AV is an abbreviation of Audio Visual, a technique that requires the photographer to present his or her images in a number of formats accompanied by a musical score.
The presentation can be in the form of a slide show, video, time-lapse, animation or a combination of some or all of these techniques.
Amongst the works on offer tonight was a beautiful and spectacular video capture by Ron BOWE of a murmeration of thousands of starling as they performed a mesmerising aerial ballet, forming a fantastic acrobatic mass before dropping like rain out of the sky and into their evening roost.
Ron must have had a busy year as he also entertained with a montage of images of fireworks which he followed with a serene and beautiful film made up from images he had taken (covertly it seems) of the Vatican, including the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and other great works of art in The Holy See.
Tony Stevens then gave us his take on North Devon which consisted of a series of images together with time-lapse and hyper-lapse sequences to a musical accompaniment provided by The Fishermans Friends (no-one had the heart to tell him that they were Cornish, hailing from Port Isaac)
Tony also showed a short presentation of a work in progress of images he has taken during his frequent jaunts to Yorkshire.
He then began to show off by giving a 1 minute show which consisted solely of the colour manipulation, zooming, rotating and generally fooling around of a single photograph.
Alan Thompson, a keen walker has recently successfully completed the 3 peaks challenge, the aim of which is to climb the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales in a single 24 hour period. These peaks are Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England, and Snowdon in Wales.
Ever the photographer, Alan had his camera with him, recording the occasional spectacular views and the more frequent lack of any view at all courtesy of dense fogs, low clouds heavy rain and persistent drizzle.
It also gave some insight into to how difficult the challenge is, climbing steep rocky and often narrow paths, crossing snowfields and negotiating other walkers who did not share or seem to appreciated that Alan was a man on a mission (and in a bit of a hurry)