Battle against Stratford Photo Group

A Pair Of Finches

On Tuesday 4th May 2021 Banbury Camera Club competed in a photographic inter-club battle with Stratford Photo Group. The Judge was Dave Tucker.

This competition has been run annually for 7 years. It is normally a print competition but unfortunately as this year’s competition took place on-line it had to be a digital images competition.

The results (with points out of 20) are as follows:

BanburyStratford
1. BanburyWet Race Day
Gareth Morgan
17
2. StratfordClear Symmetry
Cliff Armstrong
17
3. BanburyView from the back
Lynne Hooper
18
4. StratfordCanal Walk
David P Howard
18
5. BanburyTULIP ON THE MOVE
Lynne Hooper
17
6. StratfordHunting Companions
Dick Prior
18
7. BanburyTRANSLUCENT ALSTROEMERIA
Tony Chivers
19
8. StratfordHolley Resting
Doug Watson
19
9. BanburyTOMATO AT REST
Tony Chivers
18
10. StratfordScarce Chasers in Cop
Jill Dyson Orme
19
11. BanburySTORM FORCE
Gareth Morgan
16
12. StratfordPower at Sea
Mary Kirkby
16
13. BanburyRe-Tyred
Charles Binns
16
14. StratfordAll Shopped Out
Michael Robertson Smith
17
15. BanburyRe-gaining Independence
Paul Raynor
15
16. StratfordWeaver
Paul Tomlinson
17
17. BanburyRAINY DAY IN PARIS
J Taylor
15
18. StratfordDo you do Piercing
Phil Welch
16
19. BanburyPromenade du Paillon – Nice
Jamie Bodley-Scott
19
20. StratfordApproaching Storm, Orford Ness
Cliff Armstrong
18
21. BanburyPathos
Mike Kirby
16
22. StratfordJurassic Coast
David P Howard
17
23. BanburyMy Crowning Glory
Helene Boily
17
24. StratfordSeaside Resort
Dick Prior
18
25. BanburyLUNCH FOR A KESTREL
Barry Boswell
19
26. StratfordTrigger
Michael Robertson Smith
16
27. BanburyHere Comes The Rain Again
Gareth Morgan
16
28. StratfordTea Plantation
Paul Tomlinson
17
29. BanburyGOING UP
Jamie Bodley-Scott
18
30. StratfordMetropolis
Phil Welch
19
31. BanburyGLACIER REST BREAK
Charles Binns
17
32. StratfordChemist’s Shop
Cliff Armstrong
18
33. BanburyChateau Impney Hill Climb
Jane Jarvis
17
34. StratfordUnderneath the Arches
David P Howard
15
35. BanburyALMOST GOT IT
Chris Baldwin
17
36. StratfordTavn Bogd Autumn
Dick Prior
17
37. BanburyA Pair Of Finches
Barry Boswell
20
38. StratfordCity by Night
Phil Welch
17
39. BanburyA Clash Of Eagles
Barry Boswell
17
40. StratfordWinner’s Prize
Dick Prior
18
Total344347

Digital Photography Competition No.4

But I Don't Like Getting Wet Mum

On Monday 12th April, Banbury Camera Club held a Digital photography competition. Members had submitted images: either Colour and Monochrome in advance. This is the fourth regular competition of the 2020-2021 season and took place on-line over Zoom.

Winners in the regular competitions accumulate points towards winning The F-Stop, Tony Grice, or Bodicote Trophies. The Annual and the Walford and Round competitions are additional and do not accumulate points. This year in the absence of print competitions, points are awarded for digital images and will lead to the award of trophies later in the season.

Joining us on-line, the guest judge was Peter Cox. The results were as follows.

PDI – 2021-04-12 : PDI Colour Open

PlacingNameTitlePoints
1Derek LaneBut I Don't Like Getting Wet Mum4
2Barry BoswellA Long Cool Drink3
3Gareth MorganKaleidoscope2
HCDerek LaneWinter Visitor1
HCJohn ButtressMorning Dew1

PDI – 2021-04-12 : PDI Mono Open

PlacingNameTitlePoints
1Lynne HooperOlivia4
2Jamie Bodley-ScottAarhus Harbour3
3Andrew SpackmanRaskolnikov In Prague?2
HCJeff YoungmanNave, Worcester Cathedral1

The next meeting on April 26th will be a Members’ Evening – 10 images in 10 minutes. Members invited to fill a 10 minute slot with their own images – anything goes: favourite pictures, recent walks or travels, experiments under lockdown, messing with photoshop, etc. 

Valentina Koulagina

We are saddened to hear of the death in Russia of Valentina a former member of Banbury Camera Club, excellent and creative photographer.

Valentina grew up in Soviet Russia and was a chemist for a government agency before later becoming a University teacher of Chemistry. She had a doctorate and several industrial patents to her name.

She came to live in England some 20 years ago . At that time she had no English, could not drive and didn’t take pictures.

Valentina Kulagina
Valentina

Joining a photographic course was a way of meeting people and, she said, did not involve much conversation at first. Progress was quick on all counts for Valentina, not only did she learn English , she became a proficient photographer and soon got her driving licence and a UK passport.

The impact of her photography on the local camera clubs is something legendary. She soon became a speaker of some repute, and although she was hesitant of presenting in her adopted tongue, the pictures spoke for themselves. Her exhibition successes were both numerous and varied with many medals, other awards and the odd FIAP blue badge. An ARPS and MPAGB were amongst her other achievements.

Her willingness to share her photographic skill was an example to all, and many friends, club members and admirers remain grateful for her inspiration and patient encouragement. I recall a phone call from her soon after we first met. ‘I invite you to my house, you will bring your portfolio, next Tuesday’. Who was I to argue? Her seemingly authoritative style was also a feature of the Banbury Camera club exhibition hanging day. We all just obeyed !

She was a true friend to so many of us and our lives are richer for having known her.

A mutual friend said ‘she was the brightest person, but the light went out..’

Valentina passed away in a Moscow hospital, a victim of Covid. She leaves a Son , Mikhail also a photographer, and a grandson .

A selection of Valentina’s photography

Tributes paid to history expert – Alan Sargeant

Long-time Banbury historian Alan Sargeant has died

BY MATT ELOFSON mattelofson©jpimedia.co.uk

Note: this article appeared in Banbury Guardian 25th March 21

Alan Sargeant, aged 86, passed away on Friday March 12. Mr Sargeant was a long-time member of the Banbury Historical Society, Banbury Camera Club, and most recently “Times Past” group at Banbury Museum. He developed a slide show called ‘A Walk Round Banbury’ which he took on tour around local care homes and senior clubs, inspiring hours of happy reminiscing. He was also involved in computerising the records of the village of Cropredy. Alan’s daughter, Linda Chatterjee, said: “Nobody knew more about the history of Banburyshire than Alan.” The funeral will be on April 12 at 11am, at Banbury crematorium, Southam Road. Due to current Covid restrictions attendance will be by family invitation only.

The Sargeant family moved to Banbury from Middlesborough in 1939 when Alan’s dad, Alfred went to work at the aluminium works, known locally as “the Alley”. They lived next to St John’s Church, and Alan attended school at St Mary’s and then Dashwood Road School (now Dashwood Academy.) Linda added: “He was part of St Mary’s moth anniversary celebration in 2018, regaling current pupils with his memories of World War II. He chuckled when a young boy asked him if he had survived.” Alan left school at the age of 15 and went to work at Stock-ton Sons and Fortescue, a firm of solicitors in the High Street. The story of this first job, “The Office Boy” was published in Ottaker’s Local History Series book after Alan won a writing competition in 2001. Mr Sargeant also served in the RAF for three years, which included time as an air plane mechanic in Egypt. He also earned the Suez Canal service military service medals for his service time in Egypt.

Alan with glass

Mr Sargeant had a life-long love of learning. His daughter Linda recalled how her father would joke that he was “educated at Rugby and Oxford” because he attended technical college in both towns studying engineering. She added: “I am the first in my line to get a bachelors, and Jane got hers a couple of years later. Both of us got our love of learning from our parents, especially dad.” Mr Sargeant also had a passion for languages. His nephew, Mr Green, added: “He was fluent in at least two languages (German and French) and a skilled and qualified translator.” He became a draftsman for General Electric in Rugby, and later for many years at Demag (cranes) in Banbury. While at Demag, he learned advanced German, earning the initials AIL (Associate of the Institute of Linguists) and when computers replaced draftsmen, he continued translating German technical drawings for Demag on a freelance basis. He donated a large collection of German books to Oxford University.

In 1962, Alan Sargeant married Beryl Knowles whose parents owned a shop in Easington. Beryl is remembered as a leader of local Girl Guides in the 1970s and 80s and as the Matron at Drayton School. She died in 2000. The couple leave two daughters – Jane Sargeant who lives in Yorkshire, and Linda Chatterjee, who lives in the USA. Jane remembered fondly how her father passed his love for gardening down to her. She said: “In the early years of bringing up a young family dad would grow all our vegetables, potatoes, cabbage etc, with just a few flowers for colour.

When we moved from Rugby to Banbury he continued growing vegetables in my nan’s house in Cromwell road. “Our small garden in Morris Drive was taken over by swings and our pet rabbits. Later on as we grew up and left home, dad was able to take up his passion for growing flowers. He swapped the potatoes and cabbage for fuchsias and pelargoniums. “He would spend hours in the greenhouse taking cuttings and potting them on. He loved to share this passion with family and the close neighbours he had and there was usually a plant exchange or two going on in the street.”

The family got together with the Knowles clan to celebrate Mr Sargeant with a “This is your Life” party for his 85th birthday in 2019. Mr Green described his uncle as ‘a tower of strength to the entire family.’ He said: “Throughout his life he gave of his best to family and friends, encouraging and supporting us all. There was never anything he wouldn’t do for you, and if he knew you had a specific interest he would go out of his way to research and provide further information. His was a life lived to the full.”

Alan shows his medals

Annual PDI competition 22nd March 2021

On Monday 22nd March, Banbury Camera Club held its annual Projected Digital Images (PDI) photography competition. Members had submitted images in advance. The event was held via Zoom all images submitted in advance.

Joining us on-line, the guest judge was Terry Pollard.

Placings were awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd plus highly commended for Monochrome and Colour. The judge also selected the overall winner from the two 1st placed entries.

Annual PDI competition – 2021-03-22 : PDI Colour Open

PlacingNameTitle
1Chris BaldwinMr Grumpy
2Derek LaneAnyone Seen My Stick
3Michael GreenwayBlack Star Riders
3Roy TholeCluster Of Tulips
HCJamie Bodley-ScottGormley Meets Art
HCLynne HooperFrozen In Time
HCJane JarvisIced Iris

Annual PDI competition – 2021-03-22 : PDI Mono Open

PlacingNameTitle
1Miles CrisellA Misty Morning In Spiceball Park
2Dave DugganFag Break
3Jeff YoungmanWinging It
HCBarry LaneCoastal Haze
HCJane JarvisFlight Time

The overall winner was Mr Grumpy by Chris Baldwin.

On Sunday 21st March The Chilterns Association Of Camera Clubs held their annual Championship Day

Banbury Camera Club took part in The Projected Championship competition. Details can be seen in this video. https://youtube.com/watch?v=hV98VRkXylg

The next meeting on Banbury Camera Club on April 12, 2021 will be an open digital images competition with guest judge: Peter Cox .

Full details of how to participate in our Zoom Meetings are sent out to members by email. 

Walford and Round Photography Competition 2021

Joining the Flow

On Monday 8th February, Banbury Camera Club held its annual Walford and Round photography competition. Members had submitted images in advance. There were 2 set subjects “Water” and “Square”. This competition is normally a print competition, however as the event was held via Zoom all images had to be submitted as digital images.

Joining us on-line, the guest judge was Kathy Chantler.

For each set subject placings were awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd plus commended at the judge’s discretion. The judge also selected the overall winner from the two 1st placed entries.

Walford and Round – 2021-02-08 : PDI Open Water

PlacingNameTitle
1Chris BaldwinJoining the Flow
2Miles CrisellI Want to Break Free
3Barry BoswellWater on a Surfacing Kingfisher
`CBarry LaneAutumn Reflections
`CJamie Bodley-ScottWater 3 Ways

Walford and Round – 2021-02-08 : PDI Open Square

PlacingNameTitle
1Lynne HooperJust the Middle
2Chris BaldwinAs Bruxas (The Hags)
3Jamie Bodley-ScottNot so Square
`CGareth MorganThe Grid

The overall winner was Joining the Flow by Chris Baldwin. He will receive the Walford & Round Trophy, once we can return to face to face meetings.


The next meeting on Banbury Camera Club on 22nd February will be “Shetland to Scilly Islands – Birds of the British Isles” with guest speaker: Ashley Grove.

Full details of how to participate in our Zoom Meetings are sent out to members by email. 

Digital Photography Competition No.3

On Monday 11th January, Banbury Camera Club held a Digital photography competition. Members had submitted images: either Colour and Monochrome in advance. This is the third competition of the 2020-2021 season and took place on-line over Zoom.

Joining us on-line, the guest judge was Graham Walton. The results were as follows. This year in the absence of print competitions, points are awarded for digital images and will lead to the award of trophies later in the season.

PDI – 2021-01-11 : PDI Colour Open

PlacingNameTitlePoints
1Miles CrisellMY FISHING DAYS ARE OVER4
2Chris BaldwinALMOST GOT IT3
3Tony ChiversTOMATO AT REST2
HCJohn ButtressSMALL FROZEN LANDSCAPE1
HCDerek LaneLUCKY ENCOUNTER1
`CBarry BoswellNESTING ON THE EDGE1
`CJamie Bodley-ScottCOLOURFUL EXIT1
`CChris BaldwinSMALUNGEREN, BERGEN1

PDI – 2021-01-11 : PDI Mono Open

PlacingNameTitlePoints
1Jeff YoungmanQUIRE, WORCESTER CATHEDRAL4
2John CredlandBULLRUSH3
3Gareth MorganSTORM FORCE2
HCCharles BinnsGLACIER REST BREAK1
`CJamie Bodley-ScottFOREVER (ALMOST)1

The next meeting on 25 January will be a Members’ evening. A presentation by members of images that they have taken during 2020. Members who would like to talk through a few of their photographs should contact Barry Boswell, or better send him digital images of the photographs you wish to show on the night.

Full details of how to participate in our Zoom Meetings are sent out to members by email.  

Digital Photography Competition No.2

On Monday 30th November, Banbury Camera Club held a Digital photography competition. Members had submitted images: either Colour and Monochrome in advance. This is the second competition of the 2020-2021 season and took place on-line over Zoom.

Joining us on-line, the guest judge was Alan Edwards. The results were as follows. This year in the absence of print competitions, points are awarded for digital images and will lead to the award of trophies later in the season.

PDI – 2020-11-30 : PDI Colour Open

PlacingNameTitlePoints
1Lynne HooperTulip On The Move4
2Gareth MorganTowanroath Mine3
3John HallUp and Away2
HCBarry BoswellLunch for a Kestral1
HCMichael GreenwayAutumn Colour1
HCDerek LaneLend Me an Ear1
`CJeff YoungmanThe Chase is On1
`CChris BaldwinFlower Lady1
`CJohn ButtressFloral Paintbox1
`CKeeran BrabazonSolitary Confinement1

PDI – 2020-11-30 : PDI Mono Open

PlacingNameTitlePoints
1Gareth MorganHere Comes the Rain Again4
2Jamie Bodley-ScottGoing Up3
3John TaylorRainy Day in Paris2
HCMike KirbyLockdown Stroll1
HCJohn ButtressDell Boy1
`CCharles BinnsYewTree Pinhole1
`CCharles BinnsFlyover1

The next meeting will be held on Monday December 14 when guest speaker – Jerry Webb will present a talk entitled “Mono photography with an edge”. Full details of how to participate in our Zoom Meetings are sent out to members by email.

This video of the competition has been published for your enjoyment.

On-line Digital Competition No. 1

On Monday 5th October Banbury Camera Club held an On-line Digital photography competition. Members had submitted 50 images in 2 categories Colour and Monochrome in advance This is the first competition of the new season (starting in September).

Joining us on-line, the guest judge was Colin Mill from New City Photographic Society in Milton Keynes. The results were as follows with links to the images.

As we’re unable to hold any print competitions this year, it has been decided to award points for winning images in on-line competitions. These are shown in the results below.

On-line 1 – 2020-10-05 : PDI Colour Open

PlacingNameTitlePoints
1Lynne HooperView from the back4
2Jane JarvisChateau Impney Hill Climb3
3Jamie Bodley-ScottPromenade du Paillon - Nice2
HCBarry BoswellFeeding Gulls1
HCAndrew SpackmanOne way only, Oxford1
HCChris BaldwinBuried In Berries1
`CDerek LaneA good hare day1
`CTony ChiversTranslucent Alstroemeria1
`CMiles CrisellWatlington Hill Red Kite1

On-line 1 – 2020-10-05 : PDI Mono Open

PlacingNameTitlePoints
2Gareth MorganBefore the tide3
3Mike KirbyPathos2
HCGraham OsgoodCastlerigg Stones, evening1
`CTony ChiversMono Abstract1
`CJeff YoungmanInterior, Worcester Cathedral1
1Charles BinnsGlacier Bay0
HCCharles BinnsRe-Tyred0

Two images by Charles Binns – Glacier Bay and Re-Tyred – were duo toned. This “Officially” places them into the colour section. They were however judged as mono images in the competition. It has therefore been decided (at Charles’ suggestion) that points are not awarded for them on this occasion.

The next meeting will be Your questions answered – 19th October. This is an opportunity for members to ask questions on any aspect of photography and have it answered and explained in depth with practical demonstration where appropriate. Although questions may be taken on the night, to avoid disappointment please will members submit their questions to Barry Boswell asap.