Village Hall Photo Competition

All details on their Facebook Page.

“Allied Westminster want this competition to celebrate village life and the vital role that village halls play in our communities. They want to champion the roles that these venue play in bringing all our communities together.
The Judges will be looking for photos that encapsulate that sense of village community and not just a pretty village image. So please get those camera out and start snapping the perfect picture for your community.”

Exhibition Comments

  • Lovely photos, great variety, enjoyed it.
  • Great exhibition, lovely selection of photos.
  • Excellent quality of photography.
  • We liked the photos, especially the light/fire ones.
  • Quite a diverse photographic range.
  • All very good!
  • Terrific, all wonderful.
  • Fantastic shots!
  • Lovely photos! Thank you.
  • Stunning!!! All of them.
  • As always, well worth viewing.
  • Brilliant! Really enjoyed viewing these marvellous photos and information received.
  • Such a high standard as ever!
  • Some amazing prints.
  • Beautiful exhibition, very interesting.
  • Wonderful selection!
  • Love shooting stars!
  • 14. I like the mixture of expressions on their faces.
  • All very good. So many stunning pics.
  • Thank you for sharing this weekend. Really enjoyable.
  • Beautiful Poppies.
  • Amazing collection of photos from near and far. Fab quality. A local treasure and the dog loved it too!
  • Excellent as usual.
  • Such talent!! Excellent show.
  • Superb, thank you.
  • Super-duper display of brilliant work as ever!!
  • What a well travelled group of photographers!
  • Absolutely brilliant – gets better each year!
  • Loved the photos.
  • Nice exhibition.
  • A wonderful exhibition – thank you.
  • Excellent as usual.
  • Enjoyed as always.

Exhibition Comments

As ever, here are the comments from our exhibition comment book:

  • Great stop on our dog walk. Nice to see village exhibitions.
  • Fabulous photos! Very talented group of photographers.
  • Great pictures as usual. Well done!
  • High standard! Well done.
  • Some great photos! Fantastic.
  • Impressive! Such professionalism.
  • As always, amazing standard and variation.
  • Very diverse pictures and difficult to choose a favourite.
  • Fantastic photos!
  • Thanks to all, great exhibition!
  • Excellent and varied topics/subjects. Thank you.
  • Lovely, only came to High Street to get my papers.
  • Wow, just fantastic images. The club goes from strength to strength.
  • So imaginative, to have the gift of looking at something ordinary and turning it into something extraordinary.
  • Superb, thank you.
  • Fantastic! Excellent display of work!
  • Beautiful images! Well done.
  • Thank you for a superb show!
  • Enjoyed it as always. Hard to choose a favourite.
  • Every year I like to see the photo show. Thank you.
  • Thank you so much – some amazing photos!
  • Another year of great photos.

Exhibition Weekend

The annual exhibition is at the Public Hall, High Street, Willingham

Saturday: Noon to 5pm
Sunday: 10:30am to 4:30pm

Admission Free!

Portrait of Britain

Fancy a challenge? The British Journal of Photography has announced their Portrait of Britain Competition. Closing date is 1st May 2018.

Winners will have their work exhibited on JCDecaux screens nationwide, on bus stops, high streets and in train stations, as part of the biggest exhibition of contemporary portraiture ever held.

Your photograph will be seen by millions of people as they embark on their everyday journeys, brightening up their commutes and embedding your work in their consciousness. This career-changing exposure is unique to the scale of Portrait of Britain, which reaches across the length and breadth of the UK.

Exhibition Comments

Pat yourselves on the back whilst reading these comments from our exhibition:

    • An incredible display, showing a wide range of subjects. Great visualisation and a very high standard. The photography club should be very proud.
    • Brill, fantastic work, well worth a visit.
    • Really enjoyed the range of photos-especially on film.
    • Excellent photos!
    • Great display.
    • Wonderful photos, as always….
    • Superb, thank you.
    • Wonderful photography, such a high standard and an amazing varied collection. Always inspiring and a perfect way to spend a Saturday morning too.
    • Really great photographs, feel like I need to join the club.
    • Excellent photos, thank you.
    • Great photos.
    • Marvellous pictures, well done!
    • Lovely pictures, brightened up a dreary day.
    • Absolutely Brilliant, as always.
    • As usual, an impressive selection.
    • Just gets better and better, year on year.
    • Great show, nice pics, well done.
    • Again brilliant, great talent amongst us.
    • Brilliant pictures, I wish I could take pictures like this.
    • Such skill and imagination captured.
    • Beautiful selection of photos.
    • All lovely subjects, but I do like the abstract.
    • Brilliant photography.
    • Love all the great photos especially the bubbles by Jacquie and Graffiti by Keith.
    • A brief but enjoyable visit, very good.
    • Fabulous display as always. Very professional and artistic.
    • Some great images, well done to all.
    • Thank you for offering a voting opportunity, It made me look and appreciate more slowly.
    • Great photos. Very enjoyable visit and clearly so many talented people.
    • Very interesting collection of images.
    • Really good, so varied, interesting and artistic.
    • Great standard and good subjects, as good as last year, keep it up.
    • Another very high standard exhibition.


The committee had their meeting just a couple of weeks ago. We discussed many items for the agenda, one of which was our green screen photo shot for the July meeting. There were many ideas from the members of images of background and what you would like to see our model doing, so we broke it down to about 4 or 5 shoots. I hope you will enjoy what we have set up for you to photograph. Phil will be available to download exhibition images and talk to members.

Welcome to Steve Harding who has joined our committee as our Willingham News press secretary. The other current committee members are:

Fred, Tony, Symon, Steve, Phil, Neil & Anita.

With both Francis and Stephen giving professional guidance.

August 21st

Exhibition work, Stephen will be available to download members’ images and talk to members about their images in one-on-one meetings. Whilst this is happening, there will be a work shop set up for members to experiment with. Please bring with you your cameras, flash equipment and tripods.

Summer time

We hope to be able to treat members to a trip to London. Date to be confirmed but it will be a Saturday or a Sunday. We will meet at Cambridge North railway station and travel via train and tube to different locations. The club will pay for transport, as a group ticket into the city. This will be during August, this means we will have to travel around London together.

We also hope to have a private viewing of Cattel’s windmill, again this is date to be confirmed.

September 18th

Sport and Action photos to view. Also photos taken at our August workshop and discussion. Final arrangements for exhibition.

October 7th & 8th

Photographic exhibition feast weekend.

October 16th

Presentation evening

November 20th

Raindrops & possibly guest speaker

December 18th

Christmas quiz, sharing of refreshments. Back by popular demand our fun filled quiz night with festive cheer.

January 15th

Can you guess what it is & photo critique

February 19th

Love  and then a talk on the ‘magic 3’

March 19th

Education (to be confirmed)

April 16th

Frozen in time (to be confirmed)

As we have said so many times before the subjects and evenings may be subject to change. It is one of the hardest things for the committee, to come up with assignments as well as work shops and demonstrations. I hope you all appreciate the time they give to the club.

The exhibition can not take place with out members’ help. We need your help to set up, run and take down the exhibition. Even if you can only spare an hour of your time. It’s your exhibition and the public love to talk to the members about their images and why you chose them. It is also where we gain new members for the club. It’s your exhibition: without your help we can not run it.

Don’t forget to see Fred after you have downloaded your images with either Phil or Stephen. He needs your information for the labels.

Finally, it is with a great deal of thought that both Stephen and I will be leaving the club in October after the presentation evening. Due to personal reasons, this will be our last club night for a while.

Stephen was one of the first members to join the club when it first started many years ago. Not long after, I joined so that Anne would not feel like the only female in the club. After which I joined the committee and then have been chair for the past few years. Over the years we have made many new friends within the club and have enjoyed many social events. We would both like to wish the continued success that the club has gained over the years. It is a great club for meeting like-minded people and enjoying the social aspect of friendships. We will miss our Monday nights.

This will leave an opening for a new committee member to fill, and also to join Francis as a professional critic. If you are interested in either of these posts or would like to know more, please do not hesitate to talk to one of the current committee members, or to Francis or Stephen.



We had our committee meeting about a month ago to sort out next year’s assignments. (These are now in the diary.) The current committee are happy to continue for the moment, however we are happy to invite anyone who wishes to join the team as a new member of the committee. The current gang are:

Fred, Phill, Symon, Tony, Neil and Anita.

The club finances are good, we currently have:

Bank       £1,168.28
Rent Due    -£240.00
Petty Cash    £36.65

The rent will be paid in the next few days, that’s the total rent for the year. We have decided to give a gift aid of £100 to WAG (Willingham Action Group) They have supported us for many years, with the exhibitions we run each year.

We hope to get other guest speakers in next year, there are a few possibilities we are looking into.

We are also looking at field trips for 2017 as well as workshops and social events.

Stephen reports that ‘Affinity Photo‘ has now been released for £40.

Snap the Ouse Competition

Closes Sunday 29th May

In the lead-up to the exciting summer OuseFest celebrations (18 – 31 July), the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership are running the 2016 Snap the Ouse Photography Competition. The competition is open to any photographs that define the character and feel of the Ouse Washes and surrounding areas, and that depict what makes our area great. Whether your photographs show landscapes, wildlife, people, buildings or water, you are encouraged to enter.

There will be three winners, one from each entrance category (age 12 or under; 13 – 18; 19 or over), who will each receive a fantastic basket of prizes worth £50. To participate, please send your photographs taken in the Ouse Washes or surrounding area to Sara Marshall by Sunday 29 May 2016.

More information can be found on the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership website. Good luck and happy snapping!