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PHOTOGRAPHIC AWARDS

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]

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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).


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.

Results
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 MoretonThe APS sub-committee of Gordon Chapman…

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):

PlaceAssociateTotal points1stEastbourne Photographic Society1472nd =Bexleyheath Photographic Society1382nd =Parkwood Photographic Society1382nd =Seaford Photographic Society1385thAshford Photographic Society1376thMaidstone Camera Club1367thFaversham & District Camera Club1358th =AG Mono1338th=Beckenham Photographic Society13310thSevenoaks Camera Club132
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 i…

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 supe…

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.

Not just people, but pets too.

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

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

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

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.

Although not popular with the 'PC' brigade, the kids were captivated by the Punch & Judy show.

It's always worth trying something a little different and the shot below captures the movement of the dancers.

We look forward to seeing some more members at our forthcoming trips.

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.

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.

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!
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 "I…

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 : http://www.favershamhopfestival.org/
Sunday 16th September 2012 Salute to the Forties at The Historic Dockyard, Chatham: http://www.thedockyard.co.uk/Events/Salute_to_the_40s/Salute_to_the_40s.html
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 Dungeness
Sunday 2nd December 2012 Rochester Dickensian Christmas Festival – Rochester

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.