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Blenheim Palace Flower Show

For many people the reason to get a camera out is to photograph flowers. Flower shows such as Chelsea or Hampton Court provide wonderful opportunities but often crowds too. A flower show closer to home might be the perfect answer and this weekend at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock there is a flower show  We can’t promise fine weather but there will be fine flowers


The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show: Win tickets and a stay at The Lensbury hotel

Photographer required for charity event

I do honestly feel that everyone, every organisation, every person who needs a photographer should be prepared to pay something for one. How else are we expected to pay our bills let alone feed our children? Every week I get requests from people asking us, through our school of photography, to help them have photographs taken for free. Most end up immediately in the trash can. If a company, organisation, person has premises and pays staff then they should pay a professional photographer; as for the ‘it will help your portfolio’ just don’t get me started.

Ok rant out of the way.

Sometimes I receive requests to help and the charity is worthwhile and worthy of support, I do try to check them out on their websites. This came through over the weekend and you might feel tempted to help. Looking at the pictures from past events they do need a photographer, perhaps you could become more of a permanent fixture.


Yellow Submarine is holding a gala screening of ‘Mamma Mia’ at the phoenix cinema for people with learning disabilities. There will be a red carpet and lots of people in ABBA fancy dress! We would like a photographer to take pictures of people arriving and at the after party at the Jericho Tavern.

You will be fully credited for all photos taken.

Yellow Submarine?….About Yellow submarine: Yellow Submarine is an Oxfordshire based charity working with people with learning disabilities to provide holidays and activities. You can read more at www.yellowsubmarine.org.uk

Here is the info:

When:    Saturday 21st July

                10:45am photos taken as people arrive

                1-2pm photos taken at after party in Jericho Tavern

Contact:   Toby Staveley 01865 249662                         toby@yellowsubmarine.org.uk

Photowalks Day at Rutherford Appleton Lab, Abingdon

We get some odd requests to post about, this one I think has some great photo opportunities as well as the chance to see the insides of a world renowned lab.

Amateur and professional photographers will be able to enjoy unprecedented access to some of the most remarkable science and technology currently being undertaken in the UK, as the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is to hold a series of ‘Photowalks’ across its impressive sites at the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh, its Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire and its Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) in Oxfordshire, on 22, 23, 24 November respectively.

Places on the Photowalks are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. On registering, applicants will be sent a full information pack including factsheets on the facilities that will be visited during the tour. All participating photographers must be 18 years old or over.”

Further details of the photowalks are available at http://www.stfc.ac.uk/Public+and+Schools/37355.aspx

Dr David Evans takes a close look at tracks from a simulated collision in ALICE.

Photography – Production Opportunity – Oxford University Dramatics

Barbarian Productions, the company behind Oxford’s flagship summer production at the Oxford Playhouse (an original adaptation of Jack London’s classic American novel, ‘The Call of the Wild’), are looking for a skilled photographer to assist with production photography during the four weeks between now and show week.

Commitment can vary from the short-term (sporadic days over the next four weeks, when convenient for you), to one-off days. The first and most pressing of these is this coming Monday (18th April), for which we require a photographer to take headshots of the cast and rehearsal photos that will be used by leading graphic designers John Good Ltd. in constructing the programme. All rehearsals take place in central Oxford, at Magdalen College.

Photographic content will be distributed (with full credits) across the production website, blog, Oxford Playhouse website, in local newspapers and in the programme, which will be seen by thousands of audience members. A selection of the kind of images required on stage and in rehearsal is attached.

This is an ideal opportunity to put expertise to use in a creative context and gain experience working in a theatrical marketing environment. Oxford Drama is fortunate to enjoy one of the highest standards of university-level dramatics in the world, thanks to our access to the full resources of the Oxford Playhouse as a professional, working theatre; taking part in such projects is a rewarding experience and a rare opportunity to broaden portfolios in a unique direction.

To learn more or to get involved, please email mark.heath@ouds.org