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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 (Colour) 
Vulcan with Red Arrows crossing the Sun (Colour)
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 …


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-insTopaz - Demonstrations concentrating on Topaz Adjust, Textures and Impressions + others if timeIf 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 …

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 i…

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

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�������������…

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 …

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:

Author Section Title Award Christopher RogersMonochrome PictorialNo49 Powers Through The CornerPAGB RibbonNeville Marsh LRPS DPAGB BPE3*Colour PictorialA Very Straight Drive By StevensCertificate of MeritBob Devine ARPS EFIAP/S MPSANatureCheetah Cub HelpsCertificate of MeritBob Devine ARPS EFIAP/S MPSANatureWater Vole On RockCertificat…

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

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.

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 Ap…