OPS Weekly Newsletter 19 May 2024

OPS Weekly Newsletter 19 May 2024


  • We need members to come forward and help run the club. The tasks are not onerous, but they are falling on a very limited number of club members. We need someone to be secretary, someone to run our external competitions, our internal competitions, our exhibitions, and also members to act as support. It is your club, but the club will not be able to function without members coming forward to take on some of the essential tasks that we all rely upon. Do contact myself of any committee member if you have any questions.


  • Please start selecting your 10 Best Images of the Year for our final meeting this season.


  1. Last week’s meeting: Third print competition – judged by Martin Pattern.


The results were:


First Dave MacKay Immature Starling
Second Helen Webb Proud
Third Dave MacKay Early morning fishing, Varanasi
H Commended Les Gordon Didcot
H Commended John Boteler Rat catcher
H Commended Dave Atkinson Snow Leopard
Commended Ian Bray Turl Street
Commended John Boteler Summer sun
Commended Adrian Cubitt Deep in the Dales


First Helen Stewart Polar Bear
Second Dave MacKay Fish cleaner
Third Keith Worthington Owl
H Commended Dave Belcher Aeroplane
H Commended Sandra Devaney Lights are on, no one home
H Commended Dave MacKay Thrush breakfast
Commended John Boteler Homeless man
Commended Adrian Cubitt Tui on Tiritiri Matangi
Commended Dave Atkinson Bee Eater
Commended Ivor Porter Golden Eagle


Congratulations to all winners.


  1. Next week’s meeting 21 May 19.30 Panel Competition


Our judge will be Phil Joyce FRPS


  1. Upcoming meetings in May


28 May AGM and your 10 Best of Year

The AGM will be followed by the showing of members’ selection of their 10 best of the season


  1. Photo themed events in Oxford


Oxford Photographic Society’s Annual Exhibition

Cloister Gallery, Soldiers of Oxford Museum

Park Street


OX20 1SN

From 4 May to 26 May. Note it is not open on Mondays



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. Harcourt 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. Harcourt Arboretum Nuneham Courtenay


  1. Photo exhibitions further afield


Saul Leiter: An Unfinished World

17 February – 2 June 2024

10am – 5pm

MK Gallery

900 Midsummer Blvd

Milton Keynes, MK9 3QA


American photographer Saul Leiter (1923 – 2013), one of the most important practitioners of the post-war period and a pioneer of colour photography, celebrated for his evocative images of New York City in the 1950s and 1960s, is the subject of a major survey at MK Gallery.


Leiter photographed every day for sixty years, keenly observing daily life and discovering beauty on the streets of the East Village neighbourhood where he lived his entire adult life and which became his enduring subject. Upon his death in 2013, Leiter left behind a remarkable collection of around 15,000 black and white prints, at least 40,000 colour slides, a similar number of black and white negatives and over 4000 paintings, only a handful of which had seen the light of day. Once lost to obscurity, his work has since been rediscovered and revaluated for its ground-breaking role in the emergence of colour photography.


Saul Leiter: An Unfinished World at MK Gallery is the largest exhibition of Leiter’s work to take place in the UK, featuring 171 photographs alongside a selection of over 40 of Leiter’s lesser-known paintings.



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


The Magazine For Photographers

Welcome to a brand new Issue of my Magazine. Another amazing one, enjoy the read



A nature photography tour of Madagascar – parts 1, 2 and 3

Globetrotting landscape and nature photographer Erez Marom takes us to the island nation of Madagascar



Author Anne Enright on how women are captured on camera: ‘The lens has not lost its power to claim and possess’

Introducing a photography special, the author considers how women’s stories have always been told through pictures – including of their own making



Protesters, pop stars and pioneers: 38 images that changed the way we see women (for better and for worse)

Shocking, arresting and extraordinary photographs that shifted how women are seen in the world



Fragile Beauty review – Elton John and David Furnish’s photo collection goes from basic to brutal

From glossy celebrity portraits through raw news shots to AI-driven abstracts, this epic show captures half a century of iconic images




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