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John Wichall ARPS DPAGB

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.

SPA AGM Individual competition award winner in 2015

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.”

To see some of John’s winning photographs click here.

by Kathleen


Congratulations to Stuart Frohmaier,  who won the Robbie Morgan Trophy for the most improved beginner of 2019/20


 The results of the annual Best of Year images, as voted by you,
are  below. 


1st       Bubbles over Canary Wharf   Ann Wright
2nd      Red Arrows                                      Jack Crook
3rd       Daydreaming                                  Jonathan Plummer

1st       Is Anybody there?     Sheila Orford
2nd      The Hat and the Cat John Wilson
3rd      Shock wave    Keith Mumford

1st       Robin feeding Juveniles         Mike Young ARPS
2nd=    Kingfisher ejecting pellet      Mike Young ARPS
2nd=    Goldfinch on Cherry Blossom           Mike Young ARPS           

Best PDI of the Year 2019/20 Trophy winner –
Congratulations to Mike Young ARPS who won the Best PDI of the Year Trophy awarded for  “Robin feeding Juveniles”. 

Best PRINT of the Year 2019/20

1st        Eagle Owl Eyed  Stuart Frohmaier
2nd        Carry that weight             Stuart Frohmaier
3rd         Someone like Me              Jonathan Plummer

1st          The three Amigos             Bob Cole
2nd        Goldcrest taking flight     Keith Mumford
3rd         Egrets caught in the surf Keith Mumford

1st          Cuckoo landing  Mike Young ARPS
2nd=      Nuthatch             Mike Young ARPS
2nd=      Waterloo arrival               Paul Crook LRPS

Best Print of the Year 20219/2020 Trophy winner –

Congratulations to Mike Young ARPS who won the Best Print of the Year Trophy awarded for  “Cuckoo Landing”. 

Sadly we could not present the trophies this year because COVID 19 forced us to have a virtual meeting. 35 members signed in to the meeting on their computers to attend the AGM and hear these results.



Message from our Judge  Paul Graber LRPS –

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. 

Entry Class Images
Entry Pdi#5 May 2020 Scoresheet

Intermediate Images
Intermediate Pdi#5 May 2020 Scoresheet

Advanced Images
Advanced Pdi#5 May 2020 Scoresheet

Wildlife photography project

Paul Crook’s wildlife project to collect images of our local wildlife is going well. He would love to see your photos of any local wildlife found in your gardens or on your daily walks.

Paul says – We’ve had 12 different butterflies in the garden over the last couple of days. We’ve had Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Silver-washed Fritillary, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Peacock, Red Admiral and Comma. Had Orange Tip, Holly Blue and Green-veined White earlier in the year. I’m attaching five photos of Silver-washed Fritillary, Comma, Red Admiral, Large White and Gatekeeper.

Click on the thumbnails below to see some of the images sent in so far; there are 9 new images as at 13 July.  Unfortunately members are not always putting titles and authors on their submissions.

Paul’s message is at the bottom of this page.

Paul says – A new club email is in use for this,  and it would be great if you could send me any photos you manage to produce of wildlife in your garden or local area. The photos can be of wild birds, animals, moths, trees, butterflies, bees – basically anything that can be classified as wild – even the weeds you may not want in your garden. I’m not an expert on many of the above so please let me know what the image is illustrating in case I don’t recognise what is included in your photo.

At the end of the project (whenever that is) or when I’ve got enough to work with I will either produce (with expert help) an AV for you all to see or maybe present them all at a club evening. Photos may also appear via the club website.

So, the upshot is – Please send me photos of any local wildlife to  Please size the images as for competition, that is at 1600 x 1200 pixels and title them as in the following example – blackbird by joe bloggs. Please try to ensure the images are in the correct colour space, ie sRGB. I don’t mind what wildlife you picture, include the common as well as the rarer species. If any of you have any problems let me know either via an email to or telephone me on 01428 713946.

Any photos will be of interest – this is not a challenge or a competition, just a project – so I don’t mind how good the photos are or what ‘class’ you are in at the club. I would love us all to be involved. I will include photographs from all members who send me material in my final presentation.



Message from our judge Steve Kingswell –
It was a pleasure to judge your images. I have commented on each image, please forgive me but the comments are more to the point than a usual narrative in a live club scenario where I would be able to give more clarity and colour to my comments. 
I feel I have given reasons for my marks but have been a little less encouraging than I normally would be given the time to explain my thoughts constructively. I hope to judge live with you all on another occasion.

Thank you very much for spending time to judge our competition Steve, and we hope to see you at our club in more settled times.

There are 11 Entry class images, 7 Intermediate class images  and
32 Advanced class images. I have put every one of them on Flickr in their 3 groups. I have only put marks on Flickr for those scoring 9 and above, but all the results can be found on the PDFs below, along with a brief comment from Steve.

Congratulations to all entrants on such a good show of images, and especially to those who received top marks. 

Entry Class Results
Entry images

Intermediate Results
Intermediate images

Advanced results
Advanced images

Jim Henson

After a long illness our Vice President Jim Henson died
on Wed 8th April 2020.
Jim Henson
SPA Trophy for the best colour print 2006

Jim was a founder member of Ludshott Photographic Club, and over the years since its inception in 1995 he has acted as Workshop Co-ordinator, Vice Chairman and Secretary.  Always willing to help new members, Jim contributed hugely to our development as a photographic club; so much so that speaking of him to long-standing members almost always provokes the comment, “Jim was such a help to me when I first started”.

Having been professionally involved with printing, Jim’s expertise was of inestimable benefit to those preparing images for competition, but there was little that happened in the development of the club that did not reveal the hand of Jim Henson. 

David Huntingford and Jim Henson with the Lottery Grant certificate

Jim was instrumental in obtaining a lottery grant to buy our first projector in 2005, and he was also involved in setting up the Venture Groups, starting the Grayshott Venture Group, which ran for several years.

In retrospect, it seems inevitable that Jim would become one of the original Audio-Visual workers in the club with a style of his own that reflected his great talent as an artist.  It should surprise no-one that Ludshott Photographic Club’s open audio-visual competition bears his name.

Although Jim Henson’s recent ill health robbed us of the pleasure of his work and company, his passing leaves a hole that cannot be filled and he will be sadly missed by all of us who had the honour to know him.
To see some of Jim’s work click here

PDI competition No 3 16 March 2020

The results of this competition are in! Our judge Royston Williamson has spent time marking and commenting on every image, for which we thank him very much.

There are 18 Entry PDIs, 18 Intermediate PDIs and 28 Advanced PDIs altogether, and I have put every one of them on Flickr in their 3 groups. I have only put marks on Flickr for those scoring 9 and above, but all the results can be found on the PDFs below, along with a brief comment from Royston.

Congratulations to all entrants on such a good show of images, and especially to those who received top marks. The results are in alphabetical order of title.

Entry Class – Results
Entry images

Intermediate Class – Results
Intermediate images

Advanced Class – Results
Advanced images

COVID-19 information

All Club meetings are cancelled upto and including 1 June 2020. The AGM on 15 June may have to be postponed but we will inform you of this nearer the time. 

There are 2 competitions left this season, a Print on 20 April and a PDI on 18 May. The Print will become a PDI competition and we are confirming with the two judges that they are prepared to judge our competitions at home. So hopefully these will still go ahead, albeit remotely.
Any news about the rest of the season will be posted here.

Annual dinner 2020

30 members attended the annual dinner on 12 March 2020 at the Royal Exchange. The food and service was as good as ever,  thank you Yvonne for organising it so well.

Judging by the happy snaps I took everyone had a good time.

Surrey Advertiser Rosebowl competition 2020

Once again we entered this competition which takes place each year at Woking and is open to all SPA clubs. Our panel is below.

Twenty-one clubs entered the competition this year, and the judge was Chris Palmer FRPS DPAGB APAGB EFIAP.

Surrey Advertiser Rosebowl Results 2020

Previous years Results are here

Each club enters a panel of 5 images by 5 photographers on a theme of their own choosing. An additional image is prepared for each set, showing all the pictures in a single row, to demonstrate the flow of the set.

Our panel did not win anything.