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The Venturers Great Photography Competition from Roy

Posted by NickB on April 8, 2008

Ok gentlemen, get your cameras charged or start storing some film in the fridge, for we have a photography competition for you.  In November/December 2008 (date and venue to be announced) we will have a big gathering or party where all the submitted pictures will be on show and independent judges will pick the winners. 


There are three categories: 

  1. Portrait.  The late John Maybe always regretted not taking photos of people.  Let’s redress this by having a section which concentrates on what really matters; the people that make a club.  So, portraits of club members please, not of the barmaid with the huge eyes.
  2. The Club.  Anything to do with the club and the venues we visit; landscape, climbing, canoeing, mountaineering, walking.
  3. Open.  Basically this is a miscellaneous section.  The only limit is your imagination.  Time to phone up the barmaid with the big eyes then.


In any competition there has to be a framework and rules.  We have made them as simple as possible.  The photos have to be taken during the year (2008), no archive shots please.  Photos can be either digital or film and either black and white or colour.  The maximum size is 10” X 8” and mounted, with your name on the back.  If you wish to give your picture a caption then that’s fine, in fact quite welcome.  You may enter up to three pictures to each category.  The competition is only open to club members.  With digital offerings there are to be no down loads of someone else’s picture nor any major changes of yours; but re-sizing (cropping) is fine as are small alterations and touch-ups.  I’m afraid there isn’t room for any ‘adult’ material.  So, if you have a photo of your woman in black stockings and a basque we cannot accept it into the competition, but bring it along anyway. 



Thought that might get your attention.  We intend to offer up four good worthwhile prizes from a fund of around £150.  One for the winners of each category and the last prize for the overall winner.  Therefore, if your photo is good enough, it could win two prizes.  Entry is free, so what have you got to loose?  During the course of the year we will be encouraging members to put a portfolio together, and depending on the level of interest, pick a suitable venue and judges.  The judges will be totally independent and not a club member nor the wife/partner/mistress/girlfriend or boyfriend of a member.  I think that covers it.  And we will not be setting out an Ouija board to ask for John Maybe’s or John Baker’s input.  Goodness, how they would have loved to be here for this though.


Questions.  For any clarification please contact Mark or Roy. 


And may the light be with you.  (Sorry, couldn’t resist)


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Posted by fantomblogger on January 17, 2008

Apparently there is a certain level of micky taking among some of the lads with respect to trainspotting, well it seems that one other club member may have an even darker secret:


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Becoz I can

Posted by fantomblogger on January 15, 2008

Be careful out there, once he has finished practicing he may set his sights on something more filling than a teeny weeny bunny!!




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Crossing The Crevasse

Posted by NickB on December 24, 2007

Due to Global Warming a recent club ice climbing trip required inventiveness to cross a crevasse !  Roy was quoted as saying “The last time I was here (during the last ice age) we had a nice little snow bridge to cross !! 


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Dickie’s Christmas

Posted by NickB on December 24, 2007

Stafford contemplates what Mary has got him for Christmas, and he was wondering why she had recently upgraded his life insurance! Apparently she also got him a Panama hat!


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New Years Eve Run 2007

Posted by NickB on December 19, 2007

Gents,Just a quick reminder, the New Years Run and Lunch will be at the Plume and Feathers at Princetown. As usual it is a 1030 meet and the run will start at 1100. Hopefully all runners will be in at 12:00 and then we will move on to the pub for a spot of lunch and drinks.Hope this meets with all your approval. Wives and families welcome.Please could you past this on to anyone I have missed out on the distribution.CheersJames

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Lizard 2007

Posted by NickB on December 14, 2007

Roy published the 2007 issue of the DV annual magazine ‘The Lizard’ last night, I’ve only had a chance to scan through so far but it appears to be another excellent contribution to DV folklore!!  Many thanks to Roy (and other contributors) for all the excellent work, the effort required to produce this is massive, well done.

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Christmas Meal 2007

Posted by NickB on December 14, 2007

Many thanks to Bear for organising last nights Christmas meal at the Britannia, Venturers turned out in force dragging along, wives, girlfriends, daughters and in one case even a mother!  The Brit served up an excellent ‘value for money’ meal to be accompanied by the wine Bear had managed to secure at very reasonable cost.

New chairman, James Dell showed that he has more nous than many give him credit for as when the jeers started for him to make an impromptu speech he promptly produced a type written prepared one from deep in his pockets (yes his arms were long enough).  Good try Dickie, but no banana!!

Photos to follow …. ….. ….. when they are sent to me!

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Another hard day in the hills!

Posted by NickB on November 19, 2007


 Binos and beer, life is great!!

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Dartmoor Perambulation 9th – 11th May 2008

Posted by NickB on November 13, 2007

Details to follow – Stafford

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