OPS Weekly Newsletter 31 December  

  • This Tuesday 2 Jan please bring a selection of images on a USB stick for the second half of our Show and Tell evening.
  • Project Group: Please contact Phil if you are interested in joining a mutually supportive Project Group.

  1. Last meeting – Photos, Christmas nibbles and drinks 

Many thanks to Helen for organising the evening and providing delicious cakes, savouries, and drinks. We all put up our ‘guess who took that’ photos on the print stand and listed our answers. The winner, who successfully got eight correct choices, was Dave Atkinson.

  1. Next week’s meeting Tuesday 2 January 2024: Show and Tell with Helen Stewart for the first half of the evening 

Tonight we have a presentation in two parts from one of our lady members Helen who will be showing and talking about her images from two recent trips to very different locations, Greenland and Paris. This will be in the first half of the evening the second half is over to the rest of you to bring in images on a USB to present on the evening.

  1. Upcoming meetings in January 

Tuesday 9 January: Wildlife Photography Part 3 – My month in the Falkland Islands with Tracey Lund 

A welcome return of Tracy Lund. This talk is all about my months tour around the Falkland Islands. I will take you on the journey of all the Islands I visited along with the wildlife I photographed with some stories along the way.

This presentation is being done via ZOOM into the silver band Hall.

Tuesday 16 January: A Walk Around Oxford 

Tonight, we will be doing something different we will meet in Oxford at 19.30 (Venue to be Confirmed) with our cameras to take some night-time photography you choose: “Light trails” for” long exposure”, “Street life after dark”, “Buildings” and “Shadows”, basically anything goes. Meet back up at 21.00 for a coffee or a beer and wander off again for some last shots before heading home.

Park and ride is probably the easiest thing for people to do.

We will then show maximum 10 images the following week as a show and tell with a difference.

Tuesday 23 January: Show and Tell from the previous weeks “Walk around Oxford” 

Tonight we will hold the full evening to a show and tell for every photographer who attended the previous weeks trip into Oxford, for the walk about with our cameras.

10 minutes to each photographer and we should hopefully see some very diverse range of images from our talented photographers.

Tuesday 30 January: Digital Lecture TALKING PICTURES with Chris Palmer 

A welcome return to Chris Palmer who has been a favourite amongst our judges and now this evening he will be giving his talk called “Talking Pictures”

His talk alludes to the fact that he will be talking about his pictures but more importantly what are the pictures we view say back us/you the Viewer. The image should communicate with the viewer. He will discuss camera craft, and skills and the way he photographs when on location. He will cover Landscape, Urban, Monochrome, and beach photography.


  1. General photographic interest 

New illustrated biography of Josef Koudleka and various ‘best of 2023’

Next: The Story of Josef Koudelka 

A new illustrated biography by Melissa Harris, published by Aperture and Magnum Foundation, tells the remarkable story of Koudelka’s life and photographic practice.


The Photographers’ Selection: 2023 

Cristina de Middel curates a selection of images shot over the past 12 months by Magnum photographers.


The photographs that defined 2023 – and the stories behind them 

The year has been dominated by the Israel-Gaza and Ukraine wars, and protests around the world. But there have been moments of joy, too – from Elton John’s Glastonbury show to Vanilla the chimp’s first taste of freedom. Photographers reflect on their striking pictures


The best photographs of 2023 

The AP Team, core AP Contributors and Picture Editors share their favourite photographs of 2023


The best sports photos of 2023: Great images and the stories behind them 

If the sport was amazing in 2023, the photography was just as good.

Getty Images’ award-winning team of photographers cover more than 50,000 sporting events each year, so narrowing it down to the best images was no easy task.

BBC Sport brings you 23 amazing photos from 2023 – and the photographers who captured them take you behind the lens to explain just how they did it.


International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2023 Winners Announced 

The International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2023 title was awarded to Tony Hewitt for his abstract aerial captures of riverbeds in his native Australian landscape. The serene image of autumn birch trees reflected in a lake won Blake Randall International Landscape Photograph of the Year, a category awarded for a single image.


Our favourite BJP stories of 2023 

A year in words and images, from the best shows to the most vital photojournalism

Looking to pass the time between Christmas and New Year? We’ve rounded up 12 of our favourite articles from 2023 for you to feast on. Profiles include Hannah Starkey, Matthew Arthur Williams, Craig Easton and Hiroshi Sugimoto, while our editors were on the ground in Arles, Paris and Venice this year too.



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