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Online Lynda Bradford

Celebrating Ten Years of The QE2 Story Photo Competitions

As this year marks the ten-year anniversary of the Photo Competition, to celebrate we have produced a fabulous photo book with over 140 winning photos.

It was produced using the Vistaprint photo book tool.  The book is in landscape format 20 cm by 15 cm, which is big enough to showcase the photos but equally a fine size to sit on a bookshelf or on your coffee/side table. It certainly will be talking point especially with this rather unusual cover photo by Louis Phillippe Capelle (Sept 2016)



The photo book is a lovely piece of QE2 memorabilia that showcases our competition winning photos.  Unfortunately we cannot offer this for general sale to our forum members. International mail costs have doubled, probably as a result of Covid reducing air transport. Vistaprint also has further reduced the number of countries it will mail to, which now excludes all countries outside Europe (when the book is produced and printed in a European country such as the UK).


But it will be available to members, as a special Photo Competition prize.  We have already sent a copy of the book to the people who had the highest number of wins plus those who supported the competition by entering photos the most times.

Now it is your turn to have the opportunity to win this special prize, which will be awarded to the winners of the September competition.  Look out for this prize in future photo competitions.

The theme for the September photo competition will be  "My most treasured QE2 photos".

These could be on any subject -- it is the emotional attachment to the QE2 related photo that is the criterion.

We are hoping for a high number of entries, so now is the time to look for your three photos that meet the criteria, ready to upload them to the competition album when this opens on 1 September. 

Note:  Those who have already received the photo book will not be eligible to win it again, but will be offered an alternative prize.

We would like to thank everyone who supports the Photo Competition, without their input producing the Photo Book would not be possible.

I have tagged the winning photos so that you can enjoy viewing them in the Gallery by following this link
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Online Pete Hamill

That is quite a book! Just a pity it isn't available to buy individual copies.

Online Isabelle Prondzynski

That is quite a book! Just a pity it isn't available to buy individual copies.

It is a really special book celebrating the photo competitions!

I look forward to the two competitions where it will be offered as a prize -- and in September in particular, we hope for very many entries, particularly from those who have not participated so often.

Lynda put in fabulous work, over many months -- this book is a real achievement thanks to her :) .

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A wonderful book! Thank you Lynda for putting together a great tribute to QE2 and the forum's photo competitions!
First sailed on QE2 in August 2003 aged 6 years old. Last stepped foot and sailed on QE2 in July 2008. Last saw the seagoing QE2 in person from the decks of QM2, on QE2's last Transatlantic crossing (Eastbound tandem) in October 2008. Visited QE2, in her new life, in Dubai back in January 2020.

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It is a wonderful book ! Many thanks to Lynda for her time, talent, and expertise in putting together this tribute to our QE2 and a celebration of the tenth anniversary of the photo competitions !  :)
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Online Lynda Bradford

Thanks for your kind comments. 

That is quite a book! Just a pity it isn't available to buy individual copies.

Thanks Pete - I tried many options to have the book available to order direct, however was frustrated as every avenue I pursued either the tools was not suitable, or the price was too high and the final straw was the high cost of international postage.  But never say never, there may be an option in the future.  In the meantime everyone has the opportunity to enter photos to the September competition to have the opportunity to win this special prize. 
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Online Pete Hamill

Thanks Lynda.
I was following your frustration in the other thread. I just find it amazing that in this 21st Century "everything online" age, that vendors seem incapable of delivering simple services.
They've done the hard bit in enabling a photobook to be created (although even that appeared harder than it needed to be), so surely must be an easy enough process to enable it to be put into an area of their site where people could actually choose to order it.

Ah well, it is what it is. I'll just need to look for an extra special photo for the competition!!

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And Pete, to continue with your post. Many vendors have actually greatly curtailed what is available, a case in point is the difficulty we encountered with the jigsaws. And there do seem to be in many cases, restrictions on where items may be shipped.
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Online Anubhav Mitra

That is quite a book! Just a pity it isn't available to buy individual copies.
I completely agree with you :)

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Thanks for all the hard work Lynda!

Online Lynda Bradford

I hope everyone is looking for 3 best photos to enter the competition next week  :)
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Online Lynda Bradford

Isabelle will be posting details with a link to the competition album next week for the September Photo Competition.

You will have the chance to win a Photo Book with the 10 years of winning photos. 




The theme chosen for this special competition is "My most treasured QE2 photos" which could be any photos of QE2 that have special memories of the ship.  Isabelle will give more details when she makes the call for entries, but meanwhile, take time to find three photos ready to enter when the album is open. 

Your contribution adds to the continued success of the competition.  Plus September is a month when we all remember and celebrate the launch of QE2 in September 1967.




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I've been lucky enough to get a preview copy of the book, and its really very special indeed, and the quality of the photos (thanks to all of you) is outstanding.

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Online Lynda Bradford

It was amazing that so many forum members responded to the September competition by uploading 77 (a record number) Photo Competition pictures.  please go to the poll and vote if you have not already voted.

At the moment the photo book with ten years of winning photos is only available as a prize.  However, as I thought you would like a sneak preview, I have added screenshots of the book to a Gallery Album so that you can view and enjoy the winning photos 2011 to 2021. 
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Today I’ve been so delighted to advise Lynda that I have received my prize of this amazing book that Lynda must have spent so much time to it making it the very special book that it is. I’ve already had a look through as soon as it was delivered and I expect it will get many more readings. It will also remain on our coffee table so that any family member, neighbours or friend that visits will also get a guided reading from me and won’t be allowed to leave until I’ve finished.!
Like the many that entered this month’s competition the best fun ( and somewhat frustration I may add ) was just trying to pick 3 of our favourites. Especially as all of them no doubt just like my own had a very special memory for us all. My winning picture ( I’m on the left looking at it by the way) was always in my choice of 3 as it captures so many memories for me. Although sadly it’s so long ago now, they are strong enough memories to last over 50yrs as I can still remember being on that launch and even the familiar smell you get of the busy quayside and Caribbean harbour water strangely with that mix of diesel fumes as we helped passenger on and off. Of course my day job was as an engine room boy training in marine engineering but thanks to my Chief Engineer I was allowed to help out on the launches with the Deck crew when in port which also doubled up as training for me of lifeboat launching. In addition as I have said before on this site, the extra overtime was a grateful bonus as tye picture of my payslip and promotion in one of my other choices of picture that I sent home to mom and dad will show as much needed £’s ha ha.! So, thank you to everyone who voted, thank you to Lynda for a wonderful prized prize and I’m so grateful that all of us get to share our pictures and memories of a time in our lives that was so special to us all. Thanks JD.

Online Isabelle Prondzynski

Hello John, it is great to hear from you and to know that you are enjoying this very special prize!

Lynda has done a superb labour of love on it, and it shows. I am glad that it is helping to bring back memories of your time on board QE2, and that the photos will help you to share those memories with your family and friends.

Your photo is a lovely one -- it was a stroke of genius to get someone to take it for you at the time, and your pose looks so smart.

Online Lynda Bradford

Thanks John for posting such positive comments about the Photo Book.  I agree that the books attracts attention from friends and family, who are pleased to learn more about QE2.
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Offline John D Hobley FinstR

Thank you for your comments Isabelle. Not sure about taking any credit for genius but just to send home any pictures to my parents who gave so much to let me join up so young it was the only way to let them see all was well as we where away for months on end. Also in those days to take a picture, wait to have it developed then send it home via post was a big deal.. oh how I wish the technology of today was with us then as nothing would be missed as we take a number of pictures of the same thing just to make sure it’s ok.lol. However, as for smart .. well we all had to wear caps and whites so guess we all looked smart but somehow it just felt right.
Jd

Online Bob C.

I just received the Photo Competition Book that Lynda assembled as the prize for the September photo competition!  It is truly amazing and I can't put it down.

Not only is it a great representation of QE2 over her 50+ year history but it's a great and handy resource for my virtual model.  I've developed all sorts of tricks in estimating dimensions from photos (counting pattern cycles in carpets, comparing shapes and sizes to a know dimension, etc.), all of which I can employ with these great photos without scratching up my computer screen with straightedges and rulers!  This book will be a tremendous resource to my virtual model!

Thank you Lynda!


 

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