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Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition trip

Trip to the WPOTY Exhibition Saturday 18 June 2022… Please book by Monday 13 June.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at Sewerby Hall and Gardens is proving hugely popular. Hedon Viewfinders is organising a visit on Saturday 18 June meeting late morning and we invite members to book a place with us (£9 – will be cheaper if we get more than 20 members attending). Need to book in advance, contact us by Monday 13 June, please. You can pay at next Wednesday’s meeting.

The following is a media release from East Riding of Yorkshire Council:

On loan from the Natural History Museum in London, the exhibition is on display until Sunday, 17 July, and, during its first four weeks, has seen an increase of 46 per cent in visitor numbers at the attraction, compared to the equivalent period in 2019.

Curator Janice Smith (pictured) said: “We have had visitors travelling long distances to see the exhibition, and we have also had overwhelmingly enthusiastic reactions to the exhibition on our feedback forms, and on our social media. There is no doubt that more people are taking the time to visit the house itself since the exhibition opened.

“It’s also very encouraging to see that our visitors are taking lots of time to read all the captions which describe the photos, and are keen to absorb the information and key messages which go with the stunning images on display.”

The exhibition features exceptional images capturing fascinating animal behaviour, spectacular species and the breathtaking diversity of the natural world.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases the natural world’s most astonishing and challenging sights for over 55 years.

Councillor Mike Medini, the portfolio holder for cultural and leisure assets, said: “I am absolutely delighted that this amazing and powerful exhibition is proving every bit as popular as we hoped it would do! It forms an excellent addition to any visit to Sewerby Hall and Gardens, and I urge anybody who would like to see it to get there before 17 July!”

Entry to the exhibition is included in the admission price, and a range of associated merchandise is on sale in the Welcome Centre throughout the run of the exhibition.

Visitors can also see local East Riding wildlife photographs on display in the Bluebell Wood near the main entrance to the house and can vote for their favourite picture in the Welcome Centre, or at the Echo Gallery in the Old Town at 70 High Street.

There is also a new trail to follow along the Woodland Walk, looking at local wildlife, with 21 signs giving fun facts and activities about wildlife which can be seen in the gardens, including stoats and roe deer.

Sewerby Hall and Gardens is putting on a varied programme of events and activities at weekends throughout the exhibition, with Rusticus activities every Saturday and Wildcats every Sunday.

Throughout the exhibition, there is a special programme of events for young visitors and their families.

‘Under 5s Go Wild’ will take place at the venue on Friday mornings until 15 July. This will be a fun programme of activities for under 5s, all about wildlife, animals and the natural world, featuring music, art, drama, historical toys, stories, crafts and zoo experiences.

There is also a bug trail in the house, together with puppets.

For full details of opening hours, events and activities, the Clock Tower Café and the zoo, together with details of Annual Passes, visit and follow Sewerby Hall on Facebook.

The Hedon Open Photography Exhibition 2020

HEDON VIEWFINDERS is pleased to present The Hedon Open Photography Exhibition 2020 – its first online exhibition. It is hosted on the Hedon Blog (HU12 Online) as well as our own website. Please do have a look!

HEDON VIEWFINDERS is pleased to present The Hedon Open Photography Exhibition 2020 – its first online exhibition.  It’s an open theme i.e. any genre, style or type of photography was accepted. The Exhibition is hosted on the Hedon Blog (HU12 Online) at:

it is also available on our own website page here.

This is our third exhibition which we should have held in the ‘real world’ but like other organisations, we have been affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Please do share information about the exhibition and help us get a ‘larger than ever’ online audience for our photographers’ images!


Note: The current lockdown and virus threat prohibits us from holding meetings. But in the New Year, we hope to be able to continue with our BOOKABLE WORKSHOPS at the Haven Arms on Wednesdays. We may have to continue to limit to less than six people per workshop and participants will most likely still need to WEAR A FACE COVERING when not sat down. However, the workshop format does allow us to concentrate on individual participants interests much more and also enjoy more quality time to experiment with our photography! Also, we are not restricted to Wednesdays only!

#NOTE: Social-distancing and contact & trace measures apply to all events.

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Exhibition Reminder – New Weekly Photography Challenges

THE DEADLINE for submissions to our ONLINE EXHIBITION is this Saturday, 7 November – please do not leave it until the last minute!

The Hedon Open Photography Exhibition is a marvellous opportunity for photographers to showcase their work, and particularly during the current ‘lockdown’ proposals will provide a real focus of attention for the club. Your support and images are needed! Full details here.

Weekly Challenges. With the success of our Daily Tasks during the last lockdown to guide us, Hedon Viewfinders will aim to provide a series of challenges for members to tackle during the current restrictions that prevent us from meeting.

Challenge 1.

At 7pm on Wed 4 November, following an introductory post on our Facebook Group Page at 7pm, then members are invited to post one new photo (not an old one) inspired by – and to match – one of the following themes:

    1. Toy Town
    2. Little & Large
    3. Balloon

You can enter one photo to each theme, but you might just want to concentrate on one theme! Post after the 7pm introductory post on Wednesday. You have got between now and then to plan and shoot your photo(s).

For those of you not on Facebook, then please submit your entries by email to at least an hour before the 7pm deadline on Wednesday 4 November and we will post your entries for you!

Want some ideas and inspiration for your own photography during the new lockdown period? Visit one (or both!) of the following:

52 Week Photography Challenge

52 Weekly Photography Ideas

Contact us!

Hedon-based fun, free, friendly photography club for the whole community. Everyone is welcome at Hedon Viewfinders whether online or in the ‘real’ world!

Photo: I have the Power by Ray Duffill/Lynn Leedham

Hedon Viewfinders Exhibition 2020 – Call for Members’ Images

Hedon Viewfinders Exhibition 2020 – the CALL for Members’ Images is now OPEN and LIVE

We are going ONLINE for our 2020 Exhibition held Saturday 14 November 2020 until Monday, 4 January 2021.

The coronavirus pandemic has had a terrible impact on the world and affected our way of life. Carrying out the art and craft of photography from an individual point of view, and from a Club point of view, has necessarily changed and we all have had to adapt to the new circumstances.

Hedon Viewfinders has managed to maintain its existence and identity as a Club during this unsettling period. Rather than seeing the restrictions on how many people can meet ‘the rule of 6’ as a negative, we are currently embracing the ‘power of six’ to develop our workshop approach and creativity. And before that during the six-month lockdown, members resorted to Zoom video technology in order to continue to meet both for Club events and socially.

We are now going to use what we’ve learned during the pandemic to stage our most ambitious event yet: Exhibition 2020.

Using the Club website, the Hedon Blog website, and links with local media, we will be hosting an Online Open Exhibition of members work which will reach a larger audience than we ever could with just a traditional exhibition.

All those associated with the Club and in receipt of this email are invited to submit two images to the exhibition. We hope to be able to use your Number 1 image in the Exhibition and your Number 2 image may be selected for inclusion too.

  • The theme of Exhibition 2020 is ‘Open’ which means that you can submit images of any genre.
  • Images should be taken this year or in the last 12 months.

We will categorise images in the Online Gallery and whilst not a competition, we will award some images with recommendations and award small prizes, and bring them (and their photographers) to the attention of local media.

We will offer images for public sale under the following terms:

    • A4 prints £20 (the photographer will get £16 from any sale).
    • Folio of five 6×4 prints selected by the customer £20 (the photographer will get £3 if their image is one of the five.
    • If the photographer wishes to purchase their own A4 print, it will cost £4. A folio of five will cost the photographer the same as a member of the public (minus £3 i.e. £17) so we can maintain income for other photographers. Photographers will be paid by bank transfer or cheque.
    • Customers will receive your images on professional photographic paper.
    • Hedon Museum (my chosen good cause) will benefit from every print sale and folio sale to the amount of £3.

More detailed information will be published. But for now, we can declare that the CALL for Members’ Images is now OPEN and LIVE.

Your Two Images should be submitted by email in the following format:

Email Subject: Exhibition 2020

Number 1 Image – Title (as it will appear in the Gallery)
Number 2 Image – Title (as it will appear in the Gallery)
Your Name

Please use the following convention to name your JPEG files no1_title_your_name
JPEG files should be of the highest resolution possible.

# Closing date for sending your images Saturday 7 November #

Your image files can be sent direct to or sent using WeTransfer to the same e-mail address if you prefer.

Photo: Teenager Daisy Blythe’s exhibition at the HIP Gallery in January this year.

Club News, Paul Berriff Meeting, Exhibition and Programme for 2019

We’ve been very busy: We’ve got an Exhibition at Hedon Museum and a great Programme of meetings, events and activities lined up – find out more…

PAUL BERRIFF, OBE, spoke at a Hedon Viewfinders sell-out meeting in the town on Wednesday, April 17. The award-winning documentary film-maker kept the capacity crowd of 100 people gathered in the Haven Arms, enthralled with tales of his experiences as a photographer and TV cameraman. His adventures from photographing pop legends in the 1960s to filming the collapse of the Twin Towers in 9/11 kept the audience spellbound for almost 3-hours.

Ray Duffill from Hedon Viewfinders photographic club who had arranged the meeting was delighted with the audio-visual presentation from Mr Berriff and the response from the audience: “The Haven Arms venue was packed with standing room only at the back for late-comers. Paul Berriff is probably one of the most engaging speakers I’ve heard. He took the audience with him on his life-journey from a 12-year-old boy picking up a roloflex camera for the first time, to reliving the horrors of 9/11. People leaving the meeting were just ‘buzzing’ about what they’d heard.

“Thank you to all those that attended. The feedback has been tremendous – some of which we’ve shared with Paul.”

Also at the meeting, was Lesley Harland, the Exhibitions Manager at Hedon Museum. She was proud of the fact that after booking Paul Berriff to display some of his iconic ‘Pop Idols’ photos at the Museum, he’d further agreed to do the public meeting: “We’re now hoping that the interest in Paul’s life and adventures will translate into visitors at the Museum where we are showing some of his giant photographs of The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Scott Walker and others.”

And of course Hedon Viewfinders members (17 of us) also have an Exhibition and displaying a small collection of photographs responding to the theme of ‘Hedon’.

So get yourself along to the Hedon Museum, it’s open every Wednesday and Saturday from 10am – 4pm until Saturday 15 June when the Exhibition closes at 4pm.

Hedon Viewfinders Programme for 2019

We are delighted to present our Programme of meetings for the rest of 2019. Arranged by our Programme Manager Glenn Stallard after discussion with members, the events listed here with practical sessions, field trips, and great speakers, should have something of interest for every one.

Hedon Viewfinders photographic club – free, fun and friendly.


Club PHOTO BOOK for the Exhibition

We hope to CREATE a high quality CLUB PHOTO BOOK for display at the Exhibition (Wed 24 April to Sat 15 June 2019)…

We hope to CREATE a high quality CLUB PHOTO BOOK for display at the Exhibition (Wed 24 April to Sat 15 June 2019).

Those that would like their images to be included in the photo book need to email through a high-resolution image (open theme) which best shows their improved photography as a result of club activity, whether at a meeting, on a field trip or posting to our Facebook Group page.

Email one image to please. The size of the book will be very much dependent on the responses to this appeal.

The Exhibition featuring ‘typical’ club photographs from members on the theme of “Hedon” takes place downstairs at the Hedon Museum (accessed via a snicket on Watmough’s Arcade, Hedon) every Wednesday and Saturday from Wednesday 24th April until Saturday 15th June, 10am – 1pm each day.

Meanwhile, upstairs at the museum, an exhibition of iconic 1960’s photographs taken by Paul Berriff is on display.

Reminder about the Evening with Paul Berriff on Wednesday night 17 April.

Exhibition, Meetings & Members’ Galleries

JUST a reminder that the deadline for submission of original prints for the Exhibition on the “Hedon” theme is our next meeting on Wednesday, 3 April 2019 at the Haven Arms. Please make sure you place your prints in a protective cover to keep them clean during selection. More information at: Exhibition (Guidance).

The April 3 meeting will also serve as one of our network meetings with an opportunity to catch up with other members and informally chat about club activities and plans. We’ll have some of our magazines, books and equipment available for members to loan.

Ticket sales for the Paul Berriff meeting on Wednesday 17 April are going very well. It is possible that we will be ‘full’ unless you’ve booked or purchased your tickets in advance.

There is still time to book on the 4-day Torquay club trip on Friday 7 June 2019.

We are going to do more to populate the website with examples of work from the many viewfinders who make up our fun and friendly club. The following is a random selection gleaned with permission from our Facebook Group page – if you would like your image to appear in one of our website galleries, then email to

Contact us for more information. Free, fun and friendly photographic club. Open to all. No membership required.

Hedon Viewfinders Exhibition (Guidance) – 24 April to 15 June 2019

HEDON VIEWFINDERS holds its second exhibition at the Hedon Museum opening Wednesdays and Saturdays between Wednesday 24 April and Saturday 15 June 2019. Members are invited to submit prints of original and new material (but definitely not more than 12 months old) with content that is related to or linked to “Hedon” in some way. You can be as creative and imaginative as you like in interpreting the theme and can submit photos of any genre from Abstract to Wildlife.

HEDON VIEWFINDERS holds its second exhibition at the Hedon Museum opening Wednesdays and Saturdays between Wednesday 24 April and Saturday 15 June 2019.

Members are invited to submit up to three prints of original and new material (but definitely not more than 12 months old) with content that is related to, or linked to, “Hedon” in some way. You can be as creative and imaginative as you like in interpreting the theme and can submit photos of any genre from Abstract to Wildlife.

#UPDATE: Photos taken at the Club meetings since January 2018 are also acceptable as part of a sub-category ‘getting involved in the Club’ section.

Prints in the first instance should be up to A4 (210x297mm) in size (portrait or landscape) and the selection of prints for the exhibition (approximately 20) will be decided on Wednesday 3rd April which is the deadline for submission of entries. Prints will be mounted up to 400x300mm for the exhibition.

#UPDATE April 9 (a Tuesday) – Practical session to prepare the exhibition prints for display takes place at the Haven Arms 7pm. NEW deadline for submission of entries.

Your prints can be brought to the meeting on 3rd April or you can arrange to get them to us before the 3rd. We also invite you to share your digital images with others in the club, to help generate ideas and inspiration, via the Facebook group page album ‘Hedon Exhibition’ or email them to us and we’ll add to the website.

For those needing help with any aspect of printing your images, or submitting your image then please get in touch.

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