Cherry Larcombe EFIAP, ARPS, DPAGB, BPE*5 Judges the Print league competition Set subject Curves and Open subject.

Cherry Larcombe is a regular visitor to the club and attends in her capacity as judge and sometimes as a speaker. She has a wealth of photographic distinctions and is well respected in the photography world for her creative flare. On this occasion she was invited to judge a league print competition. The first half of the evening was dedicated to her critique and scoring of the set subject ‘Curves’ Some images had more obvious curves than others and were marked accordingly but a  wide variety of images entered to interpret the theme resulted in a challenging time for Cherry.

First place was awarded to Wendy Kennett for her detailed image or the ‘Steel Scallop Shell Sculpture’ situated on Aldeburgh beach in Suffolk. Highly commended certificates were handed to John Kemp for his stitched vertical letterbox image of ‘Canterbury Cathedral Nave’ and to Lyn Gregory for her monochrome print of ‘Kings Cross Curves’.

After the break the Open section was judged and Bill Grinney took first place with his creative landscape image of a silhouette/shadow of a bird ‘Gliding over Rape’ Cherry also presented four highly commended certificates to John Davies for ‘Welcome to Kyoto,’ Jo Court for ‘Extinction Rebellion Protesters’ Sandra Littlejohn for ‘African Lilac-Breasted Roller’ and Wendy Kennett for ‘ A Light Dusting’

Cherry will be returning to the club next month to judge the Annual Panel competition and at the end of the evening she gave some hints and tips on what makes a good panel and the things she would be looking out for.


Ray Bridges usually visits our club in his capacity as Judge for our League competitions. On this occasion he was presenting some of his own favourite landscape images from around the UK for members to enjoy and learn from and his talk was interjected with some entertaining stories along the way.

Ray once enjoyed Fell walking in the Lake District following in the footsteps of his hero Alan Wainwright with whom he shared a common interest in ink line drawing. More recently he became registered disabled but was quick to point out opportunities to take a winning shot from a car window, layby or areas suitable for a mobility scooter.He critiqued his own work explaining that some images were taken purely to capture a memory of a lovely place, whilst other images had traveled the International circuit and achieved medals and awards.

He encouraged members to enter some of their local images into International Salons because what appears common place in the UK based competitions,has the potential to be quite unique and do well in Australia, India or Russia. Ray impressed on members the need to make the most out of a bad situation if conditions are not perfect on a visit to a location and be willing to adapt and seek out compositions more conducive to the light or weather. He also emphasised the importance of taking time to enjoy the view and not just witness it through the lens. Some of his photographs were taken on a specially converted camera body to capture Infra-red images that had an ethereal quality about them.

All members learned much from Ray who shared image capture tips and tricks, lens choices and editing techniques. He admitted adding the odd tree or boat on rare occasions to improve an image with a focal point. Hi presentation culminated in his final image which prompted the title for his talk. Long before the days of mobile phone selfies, Ray was keen to capture his achievement at reaching a summit on the fells. He placed his point and shoot camera down on a rock, with the timer set and hoped he would be in the frame. The resulting image revealed a sheep overlooking his shoulder. and when he looked down at his lunch he discovered that the sheep had eaten his sandwiches.