Tenby Camera Club was pleased to welcome a favourite speaker, Julian Cremona. Julian is a local naturalist, biologist and wildlife photographer. 

Photographers were enthralled in the first half with his trip to Churchill in Canada to view and photograph polar bears. His anecdotes brought the talk to life, with laughter and expansion of knowledge all in one swoop! He showed stunning pictures of polar bears relaxing and playing, all in their natural icy habitat. 

In the second half there was a change of pace to Spring in France. 

From gentle walks from Julian’s camper van through meadows and alongside pools, members were treated to moths and butterflies, flies and snakes. It is amazing what can be found in deep grass and hedgerows. 

The final competition of 2023 was the Nature Competition. It was judged by Andy Leslie who worked his way through critiquing 20 prints and 30 gigital images. There was a superb range of wildlife from ospreys to cranes, insects to vultures, locations at home and abroad. 

In the prints, the Gold award went to Charlie Kidd with ‘Osprey struggling with trout’, Silver went to Dave Bolton with ‘Hunting swallow over summer meadow’, and Bronze to Ali Rees with ‘Young Gannet’. 

Osprey struggling with trout
Osprey struggling with trout (Charlie Kidd)

Highly Commended went to Dave Bolton and Jan Sullivan. Commended went to Neil Thomas (2), Jason Laugharne and Cheryl Hewitt.

In the digital section, the Gold award went to Liz Wallis and ‘Crane on a Cold and Frosty Morning’, Silver award went to Rob Cox with ‘Manx Sheerwater at night’, the Bronze went to Charlie Kidd with ‘Kingfisher adjusting fish to eat’. 

Highly Commended went to John Whitehurst, Jan Sullivan and Dave Bolton. Commended went to Sara Josey, Jayne Crocker, Dave Lewis, Neil Thomas, Cheryl Hewitt and Jan Sullivan. 

Recent external competitions included The Stanley Chell Print Competition, hosted by Aberdare Camera Club, was judged by Peter Weaver. There were 23 clubs competing, each submitting four prints . Tenby won the Best Club Entry in first place, scoring 78 out of 80. 

The Afan Nedd Print Battle was held a few days later, with Peter Weaver judging again. There were five prints from 11 clubs, with Bridgend CC scoring the maximum 100/100 for the top spot . Tenby CC came a close second with 96/100. 

The Committee would like to wish members, friends and followers a a Happy and Peaceful New Year. The club will be back on Thursday, January 4, 2024 with the judging of the Second Open Competition.