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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 rolling 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. 
 

At the end of every deadline, 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.

The new theme asks for your best/most interesting photos on the theme of: "Of the Season"

Deadline for submissions: 1pm on Thursday 16th December 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 "(Wo)man Made" - view chosen images from this theme below and follow the links to view previous galleries. 

'Made & Decayed' by David Hart of Chesterfield u3a

'Made & Decayed' by David Hart of Chesterfield u3a

Made and decayed; ghost town Ford truck.
'Man, Made By Man' by Karen Coates of Solihull Central u3a

'Man, Made By Man' by Karen Coates of Solihull Central u3a

Anthony Gormley figure in the waves looking out across the Mersey to the man made wind turbines. Renewable energy for mankind. Image taken by a woman. All bases covered!
'Towering Art' by Jane Thompson of Lanark & District u3a

'Towering Art' by Jane Thompson of Lanark & District u3a

This is one of the artist installations at Jupiter Artland outside Edinburgh. A large estate encouraging visitors to enjoy many of the works made by woman/man involved in the celebration of art. This one is called The Rose Tower.
'Friendly Gate' by Jackie Price of St Helens u3a

'Friendly Gate' by Jackie Price of St Helens u3a

Taken on holiday in the Isle of Wight - I love chance meetings with fellow walkers, and enjoy exchanging a greeting and a smile, so this gate was made especially for me, and many, many others - a delight to share.
'Remembrance' by Denise Bailey of Camelot, Shepton Mallet and Wells u3as

'Remembrance' by Denise Bailey of Camelot, Shepton Mallet and Wells u3as

Wells cathedral is man-made, these steps up to the Chapter House are worn by centuries of use. The poppies were all made by local people for the Remembrance 100 year centenary.
'Roses' by Cynthia Morton of Sidcup u3a

'Roses' by Cynthia Morton of Sidcup u3a

This is a spray of sugarcraft Roses which i made to celebrate our Golden Wedding Anniversary.
'Sculpture' by Richard Wimbush of Norton Radstock u3a

'Sculpture' by Richard Wimbush of Norton Radstock u3a

Sculpture at the Eden Project. A man made sculpture recycling man made items.
'Heirloom' by Rosemary Gibbs of Rugby u3a

'Heirloom' by Rosemary Gibbs of Rugby u3a

Designed and entirely hand-stitched on fine linen 80 years ago by my artistic, nature-loving Great Aunt, Lily Dale, for my sister aged two. To appreciate and honour her work and memory it is an ongoing project of mine to find and to photograph all of the 32 different wild flowers which she had sketched from life, stylized then embroidered, including :- Lady's Smock, Daisies, Valerian, wild Strawberry, Dog Rose, Red Clover, Honeysuckle, Bluebell, Harebell, Violet, Germander Speedwell, Forget-me-not, Pulmonaria and Comphrey to name just those on the back.
'Highly Altar-ed' by Angela Owen of Worcester Area u3a

'Highly Altar-ed' by Angela Owen of Worcester Area u3a

What an extraordinary experience I had this summer - being present within the circle of Stonehenge. This prehistoric man-made circle with stones up to 30 feet high, was erected around 2500 BC. It is thought to be have been a spiritual temple, which in tracking the movements of the sun, also cleverly informed the farming practices of early men and women by providing a kind of a seasonal sundial. Amazingly they transported many of the stones from Wales – terrific human effort! (This photograph was taken between the inner horseshoe and the outer circle configuration of the stones)
'Full of Wise Saws' by Jim Melville of Balsall Common u3a

'Full of Wise Saws' by Jim Melville of Balsall Common u3a

“Full of Wise Saws” from 'As You Like It' - Some of the collection of over one thousand man made saws on display at Kelham Island Museum in Sheffield. The museum celebrates the industrial heritage and craftsmanship of this city.
'Nature 1 - (Wo)mankind 0' by Ian Weatherley of Witham & District u3a

'Nature 1 - (Wo)mankind 0' by Ian Weatherley of Witham & District u3a

These (Wo)man Made structures of Birnbeck Island and its connecting Pier have unfortunately been no match for the destructive effects of time, neglect and the elements.
'Kelpies' by Susan Salmon of North Cotswold u3a

'Kelpies' by Susan Salmon of North Cotswold u3a

A close up of one of The Kelpies at Falkirk. An amazing feat of engineering and a wonderful place to visit.
'Knightstone Island' by John Law of Shepton Mallet u3a

'Knightstone Island' by John Law of Shepton Mallet u3a

The manmade development that is Knightstone Island, Weston-Super-Mare, dates back to 1696. At the time the island was connected to the mainland by a natural pebble ridge. The island changed hands several times and it finally closed in 1991. In 2006-7 the whole island was redeveloped. The Bath House and front section of the ground floor of the Pavilion were converted into commercial premises. The rest of the Pavilion and the swimming pool were converted into homes and two new apartment blocks were built on the island. The Queen visited to re-open the island’s perimeter walkway on 20th July 2007. With very high tides the causeway to the island becomes submerged providing a dramatic leading line to this man made island development. The submerged causeway therefore provides the perfect compositional element that motivated me to take the photograph earlier this week. The descending sun positioned to the right of the image, together with the conversion to black and white further emphasises the strong structural elements of the buildings on the island.
'Seeing Me Seeing You' by John Owen of Worcester Area u3a

'Seeing Me Seeing You' by John Owen of Worcester Area u3a

Local wo(man) made safety campaigners highlighting the dangers of wo(man) made cars.
'Fireworks' by Karen Viney of Sevenoaks u3a

'Fireworks' by Karen Viney of Sevenoaks u3a

Taken at a fabulous family fireworks display at Nizels golf & country club on 5 November … You can’t get more wo(man) made than a colourful and loud firework?

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