Monday, 29 September 2014

Club Report – Friday 26th Sept

Friday 26th September was our 1st PDI competition and we were delighted to have Sue Flood DPAGB as our judge for the evening. Sue is a KCPA accredited judge, and a long-standing member of Sittingbourne Camera Club, having served on their committee from 1985 to 2012 including a term as Chairman. The images to be judged were of the usual APS high standard and Sue gave them her full attention, choosing the following:-

Division 1: 1st Martin Till with Porth Nanven; 2nd Stuart Thompson with Fight for the Lead; 3rd Richard Nutter with Little Owl on Stump.

1st PORTH NANVEN by Martin TillPorth Nanven by Martin Till 

Division 2: 1st Anthony Wright with Willow; 2nd David Hughes with United Nation; 3rd Chris Rogers with Little Egret in Flight.

1st WILLOW by Anthony Wright Willow by Anthony Wright

Division 3: 1st Steven Baker with Strawberry Dessert; 2nd Lesley Parker with Giraffe; 3rd Steven Baker with Classic Firestone.

1st STRAWBERRY DESSERT by Steven Baker Strawberry Dessert by Steven Baker

There were some familiar names among the winners but also some of our newer members in Division 3. Congratulations to everyone for putting their images into this competition and making it such an enjoyable evening.

Top 3 images for each division:
League tables:

Next Friday, 3rd October (how the months do fly by) we have Ian Stone DPAGB and Marie Laure Stone DPAGB EFIAP BPE4* showing us their ‘Worldwide Photography’.

The Onlookers, Hudson Bay by Ian Stone DPAGB

Elder Sister by Marie Laure Stone DPAGB BPE4 EFIAP

Entries will soon be due for The Tony Culver Trophy Portrait Competition and members need to be giving this some thought.

Visitors and new members are welcome at any of our meetings. We meet every Friday at Givaudan Sports and Social Club, Kennington Road, Ashford TN24 0LT starting at 7.30 and taking an interval half way through the evening with coffee and bar facilities. We are a very friendly club with photographers of all levels; tuition is given at workshops for members and on the club outings members can team up to gain experience; all competitions are judged by KCPA judges. Get in touch via our website at or just come along and say hello.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Club Report – Friday 19th Sept

Last Friday evening was a club night, with 3 members talking about their photography. The evening started with George Pearson DPAGB first talking about the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain and how he obtained his Distinction. He then went on to show a diverse range of photographs including landscape, nature and street photography, with his commentary being both informative and humorous. This was followed by Ian Macey talking about some of his favourite photographs that he has taken since starting in 2010. The evening concluded with David Marsh LRPS talking about how he recently obtained his Licentiateship distinction from the Royal Photographic Society. David talked about how he went about selecting the photographs used in his panel of 10 images, and about the assessment day at the RPS headquarters in Bath. Again this was a very informative talk and well received by the audience.

Bryce Snow by George Pearson DPAGB

Vodka Shot by Ian Macey

LRPS Panel by David Marsh LRPS

To see more photographs taken by George, Ian and David, go to the following websites: George (, Ian ( and David (

Next Friday, 26th September, will be our first PDI Competition of the season with the judge being Sue Flood DPAGB, and entries are required for our 1st Print Competition (to be run on 10th October).

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Sue Chapman – Photographic Awards

We would like to congratulate Sue Chapman ARPS for winning her very first international medal, a Silver medal, and gaining 14 acceptances (out of 20 images) in the Photo Club Arizona Grand Corsica exhibition 2014

PGPI 0078 2014 Agapanthus in bud

Agapanthus Flower Bud (Nature section) Silver Medal

You can see more of Sue’s work at and

Well done Sue.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Club Report - Friday 12th Sept

Marjorie Burge writes:

In Pursuit of Beauty’ by Slawek Staszczuk, our talk on Friday evening, was an inspiring start to our new season. His landscape images were stunning. Slawek knew time, date and place for all his images and was generous in letting us into the secrets of his success. Catching the morning and evening light is essential, as are clouds in the sky – our blue summer sky holds no interest for him. He uses graduated filters to great effect to strengthen his images, with perhaps a little help from Photoshop but feels that his initial shot has to be as near perfect as possible. Patience plays a large part in his life, waiting and waiting for just the right moment to press the button. His website at includes many of the images used during the evening and is well worth a visit.

Next Friday, 19th September, will be a Club night with some practical workshops and demonstrations to get us all in the right mood for the season ahead. Our first PDI Competition will be on 26th September and visitors are welcome to come along and find out what we are all about.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014


The workshops will be held at:

The Oak Room
Church Road
TN25 6SA

Meeting at 19:30 for a 19:45 start.  Cost is £1.00 to cover tea / coffee & a biscuit.

Parking is on the road right outside the Oak Room.


Directions (Google Maps)

*  For the week 08.Sept - 14.Sept only they have the road closed while they make repairs to the drains and pond which flooded and closed the road for ages in the winter.  You should be able to get vehicular access to the Oak Room by coming from the A20 Smeeth Crossroads and ignoring the road closed signs.

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Sunday, 7 September 2014

Club Report - Friday 5th Sept

Marjorie Burge writes:

The first evening of our new season was well attended with four new members signing up.  Philip Hinton welcomed everyone and gave an overview of what the new season held in store; Chris Shore explained the requirements for entering prints in competitions; digital images from previous seasons were shown and Chris Shore gave a judge’s view of what was good and not so good.  Helpful to all concerned, not just the new members.  It was generally a social evening with everyone meeting up again after the summer break.

Over the summer break we held a very successful Annual Exhibition in County Square and will be taking part in the Ashford Festival of Arts & Technology ( in the town centre over the weekend of 27/28 September.  Images with a ‘water’ theme needed for this.

Next Friday, 12 September, we have ‘In Pursuit of Beauty’, a talk with images by Slawek Staszczuk (  , and entries are required for our 1st PDI Competition (to be run on 26 September).  A good evening for visitors.

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2013

If you are in Canterbury why not visit the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2013 at The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge.  It is a unique opportunity to see sixty new portraits by some of the most exciting contemporary photographers from around the world.

The exhibition runs until Sunday 2nd November 2014.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

What’s on in September

Club Activities

5th Opening night introductions Committee
11th Mount Cutting & Print Presentation (W) Chris Shore FRPS
12th In pursuit of beauty (D) Slawek Staszczuk
  Entries for the 1st Projected Images Competition  
19th Club night with some practical workshops/demonstrations Club Members
26th 1st Projected Images Competition Sue Flood DPAGB
  Entries for the 1st Print Images Competition  
27th / 28th Ashford Festival of Arts & Technology  

(D) = Digital Projected Images
(P) = Prints
(DP) = Digital Projected Images and Prints
(W) = Workshops held at the Oak Room, Smeeth on Thursdays at 19.30

Other Activities

5th-9th - Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta
Up to 50 ships berthed along the Thames and shore-side activities including maritime markets, street theatre music, dance and art installations make this a great event for photographers.

6th-7th - Medieval Falconry Dover Castle
Gaze skywards and in awe as hawks, owls and falcons soar above the castle. Discover the art of training, exercising and hunting with birds and hear the stories and legends from medieval times.

6th-7th - Medieval Merriment Rochester Castle
Come and see the castle in all its medieval glory, with a weekend of historic activities, including; a Medieval fashion show, re-enactors, cooking displays, have-a-go archery, period stalls and traders, living history.

7th - Camel and Pig Racing Day at Hole Park
Hole Park will be the setting for a colourful fundraising event on Sunday 7th September 2014 when Camel and Pig Racing - plus Mongolian wrestling, singing and dancing return to the park after a 2 year break.

13th - Will Adams Festival
Experience a mix of Japanese culture and traditions and Tudor life at the time of Will Adams, the English Samurai.

13th-14th Hop Pickers Weekend Bodium Station
Visitors to Bodium Station can enjoy a whole weekend of hopping nostalgia at the Kent and East Sussex Railway's annual Hop Pickers weekend. Over the weekend former hop pickers re live memories and there will be the opportunity to try your hand at the testing skill of hop stripping.

13th-14th - Southern Model Show Headcorn Aerodrome
Aircraft, cars, trucks, boats and tanks will be the stars of the show at the Southern Model Show – an event that will appeal to both expert and novice alike.

20th - Great Gorilla Run
Hundreds of people dressed as gorillas will run, jog or walk 8km though the City of London in the 11th annual Great Gorilla Run to help save a species on the edge of extinction.

20th-21st - Salute To The 40's Chatham Dockyard
Be transported back in time! Around every corner period vehicles, evacuees and people dressed in their best 1940's attire bring the site alive creating a truly vintage atmosphere. With dance troops and the best of 1940's entertainers, this is one of the finest of its kind in the country.

20th-21st - Open House London
our opportunity to get out and get under the skin of the amazing architecture in every London neighbourhood. On the 20th and 21st September there will be over 800 buildings, neighbourhood walks, architects' talks, and much more - enjoy your weekend!

23rd-28th - Festival Of Flowers Leeds Castle
This popular floral event returns to the castle this autumn. See the castle's State roomstransformed into works of art using flowers by local florists, flower societies and clubs.

27th-28th - Fort In The Forties Fort Gardens Gravesend
Come along to The Fort in the Forties event at New Tavern Fort, Gravesend. Visitors will be able to view military and vintage vehicles alongside living history displays including children dressed as evacuees and well-dressed spivs in their finest hats and spats.