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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.Porth Nanven by Martin TillDivision 2: 1st Anthony Wright with Willow; 2nd David Hughes with United Nation; 3rd Chris Rogers with Little Egret in Flight.Willow by Anthony WrightDivision 3: 1st Steven Baker with Strawberry Dessert; 2nd Lesley Parker with Giraffe; 3rd Steven Baker with Classic Firestone. Strawberry Dessert by Steven BakerThere were some familiar names among the winners but also some of our newer members in Division 3. Congratu…

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 DPAGBVodka Shot by Ian MaceyLRPS Panel by David Marsh LRPSTo see more …

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 Flower Bud (Nature section) Silver MedalYou can see more of Sue’s work at and done Sue.

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 …


The workshops will be held at:The Oak Room
Church Road
TN25 6SAMeeting 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.

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 Co…

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.

What’s on in September

Club Activities5thOpening night introductionsCommittee11thMount Cutting & Print Presentation (W)Chris Shore FRPS12thIn pursuit of beauty (D)Slawek StaszczukEntries for the 1st Projected Images Competition19thClub night with some practical workshops/demonstrationsClub Members26th1st Projected Images CompetitionSue Flood DPAGBEntries for the 1st Print Images Competition27th / 28thAshford 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 Activities5th-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. - Medieval Falconry Dover Castle
Gaze skywards and in awe as hawks, owls and falcons soar above the castle. Dis…