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Annual exhibition competition

Report courtesy of Marjorie Burge.

On Friday 11th May, we were delighted to welcome Ian Stone DPAGB BPE3* and Marie-Laure Stone DPAGB BPE5* EFIAP Platinum and EFIAP Diamond 1, from Folkestone Camera Club, to judge our Annual Exhibition Print Competition. As our Chairman said, this competition is the climax of our season, and as the prints were put up it was clear that our photographers had entered some of their best work - mono, colour, digital and dark room. Ian and Marie-Laure are experienced photographers in all fields, leaning towards nature, leaning away from creative, but ready to give every image their whole attention. Each image carefully assessed. As well as camera skills, titles and mounts were important, Marie-Laure liked our use of textured papers, sharpness of course, particularly with eyes, cropping, print quality, distracting backgrounds, and effort involved in composition, all taken into account. There was such quality in all images that it was inevitable that many were passed by – 'doesn't work for us', 'doesn't hold my interest' or just not able to compete with other entries. We don't often have two judges for a competition, and just occasionally Ian and Marie-Laure held differing views about an image but this didn't affect their final choice when it came to choosing their eleven best images out of the seventy entries. Congratulations to APS for such a stunning selection of prints to end our season.

The Premier Award went to Anthony Wright with A Dreich Day



A dreich day by Anthony Wright

Highly Commended:

David Marsh with Church on the Marsh
Di Long with May Contain Fish Bones
Phil Drury with Female Kingfisher with Speared Fish
Di Long with Contemplation
Di Long with Cliffhanger

Commended: 

Helen Taylor with Box Set
Anthony Wright with Blue Damselflies
Chris Shore with Towards Dungeness
Helen Taylor with Kerb Crawler
Anthony Wright with Ominous Sky

Definition of 'dreich'? A combination of dull, overcast, drizzly, cold, misty and miserable weather – perfectly shown in the winning image. We hope to have an opportunity to put all Annual Exhibition prints on display in the town centre later in the year so that everyone can see the best of Ashford Photographic Society. Next Friday, 18th May, we have Tom Way, European Wildlife Photographer 2016, explaining his approach to wildlife photography and showing some of his amazing images. Visitors welcome. Members only to the Awards Evening to be held on 25th May. Come and see us at our Annual Exhibition in August – details will be on the website once a venue is found.

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, returning to Givaudan at the beginning of September. APS is 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. Keep up to date at  www.ashfordps.org.uk or telephone our secretary Katrina Devenport on 01303 814842 if you have any questions.

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