On Friday 4th April, we welcomed a new speaker to KPS - with his talk "Merv's Pics, tips and tricks" - Mervyn Pugh MFIAP, EFIAP,ARPS,DPAGB,AWPF - charmed us with his pictures and his tips on camera techniques,good composition and other helpful comments which suited everyone, whatever their level of expertise.
After coffee, we saw excellent prints and comparisons with the same picture on different papers, which proved to be most interesting and informative.

Outing to Newent
Some of our members visited the 'Birds of Prey' Centre at Newent yesterday - I understand the shutters were hot hot!!

Ian Wade
Our visitor on Friday 28th March was a new speaker to our programme - IAN WADE with his talk "Under an Asian Sky".
Ian explained how he enjoyed a 5 month trip in many Asian countries capturing wildlife, landscapes and people. He followd this up after the coffee break with the life of Toads and Frogs. A fascinating evening!

Michael Krier ARPS, MA
On Friday 21st March we welcomed a new speaker to the Society - Michael Krier ARPS, MA from Cheltenham, with his talk "Photography by Degrees"
The talk had a sub-title 'Photography with a purpose' and Michael proceeded to tell us of his introduction to photography as a lad with his Father's camera - through his student photography days and in latter years returning to University to attain an MA in Photography. Some most interesting pictures mixed with images from other fellow students in the assignments they tackled.

The Lads from Somerset
On Friday 14th March, three of our own members, Kevin Scott LRPS, Del Hannington LRPS and David Thomas presented "Perspectives" this being their current photographic thinking and projects in hand. Each had a different approach and presented their work with projected images and prints. These three work together each week and we understand they are empowered by cakes! In fact they provided cakes for the coffee break! Seen below - left to right, Kevin, David and Del

New Members Work and Critique Evening
On Friday 7th March, a good number of new members brought both prints and projected images for display and for critique. The consensus of opinion was that it was a worthwhile and successful evening.
Ian Bateman FRPS
On Friday 28th February, IAN BATEMAN FRPS presented "Something old, Something New" This was Ian's first visit to KPS with his inspiring and entertaining Audio Visual Sequences. Ian was the first person to be awarded an FRPS and MPAGB in Digital AV and is the Chairman of the RPS International AV Festival. This was an outstanding evening.

Quarterly Competition No.1. Open Class
Our first Quarterly of the year was judged by Eddy Lane ARPS, DPAGP, AFIAP currently President of the W.C.P.F, who gave detailed and helpful comments on all the entries.

1st 'Ngamba Island Chimp' by Adrian Herring
2nd: 'Charlotte - Lady of the Lake' by Mike Martin
3rd: 'Temple Meads Station' by Andy Coffin

Quarterly Competition No.1 Open Class
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
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

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.

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.

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