Photo Training Overseas Madeira February 2018

31st Anniversary at Four Views Oasis Hotel


A group of 60 plus people departed the uk on 29th January 2018 to head off to the sub-tropical island of madeira, numbers were down on previous years for this event, due in the main to several other organisations and groups running there own training activities, however, on arrival which was quite uneventfull considfering Madeira airport is listed as one of the 10 most difficult airorts to land at, in the world! The organisers George and Glenys Dawber had headed to Madeira a few days before the arrival of the group to liaise with the hotel management and set up the training areas. On arrival at the hotel Four Views Oasis it was clear the PTO group was most welcome. The hotel was magnificent in more ways than one, refurbished, impressive, welcoming and above all staff who had been established a long time at this hotel and provided excellent service. In fact the maitre d’ and a member of the bar staff remembered George and Glenys from their last visit to this hotel nineteen years ago!

Once settled the training began with a line up of very talented speakers.

Guy Gowan – Photoshop
Sean Conboy – Architectural
John Young – Media
Saraya Cortaville – Children
Ray Lowe – Marketing
Brett Florens – Wedding
Jeremy Price – Selling

Sadly Stu williamson (Advanced Portraits) was unfit to travel and PTO called upon the ever helpful Flash Centre team of Simon Burfoot and Brian Collier to teach lighting.

With all-inclusive facilities the group and the hotel was buzzing, fantastic food and excellent service (once your glass was half empty it was filled up again) so everything remained positive and it certainly kept everyone happy. The only downside was the ever changing weather in Madeira, it was a mix of some sun, high winds, crashing waves and a plummeting temperature. The classes were hailed as a resounding success so thanks must go to the exceptional tutor line-up.

The week finished with a superb final night gala awards and banquet which celebrated newcomer Michele Sinclair as the portrait category winner in the annual photo competition; Paul Davies as the wedding winner and also as the open category winner. Voted the PTO photographer of the year was Michele Sinclair. All received beautiful glass trophies courtesy of the societies. The Photo Art competition with a brilliant prize of an Epson top of the range colour printer was another newcomer in Geriant Williams, and yet another newcomer Mike Baker scooping the prize for the press and pr competition. Fuji also ran their own competition with the winner claiming a new fantastic Fujifilm camera and the winner was – Sally Faulkner!

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Images from 2018

Caroline Deighan

Garrett Hayes

Michael Slyfield