As the nights start to draw in again, it is time for Melton Mowbray Photographic Society to start its new season of meetings.
This year the society enters its 69th year with a strong and growing membership of over 60 keen amateur photographers ranging from 14 years old upwards.
The society aims to promote enjoyment, advancement and inclusion in photography and meets every Friday evening from September 4 until the end of April, at the Samworth Centre.
As a relatively new member myself, I have found the society a very friendly, welcoming group of people who are very happy to share their expertise as well as encouraging new members to take part in competitions and events.
Whether you’re a complete beginner, keen improver or experienced enthusiast, you’ll find a great deal at our society for you.
The society embraces the full spectrum of subject matter, but with a real emphasis on education, quality speakers and encouraging participation from everyone.
The programme for this year includes a varied set of external speakers, competitions and members evenings.
Last year we introduced an intermediate as well as an advanced category for our competitions.
The aim was to encourage new members to take part and get the opportunity to receive feedback on their photography without being intimidated by being up against the more experienced photographers.
This has proved to be very successful and on a few occasions our external judges have said that the intermediate images would have given the advanced group a run for their money.
Our external speakers also provide an opportunity to learn and advance our skills. This year we have speakers covering black and white photography, printing, editing, travel, wildlife and contemporary photography to name just a few.
We also have some fun along the way with a Christmas quiz evening and a fun competition called ‘Follow that.’ This year we are also looking to arrange a couple of Saturday workshops that will give us the opportunity for some hands-on learning.
We are also in the process of planning an exhibition of members’ work for later this year where we aim to showcase our images and share them with the wider Melton community.
Fourwalls gallery in Burton Street has very kindly offered to host the exhibition and full details and dates will be available shortly.
If anyone is interested in coming along and joining us, full details of our programme can be found on our website. New members are able to take advantage of a special offer of first year membership for just £20.
l Visit www.meltonphotographic.co.uk
l The Melton Times is encouraging budding photographers throughout the borough to send in their photos which will be featured in future editions. If you have a stunning image you would like to share with other Melton Times readers please send it (as a JPEG) with some details of where and when it was taken plus why you like the shot so much and your personal contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org