U3A photographic exhibition triumphs despite the virus


Kingfisher in Goa by Phil Snowden

Challenged by the current lockdown, Ilkley & District U3A, a group for retired and semi-retired folk, has turned to modern technology to showcase its annual U3A Photographic exhibition. Rather than gracing the walls of Ilkley’s Manor House during May, the 2020 exhibition will instead take pride of place on the U3A’s website from 4 May to the end of the month. Visitors to the website, including the general public, are asked to choose their favourite photo and at the end of the exhibition a first, second and third place will be revealed from these votes.

Entry to the Exhibition was open to members of all three U3A photography groups. These range from almost complete beginners to those who have been taking photos for many years. There are 85 entries submitted by these talented amateurs - a maximum of three from each member who chose to enter.

This was an open exhibition and members were asked to submit photographs which they were pleased with, and they were all given the opportunity to have their work shown to their group for feedback before they made a final choice of entry. As a result, there is a range of images covering a wide spectrum of subjects, locations, cameras and techniques.

To make the photographs easier to view, they are presented in galleries. There is also an online catalogue, which gives the number of the entry, the title and for some photos includes technical information.