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Surrey Photographic Association PDI Competition 13 May 2017

 Congratulations to Godalming Photographic Club – winners of both the Open section {222 points) and Nature section (118 points).

Joint runners-up – Open – Bookham Camera Club & Windlesham & Camberley Camera Club
Joint runners-up – Nature – Bookham Camera Club & Richmond & Twickenham Photographic Society

 Open results

Ludshott Photographic Club did not do well in the Open Section. We were joint 13th with an average of only 9.65, which suggests quite a number of low scores. The images are judged out of 15.

Nature results

We came joint 3rd in the Nature section with an average of just over 11 out of 15, a very good result.

Congratulations to Kathleen Bird LRPS CPAGB for winning a judge’s medal. This was awarded by judge  Chris Palmer FRPS DPAGB APAGB EFIAP for “Lucilia Species”, a picture of a green fly taken at Wisley RHS gardens.

PAGB Awards for Photographic Merit

The APM awards held 22/23 April at Croydon produced a good result for SPA.  I don’t know how many SPA club-members applied for an award, but I would guess considerably more that usual as SPA were hosting this year’s assessments.

The results for SPA club-members are in latest PAGB news, with some photos, but I’ve summarised the results of SPA entries as follows:

Distinction Prints (DPAGB) – total entry from all federations 33, awards 19 and SPA awards 2,
Ann Healey Richmond & Twickenham PS SPA
David Lyon Reigate PS SPA

Credit PDIs (CPAGB) – total entry from all federations 26, awards 16 and SPA award 3,
Niall Ferguson Windlesham & Camberley CC SPA
Mark Rolfe Godalming PC SPA
David Smith Woking PS SPA
Credit Prints (CPAGB) – total entry from all federations 57, awards 41 and SPA award 12,
Marie-Ange Bouchard Tandridge PS SPA
Clare Collins Kingston CC SPA
Emma Durnford Richmond & Twickenham PS SPA
Duncan Herring Richmond & Twickenham PS SPA
Peter Highton Richmond & Twickenham PS SPA
Dr Tim Lawson Old Coulsdon CC SPA
Deborah Loth Hampstead PS SPA
Lynda Morris Old Coulsdon CC SPA
Jane Nevin Capel CC SPA
Kathryn Phillips Windlesham & Camberley CC SPA
Christopher Taylor Richmond & Twickenham PS SPA
Graeme Wales Cheam CC SPA


Charlie Waite Lecture

Message from Margaret Gatter, Richmond and Twickenham Photographic Society –

Charlie Waite, firmly established as one of the world’s leading landscape photographers, will be giving a talk entitled “Silent Exchange” in September. I would be grateful if you would bring this event to the attention of your members and, if possible, include it in your programme for next year.

Date:    Saturday, 16th September

Time:    7.30 p.m.

Venue:  Imber Court, Ember Lane, East Molesey, Surrey. KT8 0BT

Tickets: £10  from

020 8399 8485  or text to 0774 717 3394

I am partially deaf, so if anyone leaves a message on my answer ‘phone, please speak clearly, especially when leaving a contact number!

The talk is in aid of the Speer Road Church building fund.

For those who do not know about Charlie, here is a brief introduction.

Charlie was an actor before he became a photographer and his talks are entertaining as well as being illustrated with fantastic images, so please encourage your “other halves” to come along too.

He has had solo exhibitions in America, Japan, Australia and, of course, in London. He has written more than 30 books.

Charlie and Sue Bishop founded the company “Light and Land” in 1996. Many workshop tours, worldwide, have taken place since then. One of his leaders is Joe Cornish. At the RPS Travel Group Day in April, Joe gave praise and thanks to Charlie who encouraged him in his early days as a landscape photographer.

Charlie founded the competition “Landscape Photographer of the Year” in 2007 with a prize of £10,000. This is for images of the U.K. This has now been extended to the U.S.A.

For more information go to his website!

Thank you.

Margaret Gatter

Richmond and Twickenham Photographic Society

Alex Hare’s seminar

“Landscapes – Creation to Completion” 
by Alex Hare

Saturday, 25th March 2017

Alex has a profound understanding of what it takes to create stunning landscapes, and he shared his knowledge and enthusiasm with us in a fascinating talk.

In the morning  he talked about the various aspects of outdoor photography and landscapes, covering technique, composition and lighting, including illustrations which give a sense of scale from a single viewpoint.

The afternoon session can be summed up as “Post Production”. There was a discussion on software choices and their various merits, between 8 and 16 bit images, the merits of RAW files and other technical issues.

Thank you Alex for an interesting and informative day, I am sure everyone went home better informed and inspired.

Club Dinner 2017

33 members attended the club dinner on 13 March, a very pleasant evening with good food and good company. We went to the Royal Exchange at Lindford, who provided us with a separate dining area and excellent service.

We might be a photographic club but no one brought a camera to this event! The photographs below are thanks to Jeff who took them on his iphone.

One-day seminar with Glyn Dewis

Petersfield Photographic Society are holding an all day workshop on Saturday 13 May 2017 from 9:30 til 5pm. The venue is
Herne Farm Leisure Centre,
Crundles Herne Farm
GU31 4PJ

Photograph Like A Thief

In the introduction to his new book Photograph Like A Thief, Glyn says:

“No photographer works in a vacuum. Photographers, like all artists, stand on the shoulders of those who came before them, and they are informed and influenced by those working around them contemporaneously. If you are striving to find your own style, one of the most powerful exercises you can practice is to find influence and inspiration in the work of those around you, and then emulate that work in an effort to define, shape, and grow your own photographic voice. By collecting, imitating, and eventually reshaping and combining the work of those around you, your unique voice can be found and the quality of your work can soar.”

Glyn will demonstrate how to deconstruct and reconstruct a host of photography styles to help you improve your composition, learn more about lighting and master important post-production techniques.

Full info and online booking

Glyn Dewis A4 Poster

John Wichall in PAGB News

John features in the latest PAGB newsletter. If you have never looked at this newsletter now is a good time to click on this link:

Photographic Allience of Great Britain newsletter

If you would like to receive these newsletters on a regular basis go to the PAGB news website and sign up. All club members may do so as our club is affiliated to the PAGB.

John’s article is below, and was accompanied by 8 of John’s photographs.

My fascination with nature and love of nature photography have their origins in the inspiring wildlife programmes of the 1950’s and 1960’s. It didn’t matter whether it was Armand and Michaela Dennis on the plains of East Africa, Peter Scott telling us to “Look” or Jacques Cousteau who was “Diving to Adventure”, I dreamed of doing what they did and, I guess, the wish to capture the experience with a camera must have been buried somewhere pto Page 8 of 21, e-news 180. 01 Mar 2017 in my subconscious. Fast forward to the early 70’s and I at last got my hands on an SLR, my wife’s Practika, which I quickly discovered was fine for recording friends and family, but with only a 135mm lens was not a lot of use for capturing wildlife.
Though I up-graded my kit in the following years, wildlife photography continued to take a back seat to family, travel and landscapes, and that remained the situation until 2011 when I retired and decided to join my first camera club. Ludshott Photographic Club opened my eye to what was achievable. Although Ludshott is a small village club, it has always competed in events organised by the Surrey Photographic Association and enters the GB Cup annually. Whilst we cannot compete with the larger clubs, entering federation and national competitions gives our members the opportunity to compete against and see some of the best images produced by UK club photographers. I’ve found involvement with these competitions inspiring.
Ludshott has traditionally been strong in producing nature images, which encouraged me to develop my interest, but joining the club has also showed me that there were other genres that I could and should develop to get the most from my hobby. The club encourages members to aspire to PAGB or RPS distinction. I initially followed the RPS route, gaining ARPS with a Nature panel in 2015, which was based on the birds in my home county of Hampshire, and this provided a foundation for a successful submission for DPAGB in 2016.   John Wichall

SPA Intercub Print Competition 2016

Our results were mediocre, 17th out of 21 (14th last year) in the Open class, and 14th out of 17 in Nature (Fourth last year).


Individual results were –

Open Prints

  1. Bird David            Cactus – Echinocereus apachensis    12 with a 5*
  2. Mayson Andy          Déjà vu  (Black and White)                         9
  3. Grant Diana             Ladies Who Bet                                                 9
  4. Wichall John            Manx Norton leads Matchless G50      9
  5. Bond Brian               Muddy Bottom  (Black and White)         9
  6. Crook Paul                Not quite ready for the First team      10
  7. Mayson Andy          Rush Hour                                                          10
  8. Rae Ian Sky Points                                                                                    9
  9. Wichall John The Printers                                                                 11
  10. Grant Diana The Races                                                                          9
  11.  Bird Kathleen Tower Bridge                                                              9
  12. Sims Joan View across the Arno River                                         9
  13. Gamble John Why use one dog when four will do              12
  14. Bird Kathleen Wet Alley (Black and White)                             9
  15. Morrison Iain Salisbury Cathedral Chapter House             9
  16. Morrison Iain The Grand Staircase                                                9

Nature Prints

  1. Dawkins Grant Kudu                                                                             9
  2. Bird Kathleen The Follower                                                              9
  3. Wichall John Great Spotted Woodpecker                            10
  4. Wichall John Red squirrel                                                               10
  5. Bond Brian             Shaggy Inkcap                                                      8
  6. Rae Gordon             Sulphur Tuft and Dipteran Fly              11
  7. Bird Kathleen Foraging for Breakfast                                         9
  8. Wichall John Little Grebe feeding young                                12



SPA Individual Entry Competition 2016

This competition was held in conjunction with the Surrey Photographic Association’s AGM on 15 October 2016. SIx members of our club entered the competition.

John Wichall ARPS DPAGB won the Open Prints section with “The Printers”. Well done John.


Kathleen Bird LRPS CPAGB received a Judges Medal in the Nature PDI Section with “Lucilia”. This medal was Bob Webzell’s choice.


Angus MacKay received 11 out of 15 for his 2 entries, and David Bird got a 12 out of 15 for “Oriental Poppy”.