Welcome to the 2016-17 Stratford Photo Group Programme

We are pleased to bring you an exciting programme of high quality entertaining speakers; fun internal merit competitions; competitive interclub competitions and a new training programme aimed at new and less experienced photographers.

We will continue to have all the regular Merit competitions, Critique and Mono Interest Group meetings


The Programme in numbers

  • 4 External speakers
  • 18 Wellesbourne workshop afternoons
  • 6 Bishopton workshop evenings
  • 3 Merit competitions with separate evenings for Prints and DPIs (digital projected images)
  • Annual Panels competition (3 printed images displayed together on a theme). In December, this year, to even out the number of competitive images you need to produce, through the year.
  • Annual Cups evening where the best images in Colour, Monochrome, Nature and Creative compete to hold a trophy for the year. (Novices and Advanced sections and Prints and DPIs)
  • 4 Interclub competitions
  • 2 Critique evenings
  • 2 Mono Interest Group meetings (celebrating the work of the club’s black and white photographers)


On a lighter note we also have

  • The “Annual Match That” competition against Evesham and Studley camera clubs
  • Malcolm’s Treasure Hunt, this year with a new format
  • Caption Competitions where, by coming up with an amusing caption for a picture, you may win a prize


Bishopton Workshops evening Programme

This year we are running a programme of workshops at the Bishopton clubhouse, on Tuesday evenings, aimed at helping new and less experienced photographers. The workshops will cover basic camera technique, processing images in some of the most popular software packages (including, but not limited to, Photoshop and Lightroom). In addition there will be a workshop on choosing printing papers (from the Permajet range), preparing and mounting images. One of the advantages we have as a small club, is that we can tailor the workshops to the needs of club members and we will aim to make sure workshops are relevant to all attendees.


Wellesbourne Workshops afternoon Programme

We will continue to run the twice monthly Wellesbourne sessions. These workshops, run by Dick Prior ARPS,EFIAP/b,BPE5*, are held on Thursday afternoons and help photographers develop their Adobe Photoshop/Elements and Lightroom skills. In addition regular critique reviews help develop a critical eye and identify ways of improving ones images.


The workshops at both Bishopton and Wellesbourne will be in addition to the standard programme and so a small charge of £3 will be made to cover the extra costs of room hire.


This year’s speakers


Martin Fry FRPS EFIAP/b AV-EFIAP BPE4 APAGB “Cotswold Cornish Cream”

Martin is a national and international winner of AV contests. This presentation gives the essence of Cornwall and the Cotswolds.

Martin was due to talk at SPG in November 2015, but had to cancel at the last minute after being stuck on M5 behind an accident.


James Boardman Woodend

Excellent Aurora images with range of Landscape and Wildlife images too. Entertaining speaker. A high achieving photographer over the past 5 years:- Finalist, section winner and overall winner of Astronomy Photographer of the Year. Finalist with special mention in Travel Photographer of the Year Ditto for Garden Photographer of the Year. Twice featured by NASA on their APOD site. Winner of the Saturday Telegraph Big Picture Competition


Peter Preece "Every Picture Tells a Story".

Peter will be showing some of his excellent images, then giving hints and tips to help your wildlife photography. Including setting up feeding stations, build hides and photograph all aspects of fauna and flora. Also, explaining the equipment needed and where to photograph certain species of wildlife. 


Anne Sutcliffe FRPS EFIAP

Anne visited us in March 2016 and gave her talk “Keep on Running”, she returns this year with the second part of her four part story, “Annie’s Land”. Anne is an exceptional photographer and thoughtful speaker.

If you have any thoughts or suggestions on this or future programmes, please email the Programme Secretary.

By its very nature, a programme like this can be subject to last minute changes due to circumstances beyond our control. We will keep the monthly website programme pages as up to date as possible, so please refer to these frequently, and certainly before travelling.

In addition we have produced a downloadable and printable pdf copy of the programme for the benefit of members. When it changes we will update the issue date so you can check you have the latest version.

PDF copy of programme. 25th January 2018

Peter Gilbert                                             Mary Kirkby

Programme Secretary.                               Deputy Programme Secretary