images and her talk demonstrated to members that setbacks and frustrations can, with perseverance, be overcome.




Ronnie Gilbert took the second slot and focused on his trip to the forests of the Bialowieza National Park in Poland in the winter of 2019 to photograph the European Bison. Ronnie explained that at the end of World War I there were no European bison left in the wild. They have now been reintroduced in Europe and there are about 7500 worldwide with around 800 in Bialowieza. In addition to Bison, Ronnie photographed Elk, Fallow Deer and Red Deer all against a stunning backdrop of snow-covered forest. He also photographed a variety of birds from hides including Goshawks, Buzzards, Sparrowhawks and White-Tailed Eagles. As always Ronnie’s talk and superb images were an inspiration to our members.




Our third speaker was Tony Marsh who talked about the wildlife he had photographed during the pandemic. All his images were taken within walking distance of Keswick. Tony explained that he always carries a camera and long lens on his walks and that these are set up ready to fire. His talk included many helpful tips on how to photograph wildlife including where to find certain species locally. His images included moths, butterflies, beetles and fungi as well as many different species of birds. Tony’s helpful and informative talk will have encouraged and enthused those of our members who are keen to develop their wildlife photography skills.


2nd Open, November 25th, 2020

The Society’s second Open Competition of the 2020-21 season took place via Zoom on the evening of Wednesday 25th November. The judge was Gerald Chamberlin DPAGB EFIAP from Morton Photographic Society. Gerald is a Northern Counties Photographic Federation judge and he has judged at Keswick on a number of occasions. Twenty-six members each entered three digital images and within the seventy-eight entries there was a wide range of photographic genres represented, including nature, macrophotography, creative, landscape, travel, portraiture, sport and astrophotography. Gerald had been sent the images a fortnight before the evening so he was able to view them and decide on his scores and critiques in advance of the meeting.

Gerald started his judging by commenting that, as he had come to expect from Keswick Photographic Society, the entries were of a high standard. Two images achieved a top score of twenty and these were ‘Scooting Along’ by Marilyn Woodthorpe and ‘Dans la Salle de Bains’ by Alan Walker.

An impressive score of nineteen was awarded to six other images and these were ‘Female Kestrel Attempting to Take Food from Male’ by Julie Walker, ‘Tuscany Early Morning Mist’ by Tom Stenhouse, ‘Long-Eared Owl Hunting at Dusk’ and ‘The Tackle’ both by Alan Walker, ‘White Tail Eagle Patrolling Forest’ by Ronnie Gilbert and ‘On the Hunt’ by Ken Rennie. A further six images received scores of eighteen and these were ‘Spanish Sparrow’ by Carol Minks, ‘Mist of Gold’ by Carmen Norman, ‘Trusting’ by Sue Rugg, ‘Winters Morning Isthmus Bay’ by Fred Bell, ‘Warming Up’ by Julie Walker and ‘Red Squirrel with Hazel Nut’ by Ronnie Gilbert.

At the end of the judging Gerald chose ‘Skipping Along’ by Marilyn Woodthorpe as his overall winning image. This simple but striking expertly-captured image showed two rows of trees leading the eye to a lady on a scooter. Marilyn had taken this lovely autumn image on a Society trip to Berlin.


In addition Gerald chose his top images from a number of the different photographic genres represented and these were: ‘Tuscany Early Morning Mist’ by Tom Stenhouse (Landscape),


‘On the Hunt’ by Ken Rennie (Nature),


‘ICM Smithy Beck’ by Richard Jakobson (Creative),


‘The Tackle’ by Alan Walker (Sport),


‘Dans la Salle de Bains’ by Alan Walker (Portraiture)


and ‘Trusting’ by Sue Rugg (Black and White).


All the entered images can be seen in our Gallery Pages.

Tricia Rayment