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3rd PDI report

Report by Marjorie Burge.

On Friday 30th November, Ray Bridges LRPS CPAGB ADPS BPE3* of Maidstone and Tenterden Camera Clubs, was our judge for the 3rd PDI competition of the season. Ray is a good friend of APS and a fair and honest judge. There were 76 images to comment upon, spread across three divisions, and Ray was careful to give each image equal attention. He was generous in his praise and obviously delighted with many of the images, giving lots of hints along the way – time of day gives different light, vignetting needs to be unobtrusive, found some images on the soft side, and some landscapes a little flat, and, as always, found many areas he felt would benefit from cropping. He encouraged the use of Photoshop, saying ‘it’s a digital world’, and although conscious that this wasn’t allowed in the many natural history images entered would still have liked to tidy some of them up. The quality of all entries was high, and some really good images fell down on just one small point when it came to choosing the winning three from each division. Division 1 in particular had some stunning images and Ray held seven back before making his final decision. He confessed that it had been difficult to decide from such a ‘super set of pictures’, and thanked APS for giving him the opportunity to judge our competition. An enjoyable evening for everyone, judge and photographers.

Division 1:
1st Bob Devine with Lion Cub Feisty
2nd Stephen Cheek with Fighting Zebra
3rd Graham Salt with F-35 Over Gloucestershire

Division 2:
1st Di Long with Half Measures
2nd Peter Skynner with Concentration
3rd Peter Skynner with Wild Water

Division 3:
1st Neal Williams with Snow Kissed
2nd Julie Barry with Prague Castle at Night
3rd Dominique Huxley with Autumn Swim

Snow Kissed by Neal Williams

Winning images can be viewed here

Next Friday, 7th December we have our Projected Digital Image Theme Trophy Competition, with Paul Parkinson LRPS judging. An imaginative competition giving photographers a chance to enter up to six individual PDI’s as a panel with a connecting theme. 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.