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 "boxes, squares and/or rectanglesis now closed.

The current theme asks for your best/most interesting photos on the theme of: â€lights". 
 

Deadline for submissions: 1pm on Thursday 20th May 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 'Viewing the everyday in a new way'. Please see a selection of some of our favourite submissions from this theme below. The "boxes, squares and/or rectangles" gallery will go up shortly. 

 

'Nativity in Cotton' by Keith Leatham of Stourbridge u3a

'Nativity in Cotton' by Keith Leatham of Stourbridge u3a

This is a picture of a piece of cotton about 6 inches long dropped by my wife while lace making. On seeing it my immediate thought was Nativity. I did not touch the cotton and it is a straight photo other than changing it to black and white.

'Open Door' by Jennifer Roberts of Honiton u3a

'Open Door' by Jennifer Roberts of Honiton u3a

VW Golf, front passenger door - what more can I say!

'Our World in a Wine Glass' by John Owen of Worcester Area u3a

'Our World in a Wine Glass' by John Owen of Worcester Area u3a

Lockdown has led many of us at times to look at the world through a wine glass. Oh how the world has changed, turned upside-down even. Our view of the everyday is certainly different.

'Family Fantasy' by Rosemary Gibbs of Rugby u3a

'Family Fantasy' by Rosemary Gibbs of Rugby u3a

My son-in-law suggested interpreting this theme with an anagram and my idea for making the Travel Scrabble board into a modern magic carpet evolved gradually. The seated boy is telling his DEAR FAMILY that he is going to place the "Y" to form "YE" and it amuses me that they all seem oblivious to their vertiginous surroundings.

'Soap Star' by Angela Owen of Worcester Area u3a

'Soap Star' by Angela Owen of Worcester Area u3a

I was just filling the bowl, doing the washing up - when suddenly I let out shrieks of excitement as my soap star showed up. Bright eyes and a gorgeous smile looked back at me, giving me such pleasure. Love the teeth!

'Floating Crystal' by Valerie Frood of Honiton u3a

'Floating Crystal' by Valerie Frood of Honiton u3a

This looks like a 'floating' crystal glass. It is in fact two glasses - one standing on top of another taken in a light box with a black background

'Different View' by Brian Moore of Belfast u3a

'Different View' by Brian Moore of Belfast u3a

This is a view of my street seen through a lensball which gives it a different viewpoint

'Biscuit Buddha' by Brendan Gillan of Ballymoney u3a

'Biscuit Buddha' by Brendan Gillan of Ballymoney u3a

This takes the biscuit.

'Telegraph Pole' by Jackie Price St Helens u3a

'Telegraph Pole' by Jackie Price St Helens u3a

I've developed an obsession with Telegraph Poles, and I like to experiment with quirky angles to make the shots more interesting.

'Cheese Grater' by Mike Sharp Melbourne Area & Derby u3a

'Cheese Grater' by Mike Sharp Melbourne Area & Derby u3a

This is an everyday stainless steel cheese grater. It is interesting to see how natural daylight through the small holes on one side can be seen through the larger holes on the other side. Also, how natural daylight and the camera together bring out the scratches on the surface, which can barely be seen with the naked eye.

'Leek with a difference' by Carol Greatrex of Broomfield & District u3a

'Leek with a difference' by Carol Greatrex of Broomfield & District u3a

I was preparing this leek for cooking. When I cut it open I was surprised to see it hadn't grown straight inside. I thought it worthy of this angled photograph.

'Seeds' by Irene Lavery of Edinburgh u3a

'Seeds' by Irene Lavery of Edinburgh u3a

Another way of seeing cling film! Here it's being used to propagate some seeds, I hope.

'Through the Window' by Angela Reid of Balsall Common u3a

'Through the Window' by Angela Reid of Balsall Common u3a

Since lockdown, my only way, and therefore my new way of seeing the beautiful camellias in the camellia house in Wollaton Park is through a window. I liked the resulting image of the vibrant colour of the flower framed by the frost and old window frame.

'Polarisaton' by Janet Rutter of Devizes & District u3a

'Polarisaton' by Janet Rutter of Devizes & District u3a

On looking through my desk drawer I had the idea of polarisation of these objects. Laying my monitor on its back with a white screen I arranged the items and with a polarising filter on my lens was able to achieve this pleasing result -a new view of everyday items.

'Toaster' by Chris Parnell of Bracknell Forest u3a

'Toaster' by Chris Parnell of Bracknell Forest u3a

We've had some great pictures of spoons and forks recently under other subject titles so I needed to think of something else. My toaster seemed complicated enough to try and capture the inside and I chose to make it black and white for more impact and less of a clue.


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