OPS Weekly Newsletter 1 March 2024


  • Do start selecting your prints for our second print competition on 5 March and upload your digital versions onto PhotoContestPro by midnight Saturday 2 March. Maximum entries are two colour and two monochrome. Let’s see those prints.
  • The Silverband Hall will be close in April for three to four weeks due to renovation work. Our 2 April evening will be held at Old School House, Hertford Street, East Oxford, OX4 3AJ. Subsequent April evenings will be held at Holton Village Hall, Holton, Oxfordshire, OX33 1PR.



  1. Last meeting – Rosebowl Competition Round 3 between Oxford, Harrow, Croxley and Wantage


Oxford came first with 267 points, followed by Harrow with 258, Croxley with 256 and Wantage with 248. Congratulations to Helen Webb whose image scored 20 star and all members who took part. This score means Oxford will qualify for the final on 21 April.


  1. Next week’s meeting Tuesday 5 March: Print Competition No. 2


Judge will be Kevin Day.

Please upload your digital versions onto PhotoContestPro by midnight Saturday 2 March. Maximum entries two colour and two monochrome.


  1. Upcoming meetings in February and March


Tuesday 12 March: ZOOM Presentation – Phil Savoie with his talk “The Principles of Photography talk”


Phil Savoie talk is geared to inform everyone from the seasoned pro to beginners.


The talk contains a significant chapter on Astrophotography. He will address the often overlooked topics covered in Principles of Photography.


19 March: Best Use of Light

Judged by our very own Phil Joyce


  1. Exhibition at the central Library, Westgate, Oxford

If you haven’t yet visited it do go as it is well worth it. It ends Wednesday 13 March


  1. Photo themed events in Oxford


Bluebell photography course

Capture spring’s stunning display of colours whilst exploring the Arboretum. Learn various methods to photograph trees, plants and views with your own camera

10.30am – 1pm/£50/Sat 4th May 24 Harcourt Arboretum Nuneham Courtenay


Meadow photography course

Capture our wonderful meadow in bloom in the summer whilst exploring the Arboretum. Learn various methods to photograph trees, plants and views with your own camera

10.30am – 1pm/£50/Sat 15th Jun 24Harcourt Arboretum Nuneham Courtenay


Natural Photography Workshop

Leave the cameras at home and try a photography workshop with a difference. Create your own beautiful prints from plants and explore a new experimental photographic technique that references Sir John Frederick William Herschel’s discoveries in the 1800s

10.30am – 2.30pm/£50/Wed 3rd Jul 24. Harcourt Arboretum Nuneham Courtenay


  1. Photo exhibitions further afield


DAVID BOWIE – A LONDON DAY A new exhibition of photographs by Kevin Davies

The Fitzrovia Chapel is proud to announce a new exhibition of photographs title DAVID BOWIE – A LONDON DAY by Kevin Davies, capturing David Bowie over the course of a single day in 1992, which will open on 1st March and run until 20th March 2024 as part of The Fitzrovia Chapel’s Cultural Programme. Entrance is free and you don’t need a ticket or to book.



Best photography exhibitions to see in 2024

One of the best ways to gain inspiration for your photography and exploring different styles is by experiencing and viewing the work of other photographers and artists. We’ve put together a selection of the best exhibitions on around the UK during 2024 to see photography; including exhibitions that present photographs alongside other disciplines.


Below, you’ll find the information you need including dates, location and ticket details to plan your trips.



  1. General photographic interest


‘It’s greed, that’s what it’s about’: documenting the UK’s cost of living crisis – photo essay

Photographer Kirsty Mackay’s project The Magic Money Tree explores the impact of poverty in the Black Country, South Shields and Bristol

The Magic Money Tree exhibition is at the New Art Gallery Walsall from 9 March to 14 July



‘It creates a community’: one photographer’s intimate portraits of more than 500 redheads

To sit for a portrait in this singular artistic endeavour, you must be two things: born with red hair, and open to revealing something unique on the inside



Street photography might seem a weird hobby – but it’s taught me patience and persistence

Alex McClintock

Taking photos of random strangers in public places can create little gems of personal interaction



Sand, sheep and survival: in the desert with the Bedouin people – in pictures

Petra Bašnáková’s images of goat herders, shepherds and small children capture a challenging way of life that is slowly disappearing



Sony World Photography Awards 2024: Professional finalists announced

The World Photography Organisation has announced the finalists and shortlist of the Professional competition in the Sony World Photography Awards 2024.

The Photographer of the Year 2024 winner is chosen from the Professional finalists and will be announced on 18 April. The winner wins a $25,000 cash prize and a range of Sony digital imaging equipment, as well as a solo presentation of their work in next year’s Sony World Photography Awards exhibition.



International Garden Photographer of the Year announce overall winner and category winners

The RPS would like to celebrate the work of this years winner June Sharpe ARPS as-well-as Annaick Guitteny, who was awarded the gold medal in the Portfolios category, which is run as a stand-alone competition in association with The Royal Photographic Society.