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Jim Henson AV Competition results 2024

Congratulations to Harold Russell for winning the Jim Henson AV trophy for the second time with an excellent entry “Call to Prayer”. Harold also won the trophy in 2022 with “Faces of South East Asia”.

A big thank you is extended to the judge Steve Kirkby CPAGB(AV) for spending time to judge the AVs beforehand, a time-consuming task.

The meeting, held in Headley Village Hall,  started with Steve explaining the criteria he looks for in an Audio Visual. He showed us some of his AVs, asking us to watch out for specific points. He then commented on each AV in the competition, making this a good learning event as well as an entertainment.

There were 16 entries from a number of different clubs, six of which were from Ludshott members.

Congratulations to the winners

First:            Call to Prayer by Harold Russell
Second:       Kolmanskop, a 21st Century Ghost Town by                                     Jean Hoyle
Third:           Visions of Ashdown Forest by David Brooker
Highly Commended:
The Cold Heart of England by Paul Crook
Barcelona by Richard Knapp
Coco by Kathleen Bird
A Fallen Branch by Brian Dowdall
My Scotland by Norman Horsham

SPA Biennial Exhibition

The Surrey Photographic Association Exhibition 2024

2024 sees the return of the Biennial Exhibition at the Guildford House Gallery.  Club members submitted their entries for selection which took place 15-17 February.  Suzy Courtnage LRPS had two of her images (Stairwell and Brown Rat) selected for inclusion within the Exhibition.
The exhibition will open on the 5th April and close on 27th.  The awards dinner will be held in Reigate Manor Hotel on the 5th April.

See February 2024 News letter for full details.

Aspire Group Middleton Butterfly House

Aspire Group
Day out to Middleton Common Butterfly Gardens    
February 2024


Rob, Suzy, Geoff and Paul headed off to the Butterfly Gardens for an afternoon of photography.  There was much chatter beforehand on the whatsapp group as to what equipment we should take and timings.

Geoff collected everyone and we made good time to our destination.  We enjoyed a coffee at the on-site cafe. 

We had some time to kill and decided to have lunch.  With no hot food available at the venue we were told that the local pub had great food.


Back to the butterflies we had sole use of the venue which was perfect as we didn’t have to worry about getting in the way of other people. You have to check where you are walking as they just land on the path and even on us.  They seemed to really like Geoff.


We used a variety of lenses from macro to short telephoto. Some of us tried stacking using in camera and manual techniques. We used flash as well  A good day over all and hopefully we all learnt something and maybe some good photos.





Biennial Exhibition at the Holme School 2023

 The club held its Bi-Annual Exhibition on Saturday 23nd September 2023 where we had over 100 images which looked splendid displayed on stands in the hall of the Holme School.

In line with previous years we had a number of pupils from the school who were mentored by members of the club over the summer holidays. Having taken their photographs, they each chose 3 on which to carrying out some post production work before their images were mounted for inclusion in the exhibition.

A large team of members soon made swift work of setting up on the Friday before the exhibition, gave their time on Saturday to provide a meet and greet service during the Exhibition and clear up afterwards.

From the proceeds of the raffle and the sale of some of the prints, the Exhibition successfully raised £170 for the school which was presented to Sarah Stevenson the school head at the end of the day.

There was a vote for the Best Print of the Exhibition which was won by school pupil Lottie Carter’s Robber Fly which can be seen below with Grant Dawkin’s Cathedral coming second and a whole host of third equals.

Keith Hunt Audio Visual Competition 2023

 Woking Photographic Society held its  annual Audio Visual competition for the Keith Hunt Trophy on 17 October 2023. The judge was John Randall from Andover Photographic Club.

Congratulations to Kathleen Bird for winning the Keith Hunt Trophy for the third time with an AV entitled “Golden Treasury”. 

Congratulations also go to John Baker who achieved Highly Commended for “The Fallero Museum”.

Kathleen receiving the trophy from Woking’s Chairman and the judge. 

Best of Year 2022/2023

Best of the Year 2022/2023



First               Red Kite – Mark Lawson         
Second         Up to the Stars – Joie Honner       
Third             Riding the Wave – Trevor Stokes     


Joint First   Sunset Over Budge Bay – Steve Littler
                          Spinnaker Tower – Suzy Courtnage                   
Third              Biting the Hand that Feeds –  Suzy Courtnage       


First                The Escarpment – Grant Dawkins
Second          Is it All in Focus – Sheila Orford     
Third               Sweet Pea – Brian Bond / Oops – John Price
                           Siskin Males Bickering – Mike Young              

Best PDI of the Year 2022/202 Trophy winner –

President Kathleen Bird LRPS CPAGB  presented Suzy Courtnage with the Best PDI of the Year Trophy awarded for  “Spinnaker Tower”.

Best PRINT of the Year 2022/2023


First                      Juvenile Song Thrush by Colin Smith
Second                Lemurs on the Lookout – Sue Erler  
Third                    Times Like These – Claire Lassiter


First                     Misty Morning – Stuart Northedge 
Second               Stairwell – Suzy Courtnage
Third                   Brown Rat – Suzy Courtnage
                               Best Foot Forward – Suzy Courtnage



First                     A Slow Morning in the Market – Sheila Orford
Second               Wallflowers – Kathleen Bird
Third                   Sparrowhawk Visiting – Lillian King
                               Burj Kalifa – Grant Dawkins
                               Goldfinch in Winter – Mike Young

Best Print of the Year 2022/2023 Trophy winner –

President Kathleen Bird LRPS CPAGB presented Sheila Orford with the Best Print of the Year Trophy awarded for  “A Quiet Day at The Market”.


Congratulations to Sue Erler who won the Robbie Morgan Trophy for the most improved beginner of 2022/2023.





Jim Henson Competition Results 4 March 2023

Steve Kirkby receiving the trophy from Ken Scott

Congratulations to Steve Kirkby CPAGB/AV, for winning the Jim Henson AV trophy for the second time! Steve also won the trophy in 2020 with “Revival”.

We extend a special thank you to our judge Ken Scott for an interesting and informative afternoon. The meeting was held in Headley Village Hall, and started with Ken giving us his views on making Audio Visuals. He also showed us 2 of his excellent AV productions.

Ken commented on each AV in the competition, making this a good learning event as well as an entertainment. There was a good turnout on this cold March afternoon, and we were given an Audio Visual treat by Ken and the 17 entrants.

The results were –

First   Newbury Pride by Steve Kirkby CPAGB/AV
2nd     Golden Treasury by Kathleen Bird
3rd     Hermaness by Norman Horsham CPAGB/AV

Highly Commended –
Mary Quant at the V&A by Steve Kirkby CPAGB/AV
The Outer Hebrides by Richard Knapp
What’s on the menu? by Mike Tibbotts
Mugwump by Harold Russell

Commended –
Hawkhurst Branch Line by David Brooker
A Victorian Philanthropist by Jean Hoyle

Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to all who entered. The judge had a difficult task with so many good entries.

Aspire Venture Group – Guildford Outing November 2022

Aspire Venture Group Guildford Outing 20th November 2022

Sunday afternoon, Geoff and Sue met up at Rob’s house.  He then drove us into Guildford. After 30 minutes looking for parking we rendezvoused with Colston at Guildford Castle as our starting point.

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The weather was a little overcast but Rob, our resident meteorologist, assured us there would be a small shower then all would be ok. We spent some time shooting the view from the castle as the sun started to set.

Geoff and Rob arrived with new cameras to play with and master and Rob used this as an opportunity to practice the auto stacking feature on his shiny new R6.