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Print panel competition

Report courtesy of Marjorie Burge.

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 their comfort zone and entered new and exciting images, leaving us guessing about identities. Our judge was overwhelmed – so many excellent panels – give me a break! David said it was probably the best selection of prints he had ever seen, and thought perhaps we didn’t realise just how good we are as a club. Well we do now! There had to be a trophy winner and a second and third, but David placed everyone else in joint fourth place. We were so lucky to have David as our judge for this competition. Congratulations to our photographers not only on their camera skills but in taking such care in putting their panels together for this trophy competition.

1st Helen Taylor with Boat Yard Shadows
2nd George Pearson with Snow Scenes
3rd Kyle Tallett with My Shell Collection, An Alternative View

Snow scenes by George Pearson

The overall winner of The Driftwood Trophy was Helen Taylor with Boat Yard Shadows. Digital versions of a selection of panels will be published shortly.

Fourth Round Small Prints Competition results:

1st Harry Seddon with Untitled
2nd Dominique Huxley with Reflection
3rd Dominique Huxley with Yahtzee

Next Friday, 4th May, we have Paul Sanders SWPP Gold showing and talking about Landscape and Fine Art Photography.  A good evening for Visitors.
We meet every Friday at Givaudan Sports and Social Club, Kennington Road, Ashford TN24 0LT starting at 7.30, with coffee and bar facilities. We break for summer recess at the end of May, so only a few meetings left this season, but still time for visitors and new members to come along and see what we do.  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.