Below is the link to the final images eligible for this year’s Best of Year award which will be presented at the Club’s AGM on June 14th. Would all members please vote for one image and send your final vote to the Club’s Competition email address –
Ludshott did it! We won this SPA Interclub competition on 9 March 2021!
Congratulations to our selection team and the five photographers who presented the winning panel at this annual competition.
The five photographs and their authors were:
Now and Then in Russia by Gordon Rae LRPS CPAGB
Mummy’s Angel by John Dumble
Phoenix Rising by Jonathan Plummer
Pretty Flamingo by John Gamble LRPS
Ownership by John Wichall ARPS DPAGB
It fills me with great sadness to have to tell you that our friend and President, Phil Peddy ARPS APAGB, was taken into the Royal Surrey hospital two weeks ago after a fall, and died peacefully there on 27 December 2020. Jose and their son were able to visit him for the last few days when he was moved to a private room. He would have been 95 in January.
Phil lived for many years in Molesey, where he was a teacher and a member of Molesley Photographic Club. When Phil retired from teaching he and Jose moved to Headley Down, and as there was no camera club nearby, Phil set about organising one with a small group of friends. Thus was born Ludshott Photographic Club, with Phil as Chairman, a position he held for 13 years. In 2008 he resigned the Chairmanship and was made Life President of the Club.
Phil was an excellent photographer, always willing to help new members. He ran workshops and would offer individual training whenever he could. Over the years Phil was involved with running the Surrey Photographic Association and the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain. He was a well-respected SPA judge, helping to train new aspirants to judging as well as judging competitions and exhibitions in Surrey and beyond.
I learned a great deal about photography from Phil. He started the Venture Group idea to enable small groups within the club to help each other, and he joined the Audio Visual group with enthusiasm from its beginning.
Phil was an irreplaceable inspiration when it came to appreciating images and running the club.
It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that our Club Secretary John Wichall died peacefully on Thursday 30 July 2020 after a long battle with Myeloma. My deep condolences go to Lin and her family.
John joined the club as a “beginner” in 2011, and quickly became one of our top photographers. He became our Secretary not long after he joined, and remained in that position until the end. He was always willing to help members in the club, offering the excellent advice to would-be competition entrants, “Never give the judge anything to criticise.”
His great interest was wildlife, especially birds, and this was what he mainly photographed, entering many winners into Club and SPA competitions. He always joined in enthusiastically with our social events and outings and was a great asset to the club.
In 2017 John wrote an account of his photographic career for the PAGB News, which is reproduced here –
“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 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.”
I’ve now completed the exercise, and attach my mark sheets. I’ve added comments for Entry and Intermediate, but not Advanced (with one exception, where I’m justifying a top mark even though there’s a minor fault). It’s inevitable that these pithy comments come across as more critical than I’d be in person and with more space/time than I have here. If anyone would particularly like some more detailed feedback, I’m happy for you to share my email address. (If you would like to contact Paul please ask David Bird for his email address)
I don’t know if you always have lots of birds, or whether people had looked me up and checked on my interests, but there were plenty, some of them absolute crackers!
Thank you for the opportunity to judge a good standard competition – I enjoyed it.
Congratulations to all entrants on such a good show of images, and especially to those who received top marks.