Competitions, summer meet-ups and the annual jolly

From club secretary Fiona.

Following on from the syllabus meeting 11/3/20 I thought I would let you all know the subjects for our 2 themed competitions for the 2020/21 season to allow you plenty of time to think about them. It goes without saying that, with everything going on at the moment, dates may change.

9/12/20 – Texture

24/2/21 – Every Picture Tells a Story

Summer events – again, these may be cancelled/changed etc so keep an eye out for emails or Facebook messages.

Summer evening shoots 6/5/20 – The Hirsel, Coldstream; 3/6/20 – Cauldshiels Loch; 1/7/20 – The Haining, Selkirk; 5/8/20 – Smailholm; Sunday 12/8/20 – Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Annual Summer Outing – Cragside House (date to be confirmed)

The Battle of Midlothian

After an epic and close fought battle Gala CC emerged victorious. Midlothian CC pipped us by one point 179 to 178 in the prints but Gala clawed back the points in the DPIs winning those by 176 to 169. Overall victory went ot Gala 354 to 348.

Many thanks to Curtis Welsh for his hard work and excellent critique. His comments on the top scoring images can be seen here. Full score sheet can be seen here.

Well done to top 20/20 scorers John Frater, Alistair Peacock, Alistair Stuart, and Simon Wootton

Here is a gallery of the DPIs (just click on the image to get a larger view)

Food Photography

Here are the results of last night’s Food competition

Beginner DPI – Chris Mark-Riddell 1st and 2nd


Commended – Fiona Kilgour(2), Ford Renton(2), Gordon Swalwell, Christine Swalwell, Chris Mark-Riddell

1st – Fiona Kilgour; 2nd – Lisa Kerr; 3rd – Fiona Kilgour


Commended – Christine Swalwell, Ford Renton

1st – Ford Renton; 2nd – Christine Swalwell; 3rd – Ford Renton

Speedlite Night with Kenny Martin

What a great night we had  on 5th Feb with pro Kenny Martin who gave us a demonstration of shooting with a single speedlite and a few attachments. Despite suffering from a very heavy cold he had us captivated. Kenny showed how some wonderful shots can be had with simple attachments such as snoots, honeycombs, shoot through umbrellas and reflectors. Many thanks to Kenny for his time and patience and thanks to our Vice Chairperson for “volunteering” to be the model


Gala emerged victorious with 242 points. Second were Kelso and third Earlston with 203. Well done everybody.

Professionally judged by Jane Wright of, Innerleithen. Highest scoring images for Gala were John Frater with 19 points each for Sparrow Hawk Dispute and Osprey with Catch, also Alistair Peacock 19 for Bamburgh Sunrise. Kelso’s high scorers were Walter Turnbull, Bill Hume and Gavin Liddle all with 18. Earlston top dog was Adam Drummond with 18.

Thanks to Earlston for their marvellous hospitality


The results of out open competition are as follows:


1st: Nuthatch – Christine Swalwell; 2nd: Frosted Triptych – Ford Renton; 3rd: Towards Ballahuilish – Christine Swalwell; Comm.: It’s number One – Neil McLean


1st: Rolling Fields – Gordon Swalwell; 2nd: Ruin Under the Stars – Ford Renton 3rd: Girl Power – Neil McLean Comm.: Buzzard – John Frater; Mr Chaffinch – Lisa Kerr; Peacock – Graham Meikle; Siskin – Fiona Kilgour.


All returns to normal. We are now back at Langlee for the remainder of the season


The results of our 4 of a Kind competition were as follows. Well done everyone.


1st  – Try,try,try and try again – John Frater. 2nd – Dragonflies – Christine Swalwell.  3rd – The flies have it – Geoff Harrison.


1st – Habitat – John Frater. 2nd – Water Abstract – Gordon Swalwell. 3rd – Generation – Lisa Kerr




  1. Water Rail – John Frater
  2. Just Surfaced – Christine Swalwell
  3. Got Ya – Neil McLean


  • Chased – Christine Swalwell
  • Hanging Fly – Ford Renton
  • Nuthatch – Gordon Swalwell


  1. Fluffy Blue Tit – Graham Meikle
  2. Green Butterfly – Fiona Jamieson
  3. Branching Out – Keith O’Brien


  1. Moving The Flock – Christine Swalwell
  2. Three Points of Contact – Neil McLean
  3. The Moon In St Giles – Fiona Kilgour


  • Hard Graft – Fiona Kilgour
  • Hidden Silver – David Usher
  • The Biggest Smile – John Frater


  1. Golf Trolleys – Fiona Jamieson
  2. Decaying Timbers – Keith O’Brien
  3. Andy – Fiona Jamieson


  1. Skye Light – Ron Bell
  2. Freight Train – Keith O’Brien
  3. Bluebell Woods – Gordon Swalwell


  • Autumn Tweed – Ron Bell
  • Canoes For Hire – Fiona Kilgour
  • Lake Louise – Keith O’Brien


  1. Freight Train – Keith O’Brien
  2. Lake Louise – Keith O’Brien
  3. Malhamdale from Malham Cove – Graham Meikle


  • London Landscape – Fiona Jamieson


  1. Help – Neil McLean
  2. The Leader Of The Band – Ford Renton
  3. Robbie – Christine Swalwell


  • Learning The Ropes – Fiona Kilgour
  • St Kilda Boat Tour – Ron Bell
  • Tender Moment – Gordon Swalwell


  1. Go For The Gap – Alister Paul
  2. Braw Lass Kim – Fiona Jamieson
  3. Elaine At Broadchurch – Graham Meikle



  1. Sparrowhawk Dispute – John Frater
  2. Knotted – Ford Renton
  3. The Great Nebula of Orion – Ford Renton


  • Goldfinch On A Teasel – Lisa Kerr
  • Hover Fly – Ford Renton


  1. Spotted Black Crow – Fiona Jamieson
  2. Archerfield Trees – Fiona Jamieson
  3. Bright Berries – Fiona Jamieson


  1. Wintering Flock – Ford Renton
  2. Steamy Windows – Ford Renton
  3. Crocus Bouquet – Lisa Kerr


  • Mr Mole – John Frater
  • Stairway to Heaven – Ford Renton
  • Cerinthe – Gordon Swalwell


  1. An Eye For An Eye – Fiona Jamieson
  2. Curious Collie – Fiona Jamieson
  3. Snowy Mailbox – Fiona Jamieson


  1. Winter Wonderland – Ford Renton
  2. Stormy Headland – Ford Renton
  3. A New Day – Neil McLean


  • Sunshine On Leith – Kat Slater
  • Mystical Morning – Lisa Kerr
  • Bluebell Woods – Christine Swalwell
  • Rainbow Over The Boulders – Ron Bell


  1. Misty Morn – Fiona Jamieson
  2. Border Hills – Fiona Jamieson
  3. Cutting Before Rain – Fiona Jamieson


  1. Solemn Moment – Ford Renton
  2. Christingle – Ron Bell
  3. Fading Memory – Kat Slater


  • Sibling Love – Lisa Kerr
  • The Atrium – Ford Renton
  • Tourists At Callanish – Ron Bell


Best Beginner In The Monthly Competitions – Keith O’Brien

Prints – Ford Renton

Projected Images – Ford Renton


Best Beginners Image – Freight Train – Keith O’Brien

Best Landscape – Winter Wonderland – Ford Renton

Best Nature – Sparrowhawk Dispute – John Frater

Best People – Help – Neil McLean

Best General Image – Wintering Flock – Ford Renton

Best Projected Image – Water Rail – John Frater

Best Black & White Print – Sibling Love – Lisa Kerr

Best Colour Print – Wintering Flock – Ford Renton

Best Home Processed – Wintering Flock – Ford Renton

Best Overall Image – Wintering Flock – Ford Renton

Below is a gallery of all the awarded images from commended to first placed and Special awards. You can view a larger image by clicking on the thumbnail. The images are all subject to copyright and the property of the author. They must not be copied, shared or otherwise used without the express permission of the author.