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Record competition results

We were delighted to welcome Robin Harmsworth, of Uckfield Camera Club, a Sussex County Judge, to our online Friday meeting on the 25th September 2020, to comment upon and judge our Janet Morris Memorial Record Competition. Not everyone looks forward to this competition, feeling that the very nature of ‘record’ limits their photography, but our members had produced an exciting variety of images, and Robin brought them all to life with his kind and careful comments. There were a few hints for future entries – some images needed a sense of scale and Robin felt perhaps some indication could be included in the title, and he made the point that ‘it doesn’t have to be old’. After taking out some to clear the field, Robin was still left with more images than he needed and had a hard time thinning them down to the final three, having to lose some excellent images along the way.
His final choices were:



It was good evening for all of us gathered together via zoom.  

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Theme competition

Report by Marjorie Burge

An amazing evening of photography on Friday 6th March when Jack Taylor DPAGB EFIAP of Seaford & Hailsham Camera Clubs, and a former member of Eastbourne Camera Club, was our chosen judge for the Projected Digital Image Theme Trophy competition. There were winning qualities in every one of the entries and our judge said they were ‘excellent work’. Jack viewed the images initially separately and then as a complete collection, emphasising that a theme is not the same as a panel – ‘it all depends on how they hang together as images’ – and where he felt that an image strayed from this rule, explained his reasons with care. He was full of praise for our photographers. Jack held seven themes back and was apologetic that he had to eliminate some powerful images in order to make his final choice. It was a good evening at APS, our photographers presented some amazing work, and Jack was absolutely the right judge for this competition.

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5th PDI results and talk by Andrew Scriven

Report by Marjorie Burge

On Friday 21st February Andrew Scriven entertained us with ‘Meditation, mindfulness and photography’.  London-born Andrew from an early age wanted to go out and explore the world and has taken his passion for photography with him on his travels, sailing to Antartica, trekking the Himalayas, cycling the west coast of the United States, Hawaii, the Middle East, Japan – I think he has been everywhere and recorded beautiful moments along the way.

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Record competition

Report by Marjorie Burge.

Clive Tanner FRPS DPAGB of Maidstone Camera Club was our chosen judge for the Janet Morris Memorial Record Trophy Competition on Friday 14th February. Clive is a KCPA Premier Judge, Chairman of the KCPA Judges Panel, an ex-President of the KCPA and ex-council member of the RPS so we knew we were in safe hands for this rather serious competition. There was quite a small entry in the competition but those who had entered gave us some excellent images. Some photographers had clearly chosen images to give us a smile and lift the seriousness of this competition, and others had taken their images with winning in mind. Clive approached the competition with his usual care and attention and, interestingly, was not opposed to ‘a little bit of work’ being undertaken - not, of course, to alter the subject in any way, but to adjust the lighting, darken the corners, tone down, focus attention on the main subject - highlighting bright sunshine, over exposure and minor dist…

Talks by Phil Drury and Chris Rogers

Report by Marjorie Burge.

It was a Club Evening on Friday 7th February and two of our APS members, Phil Drury and Chris Rogers, had prepared presentations of their travels abroad with their cameras.

Phil with ‘Where my camera takes me’ took us on his trips to Finland and the Lofoten Islands. Low temperatures – minus 25 – giving beautiful ice and snow images, the trees like marble statues, even the waterfalls frozen, wonderful gentle light. His bird photography – always a favourite with Phil – was amazing, the golden eagles stealing the show, spreading their wings against the snow-covered background. There were some beautiful landscapes – mountains, lakes, snow – lovely sky and aurora images.

Chris was in Chile and Argentina – Torres del Paine – also with some striking bird photography taken in the natural habitat of the mountains amongst some rare and beautiful wild flowers. Not so cold here – the middle of their summer – but snow on the mountains with some amazing views, and the Parqu…

3rd print results and talk by Polina Plotnikova ARPS EFIAP

Report by Marjorie Burge

Friday 24th January


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