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Competition Results

Report by Marjorie Burge

On Friday 25th October, Glyn Bareham LRPS CPAGB of Invicta Camera Club, a KCPA Premier Judge, and Hon. Member of Seaford Camera Club, judged our first Prints Competition of the season. Glyn is a careful judge, sparing but inclusive with his comments - appreciative of the difficulties facing photographers when so much has already been done, admires the patience of natural history photographers, curious about facial expressions, grateful for the lack of Photoshop, likes to see something out of the ordinary, appreciates the careful use of colours within an image. Felt that the shape of the image – square, landscape, letterbox – was relevant to the content of the image.  Aware of the care taken in mounting, Glyn advised us to hang prints by the top only within the mount to avoid wrinkling. High quality images in all divisions but, as always, Division 1 excelled, and many had to be passed over in choosing the winning three.

Division 1:

1st George Pearson with A La…
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1st PDI results

Report by Marjorie Burge

On Friday 11th October, Ray Bridges LRPS, CPAGB, ADPS, BPE3* of Maidstone and Tenterden Camera Clubs, judged our 1st PDI League competition, very kindly stepping in at short notice as Glyn Bareham was unable to be with us. Ray is a very careful and fair judge, conscious of the difficulties faced by the photographers. He was, as with most judges, keen on sharpness, he wanted distractions removed, and bright spots toned down, but his comments were also encouraging and he shared his personal experience with a camera to give advice where he could. There were some excellent entries, especially in Division 1, and many amazing wildlife images. Ray obviously enjoyed judging the competition and we look forward to his next visit. It was a good evening – we are so lucky with our photographers at APS.

Division 1:

1st Stephen Cheek with Leopard With Cub


2nd Chris Rogers with Taking the Cattle Home at Dusk


3rd Bob Devine with Lions Mate at Sunset




Division 2:

1st Martin Til…

Travels Alone to Meet the People of Oman by David Harford

Report by Marjorie Burge

Our speaker on Friday 4th October was David Harford LRPS, a member of Photocraft and Dorking Camera clubs, with his talk ‘Travels Alone to Meet the People of Oman’. David’s love of photography started when he was just eleven years old with a Voitlander Vito B, and then the Minolta SR1, and he is now feeling the freedom that comes with digital cameras. It was a good well-illustrated talk with videos and still images, showing David’s journey through Oman, travelling on his own, camping under the stars, joining in with the life of the Bedu and making many friends along the way. Covering over 15,000 miles through mountains and desert took some courage - the roads were often narrow and dangerous, the terrain rough and steep - but the welcome he received from the people he met was his reward. His camera recorded many of his adventures – the fishermen on the coast – the camel racing – the men-only feast in Dhofar – eating with the spear fishing soldiers – and the ever…

Rural Landscape competition

Report by Marjorie Burge.

Friday 27th September, we held the John Wigmore Rural Landscape Trophy Competition, judged by Steve Carroll ARPS, a member of Maidstone Camera Club. Steve is a KCPA Premier Judge so well qualified to judge this important competition. Our photographers, as always, had taken their hunt for the perfect landscape seriously, and there were some beautiful images. The parameters of this competition are quite wide and entries included moody skies, sunsets and sunrises, sea and lakes, isolated trees and thickly wooded areas, as well as traditional English rural scenes and rugged landscapes from trips abroad. Steve relies a lot on Joe Cornish for his mode of judging - liked to find a way into the image, loved a limited colour pallet, wanted strength and impact or subtle and soft, and was looking for a feeling of emotion within the image – ‘What it was like to be there’.  He seemed easier judging the prints where he was able to get up close and personal, but commented f…

Talk by Roger Reynolds FRPS

Report by Marjorie Burge.

What an evening of photography from Roger Reynolds FRPS APAGB FBPE on Friday 20th September. Roger’s life has been photography for over 25 years, and with his travel company Photoventures he has explored most of the United States, indulging his love of landscapes and the American life - dramatic images from Yellowstone in all seasons, Brice Canyon in the snow, Florida wildlife, Route 66 diners, Death Valley in November – every step recorded and remembered. Roger certainly has an eye for a picture, and with his group tours has the opportunity to seek out and find that perfect moment, but it is worth noting that many of those perfect moments entail rising before the sun in the morning and catching the last rays in the evening. There were some amazing birds, all caught in flight, just leaving or arriving at their nests, and here the secret is patience and anticipation, and knowledge of their habits. Roger gave an in depth narrative to all his images and it is c…

The season is underway

Most of our first evening of the new season on 5th September was taken up by paying subs, collecting our handbooks and catching up on news from friends we hadn’t seen all summer. George welcomed new and old members and made sure everyone knew who did what at the club. As a treat after the business side of the proceedings was finished, Adrian Aslett, our Secretary, took us to Africa with his camera on what he termed ‘a once-in-a-lifetime Dream Holiday’– but I suspect he and Ann are still dreaming up more adventures. He stressed they were really ‘holiday snaps’ but coupled with his narration of their journey through Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, Victoria Falls, Capetown, we were able to enjoy places we would otherwise not have seen. There were some amazing views, beautiful sunsets, wonderful coastal images, roaming wildlife, and, of course, the people of Africa. A good start to our season.

On 13th September Pat Couder CPAGB BPE1 and Ian Brash CPAGB BPE2, both of whom are experienced photog…

Awards Evening

We held our annual awards evening on Friday 31st May. It's not just about rewarding successful members, but also a very social affair, with everyone bringing selections of buffet items to share. There's plenty of time to chat and relax before the summer recess.



We were delighted to have been joined by Mrs Jenny Webb, the new Ashford Mayor, who kindly presented the awards.