Ray Platt, a member of the Stone & District U3A Digital Photography Group, has recently been announced as the outright winner of the 2015 nationwide U3A competition on the theme of Britain’s Wild Life.

Selected from over 800 entries, Ray’s image “Jay in January”, seen below, was judged to be outstanding.

Shot against a snowy backdrop at his home near Meir Heath with a Canon EOS 7D and using a zoom lens, 1/400th second at f/3.2, Ray’s picture has remarkable detail and depth. By way of prizes, Ray received gift tokens and a year’s subscription to Amateur Photography, whose Deputy Editor headed the selection panel.

On receiving the news of his success, Ray pronounced himself as “over the moon” but he was very quick to make generous mention of the debt he owed to the U3A. Despite a lifelong interest in photography, Ray only joined the group about 4 years ago at the instigation of his sister, who took part in Tai Chi activities. He expressed appreciation of the tutelage of mentor, Bruce Evans, and also the support of other members who have given him the confidence to share his work; and one in particular who persuaded him to enter the competition.


Ray finds the U3A sessions to be most enjoyable and highly supportive and his achievement should serve as inspiration to others. Some other of Ray’s recent images shown here emphasise the quality of his output.

To find out more about the Photography group—or about any of the other 50 or so activities on offer—visit the website or phone Chairman Gywnyth Hart on 01782-633179