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Get involved in U3A Eye

  • 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 rolling fortnightly project to encourage members to take and submit pictures of their surroundings during this unprecedented time. We post a different theme each fortnight and invite you to submit your photo 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. 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/

The theme "linesis now closed.

The current theme asks for your best/most interesting photos on the theme of: “Viewing the everyday in a new way”. 
 

Deadline for submissions: 1pm on Thursday 22nd April 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 'Change'. Please see a selection of some of our favourite submissions from this theme below. 
 

Change Required by Ian Coldicott of Sutton Coldfield u3a

Change Required by Ian Coldicott of Sutton Coldfield u3a

You will need some change to buy something from this old-fashioned sweet shop in Lichfield. No contactless transactions here.

Changing Faces by Anne Gurnell of Sheffield u3a

Changing Faces by Anne Gurnell of Sheffield u3a

My photograph shows the changing faces of change as the monarch changed.

C is for Change by John Owen of Worcester u3a

C is for Change by John Owen of Worcester u3a

I spotted this fallen tree on a walk in the local park. The striking detail of the tree rings marks the change in seasons over many years.

Flat to 3D by Rosemary Gibbs of Rugby u3a

Flat to 3D by Rosemary Gibbs of Rugby u3a

Recently I rediscovered a book called Fractal Cuts which showed how to transform flat paper into pop-up cards using only cuts and folds with nothing added or removed. It was tricky to light "Hanoi Arête", with its four generations of fractals developed from squares, once I had managed to change my cartridge rectangle into this design.

Spring Forward by John Hope of Bracknell u3a

Spring Forward by John Hope of Bracknell u3a

To convey changes, I decided to show the changes between bud and blossom of a willow.

Reflect by Mike Taylor of Dundee u3a

Reflect by Mike Taylor of Dundee u3a

Reflect on a year of Change. Throughout lockdown, we have regularly walked past the Community Garden on the grounds of Dundee’s Ninewells Hospital. A feature of the garden is a simple message board made of pebbles, it changes every few weeks to display a topical message. When lockdown started the message was “bide at hame” (stay at home) followed by “twa yairds” (two yards). Recent messages have included “vaccinate” and “hope springs”. The attached photograph shows the current message “reflect”.

Narcissus by Sue Salmon of North Cotswold u3a

Narcissus by Sue Salmon of North Cotswold u3a

My aim was to take a sequence of images of a miniature narcissus "changing" from bud to full flower. A bit of Photoshop magic resulted in the above image.

Time for a change? by Ian Weatherley of Witham & District u3a

Time for a change? by Ian Weatherley of Witham & District u3a

With another 'Beast from the East' hopefully behind us and the prospect of a bit of warmth to cheer us all up, maybe it's time to think about a change of wardrobe, or is it still a bit early to put away those thermal vests?

Change by Tony Pelham of Warrington u3a

Change by Tony Pelham of Warrington u3a

Not used much nowadays as it's mostly changed to contactless

Shed On Set by Chris Smith of Limebrook u3a

Shed On Set by Chris Smith of Limebrook u3a

A shed on the Hythe Quay at Maldon dressed for the filming of the period drama "The Essex Serpent". A very exciting time for our Thames Barges on the Quay.

Change in Weather by Bob Douglas of Edinburgh u3a

Change in Weather by Bob Douglas of Edinburgh u3a

A mid-winter sunset view of the ice & snow-covered surface of Threipmuir reservoir on the edge of Edinburgh as a high pressure weather system is eased aside by the leading edge of cloudy, milder air moving in.

Ice Cube by Lynn Toms of North Cotswold u3a

Ice Cube by Lynn Toms of North Cotswold u3a

The changing colours and light inspired me to take a picture of this ice cube as it changed from solid to liquid.

Candles of Change by Gerard Hayes of Witham & District u3a

Candles of Change by Gerard Hayes of Witham & District u3a

Change is universal including the cycle of birth, life and death. I attempted to portray this cycle with these three candles. Unlit for birth/potential, lit for life and extinguished for death.

Get a Move On by Angela Owen of Worcester u3a

Get a Move On by Angela Owen of Worcester u3a

Get a move on. Don’t be late. Hurry up before the opportunity changes and the “to let” becomes “too late”. Great advertising – and it caught my eye and amused me!

Change in Communication Technology by Janet Rutter of Devizes & District u3a

Change in Communication Technology by Janet Rutter of Devizes & District u3a

A landline with simple handset, a local telephone directory and Yellow Pages was all that was required to keep in touch with family and friends. Today a mobile phone, tablet or laptop, mp3 music player are essential for everyday living. There has been a big learning curve in lockdown with no young people or small grandchildren to show us how to use them!


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