• John Knipe

Opening night goes with a bang!

Thursday 2 September saw the first meeting of the new season for the club. It was held by the, now familiar, medium of Zoom. Incoming Chairman, Alan, welcomed an encouraging number of people to the meeting and gave a brief outline of what the committee had planned for the incoming year. Due to prevailing Covid conditions, club activities will have to be virtual until at least the month of January but a varied programme of events has been organised.

Web Master Gary showed off the main features of the website and asked more members to submit images for the Gallery.

John K explained how to crop, resize and rename images in Photoshop in preparation for submitting them for competition.

Several other members shared their experiences of using different software, websites and YouTube channels. Sharing expertise is one of the big advantages of joining a club such as ours.

Programme Secretary Keith was very excited to announce that the speaker at this week’s meeting (9 September) is Cathal McNaughton – the only Pulitizer Prize-Winning Photojournalist in Ireland. From covering the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kashmir to winning the Pulitzer Prize for his work charting the displaced Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh, Cathal has risked his life to bring his images to the world.

His distinctive style of photography has captured moments of history and brought the world’s attention to the personal stories behind major events.

This promises to be an amazing evening and one not to be missed.

Virtual meetings will be held weekly on Thursday evenings at 7.45pm. The programme for the 2021/22 season is posted on the club website – Club secretary Frances sends out an invitation by email each week and it is only a matter of clicking on the link and following the instructions to join the meeting. A smart phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer is all that is needed so long as there is a Wi-Fi connection.


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