Photograpy Group 2 recently visited Killerton.
U3A photography groups visit Westonbirt Arboretum
Forty members from both photography groups of Crewkerne U3A, together with 10 members of Somerton U3A, visited Westonbirt Arboretum at Westonbirt on October 8.The aim was to walk through the woodlands to see and photograph the wonderful autumn colours. The party was split into three groups that were
taken on guided tours around the site, near Tetbury in Gloucestershire, which is said to have one of the finest tree collections in the world. It was established nearly 200 years ago.“The colours were magnificent and everybody enjoyed themselves,” said Mary Fowler, who organised the coach trip to Westonbirt which is managed by the Forestry Commission.
Jeff is a first time winner in U3A photography competition
Jeff Hutson was an instant success in the annual inter-U3A photographic competition organised by Crewkerne & District U3A. It was the first time he had entered the competition, now in its fourth year, but Jeff snapped up the award for the best photograph with his shot of a workman tuning a bell at the Whitechapel bell foundry in London.
The theme of this year’s competition, which took place at the Henhayes Centre, Crewkerne, on November 7, was ‘people at work’. Jeff, who is a member of Crewkerne U3A’s photography group 1, travelled to the world famous bell foundry last month on a mission to take pictures for the competition. It certainly proved well worth making the trip.
He had his first camera at the age of eight and used a Nikon D750 SLR for his bell foundry shots. He joined Crewkerne’s photography group 1 a couple of years ago.
Six U3A teams took place in the competition which was judged by Sid Jones, of Dorchester: Crewkerne photography groups 1 and 2, Chard & Ilminster, Dorchester, Minehead and Yeovil. Each team submitted 12 entries which were individually scored, and after all the points had been added up Minehead were the winners with a total of 102 and were awarded the Crewkerne challenge shield. Runners-up and winners of a certificate were Chard & Ilminster (91), followed by Dorchester (89), Crewkerne 1 (88), Crewkerne 2 (86) and Yeovil (84).
Judge Sid Jones said: “The overall standard of entries was very high, with the six top entries being of an exceptional quality.” During the judging process he gave constructive criticism on such aspects as composition, lighting, context, focus and mounting. Crewkerne U3A chair Anne Bright added: “It was a very well organised event and the quality of the entries was excellent.”