Open competition 13th October 2021

Our thanks to judge Becky Henderson of EnaMay photography in Innerleithen. Becky remarked how she had an extremely hard task in picking winners from such a high standard of images. The results are as follows:


1st – Frog Forum – Mike Gray

2nd – Web Developer – Mike Gray

3rd – Bass Rock Sunflowers – Suzanne Montgomery

Commended – Decision time – Mike Gray; Staffa – Suzanne Montgomery; Wallace Monument – Ian Douglas; and Meerkat Mountain – Lauren Hume.


1st – Scorpion Fly – Ford Renton

2nd – Wild Tawny Owl – Alison Lomax

3rd – Sea Eagle Loch Tuath – John Montgomery

Commended – Church on a hill – Alison Lomax; Gold Finch – Fiona Kilgour; Crab Spider – Ford Renton; Crested Grebe Family – John Frater; and Through the looking Glass- Richard Lillico.

The 21-22 season

We open again on the 15th September at 19:30. As per last season it will be via Zoom. Members and prospective members should have received their Zoom invite by now. If not, contact Gala Camera Club via email

Its a great syllabus this year, again, so come join us

NB: If you haven’t had an invite check your spam and junk folders just incase

Summer Outings and Meets

Summer evening shoots are normally the first Wednesday of every month from April to September. The following venues were agreed but are dependent on current Covid 19 restrictions at the time.

Meet at 19:00

Tips: The Golden Hour starts apx. 1 hour before sunset

Wednesday 7th July 2021             –            Smailholm Tower (sunset 21:53)

Wednesday 4th August 2021     –             Leaderfoot (sunset 21:10)

Summer Annual OutingNorth Berwick on 29th August. Meet in font of Seabird Centre at 10:30. An info sheet has been emailed to all members and posted on our facebook page

Club resumes for season on Wednesday 15th September 2021.

Notes on COVID safe walks: Until such times as current restrictions advises differently then please follow Scot.Gov covid safety guidelines. The main points being:-

  • Wear face coverings if in an enclosed space
  • Wash hands frequently and/or use hand sanitisers
  • Don’t share camera equipment
  • Remember social distancing
  • Car sharing is not recommended.
  • A committee member attending should make a record of those attending
  • Anyone who has attended one of the walks and subsequently feels unwell or tests positive for C19 soon after should inform the committee as soon as possible. 

UPDATE: All the above still apply however, in the case of car sharing it is up to individual members whether they share transport or not

Galashiels Camera club Annual 2021

Judged by Simon Wootton of Midlothian Camera club.

Thanks to Simon for excellent critique on the awarded images and for your valuable time. Around 30 members logged in to view the images

226 images in all. Members were allowed to enter up to 3 images in each of four categories, Landscape, General, People, Nature. Images were awarded in either Beginner or Standard classes. Here are the first placed images and full results. Well done to everyone who entered. All images were DPI as sadly we couldn’t allow prints this year.

Beginners section:

Landscape: Commended – Mike Gray, Suzanne Montgomery, Lauren Hume; 3rd – This way – Mike Gray, 2nd Belhaven Bay – Suzanne Montgomery, 1st– Lakeland- Suzanne Montgomery.

General: Commended – Mike Gray, Suzanne Montgomery; 3rd – Bailey – Lauren Hume, 2nd Cove Widows – Suzanne Montgomery, 1st Fell Ponies – Suzanne Montgomery.

People: Commended – Mike Gray, Lauren Hume 3rd – Navigating – Suzanne Montgomery, 2nd – Teenage Beauty – Lauren Hume, 1st – Evy’s Crash – Mike Gray.

Nature: Commended – Mike Gray, Lauren Hume x 2

Standard Section:

Landscape: Commended – Alistair Peacock, Keith O’Brien, Ron Bell; 3rd – White Out – Ford Renton, 2nd Dawn in the Grand Canyon – David Graham; 1st and Best Landscape – Chamonix Aiguille du Midi – David Graham.

General: Commended – Neil McLean, John Frater, Fiona Jamieson 3rd – Cabbage Beauty – Alison Lomax, 2nd Bats and Banana Flower – Alison Lomax, 1st and Best General – Red Eyed Tree frog in the Rain – John Frater

People: Commended – Ford Renton, John Montgomery, Alastair Stuart 3rd – Malaysian boy – Christine Swalwell, 2nd – Missed you – Lisa Kerr, 1st and Best People – Malagasy Singers – David Graham

Nature: Commended – Kevin Lomax x 2, Fiona Jamieson. 3rd – Green Woodpecker feeding youngsters – John Frater, 2nd American Bullfrog – David Graham, 1st and Best Nature – Feeding time – Fiona Kilgour

The Best Beginner image in the competition was Lakeland by Suzanne Montgomery

The Best Overall in the competition and recipient of The Burns Trophy was Chamonix Aiguille du Midi by David Graham

Every Picture Tells a Story – 24th Feb 2021

Our last competition of the season was held last Wednesday. The theme was Every picture tells a Story. The results were as follows:

Beginners section; Commended – Ian Douglas x 2, Suzanne Montgomery. 3rd Mike Gray, 2nd Suzanne Montgomery, 1st Ian Douglas

Standard section; Commended – Fiona Jamieson, Richard Lillico, Alistair Peacock, Kevin Lomax x 2, Alison Lomax. 3rd Fiona Kilgour, 2nd Kevin Lomax, 1st Alistair Peacock.

The total accumulated points for our 4 seasonal competitions makes Suzanne Montgomery the overall winner in the beginners section and Alison Lomax.


The competition was superbly judged by Pamela Notman of Hawick CC. The results were as follows: Beginners – Commended Mike Gray x 3, Third Mike Gray, Second Suzanne Montgomery, first Lauren Hume. Standard class – Commended – Neil McLean, Kevin Lomax, Fiona Kilgour, Keith O’Brien Third Alison Lomax, Second Kat Slater, First David Graham. Well done to all the awarded authors and well done to all who entered, the standard was very high indeed. Here are some of the images.



Here are last night results: Beginners: Commended – Mike Gray, 3rd Suzanne Montgomery, 2nd Suzanne Montgomery, 1st Suzanne Montgomery

Standard: Commended – Ford Renton (3), Alison Lomax (2), Fiona Kilgour, Christine Swalwell, Fiona Jamieson, David Graham, and Richard Lillico (2)

3rd and 2nd Fiona Kilgour, 1st Alison Lomax

Well done everyone, 103 entries in total



Gala wins Midlothian battle.
Gala 346 points, Midlothian 322.
An excellent evening with 20 images from Midlothian and 20 from Gala. Particular congratulations to those who scored 19 and 20. From Gala, these were
Scoring 20:
Neil McLean with “Three of a Kind”
Christine Swalwell with “Swallowtail”
Scoring 19:
Suzanne Montgomery with “Scarba Sunset”
Christine Swalwell with “Commando Memorial”


OPEN – 14TH OCT 2020:


Beginners: Commended – Ian Douglas x 2, Suzanne Montgomery x 2; Third – Lauren Hume Second – Michael Grey; First – Suzanne Montgomery

Standard section: Commended – John Frater x 2, Alison Lomax x 3, Fiona Kilgour; Third – John Frater Second – Alison Lomax First – Kevin Lomax

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The club AGM was held on-line on June 3rd. The full minutes of the meeting will be distributed shortly.

Items of note:

  • The club syllabus will be conducted online via video conference until at least December
  • Election of office holders as follows:

Chair: Ford Renton, Vice Chair: Kat Slater, Secretary: Fiona Kilgour, Treasurer: Christine Swalwell, Syllabus: Alistair Peacock, Internal comp: Ford Renton, External comp: Ron Bell, Press: Ford Renton, House and Catering: Jim Paxton, AGRI: Ford Renton

Committee: All of the above plus Fiona Jamieson, Chris Mack-Riddell and Neil Mclean

A new Practical night committee was formed: Ford Renton, Alistair Peacock, Kat Slater, Chris Mack-Riddell and Jim Paxton


We’ve had two successful online meetings, with more to come. Firstly, Ford gave us his wee presentation on astrophotography. This was followed a couple of weeks later with Scott Near giving us some hints and tips on editing within Lightroom.

Next date for your calender is May 13th when Scott Near is returning with more editing hints and tips. You should already have an invite from ford in your inbox. If not, don’t worry, he’ll be sending reminders the day before the meeting.

Just click on the link and input the meeting ID and password. You may need a Zoom account. They are free so sign up anyway, we may be doing this for some time to come.