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Wanstead annual photography competition opens for entries and celebrates its 21st year

PUBLISHED: 15:30 16 February 2016 | UPDATED: 15:11 18 February 2016

Reg Fowkes, Woodford and Wanstead Photographic Society member, whose annual competition is set up in his name. Photo: Woodford and Wanstead Photographic Society

Reg Fowkes, Woodford and Wanstead Photographic Society member, whose annual competition is set up in his name. Photo: Woodford and Wanstead Photographic Society

David Tyrrell

The memory of a much-loved historian and photographer will be honoured as a photography competition set up in his name opens to accept entries.

This year marks the 21st annual Reg Fowkes Photo Competition, organised by the Woodford and Wanstead Photographic Society (WWPS) based at Wanstead House, The Green, Wanstead.

Reg died in 1994 and the following year his daughter Pat Smith of Parkway, Woodford Green, started the competition where members of the public could enter their favourite photographs.

“My father would have been very happy,” she said. “All he wanted was to encourage people to have a go at photography and over these past 20 years this competition has done precisely that.

“In his day, it was film but with today’s digital cameras it offers more possibilities for all ages and all levels of experience”.

Photos can be submitted under any of the six categories Landscapes & Seascapes, People - Portraits - Street Photography, Nature and Wildlife, People’s Choice, Junior and Best Newcomer.

Prizes range from cash to certificates to free club memberships.

The maximum size of a print is A4 and can be mounted or unmounted - maximum size 40cm x 50cm - and there is no restriction to the number of prints submitted although an adult fee of £2 per print will apply but is free for under 14s.

Brian McCarthy, won Best Newcomer in 2014 and was awarded a year’s free membership to the WWPS.

“It’s a very friendly club and I would definitely recommend it,” he said.

Print’s can be dropped off at St Mary’s Church in High Road, South Woodford between 10am – 12pm or at Pat Smith’s address at 12 Parkway, Woodford Green before 9pm. Entrants are asked to telephone Mrs Smith first on 02085051177.

A long-standing member of the WWPS, Reg joined the group, which dates back to 1893, in 1945. He remained a member of the group and parishioner of St Mary’s until his death.

He is remembered fondly by both fellow photographers and churchgoers.

David Tyrrell, spokesman for WWPS, said the competition is open to all regardless of ability and young people are particularly welcomed.

“So sort out your best photos or even better get out and take some new ones,” he said.

The competition closes noon Saturday, March 12.

To download an entry form visit woodfordandwansteadphotosoc.co.uk


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