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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 …
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Living the Landscape by Alex Hare

Report courtesy of Marjorie Burge

On Friday 6th April we were privileged to have Alex Hare showing his work under the title of Living the Landscape – A Journey in Technique, Composition and Lighting.  Alex is a professional commercial photographer, and a passionate landscape photographer - see his website at – willing to share all his knowledge - join him for his workshops and he will take you to bluebells near Canterbury, or, if you have more time, to the Outer Hebrides.

Alex gave us an inspiring talk based on all he had learned on the road to becoming a landscape travel photographer. He started by standing in the exact footsteps of previous photographers, then changing position, and composition, to make the view his own work – 'we are in the ideas business, just having the best camera is not enough'.  Composition and lighting so important - rising early, staying late, to catch the mists and changing colours, the tides coming in and going ou…

The Royal Society of Biology annual natural history photographic competition

The Royal Society of Biology annual photography competition invites amateurs to submit photographs on the theme of 'Patterns in nature', with a first prize of £1,000.

Life on Earth encompasses a myriad of regular forms, sequences and structures and we invite you to capture these details of biology. The judges are looking for an original interpretation of the theme.

For full details, please see the RSP web site:

6th PDI results

Report courtesy of Marjorie Burge.

On Friday 23rd March our 6th and final PDI competition, was judged by Steve Carroll ARPS, a member of Maidstone Camera Club and a KCPA Premier Judge. Steve is a very careful and analytical judge, seeking perfection from our photographers. He was not happy with any bright areas, toning everything down – 'tonal values' constantly on his mind – equally unhappy with anything that could be straightened, moving the edges of pavements and retiling a wall at Chernobyl, even considering removing the second cockpit from the Spitfire, though I don't think he was really suggesting we go that far. He strongly felt that as post processing was available, it should be used. His job was made difficult by the quantity of high quality images entered in the competition, our photographers having their final chance for points in the league tables had produced some of their best images. He was clear in his choice of winning images in divisions two and three, bu…

Talk by Vanda Ralevska

Report courtesy of Marjorie Burge.

An inspirational evening at APS on Friday 16th March when Vanda Ralevska gave her talk under the title of 'Creating Images'. Vanda is a member of Arena Photographers, World Women Art, and a co-founder of Landscapes by Women connecting female landscape photographers all over the world. Coming to England from the Czech Republic she has taken our countryside and coastal areas to her heart, found wonder and beauty everywhere, even loves our rain. Professional photography with weddings and portraits became all work and no play, and she has happily settled into a life where she can follow her own personal ambitions. Her beautiful images spoke for themselves, many of them taken during 'the blue hour', well before sunrise, when morning light and colours are gentle and mysterious. Vanda constantly reminded us that we should feel free to be who we are, often quoting from the great photographers – 'the head, the eye and the heart' from He…

PDI Theme Trophy Competition

Report courtesy of Marjorie Burge.

On Friday 9th March, our judge for the PDI Theme Trophy Competition was Tony Bentley ARPS CPAGB of Invicta Camera Club. This is a very different competition, with the emphasis on connection rather than perfection. APS photographers had put together 21 entries, some carefully set up, some from their travels at home and abroad - brick-making in Africa, Cemeteries, Welsh slate mines, London reflections, Sea World Orlando, Yorkshire sheep, Canterbury cricket, Faversham Hop Festival, cemeteries, life on a dying ash, bees, ballerinas, flowers and even Lego - a mixture of colour and mono, straight and arty. Tony commented carefully on each individual image and also on the overall connection between images, admitting this was the first theme competition he had been asked to judge. Sometimes he felt a particular image didn't rest easily with the others, and here, occasionally he put his own interpretation on the sequence, when perhaps the title should hav…

5th PDI

Ashford Photographic Society

On Friday 23rd  February, Cherry Larcombe ARPS DPAGB EFIAP BPE3* of Isle of Thanet Camera Club, a KCPA Premier Judge, was the judge for our 5th PDI Competition. A good entry, with 71 images over three divisions. Lots of variety - architecture, landscapes, sport, portraits, wildlife, - with high quality images, particularly in Division 1. Cherry, who has her own unique style of photography, gave every image her full attention, finding what was best and what could perhaps be improved. Take from a lower position to raise an image up and away from the background was her advice, and experiment, change your position, take from every angle. Colour was important to Cherry, lighting – some days just too bright – and, as always, cropping to take away distractions and concentrate on the main subject. Marcus Rainbow, in giving the vote of thanks, said he felt Cherry had said something positive and constructive about every image, and this summed it all up. A good judge…