Thursday, 28 April 2016

Vale of Evesham Camera Club 18th National Open Exhibition

The Vale of Evesham Camera Club have recently released the results for their 18th National Open Exhibition.

The exhibition is a member of BPE and also enjoys PAGB patronage (11-2016). From an Entry of circa 4,900 images 1,114 gained acceptances.  There was a panel of four judges who were: Graham Hodgkiss ARPS MPAGB APAGB AFIAP: Malcolm Kus ARPS DPAGB EFIAP/b: Peter Siviter DPAGB EFIAP: Ian Whiston AFIAP DPAGB BPE4*.

Vale of Evesham Camera Club website:
Exhibition catalogue:

A number of Ashford members entered the exhibition and gained acceptances.  Congratulations.

Anthony Baines gained 2 acceptances in the Colour section with:

The Drowned Pool

Vulcan with Red Arrows crossing the Sun

Bob Devine gained 2 acceptances in the Natural History section with:

Cheetah Cub Helps
(Natural History)

Kingfisher Caught Fish
(Natural History)

Mick Gilburt gained 2 acceptances in the Colour section with:

Coles takes a Caught and Bowled

Keeper Spills Chance

Chris Rogers gained 2 acceptances in the Monochrome section with:

No 49 Powers through the Corner

Number 37 at Full Power

Anthony Wright gained a Commended BPE Ribbon in the Colour section for "Catalan Coast" plus 1 acceptance, and 1 acceptance in the Experimental section.  A special congratulations must also go to Anthony who now has over 50 acceptances in National Exhibitions and received Two Crown certificate from the BPE.

Catalan Coast
Commended BPE Ribbon (Colour)


The Loch

Wednesday, 27 April 2016


Just a reminder that we have the following workshop coming up this Thursday, meet 19.30 for a 19.45 start at the Oak Room in Smeeth.

28th April - Plug-ins and Filters – Sue Chapman

  • What are they?
  • Why have them and how do they work?
  • How much do they cost? When to get offers and where to find freebies!
  • Which ones are the best to buy?
  • My favourite plug-ins
  • Topaz - Demonstrations concentrating on Topaz Adjust, Textures and Impressions + others if time
  • If time a look at Nik or Filter Forge software with working examples dependent upon requests on the evening!

Workshops for 12th & 26th May 2016
Martin Till and Anthony Baines have these planned and more details will follow soon.

There will also be some Practical Portrait Workshops with a model in June, either in the Oak Room or out on location which Philip Hinton is organising – more details to follow on these later.
At: The Oak Room
Church Road
TN25 6SA

Parking is on the road right outside, please park on the same side of the road as the Oak Room if possible.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Fri 29th Apr.2016

George Pearson writes:

On Thursday 28th April Sue Chapman is demonstrating all you all ever need to know about plug-ins.  She will cover Topaz initially but will venture upon request into Nik (now free for all) and Filter Forge none of which I can use yet.  So a chance to learn lots.

Smeeth Parish Hall approx 7.30 - 7.45 Biscuits would be good!

Then on Friday 29th April Roger Force FRPS, DPAGB, APAGB will pick out his best set from our Print Panels. Roger is an extremely experienced Premier judge who will give a very thorough technical examination of whatever we have to offer.

Bring along the panels; you should have already warned Chris Shore if you intend to bring a panel along and how many of them.

It is also the hand in date for the Annual Exhibition.  So those of you who had entries refused (like me) at the KCPA need, if necessary, to get them back.  I believe Tracey Hughes/Melanie Chalk may be able to help.  I will look into collecting prints today and let Katrina / Philip know if I get anywhere.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

AGM (22.Apr)

Philip Hinton writes:

Last week we held our A.G.M.  officers gave a report of the progress of the club over the last year, topics included the clubs success in  the P.A.G.B.  G.B. Cup and winning the K.C.P.A Diamond Jubilee Cup.

Congratulations were given to the success of many individual members for gaining distinctions with the Royal Photographic Soc. and the P.A.G.B. and medals, awards and acceptances in National and International exhibitions.

Thanks were given to Linda Thackeray and Mike Routley  who were standing down from the committee all other standing officers were re elected and Graeme Andrews was elected to the committee  

The second half of the evening was given over to a review of The London Salon Annual exhibition with an open discussion on the type of photography shown.

Next week Friday 29th April is the Print Panel competition being judged by Roger Force F.R.P.S

Sunday, 17 April 2016

KCPA Annual Exhibition - Acceptances

The acceptances for the KCPA Annual Exhibition have now been released and yet again Ashford members have done very well with 31 acceptances in the Digital section and 8 in the Print section.

Digital Section:

Author Title Section Score
Anthony Wright LRPS St Herbert's Island Colour Pictorial 12
Anthony Wright LRPS Let's Pray Monochrome Pictorial 12
Anthony Wright LRPS Our Heroes Monochrome Pictorial 12
Anthony Wright LRPS Road Closed Monochrome Pictorial 12
Anthony Wright LRPS Storm Coming Monochrome Pictorial 13
Avril Christensen Jamming Monochrome Pictorial 12
Bob Devine ARPS EFIAP/S MPSA Lions After Love Nature 13
Christopher Rogers Mind That Pole Colour Pictorial 13
Christopher Rogers No15 Has It Colour Pictorial 13
Christopher Rogers Riding The Waves Colour Pictorial 13
Christopher Rogers Brighton Pier Monochrome Pictorial 12
Christopher Rogers Lonely And In Captivity Monochrome Pictorial 12
Christopher Rogers Number 37 At Full Power Monochrome Pictorial 13
Christopher Rogers Speckled Throated Hummingbird Nature 14
Fiona Beadle Ministry Of Silly Walks Colour Pictorial 12
George Pearson DPAGB Man Praying At Temple Portraiture 12
George Pearson DPAGB Toll Keeper And Wife Portraiture 12
Kyle Tallett LRPS Emerging Posts Monochrome Pictorial 14
Kyle Tallett LRPS Kings Cross Tunnel Monochrome Pictorial 12
Kyle Tallett LRPS Under The Pier Monochrome Pictorial 12
Kyle Tallett LRPS Lucy In A High Key Portraiture 12
Kyle Tallett LRPS The 1914 Star Obverse And Reverse Record 13
Maria O'Connell Toronto City Lights Colour Pictorial 12
Martin Till LRPS Little Owl Nature 13
Martin Till LRPS Male Bearded Reedling Nature 13
Michael Gilburt LRPS CPAGB BPE3* Coles Takes A Caught And Bowled Colour Pictorial 13
Michael Gilburt LRPS CPAGB BPE3* Communication Paper Or Ereader Colour Pictorial 12
Michael Gilburt LRPS CPAGB BPE3* Flavia Pennetta Colour Pictorial 12
Neville Marsh LRPS DPAGB BPE3* Female Broad Bodied Chaser Nature 13
Sue Chapman ARPS CPAGB No One Interested Colour Pictorial 12
Sue Chapman ARPS CPAGB The Onlooker Monochrome Pictorial 12

Print Section:

Author Title Section Score
Anthony Baines ARPS CPAGB The Drowned Pool Colour Pictorial 12
Anthony Wright LRPS Last Light Colour Pictorial 12
Anthony Wright LRPS Ripples Colour Pictorial 12
Anthony Wright LRPS The Loch Colour Pictorial 12
Anthony Wright LRPS Female Wandering Glider Nature 13
Bob Devine ARPS EFIAP/S MPSA Kingfisher Caught Fish Nature 13
David Marsh LRPS Rising Up Colour Pictorial 12
Kyle Tallett LRPS Sultry Kate Portraiture 12

 Female Wandering Glider(Pantala flavescens) by Anthony Wright LRPS

 Last Light by Anthony Wright LRPS

 Let's Pray by Anthony Wright LRPS

 Our Heroes by Anthony Wright LRPS

Ripples by Anthony Wright LRPS 

 Road Closed by Anthony Wright LRPS

 St Herbert's Island by Anthony Wright LRPS

 Storm Coming by Anthony Wright LRPS

The Loch by Anthony Wright LRPS

 Emerging Posts by Kyle Tallett LRPS

Kings Cross Tunnel by Kyle Tallett LRPS

Lucy In A High Key by Kyle Tallett LRPS

Sultry Kate by Kyle Tallett LRPS

 The 1914 star Obverse and Reverse by Kyle Tallett LRPS

Under The Pier by Kyle Tallett LRPS

Saturday, 16 April 2016

6th rnd PDI Competition (15.Apr)

Philip Hinton writes:

The sixth and final digital image competition was judged by Ray Bridges LRPS, CPAGB, ADPS & BPE3* a member  of Tenterden and Maidstone Camera Clubs.  Ray commented that it is always a pleasure to visit Ashford as he looks forward to the high standard of photography and he was not disappointed on this occasion, the only downside being it made his job all the more difficult .

The winners were:

Divison One:  1st place Philip Hinton with And The Nightmares Came Today,  2nd place Martin Till with Little Owl With Mouse,  3rd place Bob Devine with Cheetah Has Got Fawn.

Little Owl With Mouse by Martin Till

Division Two:  1st place Chris Yates with Breakwater,  2nd place Mick Gilburt with Coles Takes A Caught & Bowled,  3rd place Marcello Tomasini with Rebel .

Coles Takes A Caught & Bowled by Mick Gilburt

Division Three:  1st place Maria O’Connell with Pile Up At Paddock Hill,  2nd place Lesley Parker with After A Hard Days Work,  3rd place Martin Tilling with Can He See Us Both Now.

Can He See Us Both Now by Martin Tilling

Following are the results of the 4th Round Small Prints competition:
1st place Fiona Beadle with Girl With Hen,  2nd place Fiona Beadle with Dungeness,  3rd place Fiona Beadle with Street Scene.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

KCPA Annual Exhibition

The main award winners for the KCPA Annual Exhibition have been released and Ashford members have done very well.  Special mentions should go to Anthony Wright for winning a PAGB Gold and Christopher Rogers for winning a PAGB Ribbon.
"This is a competition for individual Members of Associates and normally run by the KCPA. A maximum of 15 prints may be entered and 15 PDI’s in the following categories, Colour Pictorial, Mono Pictorial, Portraiture, Record and Nature. With a maximum of 6 in any category."
The exhibition itself will be running from 19th April to 1st May at Creek Creative in Faversham (see poster at bottom of page).

Digital Section:

Christopher Rogers Monochrome Pictorial No49 Powers Through The Corner PAGB Ribbon
Neville Marsh LRPS DPAGB BPE3* Colour Pictorial A Very Straight Drive By Stevens Certificate of Merit
Bob Devine ARPS EFIAP/S MPSA Nature Cheetah Cub Helps Certificate of Merit
Bob Devine ARPS EFIAP/S MPSA Nature Water Vole On Rock Certificate of Merit
Michael Gilbert LRPS CPAGB BPE3* Nature Swallowtail Certificate of Merit
Kyle Tallett LRPS Portraiture Amber In Reflection Certificate of Merit
Anthony Wright LRPS Portraiture I Thought He Was With Me Certificate of Merit
and Selector's Award

Print Section:

Anthony Wright LRPS Colour Pictorial Twilight Surf PAGB Gold
Anthony Baines ARPS Nature Little Owl (Athene Noctua) And Prey Certificate of Merit
Bob Devine ARPS EFIAP/S MPSA Nature Great Grey Owl Lands At Dusk Certificate of Merit

Amber In Reflection by Kyle Tallett

Swallowtail by Michael Gilbert

Little Owl (Athene Noctua) And Prey by Anthony Baines

Cheetah Cub Helps by Bob Devine

Great Grey Owl Lands At Dusk by Bob Devine

Water Vole On Rock by Bob Devine

A Very Straight Drive By Stevens by Neville Marsh

I Thought He Was With Me by Anthony Wright LRPS 

Twilight Surf by Anthony Wright LRPS

No49 Powers Through The Corner by Christopher Rogers

Saturday, 9 April 2016

A Talk by Nicholas Hill ARPS

Last Friday nights presentation was by Nicholas Hill ARPS.  Nicholas is an accomplished photographer especially in the areas of landscape, travel, and environmental portraiture, and has won a number of National and International awards.  Having started a wedding photography business in 2013 he won the prestigious Kent Wedding Photographer of the Year 2014.

Nicholas gave an insight into his passion for Wedding photography and how he prepares for an event, always wanting the best for his clients.  Showing his creative approach and technical ability with lighting he can turn even a wet and rainy day to his advantage by exploiting the location and lighting, both ambient and artificial, to produce outstanding photographs.  He gave an interesting account of his technique and those wanting to tackle this type of event good advice on how to achieve the best picture on the day.

To see more of Nicholas's work visit hos website at

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Exhibition - Mystique: through the lens

Two members of Ashford Photographic Society, Philip Hinton and Doug Harman, are holding a joint exhibition "Mystique: through the lens" at the Creative Collection (16 Park Mall, Ashford, Kent TN24 8RY).

The exhibition is from the 11th April to the 24th April, and is a unique opportunity to see the contrasting work of two very talented photographers.

Philip Hinton ARPS:
As a photographer and artist, Philip strives for an original approach that combines photography and traditional art to create digital images that are unique.  Based in the Kent countryside, he finds inspiration in the landscape and the people around him; other influences come from the visual arts and music. his great passions are portrait photography and the creative blending and compositing of images.
"My work translates what I see to create a mood or atmosphere in visual form. I combine multiple images within Photoshop to create works that arise from the synthesis of the influences within my imagination.
 Betsy from the Creative Collective saw some of my images and suggested I put together some of my work for this exhibition.  Knowing Doug's work she thought that we would contrast and compliment each other rather well, and as we are both club members it would be a good way to increase the clubs profile in the town."

Doug Harman:
Doug is an expert and talented photographer with vast experience in all forms of photography, but particularly specialising in portraits, weddings and architectural photography.

His passion for photography means that no matter what the task, be it a wedding, a portrait commission or even photographic tuition, he always strives to deliver unparalleled know-how and stunning photographs with real impact that capture those magic moment creating beautiful lasting memories, forever.

Doug is the author of the UK’s No1, bestselling The Digital Photography Handbook and Snap It!, a pocket guide to better camera phone photography. He was the technical advisor to John Freeman on the Digital SLR Handbook, and has written extensively for many digital photography websites and magazines.

In addition, Doug is one of the founding directors of media and marketing company US3 Media Ltd and is one of the founding editors of the technology, news, reviews and buyer’s guide web site


The Creative Collective:
The Creative Collective is an Art Gallery in Park Mall, Ashford.  The Gallery offers local artists a space to exhibit work, with some wonderful works of art on show, as well as photographs by the Ashford Photographic Society.

Being a collective of artists of all disciplines and photographers in Ashford, Kent we have come together to build a community to enhance the creative experiences of local residents and organisations.  We work with schools, colleges, businesses and community groups to deliver events and unforgettable cultural experiences.

The Creative Collective offers themed exhibitions, talks and presentations, workshops, courses, advice and information, volunteering and networking opportunities, and events around town as well as an exhibition space which can be hired daily, weekly or for longer term.  It is also a place for artists and creatives to exchange ideas and work together on collaborative projects and events, and a place where artists can come and produce work.


Sunday, 3 April 2016

4th rnd Print Competition (01.Apr)

Philip Hinton writes:

Last Friday was the 4th and last print competition of the season, and was judged by Kirsty Ralfs LRPS from the Whitstable Photographic Group.  Kirsty immediately commented on the high quality of the prints and in particular those in division three in comparison with other clubs she has judged.  The standard was very high so when she commented on these she was a hard task master looking closely for any faults .

Her final selection was:

Division 1:  1st George Pearson with A Sea Pool,  2nd Anthony Wright with Great Tit,  3rd David Marsh with Poulnabrone Dolmen

A Sea Pool by George Pearson

Division 2:  1st Kyle Tallett with A Brown Hare - Washing,  2nd Ian Macey with James Rispoli Getting His Foot Down At Sterlings,  3rd Ian Macey with Hellboy    

A Brown Hare - Washing by Kyle Tallett

Division 3:  1st Les Gordon with Menai Bridge,  2nd Marcello Tomasini with Past Their Best,  3rd Michael Pepper with New England Storm Shutter

Menai Bridge by Les Gordon

On Friday 8th April we have our own Nicholas Hill ARPS. a  professional wedding photographer  his presentation titled  Telling Stories illustrating how using creative techniques to give a narrative to a photographic set.