Winners of a charity photo contest got their framed snaps at an awards event. During Great Daffodil Appeal amateur photographers were told to ‘Snap a Daff’ and submit a snap carrying the flower to the local fundraising group of the charity.
All entries were judged by Express and the winning contests got their framed snaps at the Woodstock Framing Gallery on Duke Street in Macclesfield. The presentations were jointly made by chair of the Macclesfield Marie Curie Fundraising Group Rita Arafa and Woodstock Framing Gallery’s Chris Sheehy.
Also Chris donated the framing of the snaps for the contest in the service of the charity. Jonathan Lucas got the 1st prize in adult class while Amanda Green snatched the 2nd prize. The couple is also joint founders of the Macclesfield Alternative Camera Club. Elaine Ratcliffe, a volunteer who worked hard to organize the contest, told that Jonathan found the inspiration for his entry by chance on a table in a pub in Llanberis after a walk on Snowden. Amanda found her daffodils more locally on a walk by the River Bollin. Both the snaps lovely photos and deserved winners.
9 year old Connor Ratcliffe won the Under-sixteen class making the judges all smile with her unique quirkiness of the ‘smiling daffs’ snap created with Marie Curie daffodil badges in his grandmother’s garden. Twelve year old Rebecca Bailey won the 2nd prize with her more traditional snap of daffodils that she took in her dad’s garden.
Photographer Anne Geddes, just in time for Mother’s Day, is out with a new book of iconic baby photos. Her shooter has clicked countless snaps of infants. According to reports, she told that she is in a very lucky situation, in that people actually do not recognize her on the street. People recognize the name. When she meets people, people tell her that they did nit imaging she look like that. People expect her to be a cross between Laura Ashley and Mother Theresa.
Anne, who recently shifted her business from Australia to New York, has been the baby photographer for the past twenty years, making a name for herself by working with babies. Asked how she started to come up with all the ideas for the babies’ dresses as well as all the unusual settings, Anne told that people say ‘you’re Anne Geddes, oh the flowerpots.’ She is like – she has got one hanging around her neck. The very first flowerpot picture that he created was a huge accident.
She added that she is not one of those people – she does not have a green thumb. She looks at plants and they wither and die. Therefore, she had this empty flowerpot which was sitting in her studio, and a mom came in with this little six month old baby, who was donning a little fluffy woolen hat, and she saw the flowerpot and thought that she would look like a lovely little cactus. They sat her in the flowerpot, and it was a black-and-white image, and that was that.
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Kenny Rogers has been glorified as a special artist for several years, but this time, he is being rewarded for another talent – it is photography. The Through the Years star got an honorary master degree in photography from Professional Photographers of America at their annual conference – Imaging USA, during the Professional Photographers of America Award & Degree ceremony on 14th January. There were up to a humongous ten thousand photographers in attendance.
Kenny also was able to share his all his brilliant talent with the audience – but this is not the musical talent. Before the ceremony, he had offered a live Q&A with the convention goers, speaking about his work and life as well as sharing snaps from his upcoming photography book named Places I’ve Been, Things I’ve Seen.
Speaking about the choice of honoring Kenny, Professional Photographers of America president Ralph Romaguera Sr. told that they could see in his work that Mr. Rogers is an accomplished photographer, but when they approached him about the honorary master’s degree, they were immediately impressed with his enthusiasm for photography. He is obviously well known as an entertainer, but he truly is a remarkably talented photographer.
While Kenny Rogers stated that you start off doing something because you really love it, and it gives you great pleasure. With any luck at all, you get better. It was special to receive the highest honor that his photography has to offer. He felt a little intimidated but very flattered and somehow undeserving. It was very thrilling.
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