“Every Picture Tells a Story” – 15th December 2016 – Peter Preece

Our Speaker on the 15th December is Peter Preece, who specialises in natural history photography.  for full details of his work, see his websiteh ttp://www.peterpreece.com/.

His lectures are entitled “Every Picture Tells a Story” which are digital presentations. These talks are available to demonstrate to Societies and Clubs on how to set up feeding stations, build hides and photograph all aspects of fauna and flora. They also explain the equipment needed and where to photograph certain species of wildlife.

Peter’s profile on his website tells us

“For many years both myself and my wife Margaret have belonged to local Photographic Societies, including Smethwick, Solihull, Droitwich and our local club, Cookhill and Studley. We are both retired and spend a lot of time travelling around the U.K. and Europe photographing everything we find, from insects to animals. 

Over the last 12 years we have visited about 900 venues where Peter has shown his illustrated talks to Natural History Societies, Photographic Societies, W.I.’s, Probus Clubs and other organisations interested in Wildlife. A lot of our photography is done from hides situated in areas where we attract in birds such as jay, buzzard, nuthatch etc. and are based in Warwickshire close to where we live. These hides are baited up every two days to set up feeding stations which have produced many successful images in national and international exhibitions for both ourselves and people who have been invited to these hides. ”


Tom Tivey Competition – 8th December 2016 – Landscape & Natural History

Just an warning to members to get their entries to the Competition Secretary, Simon no later than the end of day on the 4th December 2016.

‘This is a closely fought pair of competitions at both the print and DPI level with images  covering both landscape and natural history’

The interpretation of each category to be used is to be found on the link :

Entries will need to be with the Competition Secretary, Simon Pearce for the end of day on Sunday 4th December. This should be the submitted DPI and the titles of the prints. If possible Simon would also like to receive a copy of the printed image in the same format at the PDI entries. This will enable pictures to be projected as well as shown on the lighbox. This will require you to make two email entries, one for PDI and one for prints 

There has also been a change of judge, who is now Malcolm Sales.


Members Night – December 1st 2016 – Your Contributions Please

This is the chance for members to share their work with colleagues in the society. Always an enjoyable evening. Contributions from members welcomed for this event. If you have some ideas of what you want to tell the members about or discuss please let Ian Petitt or Paul Cooper know of your ideas, so that they can be added to the programme,

So far the following members have come forward to present.

  • Steve Fairbrother – AV wildlife & landscape
  • John Wesson – mount Cutting
  • Tony Pedly – AV
  • John Orton – Victorian Entrepreneurs
  • Paul Cooper – The Photographers Emphemaris……

Further suggestions are greatly accepted.

Thursday 17th November – External Competition with Notts Outlaws

We’ll again be pitting our wits, or even our images with our friends and colleagues from Nottingham Outlaws. This year we are at home in our normal venue at the Thomas Cook Memorial Hall. The images will have already been selected on the 3rd November.

It is traditional for the home team to provide refreshments on the evening. Could you please bring something with you for the table on the evening. this could be sweet or savoury.

The Judge for the evening is David Grounds