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Battersea Collars & Coats Gala Ball

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home on our Collars & Coats Gala Ball
Eight year old Blossom – the beautiful bulldog who ended up at Battersea when her owners could no longer care for her

This Thursday sees the 7th annual Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Collars & Coats Gala Ball.

The Collars & Coats ball will be taking place at Evolution, where some of the biggest names from stage, screen, sport, and fashion will be coming together to celebrate and support the animal charity’s vital work caring for lost and abandoned dogs and cats.

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home on our Collars & Coats Gala Ball
Inseparable pair Sasha the Staffie and Titch the Jack Russell who do everything together

The event will start with a welcome from the legendary doggie Guard of Honour, which is formed by 40 of Battersea’s canine residents proudly taking their place on the red carpet.

The star-studded fundraising ball always attracts a stellar guest list of renowned Battersea friends and supporters and this year includes the charity’s Ambassadors Paul O’Grady MBE and Dame Jacqueline Wilson DBE. The evening’s entertainment includes performances from the burlesque troupe Crazy Rouge, internationally renowned classical artist Camilla Kerslake and the undisputed music legend that is Bryan Ferry.

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home on our Collars & Coats Gala Ball
Ten year old sweet and stylish Chihuahua Joshua who was given up to Battersea because of a change in circumstances

 As guests arrive at the Ball they’ll meet dogs of all breeds and sizes that have seen their life turned around in the care of Battersea’s committed staff and volunteers. The Collars & Coats Gala Ball is all about helping Battersea transform even more lives and give hope to thousands of dogs and cats every year.y.

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home on our Collars & Coats Gala Ball
Energetic and elegant seven year old fluffy Bichon Frise Lola

This year’s event is particularly poignant as celebrities gathered to remember the enormous sacrifice, tenacity and loyalty of the brave service dogs during World War One, which this year is marking its centenary anniversary.

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home on our Collars & Coats Gala Ball
Blossom – the beautiful bulldog

 Tickets for Collars & Coats Gala ball can be purchased by calling 020 7627 9309 and further information can be seen at the Collars and Coats website  . For further information on Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and to pledge donations, please visit the Battersea website.

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home on our Collars & Coats Gala Ball
Sasha the Staffie

 

has your photo been invaded?

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Taking pictures have now become a staple of everyday life – in fact, you can’t accidentally trip over or be involved in some kind of embarrassing fracas anymore – without running the risk that someone will have taken a snap of your unfortunate moment and already posted it online – by the time you’ve had chance to dust yourself off.

The ease with which one can snap anything and everything – does mean that there is an awful lot of white noise out there…everyone, and I mean everyone with a phone and a camera – consider themselves as photographers.  Of course, they have a little help along the way with various photo editing apps – but there are some photographs that not even a change of hue or focus can really make the photo into something of interest.

Step forward Lucas Levitan a London based illustrator who has started a project called ‘photo invasion’.  Lucus takes other people’s snaps and livens them up using cartoon characters.  Some are pure genius.

You can find more fantastic pictures via his website:  www.lucaslevitan.com

The Sony World Photography Awards 2015

© Marcin Klocek, Poland, Sport, Shortlist, Professional Commpetition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
© Marcin Klocek, Poland, Sport, Shortlist, Professional Commpetition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

The Sony World Photography Awards is the world’s biggest photography competition and its aim is simple: to recognise and reward the best contemporary photography in the world.

The awards have brought untold reward and recognition to those involved and each year offers an incredible $30,000 (USD) in cash prizes plus the latest Sony digital imaging equipment.

Black Kaali by Elangovan Subramanian. Dussehra is a Hindu Annual Celebration.Here,in kulasekarapattinam,Tamilnadu,India it is being celebrated by thousnads of devottees who offer prayer to the god by disguising themselves as one of their gods,pray at the temple and remove their makeups at the sea shore nearby.
Black Kaali by Elangovan Subramanian.
Dussehra is a Hindu Annual Celebration.Here,in kulasekarapattinam,Tamilnadu,India it is being celebrated by thousnads of devottees who offer prayer to the god by disguising themselves as one of their gods,pray at the temple and remove their makeups at the sea shore nearby.

Free to enter, photographers of all abilities are invited to submit either their best single shots or series of work. The images are judged by the World Photography Organisation and a specially selected jury from the World Photographic Academy which is made up on the photographic industry’s most esteemed individuals.

The nuns on the way by Manh Ngoc Nguyen
The nuns on the way by Manh Ngoc Nguyen

The awards offer an unparalleled opportunity for exposure for photographers at all stages of their career and are known worldwide by industry leaders.

Frog Story by Harfian Herdi Three cute frogs at morning light.
Frog Story by Harfian Herdi
Three cute frogs at morning light.

The annual awards gala and ceremony takes place in London, welcoming an international attendance of industry leaders to celebrate the recognition of the best in contemporary photography and each year also pays tribute to one of our masters with the Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award. Supporting the celebration is an exhibition of the winners and shortlist, comprising of hundreds of photographs expertly curated inside the historic London landmark, Somerset House.

For more information, please visit:  Sony World Photography website.

Reinefjorden by Wojciech Kruczynski Panorama of Reine (Lofoten) made from three frames.
Reinefjorden by Wojciech Kruczynski
Panorama of Reine (Lofoten) made from three frames.

Hurricane Bertha -v- England

Ahoy! A car driving along Crown Quay Lake
Ahoy! A car driving along Crown Quay Lake

We had been warned about it for quite a couple days.  We knew weren’t going to receive a full lashing from Bertha – in fact, she was an ex-Hurricane – but that made it all the better because we get the excitement of extreme weather – without the real hard nosed consequences.

And so, when she arrived in the afternoon of 10th August – she came with a drum roll of thunder and an almighty clatter of rain against our windows.  It wasn’t so much that she was a spectacular sight or did lots of damage – more, she reminded us that our drains don’t work; our roads flood easily and roofs leak.  Thanks Bertha – now, can we get back to enjoying summer again?

Some of the pictures I took from around Sittingbourne during the “aftermath”!

bucket, clear up, water
A Sittingbourne resident starts the clear up process
More friends and neighbours help one Sittingbourne resident
More friends and neighbours help one Sittingbourne resident
A carboat
A carboat

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