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Tom Way

Report courtesy of Marjorie Burge.

On Friday 18th May, Tom Way, European Wildlife Photographer 2016, explained his approach to wildlife photography. Tom favours a fine art approach to photography, has exhibited world wide, and shares his knowledge by giving lectures, talks and workshops. Having discovered the beauty of wildlife – elephants, lions, leopards, gorillas - in Africa, Tom set up his business to fund his travels so that he could see these amazing animals wandering free. In this country his photography covers local wildlife - kingfishers, badgers, little owls, red foxes, puffins - and provides many of his images sold as framed prints. Abroad, in Africa – Zambia, Kenya, Uganda – he is looking for competition wildlife shots. Shooting mainly with aperture priority, settings are crucial. His images must have light, character, emotion and simplicity, and no tension. Single images with out-of-focus backgrounds are his ideal – if you haven’t got the ideal lens, shoot with the subje…

Annual exhibition competition

Report courtesy of Marjorie Burge.

On Friday 11th May, we were delighted to welcome Ian Stone DPAGB BPE3* and Marie-Laure Stone DPAGB BPE5* EFIAP Platinum and EFIAP Diamond 1, from Folkestone Camera Club, to judge our Annual Exhibition Print Competition. As our Chairman said, this competition is the climax of our season, and as the prints were put up it was clear that our photographers had entered some of their best work - mono, colour, digital and dark room. Ian and Marie-Laure are experienced photographers in all fields, leaning towards nature, leaning away from creative, but ready to give every image their whole attention. Each image carefully assessed. As well as camera skills, titles and mounts were important, Marie-Laure liked our use of textured papers, sharpness of course, particularly with eyes, cropping, print quality, distracting backgrounds, and effort involved in composition, all taken into account. There was such quality in all images that it was inevitable that many were…

Paul Sanders - Landscape and fine art photography

Report courtesy of Marjorie Burge.

On Friday 4th May our speaker was Paul Sanders SWPP Gold, a professional photographer, specialising in landscape and fine art photography, running workshops, writing for magazines, and, happily for us, talking about his photography to clubs. Photography started early for Paul, secretly 'borrowing' his father's camera, and never looking back. His career in news photography started with four years covering Europe, and then becoming Picture Editor of The Times, looking after photographers in war situations and studying 20,000 pictures each day. After eight stress-filled years, Paul moved away from newspapers and began his journey into landscape photography. Joe Cornish influenced his initial approach, but true enjoyment only came after his realisation that he should take his own path, do whatever he wanted, and please himself. Photography for Paul is therapeutic - an emotional and spiritual experience. No Photoshop (spend time with your came…

Print panel competition

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An evening to celebrate and remember this Friday at APS when David Silk judged the Driftwood Trophy Print Panel Competition. David is a member of Isle of Thanet Camera Club, AG Mono and, recently, the Verve Group, and his photography background covers everything photographic, literally from beginning to end.  Before coming to Ashford, David had researched the art of putting together and judging panels, so was well prepared, he thought, for anything. Anything except the  excellence and quality of every single panel. Apart from feeling that one or two panels could be improved with, maybe, a different centre image, although aware that this was the photographer’s choice, David could find little he would alter on any of them. The photographers had obviously approached this competition with a panel in mind, not just putting pictures together, but spending serious thought and time on achieving perfection, and they had succeeded. Some had come right out of t…


Report courtesy of Marjorie Burge.

We held our Annual General Meeting on Friday 20th April. The meeting was well attended. There were a few proposed amendments to competition rules in an effort to avoid ambiguity over just how often the same image could appear, and in what form, and hopefully the final agreed wording will now mean we can all enter our best work and still abide by the rules. The major change is that with respect to league competitions, an image entered as a print cannot be entered again as a PDI or vice-versa.

Neville Marsh, who has been a member of APS for more than fifty years, stood down as President to take a well-earned rest – his experience and wisdom will be missed by the committee. Chris Shore, who is also a long-serving member of APS, was voted in as our new President, so we are in safe hands. 

Philip Hinton was re-elected as Chairman and Katrina Devenport will continue as Secretary, but gave warning that she would be standing down at the next A…

4th print competition

Report courtesy of Marjorie Burge.

On Friday 13th April we were delighted to welcome Dave Mason, a member of Mirage and Arena Photographic Groups, to judge our 4th Print Competition, the final competition, and perhaps most important, of the season. Dave, while embracing all areas of photography, specialises in street photography, taking great pleasure in finding the extraordinary in the ordinary'. Nothing ordinary about the entries in this competition, fifty-one beautiful images from our photographers. Dave's street photography requires 'honesty' but he was open to any creative editing used to enhance images, reminding us that even the dark room workers had their secrets. It was a pleasure to listen to his comments, judging the whole image that was in front of him, covering quite small details, appreciative of composition, colour and print quality. Choosing the final images from so many quality images, especially in a brilliant Division 1, was difficult, and many had …

Living the Landscape by Alex Hare

Report courtesy of Marjorie Burge

On Friday 6th April we were privileged to have Alex Hare showing his work under the title of Living the Landscape – A Journey in Technique, Composition and Lighting.  Alex is a professional commercial photographer, and a passionate landscape photographer - see his website at – willing to share all his knowledge - join him for his workshops and he will take you to bluebells near Canterbury, or, if you have more time, to the Outer Hebrides.

Alex gave us an inspiring talk based on all he had learned on the road to becoming a landscape travel photographer. He started by standing in the exact footsteps of previous photographers, then changing position, and composition, to make the view his own work – 'we are in the ideas business, just having the best camera is not enough'.  Composition and lighting so important - rising early, staying late, to catch the mists and changing colours, the tides coming in and going ou…

The Royal Society of Biology annual natural history photographic competition

The Royal Society of Biology annual photography competition invites amateurs to submit photographs on the theme of 'Patterns in nature', with a first prize of £1,000.

Life on Earth encompasses a myriad of regular forms, sequences and structures and we invite you to capture these details of biology. The judges are looking for an original interpretation of the theme.

For full details, please see the RSP web site:

6th PDI results

Report courtesy of Marjorie Burge.

On Friday 23rd March our 6th and final PDI competition, was judged by Steve Carroll ARPS, a member of Maidstone Camera Club and a KCPA Premier Judge. Steve is a very careful and analytical judge, seeking perfection from our photographers. He was not happy with any bright areas, toning everything down – 'tonal values' constantly on his mind – equally unhappy with anything that could be straightened, moving the edges of pavements and retiling a wall at Chernobyl, even considering removing the second cockpit from the Spitfire, though I don't think he was really suggesting we go that far. He strongly felt that as post processing was available, it should be used. His job was made difficult by the quantity of high quality images entered in the competition, our photographers having their final chance for points in the league tables had produced some of their best images. He was clear in his choice of winning images in divisions two and three, bu…

Talk by Vanda Ralevska

Report courtesy of Marjorie Burge.

An inspirational evening at APS on Friday 16th March when Vanda Ralevska gave her talk under the title of 'Creating Images'. Vanda is a member of Arena Photographers, World Women Art, and a co-founder of Landscapes by Women connecting female landscape photographers all over the world. Coming to England from the Czech Republic she has taken our countryside and coastal areas to her heart, found wonder and beauty everywhere, even loves our rain. Professional photography with weddings and portraits became all work and no play, and she has happily settled into a life where she can follow her own personal ambitions. Her beautiful images spoke for themselves, many of them taken during 'the blue hour', well before sunrise, when morning light and colours are gentle and mysterious. Vanda constantly reminded us that we should feel free to be who we are, often quoting from the great photographers – 'the head, the eye and the heart' from He…

PDI Theme Trophy Competition

Report courtesy of Marjorie Burge.

On Friday 9th March, our judge for the PDI Theme Trophy Competition was Tony Bentley ARPS CPAGB of Invicta Camera Club. This is a very different competition, with the emphasis on connection rather than perfection. APS photographers had put together 21 entries, some carefully set up, some from their travels at home and abroad - brick-making in Africa, Cemeteries, Welsh slate mines, London reflections, Sea World Orlando, Yorkshire sheep, Canterbury cricket, Faversham Hop Festival, cemeteries, life on a dying ash, bees, ballerinas, flowers and even Lego - a mixture of colour and mono, straight and arty. Tony commented carefully on each individual image and also on the overall connection between images, admitting this was the first theme competition he had been asked to judge. Sometimes he felt a particular image didn't rest easily with the others, and here, occasionally he put his own interpretation on the sequence, when perhaps the title should hav…

5th PDI

Ashford Photographic Society

On Friday 23rd  February, Cherry Larcombe ARPS DPAGB EFIAP BPE3* of Isle of Thanet Camera Club, a KCPA Premier Judge, was the judge for our 5th PDI Competition. A good entry, with 71 images over three divisions. Lots of variety - architecture, landscapes, sport, portraits, wildlife, - with high quality images, particularly in Division 1. Cherry, who has her own unique style of photography, gave every image her full attention, finding what was best and what could perhaps be improved. Take from a lower position to raise an image up and away from the background was her advice, and experiment, change your position, take from every angle. Colour was important to Cherry, lighting – some days just too bright – and, as always, cropping to take away distractions and concentrate on the main subject. Marcus Rainbow, in giving the vote of thanks, said he felt Cherry had said something positive and constructive about every image, and this summed it all up. A good judge…

Diamond Jubilee Trophy hat-trick

Yesterday afternoon, KCPA members at Ditton Community Centre witnessed Ashford Photographic Society lift the Diamond Jubilee Trophy for an unprecedented third year in a row.

After the introductions, our judge Jay Charnock FRPS, commented on an image from each of the 33 clubs that had entered. She chose Golden Eagle in Diamond Dust by Phil Drury from our selection to give her critique. She praised the composition and exposure of the tricky back-lit subject and how the diamond dust added to the atmosphere of the shot. It scored a maximum 20 points.

Next, Jay announced the Merit Awards. We were delighted to hear that Driving Rain on the Masai Mara by Stephen Cheek was successful in this category.

Ashford Photographic Society scored 152 points out of a maximum of 160, winning by one point over Maidstone Camera Club on 151.

Individual images and scores from our entries:

Thanks to all members for your submissions and for challenging the selection committee to pick their top 8 images. Indeed…

Members' talks: Karen Saunders and Di Long

Results of the Rural Landscape competition