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Photographers for the Cumbrian Floods - Photowalk & Auction
Sun 21 February 2016, 09:00 – 16:30 GMT
As landscape photographers we love Cumbria for its beauty and tranquility. So when we saw the devastation caused to the local communities and landscape by the recent floods I am sure we were all deeply saddened. As a result a group of us as landscape photographers in the UK decided to try and give something back to help Cumbria and the Cumbrians as they rebuild and repair their lives and the area.
Mark Littlejohn, winner of Landscape Photographer of the Year 2014, spearheaded the campaign by raising over £5000 on behalf of the Flood Appeal for the Cumbria Community Foundation.
Now a group of photographers - Joe Cornish, David Ward, Joseph Wright, Charlie Waite, Julian Calverley, Lizzie Shepherd, Pete Bridgwood, Valda Bailey, Russ Barnes, Finn Hopson, Colin Bell, Paul Mitchell, David Baker & Doug Chinnery - have got together to run a charity print auction of their work to add to this amount on Sunday 21st February this year.
But there is much more to the day than just a print auction.
Sunday 21st February 2016
09:00 - Steamer from Glenridding to Airia Force
09:15 - 12:30 - Photo walk with leading photographers
12:30 approx - Steamer back to Glenridding
13:30 - Buffet lunch at The Inn on the Lake, Glenridding
14:15 - Print Auction
15:00 - Photography talks by Mark Littlejohn, Paul Mitchell & Joe Cornish
Conclude 16:30 approx
Details of the Day
There is an unique opportunity to buy tickets to join one of three informal photo-walks which we will be holding in the morning before the auction, each led by three of these photographers, to spend time with them and learn from them about composition, camera techniques and to hear something of thier philosophy about photography. These are NOT workshops, but, rather, relaxed walks with an opportunity to talk and make some images along the way. The walks are short to allow plenty of time to make photographs.
Two of the groups will be taken to their locations courtesy of the Ullswater Steamer Company who have very kindly donated a return journey on the fabulous 'Lady Dorothy'. This will be a 15 minute voyage each way on Ullswater to and from Aria Force.
Group ONE - Will be led by Joe Cornish, Joseph Wright & Paul Mitchell who will walk and photograph around the woodlands and waterfalls of Aria Force. Walk of around 1 mile to 1.5 miles, on gentle uphill on paths in woodland. Places strictly liimited to 20.
Group TWO - Will be led by Valda Bailey, Lizzie Shepherd & Doug Chinnery and will walk and photograph the woodland along the shore of Ullswater. Walk of 1 to 2 miles, relatively flat paths through woodland. Places strictly limited to 20.
Group THREE - Will be led by Mark Littlejohn, Russ Barnes & Colin Bell. This group WON'T be going on the steamer, rather you will be enjoying a 2 mile circular gentle climb of Keldas with wonderful elevated views of Ullswater. Places strictly limited to 20.
The ticket price also then includes a buffet lunch at 13:00 at The Inn on the Lake (Drinks NOT included), a beautiful 4 star hotel in Glenridding, who have also generously offered to host the auction for free and are catering the event at a reduced cost to increase the profits that go to the charity.
After the buffet lunch, Mark Littlejohn will act as auctioneer and we will all have the chance to bid for photographs kindly donated by all of the photographers listed above. This will prove to be a unique opportunity to add a print from your favorite photographers to your collection. Please come ready to support this part of the day as we really hope it will raise money for the charity.
Then to conclude the day there will be three illustrated talks given by Mark Littlejohn, Paul Mitchell and finally by Joe Cornish - what a wonderful opportunity to hear these amazing photographers talk about their work and thier motivation and to see their images displayed on the screen.
This wonderful day for lovers of Cumbria and photography should conclude, we think, at around 16:30.
PLEASE NOTE - THE MEETING TIME AND PLACE FOR THE WALKS WILL BE 09:00 SHARP AT THE ULLSWATER STEAMERS PIERHOUSE, GLENRIDDING. There is car parking (Please see note below about parking) here and the steamer will depart sharply at 09:15. We cannot delay as the steamer has its usual schedule to adhere to later in the morning and we have to fit in with that so please do not be late as we cannot wait.
Please also note: If the wind is too high for the steamer to sail, which can happen rarely, we will arrange for a shuttle bus to make shuttle runs to Aria Force. It will have to make 2 or 3 trips due to the number of seats and round trips take 20 mins so we would appreciate your patience in this situation. If we can secure a large coach for everyone from a local firm we will do so.
Please also note: Transfers between the Steamer Pierhouse and the Hotel are NOT included in any of the ticket prices but the hotel is only 300 meters from the Steamer Jetty.
Please also note: that currently the Environment Agency are using the Jetty car park as a holding area for debris and building materials. The event is seven weeks away at the time of this writing and so we anticipate the car park will be clear for parking, but should it still be in use there is parking in the village.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Participants must be over 18 and bring a copy of your e-ticket with you.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Your ticket option will specify if your ticket includes a return trip on the steamer (groups ONE and TWO include steamer trips.) We anticipate the car park at the Ullswater Steamer Pierhouse, Glenridding will be free by the time of the event. Should the Environment Agency still be using it for storing building materials and debris from the floods then other parking options are availabel in the village (fees payable).
What can/can't I bring to the event?
Please bring your camera gear that you would normally carry on a photo-walk. It is unlikely you will need graduated neutral density filters, but you may wish to bring polarisong filters and full neutral density filters if you have them. Bring plenty of fully charged battries for your cameras. Lenses froom wide angle to long zooms may be useful (up to, for example 200 or 300mm) but if you wish to travel light then just a single 'walkabout' lens is sufficient - for example a 24-70mm or 24-105mm or similar. the main purpose of the walk is to have a relaxed time making some images and enjoy conversation - it may be best not to burden yourself with a great deal of heavy gear. Tripods will be useful. If you really don't want to carry a tripod, please feel free to come without one and shoot hand-held.
Why is there a booking fee?
This website charges for handling the bookings, producing the tickets etc. We have decided to pass these costs on to you so that all of your fee for the day can go straight to the Charity. We hope you uderstand this. Some costs will have to be deducted from what we raise, including any VAT (which this website company has to deduct on our behalf by law), PayPal fees from all those choosing to pay by PayPal, the costs of the buffet and so on. However, we are keeping all costs to an absolute bare minimum (all photographers are paying all of their own travel and accommodation expenses and donating prints for the auction free of charge, for example) so that the maximum goes to the charity.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
If you are unable to attend for some reason you can pass your e-ticket to a friend or family member. Spaces on the steamer and at the hotel are strictly limited so please do not bring extra guests with you as we will NOT be able to accommodate them. If all tickets are sold before the event there will NOT be any tickets available on the day.