Summer club outing and evening meets 2018

Our summer club outing this year will be on June 10th to Alnwick Castle, the Gardens, and Hulne Park.

Ian Oliver has kindly agreed to drive the mini bus again this year. Could all members who wish to go on the trip to reply to Alistair Peacock’s email by the 18th of April and also advise if you are bringing a partner?  Mini bus hire and fuel costs for the day will be shared between all.

A few members usually get together during the summer at monthly evening meets from May to September. It is usually just a wander around with cameras for an hour or two. This year the meeti points are as follows:

Wednesday 2nd May – Harestanes, Meet in the visitor centre car park at 19:00. For directions click  here. Please wear suitable footwear as conditions could be slippery under foot.

Wednesday 6th June – Kelso Town, meet in the public car park in front of the Cross Keys Hotel at 19:00. For directions click here.

Wednesday 4th July – An evening bug hunt at Ashiestiel/ Glenkinnon. Meet in the Forestry Commision public car park at 19:00. For directions click here. Please wear suitable footwear as conditions could be slippery under foot.

Wednesday 1st August – Lindean Loch. Meet in the wee car park next to the loch at 19:00. For directions click here. Please wear suitable footwear as conditions could be slippery under foot.

Wednesday 5th September – Bowhill House, Selkirk. Meet in the public car park opposite the main house entrance. For directions click here. Please wear suitable footwear as conditions could be slippery under foot.

If you wish to come along and have no transport please email Alistair and he will try to find someone who is attending and if they could offer a lift.

The Annual – 2018


The club’s annual competition was held on Wednesday 28th March. The standard was, as usual, particularly high. The judge commented that he’d had a difficult time deciding on the winners. A good turnout of members were treated to a display of the best images of the year. This year’s entries were judged by Ian Oliver of Tweedside Gallery, St Boswells.

This year we also held a raffle the first prize in which was won by Fiona Jamieson who gets a free clay pigeon shooting lesson kindly donated by Bisley at Braidwood near Midlem.

Special thanks judge Ian Oliver for all his hard work and for inspirational comments. Thanks also to Gordon and Christine Swalwell for organising the competition, thanks to Jim Paxton for the catering, and thanks to all who came along to support the club. Well done to all who entered.

The full results are as follows:




3rd – Fiona Kilgour – Incoming

2nd – Fiona Kilgour – Jay

1st – Fiona Kilgour – Double Fish Supper


Commended for Ford Renton, Fiona Kilgour, Alistair Peacock (2)

3rd – John Frater – Who Killed Cock Robin?

2nd – Gordon Swalwell – Nectar Collector

1st – Ford Renton – Land of Plenty



3rd – Fiona Kilgour – Building up a Sweat

2nd – Fiona Kilgour – Suffolk Punch

1st – Fiona Kilgour – I hear those voices


Commended for John Frater, Christine Swalwell, Neil McLean, Ford Renton

3rd – John Frater – Breaking Formation

2nd – Neil McLean – Mud Pluggers

1st – Alistair Peacock – Dew Points



3rd – Fiona Kilgour – Aldeburgh Roof tops

2nd – Fiona Kilgour – Fishing off Arran

1st – Fiona Kilgour – Leith Reflections


Commended for Richard Lillico, Lisa Kerr, John Frater, Ford Renton

3rd – Richard Lillico – Oban Winter Festival

2nd – John Frater – Lightning on the Gold Coast

1st – Ford Renton – Galactic Smailholm



3rd – Fiona Kilgour – A Day at the Races

2nd – Fiona Kilgour – Keepy Uppy

1st – Fiona Kilgour – For the Match


Commended for Jane Bell, Alistair Peacock, Fiona Kilgour, Neil McLean, Gordon Swalwell

3rd – Gordon Swalwell – Carousel Keeper

2nd – Christine Swalwell – Where did you get that hat

1st – Gordon Swalwell – Parts Manager


Standard only, no beginner entries


Commended for Brian Stark, Gordon Swalwell, Ford Renton, Alistair Peacock

3rd – Alistair Peacock – Walk into my Parlour

2nd – John Frater – Shake it all about

1st – Christine Swalwell – Nuthatch


Commended for Ron Bell, Ford Renton, Christine Swalwell, Neil McLean

3rd – Gordon Swalwell – Quiet Corner

2nd – Ford Renton – Train Lines

1st – Gordon Swalwell – The Minster


Commended for Ron Bell (2), Alistair Peacock

3rd – Gordon Swalwell – Winter Birch

2nd – Ford Renton – Eildon View

1st – Gordon Swalwell – Wintry Woodland


Commended for Alistair Peacock, Brian Stark, Christine Swalwell, Gordon Swalwell

3rd – Christine Swalwell – The Organist

2nd – Ford Renton – Bungee would be fun they said

1st – Alistair Peacock – Festival Salute

The Silverware – Trophies

Best Black and White Print – Alistair Peacock – Festival Salute

Best Colour Print – Gordon Swalwell – The Minster

Best Projected Image – Ford Renton – Land of Plenty

Best General Image – Alistair Peacock – Dew points

Best Landscape Image – Ford Renton – Galactic Smailholm

Best Nature Image – Ford Renton – Land of Plenty

Best People Image – Alistair Peacock – Festival Salute

Best Home Processed Print – Gordon Swalwell – Winter Birch

Best newcomer in the Annual – Fiona Kilgour – Double Fish Supper

Best overall imageBurns Trophy – Ford Renton – Galactic Smailholm

Monthly Competitions, highest point scores:

Beginner – Fiona Kilgour

Projected Images – John Frater

Prints – Ford Renton / Gordon Swalwell

8-Way interclub at Roslyn

The final scores for the Roslyn 8-way competition, previously a 12-way, are:
Musselburgh 181
Livingston 176
Mid Calder 175
Galashiels 174
Midlothian 169
Biggar 162
North Berwick 161
Beeslack 157

It was a close run thing for 2,3 and 4. Galashiels actually won the DPI section. Our two top scorers were Fiona Kilgour for her Kingfisher “Double fish supper” and Ford Renton for his macro fly “Old Red Eyes is Back” 

Birds, Bugs and Buds competition, results

The results of the Birds, Bugs and Buds competition, the last of the year:

Beginners DPI:

1st, 2nd and 3rd – Fiona Kilgour

Standard: DPI

1st – Christine Swalwell – Winter Robin.
2nd – John Frater – Red Poll
3rd – Ford Renton – Portrait of a Killer

Standard: Prints

1st – Alistair Peacock – Common Chaffinch
2nd – Christine Swalwell – Robin
3rd – Alistair Peacock – Tight Lines

As that was the last of the “monthly” competitions the winners for the year are as follows:

Beginners – Fiona Kilgour
Standard – DPI – John Frater
Standard – Prints – Joint winners Ford Renton AND Gordon Swalwell.

Energise Galashiels Trust (EGT)

EGT have contacted me regarding social media photos to help publicise Galashiels. They are looking for up to date photographs of, or relating to, Galashiels OR historic photographs of Galashiels which can be published on their social media sites. For Facebook this is listed as “All About Gala”. They have a calendar of social media subject publication for this year, a copy of which is downloadable here: (you will need MS Excel, or compatible app, to open it)

Energise Galashiels Trust Social media calendar

For example: on the 29th March “Bank St Gardens” is the subject. You could send a recent photograph of the gardens. As we are a camera club they would be expecting to receive images of high photographic merit rather than just “snaps”

Send your images, resized for the web, to Emily McGowan at McGowan Marketing.

The photographs can be sent a few days in advance of the listed publicity day and will be credited to the photographer and Gala Camera Club

Participation in this should help promote the club and our activities as well as hopefully help promote our town so please help them out in any way you can.

Borders Exhibition, Selkirk 2018

Here are the full results from Selkirk Camera Club’s Border Exhibition held at Selkirk on Wednesday 21st. Gala members results are presented in bold font. Gala CC did rather well but well done to all who entered.



FIRST                     DAVID NICHOL                           No Club

SECOND                MARGARET RENSTEAD             Duns CC

THIRD                    BERNIE GAJOS                            Hawick CC

HC                          RONALD RICHARDSON            Duns CC

HC                          FORD RENTON                         Gala CC


FIRST                      C MCALLAN                               Duns CC

SECOND                FORD RENTON                        Gala CC

THIRD                    F MCALLAN                                Duns CC

HC                          DON LEES                                  Gala CC

HC                          CHRISTINE SWALWELL           Gala CC


FIRST                     ALAN YEOMANS              Duns CC

SECOND                MICHAEL FITCH               Selkirk CC

THIRD                    ALAN YEOMANS              Duns CC

HC                          A PEACOCK                      Gala CC

HC                          DAVID NICHOL                 No Club


 FIRST                     ANNE YEOMANS              Duns CC

SECOND                BERNIE GAJOS                  Hawick CC

THIRD                    N MCLEAN                       Gala CC

HC                           J FRATER                           Gala CC

HC                          MARGARET RENSTEAD     Duns CC



FIRST                     BRYAN JOHNSTONE         Selkirk CC

SECOND               DENNIS LAING                   Hawick CC

THIRD                   FORD RENTON                 Gala CC

HC                         GORDON SWALWELL      Gala CC

HC                         MARGARET RENSTEAD     Duns CC


FIRST                     A PEACOCK                       Gala CC

SECOND                F MCALLAN                       Duns CC

THIRD                   FORD RENTON                 Gala CC

HC                         CHRISTINE SWALWELL   Gala CC

HC                          MICHAEL FITCH                 Selkirk CC



FIRST                    BRYAN JOHNSTONE          Selkirk CC

SECOND              F MCALLAN                         Duns CC

THIRD                  CURTIS WELSH                   Earlston CC

HC                        A PEACOCK                        Gala CC

HC                        CURTIS WELSH                   Earlston CC


FIRST                    J FRATER                            Gala CC

SECOND              DON LEES                           Gala CC

THIRD                  ANNE YEOMANS                Duns CC

HC                        ALAN YEOMANS                 Duns CC

HC                        Unknown.


FIRST                   FORD RENTON                   Gala CC


THIRD                 ANNE YEOMANS                  Duns CC

HC                        J FRATER                              Gala CC

HC                        CURTIS WELSH                    Earlston CC


BEST COLOUR IMAGE      D NICHOL                         NO CLUB

BEST BLACK & WHITE     A PEACOCK                     Gala CC

BEST DIGITAL                    FORD RENTON              Gala CC


Syllabus night

We had 14 members attending, including a good proportion of beginners which was encouraging. Alistair has plenty of material and ideas to be going on with when preparing next year’s syllabus.

Next year’s two themed competitions are:

“In the Woods”


“Leading Lines”

…so get snapping.

Competition update

Wed 24th had the club hosting Earlston and Kelso camera clubs in a three-way competition which, Gala CC won, for the third year running. Judged by Doug Allen of Beeslack Penicuick camera club It was a close run thing though with the scores coming in as follows:

Earlston CC – 245 points, Kelso CC – 258 points, Gala CC – 261 points. John Frater of Gala’s image scored a maximum 20 points.

Open Competition

31st Jan was our third club completion of the year, this time with an Open category so basically any class of photograph can be entered. Each member can submit up to 4 digital and 4 pointed images. A total of 89 images were entered this time which was very encouraging. The judge, Bill Hume of Kelso, was particularly complementary of our beginner entries of which there were quite a few. The results were as follows:

Printed images:

Commended – Brian Stark, Alistair Peacock, Gordon Swalwell (2);

3rd place – Christine Swalwell. 2nd place – Ford Renton. 1st place – Ford Renton.

Digital images:


Commended – Keith O’ Brien 3rd, 2nd and 1st place all to Fiona Kilgour

Standard Class:

Commended – Gordon Swalwell, John Frater, Ford Renton, Christine Swalwell

3rd place – Ron Bell, 2nd place – Christine Swalwell, 1st place – John Frater

Well done all who entered.

Wednesday 7th Feb. is a practical night with Alistair Peacock giving a presentation on Photoshop work flow from camera to finished image. Bring along any images you think may be improved with some editing and we’ll see what our more experienced members can do with them.

Wed 14th February is our Syllabus night. Come along and present your suggestion for thing you may like to see from visiting speakers, practical night themes or anything else you think may be of interest to the members. We need your ideas so Alistair can press on with arranging events for next year. It is also the final hand in for the last club competition before the annual on the theme Birds, Buds and Bugs. See our syllabus for details.

Practical night Feb 7th 2018

Last practical night we covered Adobe Lightroom workflow as a main topic. This time it is planned to do a similar thing with Adobe Photoshop. Alistair Peacock will kick off proceedings with a practical demonstration on image editing workflow of a RAW in Adobe Camera RAW (ACR) then onto to Photoshop itself and the use of layers and adjustment layers.

For a good explanation of what layers are try watching some of Ed Gregory’s tutorials on his Photos in Color YouTube channel. He has fully featured tutorials for beginners to advanced levels in both Lightroom and Photoshop. Well worth a visit and well worth subscribing to.

If you have any questions or issues regarding phot editing send them to Ron in advance of the practical night and we’ll find someone who can help out.

Photoshop for beginners Pt – 1:

Layers and Layer Masks:

Adjustment Layers:

“Action” Competition

Here are the result of our second competition of the year with some of the awarded images. Well done everyone.


1st Neil McLean – Wet Race

2nd Richard Lillico – Hold On

3rd Alistair Peacock – Coming Round the Bend


John Frater – Chasing Shadows and Wing Walker

Lisa Kerr – Gala Day 2017

Neil McLean – Rough Racing

Alistair Peacock – Sandy


1st Neil McLean – Up and Over

2nd Christine Swalwell – The Death Slide

3rd Gordon Swalwell – Airborne


Richard Lillico – Blue Rinse

Brian Stark – Eye on the Ball

John Frater – Marathon Man

Alistair Peacock – Focused



Hunter Kennedy (ARPS,MPAGB,EFIAP)

Colds and flu seemed to have taken its toll on our members of late which resulted in a disappointing turnout on Wednesday.

Those who did make it were treated to an amazing presentation of over 100 of Hunter Kennedy’s marvellous images. Hunter took us on a journey from early days of darkroom produced prints to more recent digitally produced images. Members were greatly impressed by the quality and artistry of his work which must surely inspire us to submit more printed images in our competitions.

Haste ye back Hunter.

3-Way Gala – Hawick – Selkirk

30-11-17: In the 3 way, Gala-Selkirk-Hawick competition at Hawick Camera Club, Gala emerged victorious, pipping Hawick by two points, with Selkirk coming third. John Frater’s ‘Who Killed Cock Robin’ image, of a sparrowhawk consuming a robin, scored a maximum 15 points.

Thanks to Hawick CC for their hospitality.

Studio night

A superb night was had by all attending the club’s Studio Practical night. Our own Don Lees gave a short presentation on studio lighting and photography which was followed by group sessions with 3 different studio rigs, including the club’s own new Elinchrom kit. A learning curve for all members and everybody picked up at least a small nugget of knowledge. Here’s a few sample shots from the night.

Change to Syllabus

Don Lees studio night has been changed to 29th November from 22nd. There had been no meeting planned for 29th as we are at Hawick on the Thursday however, as Don had to cancel his night on 22nd due to prior commitments, the committee decided to arrange a studio night on 29th.

The night of 22nd will be an editing / processing night. Bring your laptops and or images to edit.

With the 22nd in mind here’s some of my (Ford) favourite tutorial YouTube channels

Anthony Morganti –

Photos in Colour –

B&H Photo –

Adobe Lightroom –

Jimmy McIntyre –

Tim Grey TV – https://www.yout

4-Way competition

1st of November was a 4-way interclub print and digital competition between, Gala, Musselburgh, Midlothian and Beeslack/Penicuik. Held in “The Mission” Hall, Halliburton, the night proved to be a great success. Thanks to the Community Hall for use of their facilities and well done to Jim Paxton, who organised the catering.

The results were as follows:

Prints: Musselburgh 81, Midlothian 83, Gala 84, Beeslack 87. A close run thing but Beeslack rightfully came out tops in the print section

Digital Projected Images: Midlothian 78, Beeslack 79, Musselburgh 84, Gala 86. Again close run but Gala came out tops this time.

Overall result: Midlothian 161, Musselburgh 165, Beeslack 166 and Gala 170. Gala were overall winners.

Two images scored the maximum 20/20 points. “Birth, Life and Death” from Musselburgh CC and “Old Red Eyes is back” (not a self-portrait) by Gala’s Ford Renton. Gala’s Fiona Kilgour scored 19/20 with her magnificent image, “Double Fish Supper”, of a Kingfisher capturing two fish at once.

Thanks to our guests from the other camera clubs who helped make for an enjoyable evening. Well done to all clubs.

Old Red Eyes is Back Ford Renton

Double Fish Supper Fiona Kilgour

Change of Venue

The four way competition on 1st November will be held at Halliburton Community Hall, Galashiels instead of our usual Red Rom at Langlee. The reason for the change is we are expecting more attending than the maximum allowable capacity specified by Langlee’s community centre.

Its on the left as you turn off the A7 by Salon 55.

First Competition of the year – Open

Thanks to Graham Riddell for judging our Open Competition last night (11/10/17). Great comments and very helpful.

Congratulations to the award winners who were :-

Beginners DPIs

3rd Fiona Kilgour with “Singing Wren”, 2nd Louise Mair with “Greece1”, 1st Fiona Kilgour with “Double Fish Supper”

DPIs –

3rd John Frater with “Sunderland Air Show”, 2nd Lynne Grant with “Summerlight”, 1st John Frater with “Fish Supper”

Prints –

3rd Ford Renton with “Rolling Fields”, 2nd Gordon Swalwell with “Southern Hawker”, 1st Gordon Swalwell with “Quiet Corner”

There were commendations in the DPIs for :-
Christine Swalwell (2), Fiona Kilgore (2), Brian Stark (2), John Frater (2), Louise Mair, Paul Dytor (3), Alistair Peacock, Richard Lillico, Ford Renton (2), and Neil McLean.

Commended in the Prints were –
John Frater (2), Ron Bell, Ford Renton, Christine Swalwell and Brian Stark

Practical Nights

In a change of syllabus, Don Lee’s Practical Studio Photography night is on 22nd November 2017. He’ll be using our own newly acquired studio kit. Bring your cameras and have a go.

The content practical night on 7th Feb 2018 will include Print Mounting and Basic Photo Editing using a few different software packages and file formats.

 Opening Night 2017

What a great opening night we had on Wednesday 20th September.

The meeting was opened by our chairman Ron Bell who then followed his introductions with a presentation on resizing images for competitions. We were particularly pleased to welcome no fewer than four new members.

As always, several members brought along a selection of images showing what they’ve been up to, photographically speaking, during the summer break. Images covered a wide variety of genre from portraits to landscapes, sport, nature and photographs of the heavens. A selection of the images is shown below.

We hope members old and new will enjoy what we have lined up this season.


 New Equipment Update: (19/9/17)

All the new studio equipment has now arrived, been tested, and available for members to use.

For those used to operating studio equipment it is easy to set up however, it is best you watch the Elinchrom tutorials a few times to familiarise yourself with the setup and operation.

The package consists of two holdalls for the lighting and one holdall plus a long roll for the back drop. Other than the backdrop roll, it is very portable.

If you have never used studio lighting equipment before then we suggest you wait for Don Lees’s practical demo on November 22nd before borrowing. As well as getting a practical demonstration of the setup and operation he’ll be going through the basics of studio lighting techniques.

NB1: The Octagonal Softbox reflector is awkward to assemble and takes some practice. Great care should be taken when inserting the metal rods as they could easily puncture the reflector if mishandled. Ford can show you how when collecting.

NB2: The backdrop roll is 2.5m long so won’t fit in a small car. Ford can deliver if enough notice is given. It is made of reasonably tough vinyl material, black one side, white the other. However, please take care when walking on, or placing props, stools, etc on the surface as it may tear. Don’t wear stilettos!

Please contact Ford (01896758577) if you’d like to borrow any of the club’s equipment (see below and “Equipment for member’s use” page) (Ford won’t be available from 5th to 13th October)

New Equipment for member’s use

We now have available for members to use an X-Rite ColorMunki Photo colour calibration kit which, can colour calibrate your monitor screen, projector and printer.

In addition to this we should have available in a week or so Elinchrom Studio D-Lite 4/4 Twin Softbox to go equipment, with back drops, for members to produce stunning portraits. We’ll update once its available.

Ford has donated a tabletop studio set comprising of a light tent, 4 coloured backdrops and two lights.

Click here for details

The new season is nearly upon us – Opening night is Wednesday  20th September.

Ford Renton has now officially taken over AGRi organisational duties. A revised AGRI entry form and rules have been uploaded to our Competitions page.

The new season’s syllabus should be available very soon.

Thanks to funding from the Scottish Borders Council Community Grant Scheme we have been able to purchase a new projector and laptop for the club. No more poor colour or dodgy aspect presentations. We now have a “ColorMunki Photo” calibration kit for members to use. This will create colour profiles for Monitors, Projectors and Printers. Please contact Ford Renton for details.

New Digital image submissions should be SPF standard 1600 x 1200 instead of the previous 1400 x 1050 format

We hope to purchase a studio kit for members to use in the very near future. Don Lees is currently working on a presentation on Studio Photography during which we hope to be able to demonstrate the new kit.


Annual Outing – 2017

June the 4th saw 10 of our members embark on a magical mystery tour of South of Scotland’s Gardens.

We set off from our various pickup points to Dawyck Botanical Gardens outside of Peebles, with a brief stop for coffee in Innerleithen. Members filled up their memory cards until mid afternoon when we set off for Craigieburn Gardens and Carrifran Woodland, via Moffat, before stopping for our evening meal at the excellent Gordon Arms.

At Carrifran Woodland

We were fortunate with the weather as by all accounts it had been horrendous back in Galashiels. Other a few showers at Dawyck its was generally good.

Here’s some of the shots returned so far:

Summer meet – 3rd May – Smailholm

Several of our members met up in the evening at Smailholm Tower. It was a lovely sunny evening although a bit on the chilly side. A few good shots were had although most of our time will be spent cloning out other photographers in post processing.

A few, well probably just Ford Renton, were hoping for clear skies late on for a bit of Astro Photography. Sadly, cloud spread in from the East so we all headed home about 21:00


Annual competition 2017

The results are in:

This year’s Annual completion was judged by Hawick based professional John and Sandra Parris. John and Sandra are worldwide acclaimed photographers and have a string of awards and achievements between them. Their critique and advice on our images was very much appreciated and made for a very entertaining and informative evening. Our sincere thanks go to Sandra and John for giving up their valuable time to judge our competition. For a real visual treat why not visit their website at

The turnout for this year completion was a little down on previous years however, given that the school holidays have now started it was entirely understandable. Never the less, a total of 185 images were submitted by members and were of a very high standard. The results are the listed below a very well done to all entrants.

This was the last meeting for this season. The club resumes again on the 20th of September 2017. Our new syllabus will be published soon on our website along with images from this year’s Annual Competition. Come and join us then, you’ll be made very welcome.

Digital Projected Images:


1st – Gordon Swalwell – Spoleto Walkway; 2nd – Gordon Swalwell – Cyclamen; 3rd – Ford Renton – Yellow Brick Road;

Beginners – 1st -Alistair Kevan- Steel wool Photography 2nd Emily McCulloch – Dandelion Fluff

Commended: Christine Swalwell, Alan Kennedy, Alistair Kevan


1st – Alan Kennedy – Night Fall; 2nd – Lisa Kerr – Caught in a Blizzard; 3rd – David Usher – Reflected Landing Stage;

Beginners: – 1st – Lisa Kerr – Caught in a Blizzard; 2nd – Emily McCulloch – Mountains and Trees (Well done to beginner Lisa Kerr in achieving 2nd place in the Standard class too)

Commended: Alistair Peacock, Ford Renton, Alan Kennedy


1st– Ford Renton – Hovering Tern; 2nd – Gordon Swalwell – Eyes on the Food; 3rd – Gordon Swalwell – Grazing Avocets;

Beginners: 1st – Lisa Kerr – Tiger Lily

Commended: Alistair Peacock, Lisa Kerr


1st – Alan Kennedy – Days Gone By; 2nd – Ron Bell – Lifelong Friends; 3rd – Neil McLean – Evening Stroll;

Beginners – 1st Alistair Kevan – Girl in the City, 2nd Lisa Kerr – Matrix

Commended: David Usher, Alistair Kevan

Printed Images:


1st – Gordon Swalwell – The Gallery; 2nd – Alistair Peacock – The Storm Jar; 3rd – Ford Renton – Quarry Pool;

Beginners – Lisa Kerr – Swing Bridge

Commended: Neil McLean (2), Christine Swalwell, Ford Renton


1st – Ford Renton – Hazy Morning; 2nd – Alan Kennedy – Room with a View; 3rd Alan Kennedy – Tranquillity;

Beginners – Lisa Kerr – Spittal

Commended: Ford Renton (2), Alan Kennedy


1st – Ford Renton – Fish Supper; 2nd – Ford Renton – Skater; 3rd – Ford Renton – Face First

Commended: Christine Swalwell (3)


1st – Alan Kennedy – Christmas is All Around; 2nd – Ford Renton – Slow Steam Ahead; 3rd – Ford Renton – Homeless

Commended: Christine Swalwell

Trophies: (awarded for best images in both DPI and Print category)

Best Black and White Image: – Ford Renton – Hazy Morning

Best Colour Image: – Alan Kennedy – Room with a View

Best Digital Image: – Alan Kennedy – Days Gone By

Best People Image: – Alan Kennedy – Christmas is All Around

Best Landscape Image: – Ford Renton – Hazy Morning

Best General image: – Gordon Swalwell – The Gallery

Best Nature Image: – Ford Renton – Fish Supper

Best Home processed print – Ford Renton – Hazy Morning

Best Overall Image “Burns Trophy” – Ford Renton – Hazy Morning

Best Newcomer in annual competition – Lisa Kerr

Highest Points in Monthly Competition – Digital Image – Gordon Swalwell

Highest Points in Monthly Competition – Prints – Ford Renton

Highest Points in Monthly Competition – Beginners – Lisa Kerr

Download or open a .pdf of full results and entries here

Annual General Meeting – 29th March 2017

The club held it’s AGM on 29th March. The minutes of the meeting will be distributed shortly and the website updated accordingly.

Acting chairman Alan Kennedy returns to the post of Vice chairman, Ron Bell was elected as the new Chairman. Gordon Swalwell takes over from Ron Bell as Competition secretary. All other posts remain unchanged.

A new four person sub committee was formed to arrange and organise practical nights.

Our annual competition exhibition and prize giving is on Wednesday 5th April at Langlee Community Centre. This is the last meeting for the club for this session. We will resume with a welcome night on 20th September 2017.

Borders Digital Challenge 2017

A total of 13 club participated this year:-

Abbey CC, Amble PG, Berwick CC, Dumfries CC, Earlston CC, Galashiels CC, Hawick CC, Kelso CC, Liddesdale CC, Morpeth CC, Musselburgh CC, Peebles CC and Selkirk CC.

Hosted by Hawick Camera club the images were shown in The Tower Cinema on a very large screen indeed.

And the scores are in…..

1st Place             Morpeth CC                    140

2nd Place            Dumfries CC                    138

3rd Place             Musselburgh CC             137

4th Place           Galashiels CC                  132

5th Place             Kelso CC                           127

6th Place             Liddesdale CC                 126

7th Place             Peebles CC                       124

8th Place =          Hawick CC                        123

8th Place =          Amble PG                         123

10th Place =        Berwick CC                      122

10th Place =        Earlston CC                      122

12th Place            Selkirk CC                        119

13th Place           Abbey CC                          116

Two images earned the maximum 20 points – “Slow Day” from Dumfries CC and “Highland Pony” from Liddesdale CC

Gala individual scores were, out of 20:

“Auld Reekie”                               Alistair Peacock              16

“Days Gone by”                           Alan Kennedy                 16

“Full Tilt”                                       Neil McLean                    19

“Hovering tern”                           Ford Renton                    16

“Milky Way over Lindean”         Ford Renton                    16

“Nuthatch”                                   Gordon Swalwell            15

“Spoleto Walkway”                     Gordon Swalwell            15

“Swallowtail”                               Christine Swalwell          19

Heres’ the Gala CC front row:-

Syllabus Night

The provisional syllabus for next season, starting 20th Sept, will be published in a few weeks.

Two internal competition themes for next season were agreed to be “Action!” and “Birds, Bugs and Buds”

The summer outing was provisionally set for 4th June. The destination being Dawyck Gardens and possibly Portmore gardens.

Summer evening meets are:

All at 19:00:

3rd May – Smailholm Tower; 5th July – Stow; 2nd August – Fatlips Castle

Other information will be published as soon as it becomes confirmed.

Next week is the AGM a good attendance would be appreciated.

Table Top

15th March 2017

Wednesday night was the results and display of prints and digital images for our last internal club completion of the year on the theme of Table top Photography.

Many thanks due to judge Sandy McVittie, a member of Hawick Camera club for over 30 years, for his hard work and welcome critique.

The results were as follows:

Digital Projected images:

1st “Cyclamen” by Gordon Swalwell, 2nd “In the Limelight” by Christine Swalwell 3rd “Straw Bale” by Ford Renton. Commended were Gordon Swalwell, Christine Swalwell and Alistair Peacock (2)

Lisa Kerr was the only entrant in the beginners section however “Fruit Pizza” was named as her best image.


1st “Paper Roses” by Alistair Peacock, 2nd “The Navigator’s Tools” by Ford Renton, 3rd “Fading Beauty” by Gordon Swalwell. Commended were Ford Renton, Christine Swalwell and Alistair Peacock.

As it was the last interim completion the results have been calculated for the highest total point scorers, and therefore trophy winners, for the season.

Digital Projected Images: Well in front and winner of the trophy, Gordon Swalwell

Prints: In a last minute coup, just pipping Christine Swalwell to the honours, and winner of the trophy, Ford Renton

Beginners: With a commanding lead and winner of the trophy, Lisa Kerr.

12 -Way at Newtongrange

On Sunday Gala Camera Club took part the annual 12-way competition held at the Mining Museum Newtongrange. After the event only 9 clubs took part this year. Although we found ourselves in last place after the prints section we came second equal in the digital images section which, as there wasn’t much in it, brought us up to a creditable sixth place overall. Alan Kennedy’s “Days gone by” scored a maximum 20 points. Alistair Kevan’s “Night Life” scored a creditable 17. The scores were: Musselburgh 180, Hawick and Livingston 171, North Berwick 170, Midlothian 169, Galashiels 166, Mid Calder and Beeslack 165 and Biggar 163.

Bill Currie

Wednesday’s much anticipated visit by Bill Currie from Bonnybridge did not disappoint. A large turnout of members, plus a few welcome visitors from GalaWater Camera club and Hawick, were captivated by Bill’s creative process and stunning images.

Bill took us through the facts on digital photography and processing whilst dispelling many of the myths as he went. I dare say there will be a few photographers out and about today full of renewed enthusiasm and inspiration. Haste ye back Bill.

You can see examples of Bill’s work on his website.

Change to the syllabus

Please note that the final hand in for “The Annual” is the 15th of March, not 8th as published.

Libby Smith (MPAGB, APAGB, EFIAP, Hon SPF)

Well what a night. Libby Smith returned to continue her presentation on editing our images to produce a better result. Using simple techniques and adjustment layers and masks she showed us how an image can be improved to get the best out of it. She later showed us some of the more advanced and composite images she’d produced. Libby Smith is most definitely and inspiration to us all.

Borders Exhibition, Selkirk – 22nd February 2017

Mark your diaries. Borders Exhibition at Selkirk 22nd Feb 19:00-22:00 held at The Parish Church, Scotts Place, Selkirk.

We have a few members with entries some come along and support the club. As well as some fantastic images on display Selkirk CC always put on a good spread at the end.

Update: Gala CC did rather well on the night with no fewer than FOUR 1st placed images AND an Overall BEST B&W print. Our member’s share of the honours are as follows:

Landscape: 1st Gordon Swalwell, 2nd and 3rd Alistair Peacock, Comm Ford Renton
Flora and Fauna: 2nd Gordon Swalwell, Comm Christine Swalwell, Ford Renton
General: 1st Christine Swalwell, 2nd Gordon Swalwell, Comm. Ford Renton
Landscape: 2nd Alistair Peacock
People: 1st Alistair Peacock, 2nd Christine Swalwell
Flora and Fauna: 3rd Christine Swalwell, Comm. Alistair Peacock, Christine Swalwell
General: Comm. Christine Swalwell
General: 1st and 2nd Gordon Swalwell AND Overall Best B&W
Landscape: Comm. Ford Renton

Well done everybody.

Borders Digital Challenge – change of venue

There is a change of venue for the Borders Digital Challenge which will be held on Sunday March 26th at 2 pm.  This will now take place at the Heart of Hawick.  The full address is Tower Mill Cafe Bar, Heart of Hawick, Tower Mill, Kirkstile, Hawick, TD9 0EA.

JPEGS as is

An interesting evening. Some members brought along examples of their work showing the original image and the edited version.

The merits of different approaches to editing and the software used were discussed.

A reminder that next week is the Borders Exhibition at Selkirk so there will be no meeting at Langlee Community Centre.


Members Showcase night – 8th February

A number of our members presented a showcase of their recent outings and work. Ford Renton briefly covered the subject of Long Exposures using both high density lens filters and software stacking techniques. We were entertained with a guided tour of the US West Coast and Mexico from the view point of a Cruise ship by Paul Anderson. David Usher treated us to a selection of his Botswana Safari images. Alistair Kevan explained how he achieved his light painting and fireball images from last week. A hilarious show of his holiday photographs with the alternative title “A Quick Skite round Cuba” was given by Jim Paxton, and last but by no means least Gordon Swalwell closed the show with stunning images of Rajasthan and Kerala taken by Christine Swalwell and himself. A very enjoyable evening which both informed and entertained.

Next week, in a slight change to the syllabus, is a “JPEGs as is” night. Members are encouraged to submit jpeg images straight out of the camera along with the final edited version of either the jpeg or RAW file showing the pros and cons of either media format. We have a few volunteers already. Please contact Alistair Peacock with your ideas. It is also the hand in for the last club competition, Table Top, before “The Annual” hand in on 8th March.

Here are a few images:

“Jpegs as is” night

15th February

With most digital camera’s these days there is usually image editing software bundled with your purchase. The software allows the user access to such things as crop tools, resizing tools adjustment tools for brightness, highlights, contrast etc.

Tonight is a chance for the unconverted members of the club to see the potential benefits when using editing software to enhance digital images.

I would ask for volunteers to bring along some unedited (or converted RAW to JPEG) images to discuss before and after editing results. An explanation of why you took the image, the lens used and filters, if any would also be beneficial.

The nature of this exercise would be to show what you did to the image from the time of capture to the final presentation on screen or print.

Tonight is an ideal opportunity for members to put forward any questions they may have with regard to the basic elements of image editing and manipulation.

Ford Renton and Ron Bell have kindly offered their services to show examples of their frequently used manipulation techniques.

Open Competition – 1st February

Many thanks To judge Ian Fullerton for his very entertaining critique and most helpful advice.

The results were as follows:


Beginners: 1st – Steelwool Photography by Alistair Kevan; 2nd – Moonlight Shining over Leaderfoot Bridge by Lisa Kerr; 3rd – Night Life by Alistair Kevan

Commended: Lisa Kerr for Galashiels Flyover

Standard: 1st – Out of the Darkness by Neil McLean; 2nd – Under the Dragon’s Breath by Gordon Swalwell 3rd – Landing Position by Gordon Swalwell

Commended: Neil McLean (2), Alistair Peacock, Christine Swalwell (2), Alistair Kevan, and John Frater

Here are the prize winning shots:


Beginners: Spittal by Lisa Kerr was awarded commended. ( No awards are given  if there are less than two entrants.

Standard: Ist – The Driver’s Apprentice by Christine Swalwell, 2nd – The Hypnotist by Paul Anderson, 3rd – Torrent by Ford Renton

Commended: Alistair Peacock, Gordon Swalwell (2), Neil McLean and Ford Renton.

Here are the winning prints:

3_way “Battle” Earlston, Kelso and Gala camera clubs

Justice has been done and honour recovered. The annual 3 way competition between Gala, Kelso and Earlston was this year hosted by Earlston Camera Club. Gala members were warmly welcomed by our hosts.

The scores were:

Earlston 223; Kelso 242; Gala 258

So gala retain the title.

3 images scored the maximum 20/20 they were:

“Days gone by” by Alan Kennedy; “Milky way over Lindean” by Ford Renton; “Full Tilt” by Neil McLean (Will get the title later), all from Gala Camera Club.


Thanks to Earlston Camera club for their wonderful hospitality.

Treasurer Ford Renton will purchase a small trophy on behalf of all clubs which will be presented at future 3-way challenges between the clubs.

4-Way at Musselburgh

Well Gala came a gallant 4th at Thursday’s 4-Way competition between Penicuik, Midlothian, Musselburgh and ourselves.

The scores:

Musselburgh 175; Beeslack 169; Midlothian 166; Gala 160

Only two images scored the maximum 20 points one of which was our own chairman Alan Kennedy’s “Day’s Gone By”, well done Alan.

We’re hoping for a better result against Earlston and Kelso on Wednesday.

Change of Syllabus

Please note that evening presentation of 18th January has been changed to “An Evening of Landscape Photography” presented by club member Ian Oliver of Tweedside Galleries

Bill Currie’s “When getting it right isn’t enough” has been moved to 8th March.

“Serendipity” with Eleanor and Allan Drummond

21st December 2016


The last meeting of the year brought Eleanor and Allan Drummond all the way from Earlston to visit the club with their presentation “Serendipity”, an AV journey across Sri Lanka with Allan providing the visual part with his stunning images and Eleanor doing the Audio part with a very informative and witty commentary on their journeys.

The club reconvenes on 11th Jan 2017, see syllabus

Our Christmas meal is on 6th January at Kingsknowes Hotel, Galashiels. 7:00 pm for 7:30 pm

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our members.

Club Competition – Patterns in Architecture

14th December 2016

The theme for tonight’s competition was Patterns in Architecture and judged by Dr Richard Bingham, ARPS, EFIAP.

A total of 24 prints and 29 DPIs were submitted by members. Richard gave critique and extremely valuable advice on each image, pointing out where an image may have been improved.

The results are as follows:

DPI – Beginners – 1st place – Lisa Kerr

DPI – Standard – !st place – Gordon Swalwell; 2nd place Gordon Swalwell; 3rd place – David Usher

Prints – Beginners – 1st, 2nd and 3rd place – Lisa Kerr

Prints – Standard – 1st place- Ford Renton; 2nd place – Paul Anderson; 3rd place – Ford Renton

Fiona Cadger – “A Journey with Photography”

7th Dec 2016.

Former club member Fiona Cadger ARPS was welcomed back tonight to give members her presentation “A Journey with Photography”. Fiona took us on an inspirational voyage from her first camera to achieving Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society (ARPS), one of the highest distinctions a photographer can realise. Culminating in a show of her LRPS and ARPS portfolios Fiona demonstrated just what can be achieved with hard work and dedication. Haste ye back Fiona.


Friday 6th is our Christmas meal at the Kingsknowes Hotel, Galashiels (7:00pm for 7:30pm). A link to the menu is on our website in the syllabus page so members should send their meal choices to Jim Paxton as soon as possible.

The club reconvenes on 11th January with a quiz night hosted by Ford Renton, last year’s winner. Get your thinking caps on, it won’t be easy.

Digital Battle

On a damp and dull St. Andrew’s night Gala camera club welcomed members from Hawick and Selkirk camera clubs to a 3-way digital image “Battle”. A total of 45 images were displayed, 15 from each club. The images were judged and marked by our guest judges Hazel Mason FRPS and James Frost FRPS. Hazel and James are well known in Border photographic circles as well as much further afield. They gave invaluable and most welcome critique on each image. Although it was a close run thing the contest was won by Hawick Camera club with 238 points. Well done Hawick CC. Second was Gala CC with 218 points followed by Selkirk CC with 193 points.

Two images were awarded the maximum 20/20 they were: “Smailholm Tower” by Ali Graham of Hawick and “Splash” by Gordon Gilfether, also of Hawick.

James Frost FRPS

Hazel Mason FRPS

Next week is the much awaited presentation from Fiona Cadger ARPS “A Journey with photography”

Photosnap night

23rd November 2016. The club held a light-hearted “Photosnap” evening wherein we split into two teams and utilising two display projectors and laptops, matched one team’s images, from a bank of 50 each, against the other team’s images. Images were judged on content by Judge Anne Lilico and points awarded to whichever team successfully matched the other image. An easy task at the beginning but gets much harder as the bank of images is depleted. Consequently some of the explanations for a claimed match were hilarious in their obscurity. Counterclaims were equally tickling. The result was a dead heat between the teams, a fitting score. All led to a fun evening and thanks to Judge Anne for adding to the enjoyment. Also thanks to Christine and Gordon Swalwell for organising the event.

Alan Kennedy has now taken over as club chairman, his contact details have been updated on our Contacts page. Jim Paxton retains the role of Club Secretary. The club also welcomed yet another new member which, brings our membership up to a healthy 30 persons.

The Border Telegraph ran an excellent double page feature on our “Agri” competition. Sincere thanks to Jo Robinson and all at “the Telegraph” for their efforts. Get your copy now.

Next week is a 3-way inter-club competition between Gala, Hawick and Selkirk and hosted by Gala. Judged by Dr James Frost FRPS and Dr Hazel Mason FRPS. Members are reminded to bring along some nibbles to help cater for the event.

The following week Fiona Cadger presents “A Journey with Photography”, something we all look forward to.

Table Top night

Wednesday 16th was a practical night on the subject of Table Top photography.

It turned out to be quite a successful evening. Some members brought in their Table Top kit with a wide variety of cameras and set ups including, flash, fixed lighting, roll backdrops and light tents. It was inspiring to see some excellent home made and improvised mini studios. We had a few props to use so all could have a go using different subjects and different lighting.

Send  your best shots of the night to Ford Renton so they can be displayed on the website.

Here’s a couple of Ford’s using a light tent, a mirror base and a black backdrop, and one from Alistair using bounced flash.

The “Agri”

9th of November was the club’s annual Agricultural Photographic Competition.

Although numbers were down a little on last year it was still a great night.

Sincere thanks are due to all members who came along on the night and supported the club, as well as those who gave up their time to help set up, present, cater for, and clear up afterwards. Chapeau.

…and a very special thank you to Gordon and Christine who worked tirelessly to make the evening a success.

For full results and images please visit our Agri page.

George Neilson ARPS – Sports Photography

On Wed. 2nd November members were delighted to welcome back George Neilson who gave an excellent presentation on Sports Photography.

George showed a collection of his superb Sports images accompanied by a very informative narrative on the do’s and dont’s of sports photography. It was also an opportunity for members to do a bit of “celeb” as the collection included images of some very famous sporting characters, golfers in particular.

Haste ye back George.

A Night of Two Halves

A fun night where members judged one anothers images. Entries for prints were on theme of “Blue” . DPIs were on the theme of “The Blue hour”. Technically the blue hour is said to be when the sun is between 4 and 6 degrees below the horizon. It is rarely actually an hour as it varies with time of year and latitude however, it’s that time of day when the classic golden sunrise or sunset is over, or not yet begun, and the colours are predominantly, but not exclusively, blue rather than golden yellows.

The results for DPIs were as follows:

Joint 5th Place Ford Renton and Christine Swalwell.

4th Place, Ford Renton

3rd Place Lynne Grant

2nd place, Neil McLean

1st Place, Alistair Peacock with “Blue Eildons”

The winner of the print submissions was also Alistair Peacock with “Blue with a Splash of Red”. A clever and quite striking image of colours seen on a door in Eyemouth

The winner of each category, in this case both Alistair Peacock, received a novelty prize of an American Express. not a real one of course but an 8GB USB flash drive you can fit in your wallet. Alistair also has the honour of choosing next year’s themes, if the event is repeated.

Alistair’s image can be viewed below. Well done Alistair.

Results of “Open” competition – 19th October 2016

Judged by Steve McGonnell LRPS from Edinburgh Photographic Society

Well done to all those awarded and to all who entered.



1st:- “Eilidh” by Lisa Kerr; 2nd:- “Best Friend” by Anne Tweedie; 3rd:- “Flower” Commended awarded to Anne Tweedie


1st:- “Through the Archway” by Lorraine Haddow; 2nd:- “Tiger Lily” by Lisa Kerr; 3rd:- “Quick Shower Ladies?” by Lorraine Haddow



1st: “Swallowtail” by Christine Swalwell; 2nd:- “Tall Ship on the Neva” by Alistair Peacock; 3rd:- “Nuthatch” by Gordon Swalwell.

Commended awarded to Paul Anderson, Christine Swalwell and Gordon Swalwell (x2)


1st:- “Hats Off” by Ford Renton, 2nd:- “Indian Guide” by Christine Swalwell, 3rd:- “The Escalator” by Gordon Swalwell.

Commended awarded to Alistair Peacock, Lynne Grant (x2), Alan Kennedy, Ford Renton, Neil McClean and Gordon Swalwell.

Latest News

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Results of Gala Camera Clubs Annual competition held Wed 6 Apr 2016 and judged by Linda Trickett

DPI’s General Section
1st: Neil McLean
2nd: John Frater
3rd: Ford Renton
Commended. Paul Anderson, Christine Swalwell, Neil McLean

DPI’s Landscape Section
1st. Paul Anderson
2nd.Ford Renton
3rd. Ron Bell
Commended: Ron Bell, Ford Renton, David Usher.

DPI’s Nature Section
1st. Gordon Swalwell
2nd. Gordon Swalwell
3rd. Ford Renton
Commended: John Frater, Christine Swalwell (2)

DPI’s People Section
1st. Gordon Swalwell
2nd. John Frater
3rd. John Frater
Commended: Paul Anderson, Christine Swalwell, Gordon Swalwell.

Prints General Section
1st. Ford Renton
2nd. Christine Swalwell
3rd. Neil McLean
Commended: Paul Anderson, Ford Renton,Christine Swalwell

Prints Landscape Section
1st. Alan Kennedy
2nd Ford Renton
3rd. Gordon Swalwell
Commended: Paul Anderson, Alan Kennedy, Neil McLean, Ford Renton

Prints Nature Section
1st. Ford Renton
2nd. Paul Anderson
3rd. Gordon Swalwell
Commended Ford Renton (2), Gordon Swalwell

Prints People Section
1st. Janet Kennedy
2nd. Gordon Swalwell
3rd. Ford Renton
Commended: Ford Renton (2), Christine Swalwell.

Trophy Winners for 2016
Best Black and White Print trophy winner, Gordon Swalwell
Best Colour Print trophy winner, Ford Renton
Best DPI trophy winner, Neil McLean
Best People Image trophy winner, Janet Kennedy
Best Landscape trophy winner, Paul Anderson
Best Nature Image trophy winner, Gordon Swalwell
Best Home Processed Print winner, Ford Renton
Best Overall trophy winner, Neil McLean
Winner of the trophy for highest points in monthly competitions for Projected Images was Gordon Swalwell
Winner of the trophy for the highest points in monthly competitions for Prints was Janet Kennedy.