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Quarterly Competition No.1 Open Class
Prints:
1st 'A Mother's Love' by Alison Price
2nd 'Ballerina' by Sue Winkworth
Joint 3rd 'Tern on Frozen Water' by Vanessa Herring
'Textile Market Stallholder, Urhganda' by Adrian Herring


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Quarterly Competition No.1 Intermediate Class
Prints:
1st 'Budir Estuary, Iceland by Glynnys Poole
2nd 'Light at the end of the Tunnel by Chris Deane
3rd 'The right side of the Track' by Bernice Deane




D.P.I's:
1st 'Before the curtain rises' by Helen Sugrue
2nd 'Masquerade' by Glynnys Poole
3rd 'The Model' by John Sparrow

Ralph Snook ARPS, EFIAP
On Friday 14th February, a new speaker to KPS RALPH SNOOK ARPS, EFIAP brought us his talk 'A selection of current work' Ralph's pictures were mostly wildlife in the Artic, Iceland, Brazil, Florida and Kenya. Ralph told us that he liked to capture some ‘different’ images of the subject to bring out something of the moment or subject, in particular using slow shutter speeds to exaggerate movement. My personal favourite was a slow shutter speed shot of wildebeest crossing a river, which was quite stunning, bringing out the feeling of the rush and panic of animals to get away from the river and the attendant crocodiles!


Bob, Alison . . and Henry!
Friday 7th February was originally programmed as a Portrait Session. In reality we were delighted to listen to Bob and Alison with a talk on their style of animal photography.
In the second half we were able to photograph Henry, their dog! More pictures on the Social Page, and the picture shown below (by Joanne Searle)shows some of the members in action.

SIMON CAPLAN LRPS
On Friday 31st January our speaker was SIMON CAPLAN LRPS with a talk 'A Photographic exploration of Britain's Heritage Crafts'
Simon explained his passion for photographing environmental portraits of people engaged in traditional crafts. He was commissioned by the Heritage Craft Association to photograph Potters, Weavers, Chocolate makers, glass makers and many other craftsmen all over the U.K and we were treated to some of the resulting pictures. Simon also displayed his 'L' Panel of prints.

SUE WINKWORTH
On Friday 24th January, one of our own members, SUE WINKWORTH demonstrated the making of an Audio Visual sequence. Initially, Sue showed several of her own sequences to demonstrate the styles of an AV and then continued to illustrate - using the software 'Pictures to Exe' - how a sequence is made.


David Cooke ARPS, EFIAP
On Friday 17th January, we welcomed David Cooke ARPS, EFIAP with his talk "The Evolution of an RPS 'A' Panel and Beyond" David told us of his first ideas and visions for an Associate panel and the differing images taken for the project. He strongly advocated attending an Assessment Panel and indicated how it helped him to eventually achieve the 'A' Distinction. The successful panel was on display. He went on to show images used to attain firstly the AFIAP, then to continue on to the EFIAP.

Cheltenham International Salon
On Friday 10th January we viewed 600 pictures from the first CHELTENHAM INTERNATIONAL SALON OF PHOTOGRAPHY The presentation was brought to us by two of the organising committee - Martin Fry and Brian Swinyard. This brilliant set of 600 pictures were selected from the 2,600 selected and inserted into an AV style presentation. It was a superb evening of inspirational photography.


Gordon James FRPS
It is always very pleasant when one of our own members speak to us about their work, and Friday 3rd January was no exception. We were delighted to welcome GORDON JAMES FRPS with his talk "Depth, despair and digital" We were able to enjoy projected colour slides of Gordon's underwater photography, including his Fellowship Panel. Later we saw his other work which included garden and travel photography.


Chairman's Evening
Friday 20th December was the Chairman's Evening, and the final meeting of the year. We had a fun competition "In my Backyard" Members were in invited to enter a print and they were judged on a knock-out basis by the audience.
We had three rounds and the final winners are shown below: prints by (left to right)
John Long, Tony Withers and Adrian Herring.



The audience decided, again on a show of hands, that the winner would be Tony Withers.
Finally we had a wonderful buffet provided by the members.

Clubman of the Year Trophy
Each year the Society awards this handsome Trophy to a member, whilst not on the committee, who has given considerable service to the Society during the past twelve months. This year the committee decided to present it to Richard Winkworth for the assistance given in relation to digital projection and help to Alan Searle our Equipment Manager. He is seen here (left) with Chairman Adrian Herring


Quarterly Competition No.4 Open Class
Our judge was Tony Byram ARPS, DPAGB, AWPF, EFIAP, who gave great attention to our work and offered his comments on each entry.

Prints:
1st 'Vale of Mist, Pewsey' by John Hoddinott
2nd 'Moldavian Nuns restoring a Monastery' by Adrian Herring
3rd 'The Kitchen Window' by John Long



DPI's:
1st 'Pewsey Fog' by Andy Coffin
2nd 'Flooded Levels' by Andy Coffin
3rd 'Navigation Posts and Buoys' by Elizabeth Restall

Quarterly Competition No.4 Intermediate Class
Prints:
1st 'Old Thirty Two' by Steve Murnam
2nd 'Wet Buffet' by David Rumsam
3rd 'Kate' by Steve Murnam



DPI's
1st 'Foel Goch' by Arthur Lees
2nd 'Sgwd Gwladus, Brecon Beacons' by Fay Rogers
3rd 'Winding Way' by Arthur Lees

Final results for Quarterly Competitions
The final results after four Quarterly Competitions are as follows:

Open Class Prints:
lst & Trophy: Adrian Herring 19 points
2nd John Long 18 points
3rd John Hoddinott 16 points

Open Class D.P.I's
1st & Trophy: Andy Coffin 22 points
2nd Elizabeth Restall 16 points
3rd Adrian Herring 12 points

Intermediate Class Prints
1st & Trophy: Steve Murnam 32 points
2nd Arthur Lees 16 points
3rd John Sparrow 11 points

Intermediate Class D.P.I's
1st & Trophy: Arthur Lees 29 points
2nd Ian Thomson 13 points
3rd David Rumsam 12 points

Creative Trophy
1st & Trophy: Mike Martin 6 points
2nd Elizabeth Restall 4 points
3rd John Long 3 points
Color Munki Demonstration
On Friday 6th December, our Equipment Manager, Alan Searle LRPS, gave a graphic hands-on demonstration of the capabilities of the Color Munki equipment. This equipment is available for free hire by society members.
This was followed by the showing of successful panels by Peter Phillips LRPS, DPAGB (his DPAGB panel) and Joanne Searle ARPS, AFIAP, AWPF, CPAGB (her AWPF panel.) Andy coffin concluded the meeting by showing his two successful prints from the recent "24 hours in Bristol" Competition.

John Gould FRPS
On Friday 29th November we welcomed back to Kingswood PS, JOHN GOULD FRPS with his talk "All the Colours of the rainbow - revisited" John is a master of toned darkroom black and white prints and he divulged many of his techniques. He showed his passion for portrait photography and for landscape work.

John Chamberlin FRPS, MFIAP, APAGB
On Friday 22nd November, we were delighted to welcome John Chamberlin FRPS, MFIAP, APAGB back to Kingswood PS. We were treated to a digitally projected presentation of landscapes and wildlife from such places as the Falkland Islands, USA, Japan, Bulgaria and not forgetting Cornwall and Scotland. The informative commentary which accompanied the presentation was often humorous and light-hearted, but also contained many gems which gave us food for thought. A wonderful evening!

Print display at Kingswood Library
We have a three week display of our prints at Kingswood Library. Thank you to everyone who let me have a print to use.



Andy Coffin's Success!
You may remember that we recently announced that a Photo Competition was being held - '24 hours in Bristol' and our member Andy Coffin was keen enough to enter. Over 1000 pictures were submitted from which 70 were short listed, included two of Andy's. I am delighted to announce that he won! His prize was a camera and cash. This is the winning picture -