The January competition “Clocks” resulted in 1st Diane – Musee d’Orsay, Paris; 2nd Walter - Durham Markets; 3rd Walter - Astronomical Clock, Old Town Hall, Prague. All the pictures were excellent, and it had been very challenging to decide the best. It was agreed to show 6 of the pictures at the AGM meeting, and Jeff presented the display. It was also agreed to sound out opinion on a 2019 calender, on a similar theme, but perhaps including pictures just a little further afield. The survey at the AGM suggested a 2019 calendar would again be popular.
The March meeting on sculptures gave us a judging dilemma, as we found it hard to separate the different pictures. In the end we had a triple tie for first place with Ram(New Zealand) – Bob; Frog(Middlewood Way) – Jeff; and Hands(Gretna Green) – Derek. We also had a quadruple tie for fourth place with Horse Column(Woodbank Park) – Derek; Young Couple(Giethoorn, Holland) – Walter; Horse Rider(Owain Glydor, Wales) - Bob; and Female Buddha(Thailand) – Bob; We also decided to revise our programme slightly to our assist our choice of pictures for a 2019 calender.
In May a small group explored Marple in a photoshoot, Walter by the canal, Derek around Etherow, and Jeff in the town centre, then we gathered in the Azda cafe to judge our Monthly Competition - Music. Bob’s pictures Middle East Musician and Marching Guards were 1st and 2nd; while equal 3rd were Walter-Trombonist, Prague, Derek -Yamaha Keys, and Derek - Banjo.
At the end of June, Marple Scenes was the competition, with Derek 1st (Boats at Etherow) and 2nd (Etherow Weir), and a triple tie for 3rd, with Walter (Bargee), Walter (Canada Duck) and Bob (Barges in Lock). In the remainder of the meeting, a selected list of 70 local pictures was viewed, and favourites chosen and agreed. These were then whittled down by discussion in subsequent days to 13 views to use in a proposed 2019 u3a High Lane Calender We believe the final choice should be as attractive and interesting as was this year’s calender- and hopefully as popular!
The July meeting competition was “Seaside”, with 1st Diane - Statue, Opatje Croatia; 2nd Derek - Lulworth Cove; 3rd Bob - Sunset India; 4th = Walter - Cala San Vicenta and - Puerto Pollensa; Bob – Devon beach.
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