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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 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 lockdown.

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 to everyone for taking part. We will be continuing to run the U3A Eye because of your continued enthusiasm for this project”

 
The theme "Autumnis now closed.

The current theme is: "Contrasts"

Deadline for submissions: 1pm Thursday 5th November

Submit your photos by clicking here. 


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

'Conker' by Tessa Phillips of Potters Bar U3A

'Conker' by Tessa Phillips of Potters Bar U3A

Autumn is a lovely season and like all children I loved conkers and this photograph reminds me of the excitement of finding them and the wonderful shiny feel of them, coupled with the childhood pleasure of rustling through the autumn leaves.

'Signs of Autumn' by Helen Elliott of Eastbourne & Wealden U3A

'Signs of Autumn' by Helen Elliott of Eastbourne & Wealden U3A

This picture was taken at Herstmonceux Castle on a rare visit, due to Covid19 restrictions, from my family this year. Fungi are definitely signs of autumn.

'Fly agaric' by Trish	McGregor of Sleaford U3A

'Fly agaric' by Trish McGregor of Sleaford U3A

There’s such an abundance of autumn fungi in the local woods. Fly agaric look so exotic, with their bright red colour. I wanted to capture the different textures, showing the gills. I use my iPhone 2020 SE. It’s compact, versatile and so user friendly.

'Autumn colours' by Susan Somes of Broomfield & District U3A

'Autumn colours' by Susan Somes of Broomfield & District U3A

A morning out looking for Autumn colours.

'Fungi' by Kathleen Smith of Turriff & District U3A

'Fungi' by Kathleen Smith of Turriff & District U3A

As well as beautiful trees Autumn always means Fungi to me. I was amazed to find these enormous specimens when out on a walk recently.

'Wild Assemblage' by Rosemary Gibbs of Rugby U3A

'Wild Assemblage' by Rosemary Gibbs of Rugby U3A

I thought that trees and leaves would be popular and considered a landscape but then decided to see how many different kinds of wild fruits and seed heads I could gather on one local walk as they seem to be particularly abundant this autumn. This arrangement has ash, field maple, yew, sloe, oak, horse chestnut, sweet chestnut, crab apple, hawthorn, elder, wild rose, holly, ivy, blackberry, woody nightshade, burdock and fungi.

'All Alone' by Jim Melville of Balsall Common U3A

'All Alone' by Jim Melville of Balsall Common U3A

As a very different Hallowe'en approaches, this display of pumpkins gave me the idea, using Photoshop, of creating a sad lonely pumpkin.

'Acorns' by Llinos Harris of Hartley Wintney & District U3A

'Acorns' by Llinos Harris of Hartley Wintney & District U3A

These are a few of the thousands, if not millions of acorns, leaves and rose hips in our garden this year.

'Golden glow' by Elaine Castleford of Evesham & District U3A

'Golden glow' by Elaine Castleford of Evesham & District U3A

I visited Bidford on Avon late one afternoon just before the 'golden hour' and the light was amazing. The sunlight cast a golden glow on the bridge which made it stand out beautifully. Added to that was a very dark and dramatic sky overhead and just behind the bridge making it stand out even more. I particularly enjoy taking photos in the late afternoon sun when you can capture some lovely long shadows, but on this particular evening, the light was very special.

'Autumn' by Derek Oakley of Droitwich Spa & District

'Autumn' by Derek Oakley of Droitwich Spa & District

After a windy night the dawn reveals a carpet of gold.

'Waterfall' by Jane	Thomson of Lanark & District U3A

'Waterfall' by Jane Thomson of Lanark & District U3A

This was taken on a walk around the conservation village of New Lanark, a beautiful area of the Clyde Valley. The River Clyde has several waterfalls here which years ago provided water power to the cotton mills. It’s a really pretty area in Autumn and it’s a privilege to enjoy its beauty and nature.

'Autumn view' by Bob Douglas of Edinburgh U3A

'Autumn view' by Bob Douglas of Edinburgh U3A

Dawyck Botanic Garden, Scottish Borders: It was an overcast day but the trees at Dawyck were changing into their autumn colours. There was a constant stream of visitors stopping on the bridge to take a picture of the maple's red leaves, but no-one joined me up on the hillside, underneath a tree bearing gold/brown leaves, where this view could be captured.

'Fungi' by Christine Burns of Hartley Wintney & District U3A

'Fungi' by Christine Burns of Hartley Wintney & District U3A

I chose this as a rather less colourful image of Autumn. I enjoyed the variety of browns.

'Still life' by Jo Wrigley of Hartley Wintney & District

'Still life' by Jo Wrigley of Hartley Wintney & District

I wanted to emphasize the interesting colour and texture of these seed heads and I used a contrasting background to help them stand out.

'Acer leaves' by Brendan Gillan of Ballymoney U3A

'Acer leaves' by Brendan Gillan of Ballymoney U3A

I wanted to capture the last bittersweet moments when autumn burns most brightly around us and so collected, backlit and photographed these two little Acer leaves.


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