Welcome

It's all about pictures and the desire to communicate, so our aim is to promote an appreciation of all forms of photography. OPS is a photographic community in which you can express and share your view of the world.

OPS welcomes photographers regardless of experience or the equipment they use and our 2014-15 season will offer a wide range of opportunities to enjoy and develop your interest in photography through our weekly meetings, special interest groups and photo-trips.

Your first visit to any OPS meeting is free and thereafter you can come as a visitor or take out membership. Members have access to our Community Page with a forum and photo-gallery to share their latest work for feedback. We are also continuing our popular Mentorship Programme, giving new or less experienced photographers the opportunity to link up with an OPS member of their choice for 1-to-1 help and support. All our mentors have listed the free support they can offer on our Community Page (requires membership log-in details). You can find out more about membership of OPS here.

It all looks very exciting and is set to further enhance our reputation as one of the leading photography groups in the UK. If you would like to know more take a look around the website or contact us. We look forward to welcoming you to one of our meetings; you are invited to visit us on any Tuesday evening...and to see what we are doing just click here.

 

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Philip Joyce
Chairman

Upcoming Events

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Recent News

  • 24 November 2014
    It was fantastic to see so many globetrotting experiences captured so spectacularly in Journey, the latest Photocrowd contest sponsored by PhotoPlus magazine. There was a clear-cut winner in this one, with OPS member Steve Field's Snowshoe Journey finishing top of the pile in both the expert choice and crowd vote. A huge congratulations to Steve on his double-whammy. Check out the full contest overview including the expert's top 10 and commended selections here.
  • 15 November 2014
    In the final of the "Photographic Society of America" annual Individual Portrait competition, Peter Welford's  image gained a H/M award. One of his four images entered in the "Taipei International Taiwan" gained a H/M award. In the "Mississippi Valley Exhibition USA" another image gained a H/M award and lastly in the "International Salon Serbia" six of his images were accepted, one of which was awarded UPI Gold Medal. Well done to Peter!
  • 12 November 2014
    Philip Joyce and Linda Wride were two of the three winners from the Family Life competition, run by The Royal Photographic Society. You can view the images in the Award Winners Gallery. The images will be published in the December issue of the RPS Journal. Philip and Linda will each receive a print of their winning images printed by Metro Print
  • 11 November 2014
    Judges in the Take a View Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards have Commended Pete Warrington, who has won a place in the Awards book and his picture will be part of the London Waterloo Exhibition. Winning images can be seen at http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2014/nov/09/take-a-view-landscape-photographer-of-the-year-2014-in-pictures. This is Pete's image:
  • 08 November 2014
    Oxford Times Magazine (7th November, page 137) featured the work of OPS photographer Bharat Patel, alongside others, in an article about the Royal Photographic Society's print exhibition in Banbury. The exhibition at Banbury Museum, Spiceball Park, runs between 22 November and 10 January.
  • 03 November 2014
    The Helen & Douglas House Santa Run is due to take place on the 14th December. Karen & Andrew Galloway, Mike Fouracre, Dave Stroud and Peter West will be the ‘official’ OPS photographers, working on behalf of H&DH, but everyone is welcome. OPS members James Lyon and Peter West recently completed a series of publicity images, in conjunction with Stagecoach, that will/have been published in the local press, put on the web and reproduced as posters inside (and possibly on the outside) of Stagecoach buses shortly.
  • 02 November 2014
    John Waine completed a 'Pictures of 50 Strangers In Two Hours' challenge in Trafalgar Square on Thursday 30th October. John said it was great fun and the following link will take you to his pictures: https://500px.com/johnwaine/sets/50_strangers_in_two_hours_project
  • 02 November 2014
    Jeff Coles has just self-published his latest photo-book "Tattoo". As the title suggests, it features pictures taken at tattoo conventions from across the UK and you can preview the whole book/purchase it at http://www.blurb.co.uk/books/5690452-tattoo
  • 11 October 2014
    Mike Fouracre's photo of the Bristol buskers came first in the 24 Hours in Bristol photography competition. Mike says the ITV website has cropped it really badly and it's not meant to look quite like that! ...but here's the link http://www.itv.com/news/west/2014-10-10/bristol-buskers-wins-photography-competition The photo is exhibited along with the shortlisted images in Bristol. Details can be found here: http://www.24hoursinbristol.co.uk/news/   The same photo also came first in the Abingdon Camera Club annual open competition and will be on display in the Community Shop in Abingdon shopping precinct 13th-20th October. 
  • 11 October 2014
    Not content with one excellent exhibition, Bharat is simultaneously holding another! The title of the exhibition is simply "Colour Blind". There is no specific theme to the set of images but all are B&W and hence the title. The exhibition features a variety of subjects, including landscapes, flowers and Oxford by night. They show how simple images when carefully cropped and processed can bring out qualities that would be difficult to see when they are first taken. Common to most of the nine images is the dark moody atmosphere that Bharat has been experimenting with by taking processing to the extreme with selective exposure and dodge & burn techniques. They are all printed using only black inks and overall the technique adds to the final quality and feel of the image.
  • 11 October 2014
    Well done to Dave for having a picture shortlisted for selection as the RPS 2015 membership card. You can see all the shortlisted images at http://www.rps-365.org/competition/finalist/365/membership-card-comp/finalists/  ...and fingers crossed that Dave's image is the judges' final choice.
  • 08 October 2014
    Chloe's image 'Cycling for Gold' has won first place in the crowd vote in the Panning for Gold Photocrowd competion. Chloe receives a copy of Creative Shutter Speed: Master the Art of Motion Capture by Derek Doeffinger. Phil's picture 'Raging Bull' was placed fourth in the judge's selection and received a review. The full results can be found at https://www.photocrowd.com/archives 
  • 06 October 2014
    Congratulations to Linda Wride who has gained an Honourable Mention in this year's International Photography Awards (IPA 2014):  http://www.photoawards.com/en/Pages/Gallery/zoomwin.php?eid=8-71988-14&uid=&code=Buildings
  • 16 September 2014
    Congratulations to Steve Field for winning the Crowd Vote in the Simplicity contest on Photocrowd. In addition Magda, came 30th in the Crowd vote and was commended by the judge and Tim watts, in his first Photocrowd entry, had one image placed 40th and another  received an Experts review.
  • 15 September 2014
    John Boteler's picture taken at Stow Gipsy Horse Fair* has won the Oxford Mail Home competition and Bharat was second with his image "Home has no Boundaries", which features in his forthcoming exhibition at the John Radcliffe Hospital.
  • 09 September 2014
    Bharat Patel has just begun his exhibition "Nomads of India through the Lens” at the John Radcliffe Hospital. There are numerous nomadic communities in India who have played an important role in society for many generations. Tragically they are now some of the most marginalised people of India. The specialised trades of these nomadic communities have meant that settling in one place was virtually impossible. Without addresses or birth certificates they are invisible to the authorities. This exhibition depicts their present lifestyle, showing some of the problems and prejudices they face from society in general, as well as the influence The Raj has had in branding some of these communities as criminals. One NGO is trying to turn the tide for these nomads and their story forms part of the exhibition. Images will be for sale and all profits from the sale will go towards the charity he works for. Attached are examples of images in the exhibition. There will be a total 30 images many in A1 size frames. The Exhibition runs from 14th September to 15th December 2014 At “The Link Gallery” (level ‘0’), John Radcliffe Hospital, Headley Way, Headington, Oxford OX3 9DU. Nearest parking is at Car Park 1.
  • 04 September 2014
    Ruth Asher is the winner of the habitat category of the British wildlife photography awards 2014.  Ruth says: "Taken on the Shetland Isles this photo shows Gannets nesting on a rocky outcrop in the midst of turbulent seas made to look serene by the use of a long exposure"  Ruth's picture and all the other winners can be found on the BWPA website.
  • 29 August 2014
    OPS members Philip Joyce, Keith Worthington, Sue Gurney, Terry Lee and Frank Cummings have all been successful in the Photocrowd competition "All Creatures Great and Small". Overall winner Philip receives a copy of Dogs by the legendary photographer Elliott Erwitt. To see all the winning images and read the expert judge's views visit: https://www.photocrowd.com/b/91-show-your-best-animals
  • 04 August 2014
    Peter Welford has had success in several recent International Exhibitions:   Firstly In the "Photographic Society of America" Annual Individual Portrait Competition run over three rounds any image gaining an award goes through to the Final. In round one, one of two images entered gained a H/M award. In round three another image gained "Best Female Award" both now entered in the Final for Best Portrait of the Year..   JCM International Circuit India Six acceptances One being awarded FIAP Silver Medal.   Greek International Photo Circuit Ten acceptances one gained FIAP H/M award   Ridgewood International Salon USA. gained H/M award
  • 01 August 2014
    OPS members James Sutton, John Boteler and Philip Joyce all had pictures selected in the recent Photography Oxford photo competition on the theme of Glass. From an entry of 825 images James won the Photocrowd vote and had another image in 7th position; John's picture was selected by the panel of expert judges whilst Philip's pictures were 3rd and 6th in the Photocrowd vote with one of them also selected by the judges. You can see contest results here: Expert choices: <https://www.photocrowd.com/c/76-glass Expert reviews: https://www.photocrowd.com/c/76/judge-comments Crowd vote: https://www.photocrowd.com/c/76/voted-placings All of the winning pictures will be exhibited during the Photography Oxford Festival 2014, 14 September to 05 October http://www.photographyoxford.co.uk/  
  • 31 July 2014
    Magda Wolna's picture "At the start" is one of the finalists in this month's RPS 365 competition on the theme 'Sport'. Some of you may be familiar with that picture, as it has been previously seen at ISPA 2014. You can view all the finalists and vote for your favourite via this link: http://www.rps-365.org/competition/finalist/365/sport/finalists , although you do have to be a member of the RPS to vote.  Voting closes on 16th July. The winning entries will be printed in the June RPS Journal.
  • 21 July 2014
    Valentina's photograph “Venice Sketch 2” has won Gold Medal and Chairman’s Cup at the annual members Print Exhibition of the Royal Photographic Society Digital Imaging Group. In addition, the latest edition of DIGIT (the magazine of the Royal Photographic Society Digital Imaging Group) has not only covered the competition, but also published a big feature article devoted to her photography called “Fourth Dimension” (pages 6-11) and used one of her images for the magazine cover.
  • 19 July 2014
    Our OPS foreign correspondent, Naomi Roberts, had a picture of Cambodian migrants featured in the Guardian  (see http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/gallery/2014/jul/11/photography-journeys-guardian-weekend-readers) Naomi said: 'Cambodian migrants are returning to their country amid rumours of a violent crackdown on illegal workers in Thailand. Almost 200,000 have fled back over the border after hearing that those working in factories will be shot on sight by the Thai military junta. This minibus was one of many we saw and held upwards over 30 people.'
  • 02 July 2014
    Jonathan Wright and Peter West attended the Helen and Douglas House Rainbow Run in Reading on Sunday. Both had pictures selected for the BBC South website and one of Peter’s was featured on the regional news.
  • 20 May 2014
    Linda Wride has had another success in the Guardian weekend magazine with her photo "Upside down” (taken at St Giles Fair) You can view it at http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/gallery/2014/may/16/1
  • 04 May 2014
    Linda Wride's "50 shades of brown" is one of the finalists in this month's RPS 365 competition on the theme Close to Home - photos taken within a mile of where you live. It was shot at a local retail park off Botley Road, Oxford using a phone camera, part of a personal 365 project an image a day on the iPhone. You can view all the finalists and vote for your favourite via this link:http://www.rps-365.org/competition/finalist/365/close-home/finalists Voting closes 8 May. The winning entries will be printed in the June RPS Journal! 
  • 06 April 2014
    Magda Wolna has a commended picture (colour category) in the 2014 International Street Photography Awards. With so many entries, this is a tremendous achievement and you can see the picture here. Magda said she took this picture with an i-Phone whilst wearing a wet suit and waiting to jump into that cold water to compete in the Ironman challenge in Henley and couldn't resist taking pictures. It goes to show it doesn't matter what camera and lens you have to take outstanding shots!
  • 26 March 2014
    Many congratulations to Dave Atkinson for his Ribbon Award in the recent Chilterns 100 competition, for members of Chilterns Association Camera Clubs. You can find more details at: http://tinyurl.com/ops-1401  
  • 25 March 2014
    Congratulations to Dave Stroud,  Magda Wolna, Terry Lee, Bharat Patel and Linda Wride who all have images on display in the Port Meadow exhibition at the Town Hall, Oxford. The exhibition runs until April 21st.
  • 18 February 2014
    Steve Gray is taking part in an exhibition of landscape photography next month (24th to 29th March) to be held at the Mall Galleries, London. There will be over 300 images from 70 photographers on display so it should be an impressive collection. More info at www.lightandland.co.uk /exhibition
  • 15 February 2014
    Linda Wride has had another success in the Guardian weekend magazine with her photo "Bling Bling Shoes" shot at the Stowe Gypsy Horse Fair on an OPS phototrip last year. You can view it at http://tiny.cc/mwmbbx
  • 15 February 2014
    Longstanding OPS member Harry Harris has launched a website to primarily showcase his landscape and wildlife pictures. There are loads of images to inspire you, so do have a look at http://www.harryharrisphot ography.com
  • 30 January 2014
    Peter Welford has had two images featured on the official web page of "Sydney Harbour International Exhibition 2014". A flier for the exhibition can be found at www.sydney-harbour-international.org.au/
  • 18 January 2014
    Dave Stroud has just published his new photobook covering a trip to Cambodia in August of 2013. Visiting Phnom Penh, Battambang and Siem Reap, with the temples of Angkor. It is available to look at or order at http://www.blurb.co.uk/b/5019313-cambodia              
  • 04 January 2014
    Linda Wride has had two bits of good news to start 2014:   Issue 147 (February 2014) of Digital Camera magazine (reputedly Britain’s best selling photography magazine) includes a 1 page spread on her work in the “10 things to try today” series to illustrate the idea idea “Capture abstract colour - How to spot city shots with bags of impact”. The feature is on page 25 (and reproduced here).   Also her image Lady in Waiting is one of the 15 finalists in the "Art of Building” photography competition, sponsored by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). You can see all the finalists and vote for your favourite by following the attached link: http://www.artofbuilding.org/vote
  • 04 January 2014
    After the very successful exhibition at the North Wall Art Centre in Oxford, the OPS have been invited by the Notfamousyet Art Consultancy to exhibit a range of our images in the Link Gallery in the John Radcliffe Hospital from January to March. The Link gallery is in the Link Corridor accessed by the entrance to Car Park 1. (Turn right at the bottom of the escalator!) The exhibition is ‘open’ permanently from January until March inclusive, so if you are in the area please pop in; the exhibition is free too!   Here are some images from the exhibition:    
  • 07 December 2013
    Linda Wride has made it two weeks in a row by having her image, The Thin White Line, published in the Guardian magazine on Saturday. This week's theme was 'decorate'.
  • 30 November 2013
    Linda's image of visitors to the V&A enjoying an indoor picnic was published in the Guardian Weekend Magazine on 30 November to illustrate the theme “Snack” in the weekly “Your Pictures” feature. Congratulations to Linda.
  • 29 October 2013
    'Morning Light in the Poplars' by OPS member Steve Gray has been commended and selected for a 'Judge's Choice' award in 2013 Landscape Photographer of the Year Competition. Steve's image can be viewed alongside all the prize-winners at http://www.take-a-view.co.uk/2013_winners.htm
  • 12 September 2013
    Last year an appeal was sent out by Helen and Douglas House (The Oxford based hospice for Children and Young Adults) for photographers to provide publicity photos, particularly for 'quirky' images, to be used for this year's event. OPS photographers Geoff Cowap and Karen Galloway both have their images featured on the 2013 'Santas on the Run' poster. Geoff said of his (main) image "Having seen some great images of previous events, I decided I wanted to capture something a little different, so I went for the motion blur technique and just superimposed this very authentic looking Santa from the same event." For more details of the 2013 event visit http://www.helenanddouglas.org.uk/activity-events/Running/santas-on-the-run/
  • 17 August 2013
    Tony tarry has joined the growing list of members to have created a personal web-site. Given that Tony does most of his photography when travelling on vacation, it won't come as a big surprise that the largest section of his site contains pictures from the various trips he has made in the last 10 years or so. You can view the site at www.thetarrys.co.uk
  • 12 August 2013
    OPS member Steve Gray has recently set up a new website (http://www.lightweightlandscapes.com/) which features Steve's landscape photography, including many images from Steve's recent book.
  • 04 August 2013
    Following on from last years successful AFIAP distinction award, Peter Welford has been successful in gaining his EFIAP distinction: to date he has achieved over seven hundred acceptances in International Exhibitions!  
  • 25 June 2013
    Dave Stroud has just been awarded the Licentiateship of the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS). Congratulations to Dave. His successful images can be seen here.
  • 17 June 2013
    This is a collection of UK landscape images captured by OPS member Steve Gray with a digital compact camera. The aim is to show you don't necessarily need a big or expensive camera for landscape photography. You can find it here.
  • 23 May 2013
    Ruth Asher was a runner up in the monthly competition run by ‘Outdoor photography’ magazine. The competition is called “if you only do one thing this month ......” and the subject was winter landscapes. The image is currently featuring in this month's edition of ‘Outdoor photography’ (issue 165) and can be found on page 111 (and here).
  • 16 May 2013
    Yet another book has been added to the growing list of photo-books published by club members using Blurb (see http://tinyurl.com/d9yftj9). This time it's a photo journal of a recent trip to Costa Rica taken by our club secretary, Tony Tarry. Be prepared for a mixture of images from city views, jungle views, exotic birds and plants (and quite a lot of rain!).
  • 02 May 2013
    Ron Perkins' image 'Leaping Sika Stag' has won the 1st prize in the Members Category of the British Deer Society 50th Anniversary Open Photographic Competition. Because this is their '50th' the BDS were sponsored by Swarovski Optic so Ron wins a £1500 pair of Swarovski binoculars.       
  • 22 April 2013
    Congratulations are in order for Bharat who has just been awarded the Distinction award (DPAGB) of The Photographic Alliance of Gt Britain, with a projected image submission. Hopefully we will see these soon on our website or Bharat's.  This is the middle of the three awards from the Photographic Alliance. All 15 pictures are judged individually and scored by 6 judges; total scores could range from 12 to 30 per image. The DPAGB award requires 300 points from a possible maximum total of 450 (an average score of 20) and judges make their decision based on the standard of National Exhibition photography. Bharat tells us he sweated through yesterday's PAGB assessment where there were a total of 33 entrants with prints and 15 with projected images. 22 applicants were successful and Bharat said he was glad he survived the 5 hours of tension!
  • 19 March 2013
    Steve Field has been awarded the PAGB Silver Medal and had three other acceptances in the VECC (Vale of Evesham Camera Club) National Open Exhibition. The exhibition can be viewed here. Many congratulations to Steve.
  • 03 February 2013
    Philip Joyce is the most recent OPS member to self-publish a book. Philip has captured the sights and atmosphere of the annual camel fair at Pushkar in Rajasthan; more details, with a preview of the book, can be seen at http://alturl.com/ykkbr
  • 20 December 2012
    2012 was another great year for OPS members and some of the best photographs are now available in the 2012 Yearbook available at http://alturl.com/w7uf3  for only £28.95. The yearbook is an opportunity for all members to submit two images for inclusion and it showcases the depth and breadth of photography enjoyed.
  • 19 December 2012
    OPS continues to encourage its members to make photo books through it special interest photo book group. This is the latest book from member Jeff Coles. "Take Nothing" documents some of his trips to abandoned places capturing the beauty of these places and recording places soon to be lost. You can view it here.
  • 17 December 2012
    OPS Member Tom Maple is holding his first exhibition in the Oxford office of Charles Stanley and he hopes we'll all get along to see it. You can find out more about the exhibition here.