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3rd print competition

Report courtesy of Marjorie Burge.

On Friday 2nd February, Ray Bridges LRPS CPAGB ADPS BPE3* from Maidstone and Tenterden Camera Clubs, judged our 3rd Print Competition. A really tight competition with 65 entries overall, and quality images in all divisions. Ray gave each image a very close-up, careful, inspection, with an eagle eye for sharpness, expert advice on cropping to concentrate the eye, often 're-taking' from a different angle, moving back or going in closer, reversing an image ('left to right' as one reads), and encouraged use of software to improve light and dark. Ray gave some quite low marks to images that perhaps deserved a higher mark, but this was Ray's way of leaving a space between his top selection and those that had to be eliminated. He was careful with Division 3, and generous with his praise throughout when he enjoyed the image presented. Ray has judged for us over the years and said he was never disappointed by the quality of our work at APS. You can view the winning images on our website.

Division 1:   

1st Anthony Wright with Ominous Sky
2nd David Marsh with Betty
3rd Chris Shore with Part Detail Death of Christ....

Division 2:   

1st Karen Saunders with Aggression
2nd Di Long with Colour Match – Levitation
3rd Chris Rogers with Christmas Cactus

Division 3:   

1st Fiona Beadle with A Quote Amongst Feet
2nd Marcus Rainbow with The Ruins of Crackpot, Swaledale
3rd Paul Gardiner with Black Sand Beach 

Ominous sky by Anthony Wright

Agression by Karen Suanders

Next Friday, 9th February, we have another competition evening when Kev Bell LRPS will be judging entries for the John Wigmore Rural Landscape Trophy, and entries will need to be submitted for the 5th PDI competition. Visitors always welcome. Come along and discover the secrets of landscape photography.

We meet every Friday at Givaudan Sports and Social Club, Kennington Road, Ashford TN24 0LT starting at 7.30, with coffee and bar facilities. As we are more than half way through our season now, you can join to the end of the season with a reduced subscription.  We are a very friendly club with photographers of all levels; tuition is given at workshops for members and on club outings members can team up to gain experience. You are welcome to come along as a visitor, talk things through and make some friends, before making that final decision. Find out all about us at or telephone our secretary Katrina Devenport on 01303 814842 if you have any questions.