The Ilkley & District U3A’s first online Photographic Exhibition has been a great success.
The Exhibition showcased the talents and interests of members of its three photography groups and has promoted Ilkley & District U3A far and wide. As a result the exhibition featured in the National Third Age Trust Newsletter as well as in articles in the local press.
Over 700 individuals visited the exhibition during May, many returning on several occasions for a second or third look at some stunning images.
This was not a competition but the organisers wanted to replicate the experience of visiting the Manor House (the normal venue for the exhibition) as closely as possible. So visitors were asked to vote for their favourite. It proved a close run thing but there is a favourite by a narrow margin:
Andrew Bennet, with 17% of the votes, takes first place with "A Tight Squeeze" - his brilliantly timed owl shot. He described how he captured his image:
“During a miserable spell of winter weather, a two day window of brighter conditions arrived. As the barn owl cannot hunt in bad weather I knew it would leave its roost and take advantage of its window of opportunity. On the second day, patience finally paid off.“