Marjorie Burge writes:
On Friday, 31st March, Chris Rogers CPAGB, our Vice Chairman, talked us through his PAGB print panel, and then produced some amazing wildlife photography taken during his trip round Namibia and Botswana. His panel covered a variety of images including a red-eyed green tree frog, a humming bird (a day and a half in the taking), pictures from Cambodia, Botswana and, closer to home, Howletts Zoo, which the judges quite rightly deemed deserving of a CPAGB. Camping in the Kalahari Desert and touring Botswana by means of truck, boat and plane seemed to take suffering for the sake of art to hazardous extremes, but sharing space with the wildlife certainly produced some stunning photography. There were images of everything you could find in Howletts and much more, but this time with no cages, all living their lives in close proximity to the campers. The wonderful orange sand and dead trees made for good photography but meant that the animals were always on the hunt. Chris’s fascination for elephants almost lost us the opportunity to see this wonderful collection of images – we are so glad he survived to tell us such wonderful tales and to make the evening so enjoyable.