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Report on the Annual Exhibition competition

On Friday 12th May 17, Ray Bridges LRPS CPAGB ADPS BPE3* of Maidstone and Tenterden Camera Clubs judged our Annual Exhibition, the final competition of this season when we put our best of the season on display. Because of the very high quality of all images entered, Ray had to be quite critical when commenting, looking for reasons to choose between the good and the very good, pointing out areas where he would have done things differently had he been the photographer. He was looking for creativity, mood, atmosphere and a story, questioning what was happening, and how people were involved, and always stressing that when choosing from such strong images it was sometimes down to the judges own personal preference. When commenting upon Stephen Creek’s winning image he said it had been captured at just the right moment, was full of atmosphere, and was just a superb picture – one of the best he had ever seen of animal behaviour. Overall, he said, it was a wonderful collection of work.

Premier Award:  Stephen Cheek with Crossing The Mara.

Highly Commended:  Anthony Wright with Selfie, Kyle Tallett with The Girl I Left Behind, Anthony Wright with A Grandma, Avril Christensen with Boating Pool Sunset, Martin Till with Kingfisher Disabling Its Catch.

Commended:  Philip Hinton with Joe Standing in the Shadows, Katrina Devenport with Wetland Ponies, Kyle Tallett with The Reader, Anthony Baines with Lapwing Fore and Aft, Ian Macey with How to Train Your Dragon.

Next Friday, 19th May, Carol White-Griffiths LRPS will be presenting ‘Capturing the Moment’, a collection of sporting photography . This will be our final open evening of the season so a last chance for visitors to come and look us over. Friday May 26th is our Awards Night and Buffet Supper (members only), a reward for all the hard work put in during the season and our final gathering before we break for summer.

We meet back again at the beginning of September, at Givaudan Sports and Social Club, Kennington Road, Ashford TN24 0LT starting at 7.30, with coffee and bar facilities. We are a very friendly club with photographers of all levels; tuition is given at workshops for members and on the club outings members can team up to gain experience. All competitions are judged by KCPA judges. New members always welcome. Check out our website at to find out who we are and what we do, or telephone our secretary Katrina Devenport on 01303 814842 if you have any questions.