Thursday, 25 August 2016

Annual Exhibition

The Ashford Photographic Society Annual Exhibition is now open from the 26th August to the 3rd September (excluding Sunday 28th and Monday 29th) 10:00 - 16:00. It is located in Park Mall Unit 23 (where Millets used to be).

Its our opportunity to show  to the local community what we do, it also advertises to prospective new members what a vibrant and creative group we are.  Please come along and see some excellent photography.

A big thank you to those who came in early and helped set up the exhibition, and thank you to Martin Till for the photographs.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Costumed Model Photoshoot

Marjorie Burge writes:

Willesborough Windmill was the venue for an evening  photoshoot on Thursday 14th July. APS are on summer break at the moment but always happy to get together for some extra practice. For this portrait evening we had three models – James Shoobridge, Natasha Bizarra and Mark Sherman – and the windmill was the perfect place for them to appear in costume and for our photographers to catch them against the backdrop of the mill. Portrait photography is quite an art and Philip Hinton, our Chairman, was generous in his support for those in the early learning stages. Mark, Natasha and James were ideal models, friendly and imaginative when posing. It was a lovely evening and everyone agreed that the windmill venue was amazing.

(Mark Sherman) by Christine Marshall

(James Shoobridge) by Christine Marshall

Ring Detail (James Shoobridge) by Spencer Stone

Darkness Envies Light (Natasha Bizarra) by Spencer Stone

Portrait (Natasha Bizarra) by Spencer Stone

A new set of APS photographers gathered for our second photoshoot at Willesborough Windmill on the evening of Thursday 21st July and were greeted by a ninja warrior and an imperial storm-trooper – not usually found in windmills. Our models for the evening, Natasha Bizarra and Evan Davies, also appeared later as cat woman and Kylo Ren (son of Han Solo and Princess Leia). A real challenge for our photographers who were given a one-to-one with the models and a free hand to stage manage their own photos. Phil once again looked after everyone and provided an amazing selection of chocolate biscuits – believe me his photoshoots are well worth attending. It was good to have the opportunity to meet up with APS members not seen since the club closed for the summer break.

by Philip Hinton

Catwoman (Natasha Bizarra) by Sean Harding

Catwoman (Natasha Bizarra) by Sean Harding

Monday, 4 July 2016

Anthony Baines Wins The RCN "Care On Camera" Photography Competition

Back in November 2015 the Royal College of Nursing in conjunction with the Royal Photographic Society launched a photographic competition.
In 2016 the Royal College of Nursing celebrates 100 years as the voice of nursing.
To mark this milestone in our history we've joined with the Royal Photographic Society and NHS Employers to look for the best photographs that illustrate UK nursing in all its diversity. 
We want to see your images showing nursing in different environments; whether that’s a hospital ward, an industrial setting or your own front room. It’s your chance to capture pictures of nurses, midwives and health care assistants both in and out of uniform; in the NHS and private sectors; as practitioners, teachers and students. 
Collectively the photographs from this competition will contribute a record of contemporary nursing to the RCN archives, and shortlisted images will also form a touring exhibition that will help people understand that nursing is not just confined to hospital wards, but comes in many different guises.
Anthony decided to enter the competition and after being short-listed, it was announced in June that he had won the Gold Award for his photograph, "Community Nursing Care at Home", chosen from more than 800 entries (

Congratulations Anthony, well deserved.

I would recommend reading Anthony's own blog were he details how he went about creating his winning photograph.

Community Nursing Care at Home by Anthony Baines

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

PAGB Inter Federation Print/Projected Competitions 2016

Each year images from the Annual KCPA (Kent County Photographic Association) Print & PDI Exhibition are chosen to represent the KCPA in the PAGB Inter Federation Print/Projected Competitions, and a number of photographs by Ashford members were selected.

Unfortunately this was not a vintage year for Kent and although Ashford members scored well none of their photographs were accepted.

Open Monochrome Print Competition 2016 –
KCPA –11th out of 15 federations

142 1st place   Northern Ireland Photographic Association
118 11th Place KCPA
92  15th Place North Wales Photographic Association

Open Colour Print Competition 2016
KCPA – 7th out of 15 federations

134 1st place LCPU The Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union
134  =  MCPF The Midland Counties Photographic Federation
134  =  SPF Scottish Photographic Federation
126  7th place    KCPA The Kent County Photographic Association
117  15th place  NWPA North Wales Photographic Association

Open Projected Competition 2016
KCPA – joint 14th out of 15 federations

134  1st LCPU The Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union
         = MCPF The Midland Counties Photographic Federation
120  14th NWPA North Wales Photographic Association
         = KCPA The Kent County Photographic Association

Nature Projected Competition 2016
KCPA – 14th out of 14 federations

139  1st SPF Scottish Photographic Federation
120  14th KCPA The Kent County Photographic Association

KCPA Accepted images (8 in total)

Individual Results for Ashford Photographic Society Members

Colour Print  Anthony Baines Little Owl Athene Noctua and Prey - 12
Colour Print  Anthony Baines The Drowned Pool - 12
Colour Print  Bob Devine Great Grey Owl Lands At Dusk - 12

Nature Digital  Bob Devine Lions After Love - 12
Nature Digital  Bob Devine Cheetah Cub Helps - 12
Nature Digital  Michael Gilburt Swallowtail - 10
Nature Digital  Neville Marsh Female Broad Bodied Chaser - 11

Open Digital  Anthony Wright Lets Pray - 9
Open Digital  Christopher Rogers Number 37 At Full Power - 12
Open Digital  Kyle David Tallett Amber In Reflection - 10
Open Digital  Neville Marsh A Very Straight Drive By Stevens - 11

Full details can be seen here

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Singleton Lake Outing

On Sunday 12 June a group of photographers from APS met up with a group from the Friends Of Singleton Lake who are a group concerned with the conservation, maintenance and improvement of the Lake and surrounding areas for the community.  The idea behind the meet-up was for an exchange of knowledge, APS members with their photographic experience and FOSL members with their knowledge of the local flora, fauna and wildlife.

Meeting at 10:00 the weather was a bit overcast but this wasn't going to deter anyone.  Split into small groups they went off covering different areas of the site.  Some went around the lake, others to the meadow, and some followed the River Stour.  After an hour the groups met up and then went out again but to different areas.  It was at this point that the weather started to get damp, alternating between drizzle and light showers, although this didn't dampen peoples spirit.

It was a very successful outing for both organisations, and hopefully the first of many.

by Sue Chapman

by Sue Chapman

by Sue Chapman

by Sue Chapman

by Ian Macey

by Ian Macey

by Ian Macey

by Suie Tomasini

by Suie Tomasini

by Suie Tomasini

by Martin Till

by Martin Till

by Martin Till 

by Martin Till

by Martin Till

by Martin Till

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Club Outing - Singleton Lake 12.Jun

Philip Hinton writes:

Hi, this is just a reminder that we are doing a joint outing with the Friends of Singleton Lake (see poster)  on Sunday 12th June, meeting at the car park at  Apart from the lake there is a meadow and the river Stour with plenty of photo opportunities in the area hope to see there.

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Club Report - Awards Night

Marjorie Burge writes:

On Friday 27th May, the final evening of our 2015/16 season, a group of happy photographers sat down to our Awards Night and Buffet Supper.  Some had come to collect their awards, all had come to enjoy the company of friends and the amazing food.  It is always good to have an opportunity for longer conversations with fellow photographers than time allows for on a club evening.  We were delighted to welcome our guest speaker for the evening, Ray Bridges LRPS CPAGB ADPS BPE3*, a member of Maidstone Camera Club and Tenterden Camera Club, together with his wife Ann.  Ray, who is a good friend of APS and has judged many of our competitions, gave us an insight into his passion for photography, and then assisted with the awarding of the trophies at the end of the evening. 

Congratulations go to all the winners and runners up in all competitions.  We are a relentlessly competitive club and while many of the photographers appear many times on the awards list, it is good to see some of our newer members making their mark.  Please don’t be put off from entering competitions by the high standard of work, taking part is what it is all about.  We were all pleased to see the Endeavour Trophy awarded to Ian Macey without whom we would not have this wonderful website. 

We break now until the beginning of September 2016, although there is one more date in the diary; our ‘Social Afternoon’ hosted by Dennis Peebles on 17th July – once again an opportunity for good company, good food and a dip in the pool.  Keep an eye on the website and emails for any outings arranged during the summer months. 

Awards for the 2015/16 Season 

League Competitions

PDI Division 1 First Place Martin Till
Runner up Philip Hinton

PDI Division 2 First Place Anthony Wright
Runner up George Pearson

PDI Division 3 First Place Maria O’Connell
Runner up Mike Pepper

Print Division 1 First Place Anthony Baines
Runner up Anthony Wright

Print Division 2 First Place Kyle Tallett
Runner up Ian Macey

Print Division 3 First Place Les Gordon
Runner up Marcello Tomasini

Overall Winner First Place Anthony Wright
Runner up Kyle Tallett

Trophy Competitions

Small Print First Place Fiona Beadle
for the George Downe Memorial Cup Runner up Dominique Huxley

Annual Exhibition Anthony Wright with The Loch

Rural Landscape Competition First Place Anthony Wright with Calmed
for the John Wigmore Trophy Runner up Chris Yates with Pulpit Rock Portland Bill

Theme Competition First Place Avril Christensen with Cycles
Runner up Avril Christensen with Job Advert For The Tannery Fez

Record Competition for the Janet Morris Memorial Trophy First Place David Marsh with Marble Plaque Dedicated to The Harpist Carolan (Died 1738) St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin
Runner up Les Gordon with Hurricane BE505

Portrait Competition for the First Place Anthony Wright with Don’t Go
Tony Culver Trophy Runner up Kyle Tallett with Jon

Natural History Competition First Place Stephen Cheek with Crossing The Mara
for the Bill Waters Trophy Runner up Chris Rogers with Speckled Throated Volcano Humming Bird

Natural History Action Stephen Cheek
For the Stephen Cheek Trophy with Having a Bad Day in The Masai Mara

Chairman’s Salver First Place Kyle Tallett with Amber In Reflection
Runner up David Marsh with Liverpool Reflections

Panel Competition for the First Place Anthony Wright with Aspects of Loch Broom
Chris Shore Driftwood Trophy Runner up Chris Shore with Fallen

Endeavour Trophy Ian Macey

Photographs of the night (taken by Martin Till):