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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. We post a different theme each month and invite you to submit your photo on that topic. 
 
This is not a competition and it is not only about your photographic skillwe are looking for any interesting photos and interpretations of the theme. 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 in the online gallery below. 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, per theme. Your photo should also not include any people.


Please find the gallery for July's theme of "Patterns" below.

This month we are asking for your best and most interesting photos on the theme of 'Liquid'

Judges pick based not only on the quality of the image but also on the interpretation of the theme.
 
Deadline for submissions: 1pm on Thursday 25th August 2022

Submit your photos by clicking here. 


Thank you very much to everyone who took the time to submit a photo on the theme of "Patterns" - view chosen images from this theme below and follow the links to view previous galleries. 

'Dragonfly' by Steve Black, Northallerton u3a

'Dragonfly' by Steve Black, Northallerton u3a

Pineapple Disc Sculpture at the Himalayan Gardens, Ripon 

'Patterns In Nature' by Heather Quiney, Dunmow u3a

'Patterns In Nature' by Heather Quiney, Dunmow u3a

I love the patterns that nature makes.  Fibonacci spotted its mathematical significance but nature was using it way before that.

'A Window on the World' by Gill Wallis, Sutton Coldfield u3a

'A Window on the World' by Gill Wallis, Sutton Coldfield u3a

Ironically we had been to an exhibition at the Photographers' Gallery with some fellow photographers.  As we walked back into Oxford Street I looked up and noticed this window at first floor level with its intricate patterns.  No one else saw it as they were chatting.  We've walked past a number of times since and the light has never been the same so I felt quite lucky to have been able to capture the image at the time.

'Patterns' by Cynthia Morton, Sidcup u3a

'Patterns' by Cynthia Morton, Sidcup u3a

A mixture of patterns. Two examples showing needlecraft patterns.The knitting wool has a random pattern which is of a soft design. The material has a pattern of crosses and squares.

'Tesselate' by Jackie Price, St Helens u3a

'Tesselate' by Jackie Price, St Helens u3a

I spend days puzzling....and I had only myself to blame as I had brought this tessellate puzzle as a treat for myself...!!!

'Pattern upon Pattern' by Richard Wimbush, Norton Radstock u3a

'Pattern upon Pattern' by Richard Wimbush, Norton Radstock u3a

There are so many patterns in nature but I likes the way the rain drops emphasised the radial pattern on the leaf.

'Frosty Table' by Joan Grosscurth, Fairford u3a

'Frosty Table' by Joan Grosscurth, Fairford u3a

A garden table on a frosty January day in Quenington where I live.

'Leaf Pattern' by Eric Ladbury, Long Eaton u3a

'Leaf Pattern' by Eric Ladbury, Long Eaton u3a

Leaf Pattern in Portmeirion, North Wales. I liked the way the light is transmitted through the green leaves displaying the pattern of veins, photographed in the woodland shadows with a stream of light hitting the branch.

'Curves Of Light' by ICE Hosking, Knutsford u3a

'Curves Of Light' by ICE Hosking, Knutsford u3a

This was taken in a Union Canal tunnel very close to the Falkirk Wheel.  The lights on the tunnel accentuated the curve of the ceiling but I have inverted the image for more impact.

'Garden Lantern' by Chris Smith, Limebrook u3a

'Garden Lantern' by Chris Smith, Limebrook u3a

Upon my recent retirement my friends kindly presented me with this garden lantern.  We now sit outdoors in our garden in the evenings so much more and I love the patterns it creates.

'Ripples' by Christine Middleton, Dunmow (Essex) u3a

'Ripples' by Christine Middleton, Dunmow (Essex) u3a

At Belper in Derbyshire the River Derwent widens before flowing quickly under a bridge. The arched bridge with its metal railings is itself attractive but, when we were there, the shadows of the railings falling on the water below were more eye-catching.

'Tunnel of Patterns' by Ruth Lancashire, Leigh Estuary u3a

'Tunnel of Patterns' by Ruth Lancashire, Leigh Estuary u3a

The tunnel of patterns in Canary Wharf, London

'Log Pile' by Brian Snelson,  Hockley & Hawkwell u3a

'Log Pile' by Brian Snelson, Hockley & Hawkwell u3a

Log pile in the monastery of Agios Georgios Krimnon near Shipwreck Bay, Zakynthos

'Pebbles' by Peter Hagger, St. Neots u3a

'Pebbles' by Peter Hagger, St. Neots u3a

Walking around the garden at Burghley House I noticed the effect of the water running over the pebbles and liked the effect.

'Bridge Symmetry' by Carole Hewitt, Wokingham u3a

'Bridge Symmetry' by Carole Hewitt, Wokingham u3a

Strolling beneath Blackfriars Bridge, I felt compelled to take this. Love the symmetry.  


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