Synopsis of 12th November 2020 meeting

Covid19 restrictions meant that our penultimate meeting of the year was once again a Zoom meeting, Zoom allows ‘virtual attendees’ to sit in front of their computers, laptops or tablet devices. Allowing members to chat with each other prior to the presentation by Peak District based professional photographer Karen Frenkel. I was fascinated to see that quite a number of members and guests were clutching glasses filled with (mainly red) wine!

Our Chair Joan welcomed Karen, members and guests. Joan has known Karen for 20+ years, recalling that this is the third time that Karen has made a presentation to C&HVPS. An indication of the quality of Karen’s images and her quiet way of speaking about her love of the countryside and her fascination with photography. Karen was an academic for some years, later exchanging academia for the outdoor life of a landscape photographer. Karen’s first camera was a Nikon SLR, given to her by her father when Karen was 12 years of age. Here’s one her first photographs, taken with monochrome film, high up on Great Gable:

Prior to the main event of the evening, Ian S showed our programme for the remainder of the year.

Then we settled down to enjoy Karen’s first public presentation of her ‘Mountains & Coasts’ images. Mainly focussing on the English Lake District and Scotland. Here’s a selection of those images. But firstly, I must apologise, I photographed the images from my computer screen, thus there’s a few rogue reflections. But these reflections hopefully don’t detract from enjoying Karen’s spectacular landscape images. If you’d like to see more of Karen’s images click onto

NEMPF Highly Commended award to Ian Stanyon

It’s my pleasure to report that Ian Stanyon has been awarded ‘highly commended’ for the image entitled ‘An ill wind blows’ that Ian submitted to NEMPF for their recent competition. For an image to ‘make the cut’ to be to be judged at NEMPF’s annual competition, it has to be a really high standard image. Thus any image awarded a Highly Commended is by definition an exceptional image.

You can view the full results of the NEMPF competition by clicking on to: The website contains details of all the accepted images together with the award-winning images, including Ian Stanyon’s image.