Thursday, 27 December 2012


Smethwick Photographic Society is one of Great Britain's leading photographic societies. Each year it holds an international competition for which there is strong interest worldwide; the standard is very high. Ashford Photographic Society is pleased to announce that three its members have had success in this year's competition, as follows:

Bob Devine ARPS, DPAGB, BPE4*, - 3 Acceptances including awards
                      EFIAP.                              -silver medal, 'Lion with cub' [2nd in row]
                                                                 -highly commended, 'Cheetah with kill' [3rd in row]

Nicholas Hill ARPS.                          - 10 Acceptances including awards
                                                                 -PSA Ribbons; 'The lady of the house' [2nd in 1st row]
                                                                  and 'Manhattan stands 13 feet above me' [1st in 2nd row]

Sue Holness                                         - 3 Acceptances

In addition, throughout 2012 Bob Devine has achieved considerable success with other exhibitions:

  • International exhibitions: 393 Acceptances, including 18 medals, 5 of which are gold, and 43 other awards
  • National competitions: 27 Acceptances including 3 awards
  • Bob has achieved a 5* rating in the nature division and been awarded PPSA
  • In The Royal Photographic Society biennial exhibition one of Bob's entries was accepted into the group of the best 100 images out of over 8500 images that were entered
Congratulations to all!


Nicholas Hill ARPS.

Sue Holness

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

2012 Inter-schools print competition

The awards ceremony for the 11th Ashford Photographic Society Inter-schools Print Competition was held at Highworth School yesterday. Six local schools took part - the highest number to date.

A brilliant array of work was on display, with a total of 458 submissions covering 6 major areas of photography: Artistic Interpretation (71 entries), Landscape  (88 entries), Natural History (90 entries), Photojournalism (36 entries), Pictorial (104 entries) and Portraiture (69 entries).

Prints on display

This year a special new award was donated by The Mayor Ashford, Councillor Bob Davidson, for a student showing exceptional promise This was won by Megan Motmans from Homewood.



Prize winners

Congratulations to overall winners Highworth School, finishing narrowly ahead of Homewood.

Full results are available to view as a PDF.

Special thanks go to:

  • Givaudan UK for their generous sponsorship of the competition
  • Highworth School for hosting the event, and in particular Jenny Moreton
  • The APS sub-committee of Gordon Chapman, Marjorie Burge and Sue Chapman who managed the event
  • The judge for the evening, Anthony Baines ARPS
  • Mick Gilbert, the projectionist
  • And all those others involved in making the event go off so smoothly: Neville Marsh, Marjorie Burge, Ian Macey, Chris Shore, Trevor Measday, Katrina Devenport and Michael Colvin

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Ross Cup 2012

The Ross Cup is the premier print competition held by the KCPA and was hosted this year by Tonbridge Camera Club, with Margaret Salisbury FRPS being the appointed judge.

A good number of Ashford members were in attendance, to learn that we finished fifth overall, with Eastbourne Photographic Society deservedly running away with the trophy by a full nine points over their nearest rivals!

Here's a summary of the top 10 places (32 clubs entered the competition):

Place Associate Total points
1st Eastbourne Photographic Society 147
2nd = Bexleyheath Photographic Society 138
2nd = Parkwood Photographic Society 138
2nd = Seaford Photographic Society 138
5th Ashford Photographic Society 137
6th Maidstone Camera Club 136
7th Faversham & District Camera Club 135
8th = AG Mono 133
8th= Beckenham Photographic Society 133
10th Sevenoaks Camera Club 132

On an individual basis, Philip Hinton received the top mark of 20 points and a Merit Award for his print 'A Moment of Meditation'. Very well done to Philip.

Other individual scores were as follows:

Title Author Points
A Moment of Meditation Philip Hinton - LRPS 20
Male and Female Spotted Flycatchers Richard Pettett 18
The Street Fighter Nicholas Hill ARPS 17
The Lovers Chris Rogers 17
La Corbiere Sue Holness 17
'J' Martin Till LRPS 16
The Magnificent Man in his Flying Machine Anthony Baines ARPS CPAGB 16
Dancing Daisies Sue Chapman ARPS CPAGB 16

Our thanks go to Tonbridge Camera Club for running the event so smoothly and to Margaret for her excellent commentary and judging.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Nicholas Hill ARPS success

                                                           Nick's successful ARPS panel

We are pleased to announce that Nicholas Hill has been successful in being awarded the Associateship  of The Royal Photographic Society [ARPS]. This Distinction is awarded for a high degree of proficiency and the demonstration of a high technical and visual competence.

Nick travelled to Cuba in May 2012 with the expectation of finding and photographing Cuban boxers as his subjects for the preparation of his panel of 15 photographs. Nick was lucky enough to get invited to the Cuban national facilities where their Olympic team was training. The whole experience was beautifully rounded off when he acquired tickets to watch Roniel Iglesias win gold at the Olympics in London this summer. Nick wonders if it was the first ARPS panel that has been produced in extreme heat whilst suffering from a chest infection and a raging temperature in Cuba. Nick visited a doctor in Cuba who listened to his chest whilst smoking a cigar!

Many congratulations Nick with a superb collection of images.

Monday, 17 September 2012

Salute to the forties

Yesterday saw our second club outing of the season to The Historic Dockyard Chatham for the Salute to the Forties.

The event provides an opportunity to photograph a range of civilian and military re-enactors and vehicles from the wartime period. The weather stayed dry and, for the most part, overcast, making it great for outdoor photography.

It was good to see people of all ages entering into the spirit.

There must be a sweet in there somewhere!
Not just people, but pets too.

You looking at me?
There were two stages set up with a number of very good performers giving renditions of tunes from the era.

Elegant fiddling
I got chatting to Mickie Driver just before he took to the stage and he kindly agreed to pose for me.

Mickie Driver
Our next outing is on the 7th October to Rye.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Faversham Hop Festival

We had our first club outing of the season last Saturday to the Faversham Hop Festival. These events are great for candid street photography with many people dressed up and willing to pose for a photograph.

Wolf's Head Morris Man by Philip Hinton LRPS
Although not popular with the 'PC' brigade, the kids were captivated by the Punch & Judy show.

"That's the way to do it!" by Philip Hinton LRPS
It's always worth trying something a little different and the shot below captures the movement of the dancers.

Wolf's Head and Vixen Goth Morris by Philip Hinton
We look forward to seeing some more members at our forthcoming trips.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

2012 Annual Exhibition

Ashford Photographic Society's 2012 Annual Exhibition of prints will be open for viewing in Unit 31 of County Square shopping centre in Ashford.

The official opening will be between 17.00h and 19.00h on Thursday 16th August and will continue daily, during normal shop opening hours, until Sunday 26th August.

La Corbierre
La Corbierre by Sue Holness
As well as viewing our prints you have the opportunity to talk to our members about club activities.

Full details are available on our main website.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Ashford Photographic Society success at the Kent County Photographic Association Exhibition

The 2012 Print Exhibition of the Kent County Photographic Association was on display from 23rd March to 30th June 2012. This annual exhibition aims to represent the best prints produced by members of the photographic societies in Kent over the previous year. The exhibition always attracts a very large number of entries (this year over 1300): the entries are judged by a panel of nationally-recognised judges, so to have a print accepted in the exhibition is quite an achievement.

This year was very successful for members of APS. Of particular note, Philip Hinton was awarded a prestigious PAGB Ribbon for his picture "A Moment Of Meditation" - congratulations!

"A Moment of Meditation" by Philip Hinton LRPS, winner of a PAGB Ribbon at the 2012 KCPA Print Exhibition
Highly Commended awards went to Philip Hinton for "Phantom"; Sue Holness for "Beggar", "Monkey Baby" and "Venice Dawn"; George Pearson for "Abandoned House, France"; Chris Rogers for "The Lovers"; Helen Taylor for "On The Edge"; and John Wigmore for "Impasto".

Photographs were also accepted from Anthony Baines, Nicolas Hill (eight), Philip Hinton (four), Sue Holness (five), David Marsh, Jim Moody-Smith, George Pearson (six), Chris Shore (six), Helen Taylor (four), and John Wigmore. Further photographs were shown during the exhibition from Bob Dyer, Bryan Lowe, Philippa Rogers, and Stuart Thompson.

The exhibition was shown at the Maidstone Museum and Bencliff Art Gallery, an excellent venue for a most enjoyable exhibition.

Details of next year's exhibition will be posted on the KPCA website. As ever, APS members are encouraged to submit their best work when next year's exhibition comes around.

Monday, 30 July 2012

Club outings 2012

We have set some dates for a number of club outings later this year. APS members, family and friends are invited. More experienced members are on hand on these days to share ideas and give advice where necessary.  We usually meet somewhere in Ashford and car share to the venue.  Final details and times will be available nearer the time.

Saturday 1st September 2012
Faversham Hop Festival :

Sunday 16th September 2012
Salute to the Forties at The Historic Dockyard, Chatham:

Sunday 7th October 2012
Rye Town and Harbour. The plan is for this to be a late afternoon shoot followed by a fish & chip supper.

Sunday 28th October 2012
'Autumn Colours'  - Sandling Park Gardens

Saturday 17th November 2012

Sunday 2nd December 2012
Rochester Dickensian Christmas Festival Rochester

'Mutton in the mist' taken at Rye by Martin Till

Friday, 27 July 2012

Awards and distinctions

As a club photographer there are a number of distinctions and awards that can be worked towards. One of the most popular set of distinctions are those awarded by the Royal Photographic Society. One can start with a Licentiateship (LRPS), moving on to Associateship (ARPS) and finally, Fellowship (FRPS).

Chris Shore FRPS, has achieved a major milestone this year in that he has been awarded the British Photographic Exhibitions 5 crown award for gaining 300 acceptances of his prints in National competitions.

Philip Hinton and Martin Till have also been successful in attaining their LRPS distinctions after each submitting a panel of ten prints.

Martin Till LRPS, Chris Shore FRPS BPE5* and Philip Hinton LRPS. Photography by: Anthony Baines ARPS