Kidlington Photo Group

Our 2020-21 season began on 7 September – but we’ve carried on through the summer this year, keeping the group going, if virtually (with occasional outings of small groups).  Visitors are welcome to join our virtual meetings.  We’ll be posting new details on our website ( and Facebook page (, so please check in.

We are taking advantage of the virtual world to enjoy presentations from expert speakers from afar.  We’re also inviting local clubs to our meetings, and they’re returning the favour, so we’ve all benefited.  Our new-season programme begins with:

  • 7 Sept Show and Tell – welcome back!
  • 14 Sept Peter Milsom “The Power of Sport”
  • 21 Sept Workshop/Practical/Social
  • 28 Sept Roger Geldard “Japan’s Winter Wildlife”

Previously in our elongated season we successfully held our delayed Projected Image of the Year competition virtually, with thanks to Peter Greenway for hosting and running the evening and to local expert Colin Harrison for judging on screen.  Congratulations to Ric Gillams for winning this (see photo of Lion Cubs).

We had to cancel our Print of the Year evening, so the Photographer of the Year came to a climax on the night – and in fact came down to a tie-breaker decider of three competition wins over two across the season, giving the honour to … me!  (Kim Benson)

We also managed to hold our postponed AGM virtually, in June, with a good attendance.  Thank you to John Hutchison for having been Chair for 4 years, to Alana Davies as Treasurer too, and to Antonia Hedges as Judges Secretary.  And now thanks to the pair of Geoff Ayres and Robyn Woodham for stepping up as joint Treasurer.  And I have become the Chair (some years after the last time).  We’re grateful to the other committee members for carrying on!

In July and August we went to fortnightly meetings and outings, including another evening of sharing about three images each, which encompassed an interesting variety of subjects and ages of photos.  We had our Group featured in the Amateur Photographer magazine in July, in their Join the Club series, including photos from half a dozen members in the publication.

Also in June, member Terry Pollard showed us his “Journey through ancient Peru“.  And guest speaker Matt Emmett presented dramatic images on the topic “Rediscovering our Forgotten Heritage – part 1Initially drawn into the world of abandoned photography, Emmett became hooked on the fascinating back stories behind the locations he visited.  Capturing and bringing these stories into people’s homes via his social channels has evolved into a 7-year-long project called ‘Forgotten Heritage’: crumbling shells of Italy’s abandoned villas and asylums, the raw spectacle of Belgium’s rusting industrial remnants, and underground environments like caves, mines, sewers and tunnels.

Kim Benson, September 2020

For an earlier report, see here