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Snap: Kingsclere Photo Club hosts annual exhibition

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The Kingsclere Photo Club had enormous success at the weekend with its 14th annual art exhibition.

Around 200 people came from all over to view photos taken by the club’s 18 members, as well as the work of photographers from the Focal’Icy group, a French club based in Kingsclere’s twin village of Cormicy.

The visitors enjoyed all of the exhibits but the photograph that was voted favourite by all those who visited the exhibition was the 'Wreck of the Helvetia', which was taken in South Wales by club member Mary Ferguson from Pamber Heath.

Mary Ferguson and chairman Tony Matthews. (52425260)
Mary Ferguson and chairman Tony Matthews. (52425260)

The Helvetia was a Norwegian sailing ship which became stranded on a Rhossili beach in 1887.

Ms Ferguson was also rewarded with the Best Panel award, which was decided by her colleagues at the photo club and awarded to her by the chairman of the group, Tony Matthews.

Club treasurer Gareth Martin said: “We were very conscious about how Covid could affect the exhibition.

Mary Ferguson's Wreck of the Helvetia. (52425262)
Mary Ferguson's Wreck of the Helvetia. (52425262)

“All precautions were taken to make everything as safe as possible, and we are very pleased about the success of the event and the many photos that were produced by our members.”

A 2022 calendar is now available of Kingsclere and the surrounding areas that is available for purchase for £6 at MOL Photography and Swan Street Stores in Kingsclere.

All proceeds from the calendar go towards helping the photo club fund its activities and stay open to the public.

The Kingsclere photo club members are dedicated to sharing their own photographic works and learning how to improve and better their work from others.

Mark O' Leary with his display. (52425254)
Mark O' Leary with his display. (52425254)

The group is non-competitive, but members do have sessions where they critique and give feedback on each other’s work, in order to help them improve their skills.

They also have practical sessions where they test their skills and apply what they have learned from the meetings.

The group has a wide range of members and accepts younger people who want to try their hand at photography.

For more information about the group and the event, visit www.kingsclerephoto.org

One of the displays. (52425258)
One of the displays. (52425258)

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