Sunday, 19 March 2017

Club Report - A Talk By Cathy Roberts

Marjorie Burge writes:

On Friday, 17th March we were treated to a delightful evening of photography when Cathy Roberts EFIAP FRPS DPAGB BPE2*, a member of Arena, Mirage and Beckenham Photographic Society, gave her talk on ‘Ways of Seeing’, and this, it must be stressed, is Cathy’s way of seeing. We were shown beautiful misty images of dancers where only their movement was captured, the lightest impressions of flowers, and isolated trees in vast snowy landscapes. Cathy’s love of and enthusiasm for photography was obvious, - she was infectious and inspiring in everything she did. Happy to do extra work on images, lots of dodging and burning, use of infra red, light boxes and tissue paper, a love of prints and colour but also happy to convert to black and white, a lot of her inspiration taken from established artists and photographers. Serendipity indeed – a talent for making fortunate discoveries while searching for other things. Congratulations to our team for bringing Cathy to APS and if you were unable to be with us on Friday, find her images at

Monday, 13 March 2017

Club Report – PDI Theme Competition (Friday 10th Mar)

Marjorie Burge writes:

On Friday, 10th March our judge for the PDI Theme Competition was June Sharpe LRPS of Isle of Thanet Camera Club, on her first visit to APS.  June explained that she had very definite views on judging, and liked to judge images as they were presented, not upon what perhaps the photographer could have taken had circumstances been different. Even so, she had a difficult task before her, as it was clear that members had put a lot of work into this competition both outdoors with their cameras and back home with their computers. We have some very serious photographers at APS. June commented on each image individually and also as a ‘themed panel’, pointing out where the weakness or incompatibility of an image upset the balance as a whole. I think June mentioned that she was a teacher and she certainly taught us quite a lot, with extra details and stories about the images before her. An excellent competition evening at APS. 

1st Anthony Wright with Shallow Depths, 2nd Sue Chapman with Talliston House, 3rd George Pearson with Birds on Ice Shelf.

Shallow Depths by Anthony Wright

Talliston House by Sue Chapman

Birds on Ice Shelf by George Pearson

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Club Report - A Talk By Ian DPAGB and Marie-Laure DPAGB EFIAP GOLD Stone

Philip Hinton writes

On Friday 3rd March, Ian Stone DPAGB and his wife Marie-Laure Stone DPAGB EFIAP GOLD BPE5*, both members of Folkestone Camera Club, presented a talk entitled the Silk Route.

Ian and Marie-Laure began with an update of the distinctions they have gained since their last visit to APS two years ago, Ian showing the images that helped him achieve his DPAGB and Marie-Laure her BPE5* and Gold. They then moved on to the journey they undertook across China, beginning in Beijing and travelling west across the country by road and rail via Xian, following the old Silk Road. This was illustrated with four twelve minute audio visual sections showing markets, temples and the many people they met along the way, with a sound track of music from the various regions they visited. The plight of indigenous peoples under Chinese rule was highlighted as they ended in Kyrgyzstan with the horse riders of this country, their images of the horse games known as Kok Boru (or the dead goat game) showing the skill of the local tribesmen. One of these images won Ian a competition that allowed them to go on another trip, expenses paid.

Merlin Plucking Dunnock by Marie-Laure

Young Kyrgyz rider by Marie-Laure

I am talking to you by Marie Laure

Hill Tribe Woman, Myanmar by Ian

The Onlookers on Hudson Bay by Ian

Kok Boru Horse Game Kyrgystan by Ian

Monday, 27 February 2017

Club Report – 5th PDI Competition (Friday 24th Feb)

Marjorie Burge writes:

On Friday 24th February the judge for our 5th PDI Competition was Zoe Garnham-Archer, a member of Invicta Camera Club. The quality of entries in all divisions was high and covered all subjects – portrait, landscape, wildlife, sport, street photography and some really impressive sunsets. Zoe analysed each image in detail and felt that the photographers had made the best of the opportunities presented to them, especially with the wildlife shots which, of course, have to be taken carefully and instantly or the moment is lost. The following images were chosen by Zoe:

Division 1:  1st Garry Shorter with Colin Blackbourne Leads Paul Whitelam, 2nd Anthony Wright with Ominous Sky, 3rd Garry Shorter with Pencils at One-Sixth of a Second.
Ominous Sky by Anthony Wright

Division 2:  1st Mark Caldwell with St. Catherine Kree, 2nd Martin Tilling with I Said – Nothing to See Here, 3rd Graham Salt with Flying Tiger.
Flying Tiger by Graham Salt

Division 3:  1st Paul Gardiner with San Giorgio Maggiori, 2nd Spencer Stone with Branching Out, 3rd Fiona Beadle with Quenched.
San Giorgio Maggiori by Paul Gardiner

The Small Print Competition, 3rd Round, results are as follows :

1st Fiona Beadle with Autumn Gold, 2nd Peter Skynner with We Passed our Test on Wednesday, 3rd Peter Skynner with They’re Going to Get Wet.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Club Report - A Talk By Spencer Stone and David Hughes

Marjorie Burge writes:

Congratulations to both Spencer Stone and David Hughes for the thought and preparation put into their presentations on Friday. Both very different. Spencer took us on a tour of  Port Lympne, Hole Park, Godinton Park, Finchcocks, Brands Hatch, London architecture, the night sky, his addiction to sunrises, sunsets and Lego, and his progress through Panasonic, Nikon, Canon to the iphone and apps. Spencer likes to find a different view in familiar situations, knows his night sky intimately, looks to experiment and is obviously enjoying his adventures in photography. David took us on a visit to Arizona to see his brother-in-law, living the American life in the desert with family, horses and goats for company. We took part in the Fort Verde Carnival, a good old-fashioned affair with Wells Fargo, those huge trucks, floats from schools, Apaches, musicians, and lots of American flags. Then to the Montezuma Well with a tourist trail of signs, Jerome with its iron mines, Antelope Canyon and finally the Grand Canyon.  David talked us through the hazards of visiting but his photography showed that they were all well worth the time, and took us to places we might otherwise never have seen. A really good evening of personal stories and photography from APS members.

by Spencer Stone

by Spencer Stone

by Spencer Stone

by Spencer Stone

by David Hughes

by David Hughes

by David Hughes

by David Hughes

Saturday, 18 February 2017

KCPA Diamond Jubilee Trophy 2017

Neville Marsh writes:

Congratulations to APS - we have won the Diamond Jubilee Trophy for the second year in a row so it's off the Warwick again in July.

Not only did we win the competition but Martin's image "Female Chalkhill Blue" was awarded the Premier Award Certificate together with the Ashford PS Shield  whilst Neil French gained a Merit Award Certificate with "In Memoriam Auschwitz" so many congratulations to Martin and to Neil - and well done the Selectors!

The individual marks were:  Determination by Chris Yates  - 15
                                              Dew laden Marbled White by Martin Till - 16
                                              Female Chalkhill Blue  by Martin  Till - 20
                                              In memoriam Auschwitz by Neil French - 18
                                              I thought he was with me by Anthony Wright - 13
                                              Male bearded reedling by Phill Drury - 16
                                              Missed by the keeper by Neville Marsh - 15
                                              Wedding in OIA by Kyle Tallett - 14      

Our total was 127, one more than Malling whilst Maidstone and Parkwood were equal third with 124.

Neville Marsh, Ashford P.S representative with KCPA president, Chris Shore and Judge Peter Cheetham HonPAGB

The judge, Peter Cheetham from the Midlands, only gave one 20, one 19  and five 18s so you can see that the marking was not overly generous.

Crowborough Community Hall was a splendid venue with excellent black-out and excellent projection and the whole afternoon went off like clockwork - well done to Chris Shore as KCPA President/compere and the organising team (and their helpers) for a splendid afternoon.

Female Chalkhill Blue  by Martin Till

In memoriam Auschwitz by Neil French

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Club Report – Rural Landscape Competition (Friday 10th Feb)

Marjorie Burge writes:

Our judge for the John Wigmore Rural Landscape Trophy competition on Friday 10th February was Tony Bentley ARPS, Chairman of Invicta Camera Club and a Provisional KCAP judge.  Always a popular competition there were 71 PDI entries and 26 prints, a mammoth task for our judge who, even so, managed to comment clearly and perceptively on each and every image. Tony had a sharp eye for detail - small blemishes, untidy edges, imperceptibly sloping horizons – disliked obvious Photoshop work – liked the monochromes and misty images. His approach was ‘What do I like in this image? What don’t I like?’ which worked well. Tony held back quite a large number of entries in each group before thinning them down to his final choice. The quality, as always at APS, was high, and many outstanding entries had to be passed over before the winning images were chosen.  

Prints:  1st Avril Christensen with Boating Pool at Sunset, 2nd Peter Skynner with They Passed This Way at Night for Spain, 3rd Anthony Wright with The Rhue Lighthouse.

PDI:  1st Graeme Andrews with Mist Sets in Over Challock Hill, 2nd John Wigmore with Multiple Strikes, 3rd George Pearson with A Colourful Barrier

The overall winner of the John Wigmore Rural Landscape Trophy was Avril Christensen with her print Boating Pool at Sunset.

Overall Winner:  Boating Pool at Sunset by Avril Christensen

Mist Sets in Over Challock Hill by Graeme Andrews

Multiple Strikes by John Wigmore

A Colourful Barrier by George Pearson

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Club Report – 3rd Print Competition (Friday 3rd Feb)

Marjorie Burge writes:

Cherry Larcombe ARPS EFIAP DPAGB BPE4*, a member of Thanet Camera Club, and a KCPA Premier Judge, was our judge for the 3rd Print Competition on Friday 3rd February.

Cherry’s experience as a working photographer came through clearly as she commented not only on the images but also on the quality of mounts, the printing and the paper – glossy not used so much now, she said, but still appropriate for some images.  Titles were important too, and defined what was most important in the image. Images fell into certain categories – minimalist, pattern, abstract – and it was clear that Cherry preferred them to be peaceful and attractive.  She was very aware of the difficulties faced by the photographer and was extremely caring when pointing out areas requiring improvement. With 79 entries of very high quality, Cherry had a difficult evening but was quite clear when it came to picking out her chosen images. Cherry’s photography can be found at showing her own individual style and her many achievements in the world of photography. It was a good evening and Cherry’s careful comments were much appreciated.

Division 1:  1st Philip Hinton with The Good The Bad and The Ugly, 2nd Kyle Tallett with The Bride in the Arch, 3rd Anthony Wright with a Grandma

The Good The Bad and The Ugly by Philip Hinton

Division 2:  1st Mike Routley with Pearl Moon Serenity, 2nd Mike Routley with Stairwell, City Hall, 3rd Chris Yates with Arctic Tree Line.

Arctic Tree Line by Chris Yates

Division 3:  1st Fiona Beadle with Last House on the Left, 2nd Dominique Huxley with Rose Flamingo, 3rd Maria O’Connell with Hands Free.

Last House on the Left by Fiona Beadle

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Club Report - A Talk By Glyn Bareham ARPS CPAGB

Marjorie Burge writes:

A good evening on Friday 27th January when Glyn Bareham ARPS CPAGB showed us some of his prints under the title of ‘Seeing or Just Looking’. Glyn, a member of Seaford Photographic Society and Invicta Photographic Club, is a long-standing friend of APS and always welcome. The first hour was given over to pictures from his travels around the coast. Glyn made it quite clear that these pictures were taken to please himself, not for entering into competitions. He liked minimalist and simplistic scenes, shapes and silhouettes, loved his sky and diffused lighting through the clouds. Some of his images told stories that were only apparent once explained to the viewer, holding secrets that only Glyn recognised. Not all new prints, some from film, and even some from slides. Lovely images, carefully explained. Then images of sculptures, and shapes, and more experimental photography to please himself. Very emotionally involved in his photography - as the title of his talk said, more seeing than just looking.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

2016 APS Inter-Schools Print Competition

Students from Homewood, Ashford, Highworth and the Norton Knatchbull schools gathered in The Sinden Theatre at Homewood School on Wednesday 25th January for the culmination of the 2016 Inter-Schools Print Competition, organised by Ashford Photographic Society and sponsored by Givaudan.

Entries came from 11 to 15’s and 16’s and over, each group being able to enter in colour or black and white, in Landscape, Natural History, Portraiture, Photo-Journalism, Pictorial and Artistic Interpretation. George Pearson DPAGB, who judged the competition, said that the overall quality was very high in all groups and he was very impressed by the imagination and enthusiasm of the photographers. All prints entered were on display for family and friends to see and the winning photographs were projected, so that the judge could explain what it was he saw in the pictures that made him choose them. Cups, certificates and prizes were handed to the winning students by Neville Marsh DPAGB LRPS BPE3*, President of Ashford Photographic Society.

The winning school this year was Norton Knatchbull, very closely followed by Highworth (just 1 point in it).

Ashford Photographic Society would like to say how pleased they are to be able to bring this competition to the schools, made possible by the generous sponsorship of Givaudan. Thank you also to Homewood School for hosting the competition and to the staff who gave of their valuable time to help in making it all run smoothly. This year, 2017, it is hoped that the competition will be hosted by the Norton Knatchbull School in Ashford. If more schools would like to join in with this year’s competition APS would be pleased to hear from them, and contact can be made through our website at