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  • Are you a budding photographer?
  • Keen to learn a new skill or simply interested in the world around you and how it appears? 
We are running a fortnightly project to encourage people to take and submit pictures of their surroundings during this unprecedented time. We are going to be posting a different theme each fortnight and inviting U3A members to submit their photos on that topic. This is not a competition and it is not about your photographic skill – what we want from you are interesting photos, possibly different ways of viewing things, anything which has captured your imagination or caught your eye. The photograph must have been taken during the coronavirus pandemic.
 

At the end of every fortnight we will choose and publish up to 15 photos on an online gallery for each theme so that all of our members can enjoy the images. All you need to do is upload your photo using the form below (you will receive an acknowledgement once submitted).

Please only submit one photo per person. Your photo should also not include any people.

To mark the 10th instalment of this initiative, one of the judges, Jeff Carter, offers his reflections on what makes he thinks makes for an interesting photograph and highlights some of his favourites to date: https://sources.u3a.org.uk/2020/08/21/u3a-eye-some-reflections/

Learning Manager Alison May adds “We consistently receive a fantastic array of photographs taken by U3A members on devices ranging from smartphones to professional cameras. For every topic, we have far more photographs than we are able to showcase, but with every theme I am delighted to see new contributors amongst the names of members I see regularly (although all entries are anonymised for judging). We know of at least one U3A which has formed a new photography group, inspired by this project.

Thank you everyone for your participation during 2020 and I look forward to seeing your pictures taken over the next few weeks. You have twice as long to submit these and I am excited to see them. u3a Eye will resume its usual fortnightly schedule in January 2021.”

 The theme "a photo says a 1000 wordsis now closed.
 
The current theme asks for your best/most interesting photos on the theme of: “Old and New

Deadline for submissions: 1pm on Thursday 21st January 2021.

Submit your photos by clicking here. 


Thank you very much to everyone who took the time to submit a photo on the theme of 'a photo says a 1000 words'. Please see a selection of some of our favourite submissions from this theme below. 
 

'Leeds United'  by Ian Coldicott of Sutton Coldfield u3a

'Leeds United' by Ian Coldicott of Sutton Coldfield u3a

This shows a mural that appeared last November in The Calls, a street near the centre of Leeds. It is one of several artworks that appeared on buildings in Leeds in recognition of the promotion of Leeds United to the Premier League. It shows the city's pride in the club's achievement - a united Leeds(?) - it is appropriate to its inner-urban setting, and in my mind conveys much more than words - maybe even a thousand words......

'Staying put' by Barbara Lansdell of Todmorden u3a

'Staying put' by Barbara Lansdell of Todmorden u3a

This horse usually comes charging down to the fence just in case you have any food. Even he wasn't going to venture out of his shelter in this freezing cold weather....

'Urban wetlands' by Martin Goldman of North London u3a

'Urban wetlands' by Martin Goldman of North London u3a

The urban wetlands at Woodberry Down in North London organised a photography exhibition and this was one of my entries. Taken in December, it conveys the feeling of an afternoon late in the year.

'Bellinter House' by Brian Moore of Belfast u3a

'Bellinter House' by Brian Moore of Belfast u3a

This is Bellinter House in Co. Meath which is one of the foremost wedding venues in Ireland. This picture means a lot to me and my family and the struggle taken during Covid to hold our daughter's wedding here. The wedding was scheduled to take place on 5th June 2020 but had to be postponed due to the regulations in force at the time. It was rescheduled then for the 8th October but over that period, the regulations kept changing in terms of numbers etc nearly on a weekly basis. At the start of October, the Irish Goverment published new regulations but we escaped them by one day. On the 10th October, the hotel had to close down due to the new laws. Our wedding was the last one to be held. We count ourselves as being very fortunate.

'Little library' by Linda Morris of Morpeth & District u3a

'Little library' by Linda Morris of Morpeth & District u3a

A little library of books to share - take one, leave one. Spotted attached to a fence, on a walk near Embleton, Northumberland.

'Gate post' by Shirley Jefferies of Mull & Iona u3a

'Gate post' by Shirley Jefferies of Mull & Iona u3a

I wonder where the other gate post went?

'On top of the world' by Bob Douglas of Edinburgh u3a

'On top of the world' by Bob Douglas of Edinburgh u3a

Gnomes skiing on top of the world. We might not get skiing in the next few months, but with the Pentland Hills on my doorstep, I thought these little chaps would appreciate an outing in this winter wonderland.

'The quay' by John Guiver of Blackwater Maldon u3a

'The quay' by John Guiver of Blackwater Maldon u3a

Although there is no activity in this photo there is a lot to observe, building up a picture of a working quay and river.

'Teddy bear' by Carol Andrews of Haywards Heath u3a

'Teddy bear' by Carol Andrews of Haywards Heath u3a

A much-travelled bear which I have owned since I was 2 or 3 years old. He came out to Africa (Northern Rhodesia/Zambia) with me when I was six and travelled back to the UK in 1965. Most other toys have long since been abandoned but this one is special.

'Steam train' by Janet Rutter of Devizes & District u3a

'Steam train' by Janet Rutter of Devizes & District u3a

This is no ordinary train in the Bath landscape, this is the Belmond British Pullman Train. A luxury steam train operating from London Victoria. 1920s opulence, fully restored brown and cream livery carriages. Champagne reception onboarding followed by silver service 4-course dinner. You are transported back to the age of luxury steam travel for only those who could afford it! A dream to aspire to for the working man.

'Real deal' by Sandra Linger of Bromley u3a

'Real deal' by Sandra Linger of Bromley u3a

Why have a toy when I can have the real deal?

'Scrabble' by Rob Johnson of Warsash u3a

'Scrabble' by Rob Johnson of Warsash u3a

1000 words and a picture! Time to put the thinking cap on, oh! and the coffee. After a bit of thought, a kernel of an idea emerged. I never thought that combining scrabble with photography would work? An assortment of shots followed, Not happy with the results I decided to include the photographic technique of 'Depth of Field" to achieve 'Bokeh' this is quite evident with the top of the frame slowly going out of focus.

'Tangled up' by Helen Stiles of Eastbourne Central u3a

'Tangled up' by Helen Stiles of Eastbourne Central u3a

A washed-up fishing net on Pevensey Bay Beach with dogfish and sea bass tangled within it. This sad bundle of plastic and fish made me sad. It certainly spoke a 1000 words.

'If trees could talk' by Liz Whittaker of Caterham District u3a

'If trees could talk' by Liz Whittaker of Caterham District u3a

I am fascinated by old trees. These are on an old path on the North Downs Way. I wonder what stories they could tell.

'Poppies' by Eric Meek of High Wycombe u3a

'Poppies' by Eric Meek of High Wycombe u3a

Because there was no Remembrance Parade this year, the ladies of the Marlow WI knitted individual poppies and fixed them to the boundaries of the All Saints Church.


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