Tuesday, 9 December 2014

December Awards Gala & Pot Luck Dinner

This past Sunday we held our year-end annual CFC (CountyFotoClub) Awards Show and pot luck dinner. Well we really struck it rich, as far as food was concerned - what a wonderful spread was placed before us all. I want to thak Margaret and her many helpers for transforming the room into a Christmas dining emporium. No one left hungry – I can assure you.

We had a few bits of business to complete before the dining commenced. We had two slideshows – the November theme challenge “Form & Texture” and the November club outing – Belleville Santa Claus Parade. These images have now been uploaded to our Facebook Page and the full parade video has been placed on our Youtube site – in case any of you want to get into the festive spirit.

Following the meal, we started into our Awards presentation section, first with another 2014 Member's Best slideshow. Then David Gilbert and I emceed the 2014 version of our CFC Awards Show. This year we had 19 separate award categories. Four contenders were selected for each category and our judges (David & myself) gave a quick assessment of each image. A trophy was then awarded to the winning photographer. The winning images are being posted to our webblog site and the full presentation will shortly be uploaded to our Youtube site for your consideration. The contenders were selected from over 2500 images submitted during the course of the year to one of our theme challenges or club sponsored outings.

We would like to congratulate the winner of the 2014 Image of the Year – Bert Jenkins with his Cape Vessey Marsh image. See this webblog for all of our night's winners.

The busy Christmas season is upon us all, so we will not have an outing this month. The theme challenge for the month is in keeping with your likely activities over the coming weeks – Fun with Friends & Family. We also provided advance notice of the January theme challenge - Winter Wonderland. So please keep your cameras near to you during this period.

Our next meeting will be on January 11th (people should be over their New Year's hangovers by then). We will be asking you to bring in any new or unique gadget or piece of photographic equipment/software etc. for a quick “Show & Tell”. We held this last year and a number of great ideas surfaced for others to consider. In addition, we will be asking each of you to send in by early January your five all-time favourite images (no time restriction on when taken) – for a Members Favourites slideshow.

Margaret & I would also like to thank Caspar as the representative for all members, for the kind words and generous gift from all of you. It was an extremely nice gesture and will not be forgotten. Thanks to you all.

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas filled with lots of great photographic memories.

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