Sheffield snappers lead the way!

Sea front: Erica Oram's picture Leading The Way will be part of the London Salon exhibition.
Sea front: Erica Oram's picture Leading The Way will be part of the London Salon exhibition.

SHEFFIELD snappers have put themselves in the frame for some top awards and international recognition.

Sheffield Photographic Society is celebrating its best ever year in in the Yorkshire Photographic Union Annual Exhibition and another successful year at the prestigious London Salon having several pictures accepted for their annual exhibition to be held in August.

Erica Oram’s picture Leading The Way will be part of the London Salon exhibition and was captured on the sea front at Cleethorpes but the people - and the dog - in it had no idea it was being taken.

“I entered four pictures and I’m not sure why they liked that one best, I think it’s something to do with the way I have focused on the dog,” said Erica, a 43-year-old research manager at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.

“When I try to take the candid shots I don’t walk around with a camera up to my face. I was sitting on a bench and wanted to capture a dog pulling along its owner as they do. I wanted to have the dog in the foreground to make it look bigger.

“It didn’t quite work out as I’d hoped so it took a fair bit of digital manipulation to get it to look the way I wanted it to but I was fairly happy with it in the end.”

The Yorkshire Photographic Union Exhibition accepted only 200 prints out of almost 1400 entries and Sheffield Photographic Society walked away with three trophies including Trophy for top club in the colour prints section, winning the J E Barker Trophy for the first time. The Rotherham Trophy for Best Sport/Action Print went to Roger Ward for The Race and The Yorkshire Post Trophy for Best Colour Pictorial Print by Adrian Richardson for Rise of the Zombies.

Four projected images were accepted with a Certificate of Merit awarded to Keith Allchin for Incoming Tide. Three prints and two projected images have also been selected to represent Yorkshire nationally in the Photographic Association of Great Britain Exhibition.

The London Salon of Photography is a unique body of photographers, with a world wide membership, whose sole aim is to exhibit the best of pictorial photographic imagery. The Annual Exhibition is created from accepted print entries from all over the world.

Prints accepted from Sheffield Photographic Society are: Adrian Richardson’s Rise of the Zombies - he was also awarded a gold medal. Other accepted entries are by Rebecca Nex - A Walk into the Wild Woods; Erica Oram - Leading the Way; Ian Wilde - A Nod to Henri.

New society president Keith Allchin said: “I congratulate all our members who have had work accepted at the Yorkshire Photographic Union and London Salon this year and am delighted that in my year of Presidency we have had such success in both accepted entries and awarded trophies.”

n The London Salon Exhibition images and information about the exhibition can be viewed at

n Sheffield Photographic Society has been established for over 100 years and has over 100 members. It holds its own annual exhibition of members’ images in February at Sheffield Cathedral. The next exhibition of member’s work will be held in the Winter Garden in November.