Digital Photography

Our aim is to share our knowledge of photography and the digital enhancement of photographs for the enjoyment of the photographer and also friends and relations with whom they may wish to share their experiences through photographs.

We have a wide range of topics and workshops, and we can also offer advice, eg on the purchase and use of the camera for beginners and how to attach photographs to emails for sharing.

The meetings will include judging the monthly Competition pictures.

Haskayne Village Hall
1st Thursday of the month
2.00 pm
  • Leaders:
  • Alan Starkie - 01744 884095
  • Bill Watkinson - 01695 422423
  • George Slawinski - 01695 421969

The Pictures shown to the right were selected as the Winner of Winners for our 2014/2015 season.

Scroll down to the bottom of the page to view other winning photos

Monthly Competition

The group encourages as many as possible to put entries into the competitions as it helps to develop both photographing and creative skills. Each month there are 2 competition topics, as below.


Topic 1


Topic 2


September 2018 Quarters Over The Wall
October Refreshing  Trees
November  Stripes  Wild
December  Grime  Broken Down
January 2018 T.B.A  T.B.A
February  T.B.A T.B.A
March  T.B.A  T.B.A
April  T.B.A   T.B.A
May  T.B.A  T.B.A

The difference between Topics 1 & 2 is that Topic 1 images will involve using a special camera or software technique which will be explained in a previous meeting.

In the meantime, if you Google for example “Tutorials for photographing Shadows” you will be able to find out more about that topic and what it involves. You will find lots of short videos on You Tube (some better than others) which are well worth looking at.

Competition Rules

  1. You can submit one entry in each topic
  2. Photographs must have been taken by yourself
  3. Photographs can be submitted with or without any digital manipulation
  4. Once a photograph has been entered in a competition, it cannot be re-submitted in future competitions
  5. Entries must be received by midnight on the Sunday before the competition judging on the first Thursday of the month

Please e-mail photographs to or take them on a memory stick to Horizons. Latest entry is the Sunday before the meeting.

There are no prizes to be won, just the opportunity to compare photographs taken by our own members with a view to improving standards. Winning entries are displayed on the U3A website.

June 2018 Competition Winners

Topic 1 Spring  click an image for slideshow




Topic 2 Abstract  click an image for slideshow






Topic 1 –  Quarters            Topic 2  – Over the Wall

The closing date for the September  competition is midnight, Sunday 2nd September

Plan for Thursday 6th September Meeting – Haskayne Village Hall 2pm

Competition Judging

Critique by George Slawinski


Thank you to those who completed our questioaire regarding our future programme.

The suggestions were wide spread involving both Camera techniques and  computer related topics.

We shall try to accomodate as much as possible and to start the ball rolling, we shall look at simple ways to load and sort photographs into the computer.

The request for this has probably been driven by the demise of Picasa which although has not completely disappeared, is no longer supported by  Google.

We will look at what is available in Wndows 10 and revisit  the Elements Organiser





If you are experienced in Photography/Photo. Enhancement, please come and share your knowledge with us.

If you are new to Photography, we are a friendly group who will always be pleased to help with advice on Camera equipment and how to take better pictures.

Submitting Competition Entries – a reminder

Please ensure that your competition entries are submitted in the correct format – i.e. as JPEG files – and at a resolution of at least 1024 x 768 pixels.  Please also remember to rename the files to include your name and the competition topic, e.g. Joe Bloggs – September Topic 1