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Landscape Exhibition returns to London Waterloo

Thanks to their exhibition hosts, Network Rail, Landscape Photographer of the Year exhibition has returned to London Waterloo station for the premier of this year’s exhibition. The exhibition will run from Monday 20 November until Sunday 4 February 2018, is free to visit and will have the same opening times as the station – which must make it one of the most accessible exhibitions in the country. The winning images will then tour to more stations nationwide.

If you are going to London by train allow time to see this prestigious exhibition while you are there.

Headley Down Nature Reserve

25 November 2017

A group of members who live in Headley Down visited this new nature reserve this afternoon.  Angela Jackson, the trust’s chairman, showed us round. The trust  has done impressive work in the 11 months since it began, laying paths, clearing scrub and brambles, and planting wild flowers. They will be putting in benches and play areas to make it attractive to visitors, with wheelchair friendly paths.

We shall be visiting often to photograph progress.

Co-op members can now choose to support Headley Down Nature Reserve as their local project.  Log on to the co-op website.

See their website for more information.

More photos here

Jim Henson Trophy 13 march 2017

On 13 March 2017 the second Jim Henson AV competition took place. The hall was full, and the 17 Audio Visual shows were well received. There was a mixture of documentaries, humorous stories and photo harmony, making an entertaining evening.

Our thanks go to the Judge Gerald Kitiyakara LRPS who commented fully on each sequence.

The trophy went to Brian Marjoram LRPS for his winning entry “Haunted Houses”.

Other results were –
Second: Three Scottish Border Churches
by Norman Horsham CPAGB
Third: The Perfect Husband by Graham Sergeant FRPS

Highly Commended
The View by Kathleen Bird LRPS CPAGB
Top Gear by Graham Sergeant FRPS
Purple Rain by Roger McCallum

Commended –
The Password by Kathleen Bird LRPS CPAGB
Cantiga de Santa Maria by Philip Quarry
The Fan Dance by Derek Tanner

Unfortunately Roger McCullam and Graham Sergeant were not present so their photos do not appear.

Judges recruitment drive

SPA Judges & Lecturer’s Committee – Bulletin

To: All SPA Members, Clubs, & Judges

Dear Members,

This is a quick bulletin from the SPA Judges & Lecturers Committee to give you a few updates that may be of interest.

Firstly, for those of you who do not know us, as perhaps you are new members, we have the role to support the judging function within the SPA member clubs.

Amongst other things we seek out new judges, train & assess them, and then support them throughout their tenure as a judge.

You can see what we do on the SPA website, under the Judges & Lecturers.

We wanted to let you know that we are actively seeking new judges at the moment. We have a number of club members who have put their name forward as we will be running at least one introductory session over the next few months followed by some training and then a training and assessment day a bit later in 2018.

This year by popular request we have introduced a continual development programme to support judges in their role to help keep them current and to refresh their technique & knowledge. To date this has been well received and will continue with input from all the judges.

We would very much like to encourage any club member to review the criteria and if interested to apply through the website or drop one of our team a note.

Warm regards

Steve Kingswell

Judges Committee

Rosemary Wilman –

Steve Kingswell –

Martin Faiers –


Keith Hunt AV Competition 2017

On Tuesday 24 October we entered this competition at Woking Camera Club. We entered 2 AVs,  Flora of South Africa by Kathleen Bird, and Valencia and its Secret by Harold Russell, which received a Hioghly Commended from the judge, Walter Benzie HonFRPS. Congratulations Harold.

Other results were
Winner – Northern Botswana by Jean Hoyle
Second – Two Scottish Border Churches by Norman Horsham CPAGB
Third – Coventry Cathedral by Mike Reed CPAGB

SPA Fotofest 4 Nov 2017

Tickets are on sale for the SPA Fotofest being held at the Croydon and District Masonic Hall. The cost is £15.00 and full details can be found  on The presenters are Tom Way (wildlife photographer), Will Cheung (magazine editor and tutor), Gavin Hoey (Photoshop guru and well known to club members) and Steven LeProvost (Digital Artist).

This will be taking place at Croydon Masonic Hall on Saturday 04 November 2017 and will be an all day event, starting at 10:00 and finishing around 16:30.

There will be a separate room where several sponsors will be selling products and there will be plenty of time to visit the stands. So far, Fotospeed, Canon and Longridge are confirmed, further sponsor names will follow. The sponsors will also be providing attractive raffle prizes.


Jack Salway’s garden 15 August 2017

The club visit to this tropical garden was well attended. Jack was most welcoming, allowing us to use his “shed” to make tea and coffee, and to roam around his garden all day. So many of the plants are exotic, growing to a good height in many cases, which gave the garden the feel of a jungle, especially as it was a hot day.  Look at the photos taken by some of the members who visited to get an idea of this  unusual place.

View photos

BBC Gardeners World video of the garden 3:17 mins

Jack’s welcome to us below




Summer Walk 19 July 2017

Brian Marjoram  led our annual summer walk from Watts Gallery Car park to Loseley House and gardens on a pleasant July Wednesday. The walk is about 4 miles with some gentle inclines, and the 6 members who did it had an easy amble in the slightly damp weather. Yvonne and Ken met us for coffee at the Loseley cafe, and afterwards we had a guided tour of the gardens by Doris.

The sandwiches at the cafe were somewhat criticised, but otherwise the outing was successful, with excellent tea and cake on our return to Watts Gallery.

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