OPS Weekly Newsletter 10 March 2024

OPS Weekly Newsletter 10 March 2024


  • Do start choosing your Best Use of Light images. Phil J will be judging them on Tuesday 19 March.
  • 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 – Print Competition No. 2 judged by Kevin Day


The results of the evening were:



First place           Pete Warrington               Under Boscombe Pier

Second place      Keith Worthington            After Prey

Third place          Pete Warrington               Slurry Tank, Berkshire Downs

H Commended   Les Gordon                         The Cube, London

H Commended   John Boteler                      Winter Wonderland, Savernake Forest

H Commended   Dave Atkinson                   Black Backed Jackel

Commended       Dave Belcher                     Peaky Blinders

Commended       Helen Webb                       Black Rhino and Oxpecker

Commended       Helen Webb                       Tribal Woman

Commended       Dave Atkinson                   Vintage Owl in Motion



First place           Helen Webb                       European Bee Eater

Second place      Les Gordon                         A Walk in the City

Third place          Dave Belcher                     Mating Red Footed Falcons

H Commended   Helen Webb                       Hyena

H Commended   John Boteler                      Eastbourne Pier

H Commended   John Boteler                      Rebecca at Dungeness

Commended       Sandra Devaney                Adventure

Commended       Pete Warrington                Double Take, Southsea Pier

Commended       Dave Atkinson                   Kingfisher and Catch

Commended       Keith Worthington            Passing Food


Congratulations to all who took part.


  1. Next week’s meeting 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. See more here: https://oxfordphotosociety.co.uk/opsevent/zoom-presentation-phil-savoie-with-his-talk-the-principles-of-photography-talk/


  1. Upcoming meetings in February and March


Tuesday 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


Capturing Humanity – Steve McCurry HonFRPS in conversation

Mon, 08/04/24, 19:30 GMT

Join us for an exclusive ‘in conversation’ event in the company of renowned photographer and visual storyteller Steve McCurry HonFRPS, best known for his iconic 1984 photograph Afghan Girl which featured on the cover of National Geographic magazine.



Canine hopefuls on the second day of Crufts – in pictures

More than 24,000 dogs from 220 different breeds are taking part in Crufts 2024 with hundreds of the most agile and athletic dogs competing in different categories including agility and flyball and, new for this year, hoopers – a low-impact and inclusive activity for dogs and owners. The event culminates with the awarding of the best in show trophy on Sunday night



The heavy hand of God: Europe’s brutalist churches – in pictures

Vienna-based photographer Jamie McGregor Smith has spent years travelling the continent in search of sacred spaces that allowed architects’ imaginations to run wild



Three decades of the English steam engine scene – in pictures

For more than 30 years, photographer Robin Grierson has documented the steam rallying scene in England. His pictures record the people, their restored traction engines and the unique culture of steam heritage that draw crowds of enthusiasts to events around the country every summer. Here he recalls some of the characters, devotees and performers lured by the giant steam engines



Edward Burtynsky: an incredible insight into Abstraction / Extraction

To mark the opening of his new exhibition at Saatchi Gallery, London, Edward Burtynsky talks to Tracy Calder about fishing, photography, eco-anxiety and the benefits of being a perfectionist.



Leica Women Foto Project Award winners announced

Leica has announced the winners of its 5th Annual Leica Foto Project Award on International Women’s Day 2024. This year’s competition encouraged applicants to share a photo essay tacking on topics of reclamation, resilience or rebirth.




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