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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 to be left behind to provide a first, second and third.  Dave mentioned earlier that it was some time since he had been asked to judge, but there was nothing dusty about his presence, holding our attention, making us laugh – some of us still smiling when we got home at the Joined up Whiting, and those little birds. Dave obviously enjoyed judging our competition, and we enjoyed his visit to APS.

Division 1: 

1st Chris Shore with Silver Birch
2nd George Pearson with Small Tree in Snowy Landscape
3rd Philip Hinton with Faded Beauty

Division 2: 

1st Di Long with Contemplation
2nd Di Long with May Contain Fish Bones
3rd Di Long with Time Lord

Division 3: 

1st Paul Gardiner with Lake Wanaka
2nd Paul Gardiner with Black Sands Headland
3rd Fiona Beadle with Parked by the Step

Contemplation by Di Long

Faded beauty by Philip Hinton

Final league tables are now published.

Next Friday, 20th April, is Annual General Meeting night when APS members gather to vote on any amendments put forward in relation to competition rules and regulations, and to ensure that they have a committee in place to look after their interests in the future.

We meet every Friday at Givaudan Sports and Social Club, Kennington Road, Ashford TN24 0LT starting at 7.30, with coffee and bar facilities. Even though we now only have April and May until we break for the summer, you can still 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.