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1st PDI

Report by Marjorie Burge.

On Friday 28th September we held our first PDI competition with Andy Smith LRPS CPAGB of Crayford Camera Club judging. With 78 entries over three divisions, Andy had a full evening, but carefully talked us through each individual image with a gentle approach towards the photographer’s intentions. There was a lot that he liked about almost everything. He liked bold images, going in close, balance with colour, and looked for a way to move into and through the images. He was often, even with good images, able to see how cropping would greatly improve the composition and give more impact, separation within an image was important to him, sense of movement, and, as always, removing distractions and taking down bright areas.  Sometimes these small points become obvious only when our images are projected onto the big screen, and our new projector does change what we have seen when viewing our images at home. Our Chairman praised the quality of all images entered, saying many were quite outstanding. A successful first competition, some wise comments from our judge, lots of time for us to improve, but be aware, Andy’s careful approach to the photographer’s sensitivities isn’t always followed by all judges, and we have five more PDI competitions to go.

Division 1:

1st Sue Chapman  with Twisted
2nd Stephen Cheek with Catch Of The Day
3rd John Wigmore with Into The Rain Storm

Division 2:

1st Di Long with Dirty Work
2nd Martin Tilling with Hurry Up For The Win
3rd Martin Tilling with Pack it in Guys, I Can’t Tell Which Way is Up

Division 3:

1st Neal Williams with Fly With Me
2nd Janet Newington with Juvenile Kingfisher On Mace
3rd Paul Gardiner with Astoria Bridge

Fly with me by Neal Williams

Next Friday, 5th October our guest speaker will be Tony Othen with ‘Looking Back is No Bad Thing’. Tony’s fascination for people, famous and unknown, has produced some amazing images. Visitors always welcome. 

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 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.