A round up of the last few meetings

13/03/2018 – Members Evening

This evening we held our first new members evening following some local advertising and were delighted to see 12 new people come along to find out about the club.

We started with an overview of the forthcoming programme by Martin Morse, our Programme Manager followed by Dave Bourne, our Membership Secretary talking about joining the club.

A few of us then ran through the cameras we use, showing the types of the equipment we use from compacts to full-frame DSLRs, along with their advantages and disadvantages.

After the tea break, where everyone had a chance to chat and find out more, we showed members images from the last quarterly theme. Following this we held an interactive critique of various images from the internet, seeing what was good and not so good.

10/04/2018 – Speaker David Haughton

This evening we had an inspirational talk by local landscape photographer David Haughton, who’s been shortlisted for Outdoor Photographer of the Year 2016 and Fine Art Photographer of the Year, Landscape in 2016 and 2017.

David started off by explaining that he’s a graphic designer and website developer by day and showing us some of his beautiful fine art inspired landscape images from around Cornwall. After the tea break he went on to show us images from further afield, including Wales & Scotland.

29/04/2018 – Field Trip to Kennall Vale

A group of us met for Sunday lunch at the Olive Grove Bistro before joining with some more members at the entrance to the Wildlife Trusts beautiful nature reserve at Kennall Vale.

Here we spent several hours exploring the reserve and taking photos of the old gunpowder factory, buildings and water courses. Fortunately we had good weather with plenty of sunny intervals and everyone agreed it was a great place to visit.

12/06/2018 – Annual Competition

Tonight was our annual competition, where we had over 100 entries across 3 categories – Open, Monochrome and this years Themed one of Macro.

This year we were fortunate to have the excellent local judge, Margaret Hocking, who kindly critiqued all our entries with constructive feedback, which made it a very enjoyable evening. The category winners were:-

Open – Andrew Cox
Monochrome – Paul Johnson
Macro – Ian Williams

Words by Ian Williams.

01/03/14 Charles Hosken Competition 2014

Jane Sawle - Winter Chill

Jane Sawle – Winter Chill

Last Saturday evening I, along with a number of other members, went along to the Charles Hosken competition, run by the Cornwall Photographic Alliance at Goonhavern Village Hall. As nine of our members had entered the competition, we were all keen to see how the club’s entries had fared.


During the evening every entry to the Charles Hosken competition was projected along with its judges score. The first part of the evening was devoted to the lower scoring images (shown anonymously), with the higher scored images – along with the photographer’s name and club – shown after the tea break.

Claudia Crewes - Snowdrop Study

Claudia Crewes – Snowdrop Study


Of course, we spent the evening on tenterhooks, hoping that images from our members would score as highly as possible. And we weren’t disappointed; all of the St Agnes club’s images scored creditably, with three images making it through to the post-tea-break section of the evening. These images were :

  1. Jane Sawle – “Winter Chill”
  2. Claudia Crewes – “Snowdrop Study”
  3. Claudia Crewes – “Salty Sea Dog”


Claudia Crewes - Salty Seadog

Claudia Crewes – Salty Seadog


During the evening we saw a fantastic range of images of all sorts of subjects. It was noticeable that landscapes dominated the earlier stages, with wildlife and portraits becoming more prevalent amongst the higher scoring photos. The overall winner was an arresting portrait of a young woman taken by Malcolm Jenkin of the Camborne & Redruth club.

All in all, a most inspiring evening – I’m sure we’ll do even better next year!

By Claudia Crewes.