Set Subject: “Song Titles” 2nd February 2022

This week Keswick Photographic Society held its third set subject competition. The theme for this was song titles which seemed a popular choice as there was an excellent entry with twenty members participating. The songs were chosen from a wide range of genres and artists. Songs from pop stars such as The Beatles, Neil Young, Simon and Garfunkel, Fleetwood Mac and David Bowie were well represented. Others included children’s songs such as Nellie the Elephant and The Ugly Duckling. There were also songs from shows and films such as The Bare Necessities, Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines and Any Old Iron.  Members had obviously enjoyed using their imagination and hadn’t been shy about revealing their musical tastes.

The images were judged by one of our members, Sue Rugg, who had gone to great lengths to record each song so that she could introduce the images by playing short excerpts. She’d obviously enjoyed her task, particularly the humour displayed by some members in their choices and she felt that most of the images represented the songs well. She also wondered how some members had spent their youth given their choice of song titles and images.

There was the usual mix of landscapes, people pictures, creative images and nature. Sue’s overall choice of winner was an image of a Gannet skimming the sea by Simon Roberts. The song title for this was “Electric Glide in Blue” by James William Guercio.


Best landscape went to David Woodthorpe for a woodland scene titled “Moss Garden”, a song by David Bowie.


Best People was awarded to Ted Jordan for his image of two women titled “Sisters” written by Irving Berlin and sung by The Beverly Sisters.


Sue chose “Helpless” an image of a young Grey Wagtail by Tony Marsh as the best nature image


and “Purple Haze” by Bob Given as the best creative image.


It was a fun evening, enjoyed by everyone and excellently judged by Sue who gave many helpful tips on how the images could be improved.

All the entered images can be seen on our gallery page

Julie Walker

2nd Open Competition, 24th November 2021

We held our second open competition of the season.  Maybeth Jamieson, a long time member, and immediate past president, of Dumfries Camera Club, was the judge and gave very detailed critique of the images which was full of positive comments and helpful tips.

Maybeth was present in the meeting room and members attended either in the meeting room or online via Zoom.  As usual there was a wide range of subjects in the images, including landscape, portraits, sport, creative and nature, taken locally and further afield.

There were 26 prints for Maybeth to judge.  The Best Overall winner of the print section was Ken Rennie with an excellent landscape titled “Cold start to the day”.  This image scored the maximum of 20 points and was also judged Best Landscape.


Also scoring a maximum of 20 points were images by Carol Minks, with “Arctic Reindeer Svalbard” which also achieved Best Nature,


and Julie Walker, with “Down by the Mill” which achieved Best Creative .


Scoring 19 points was “River Rider” by Sue Rugg, and was also awarded Best People.


Four images were awarded 18 points, “A Tree and a fence” by Sue Rugg, “”Dornoch Point” by Ken Rennie, “Pladda Sound” by Tony Melling and “Suspicion” by Alan Walker.

There were 49 Digital images entered to judge. There were five images scoring the maximum of 20 points. The Best Overall was “Vincent the Boy who liked trains” by Sue Rugg, which also achieved Best People image.


The Best Landscape again went to Ken Rennie for his image “Deepdale Beck”.


Best Nature was achieved by Julie Walker for “Snow Leopard in Snow storm”.


The final 2 images scoring 20 points were an image of an athlete “Nelvin Appiah” by Bob Given


and “Red Kite Diving” by Ronnie Gilbert.


Two entries scored 19 points those being ”Goldfinches Squabbling” by Carol Minks and “Fortune Teller” by Alan Walker. Five images achieved 18 points,  “The Vaccinated” by Sue Rugg, which was also awarded Best Creative, “Jay and Woodpecker standoff” by Marilyn Woodthorpe, “Cottages in Cove” by Tricia Martin, “Mountain Lion in pursuit or prey” by Alan Walker, “ and “Thrush Chick waiting to be fed” by David Woodthorpe.

All the entered images can be seen on our gallery pages

Gordon Train