PAGB Digital Image Exhibition 2011
On Friday 2nd March we viewed the PAGB 2011 DPIC Exhibition. A very enjoyable experience, but we made the error of viewing the auto version. The images moved on too quickly and there was little time to read the title and enjoy the image. Later in the evening we projected our entry to the WCPF DPIC Competition which took place in February. KPS came joint 11th out of 50 clubs.
Quarterly Competition No.1. 2012
Our first Quarterly Competition of the year took place on Friday 24th February, when our judge MIKE CURTIS ARPS - a first-time judge at Kingswood PS - gave a considered and helpful comment on every print and Dpi. There were a record number of entries and it is encouraging to see that many of our new members entered the competition for the first time.

Quarterly Competition No.1. Open Class
Print Section:
1st Dennis - John Long
2nd Twilight at Porth Naven - Peter Phillips
3rd Rotting Groynes - Elizabeth Restall

DPI Section:
1st Rippled Glass - Mike Martin
2nd Wobbly Bridge - Mike Martin
3rd Kelston Round Hill - Peter Phillips

Quarterly Comperition No.1. Intermediate Class
Print Section:
1st The Kill - Alison Price
2nd Surf School - Dave Bryan
3rd Monkey Maffia - Bob Ryan

DPI Section:
1st Bittern – Jenifer Morgan
2nd The Dreamer – Alison Price
3rd First Drop – Joe Exon

'Silver Prints and Golden Oldies'
I am finding it extremely difficult to adequately express my thoughts on the visit of LEIGH PRESTON FRPS, EFIAP, MPAGB on Friday 17th February.
It was an evening of entertainment with a full range of humour and vocal impersonations, only surpassed by the superb photography. Measured presentation, not least the leisurely pace backwards and forwards, and yet full of his philosophy and history with the series of pictures depicting the whole of the 20th century. This was followed by a series of large prints. His final thought encouraged us to remember that the view from half-way up the mountain is often the same as the view from the top!

Despite severe wintery conditions, a large crowd gathered to be entertained and inspired by Clive Haynes FRPS and Martin Addison FRPS with their presentation called FOTO-SYNTHESIS. Bringing their unique set of illuminated display stands, they enthalled us with their sets of prints of many styles and original creations.

Nick Jenkins ARPS, AWPF
On Friday 3rd February, a 'first-time' visitor to KPS - NICK JENKINS ARPS, AWPF - brought us his talk with projected images called "The Great Outdoors"
We thoroughly enjoyed an evening of inspiring landscapes and seascapes - with a smattering of Nature pictures too. We saw many of the excellent pictures which can be seen on his website:

This evening we were taken well 'back in time' with the presentation by John Long of prints dating back to the formation of the Society in 1948. We viewed beautiful darkroom work finalising with a collection of 13 prints given to KPS by Frank Reece Winstone for safe keeping. All 13 prints were over 100 years old and are now kept in the Bristol Record Office. John had arranged to collect these prints for our enjoyment - thank you John, it was the highlight of the evening.

KPS have an Annual Exhibition and the winner of the best print of the exhibition is awarded the Bennett-Salanson Bowl. In the second half of the evening we were shown all the winning prints from the beginning to today's date which obviously spanned the darkroom and digital eras.

Mike Callenger is a members of KPS and this evening he gave a presentation of his work which was absolutely superb. The first half of the evening was taken up with prints covering wildlife to his travels around the UK and America. Beautiful prints which would add enjoyment to any home. The second half we were taken to places where most of us would not even attempt, trekking miles and sometimes arriving to disappointment after all the effort. The images were just breathtaking but the stories behind the capturing of the images were even more interesting. Thank you Mike, you certainly entertained us.

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Digital Workshop/Clinic
Rather unusual to see members arriving with a notebook and pencil - but essential this evening when Ray Grace ARPS conducted a Photoshop Clinic. Ray explained all about layers, shortcuts, raw files and was able to demonstrate techniques and answer questions previously put to him by members. A very instructive evening!

The first meeting of the year brought us Barry Mead FRPS, EFIAP, MPAGB with the talk titled "Oh No, not another evening with Barry Mead"
We were entertained a series of projected images of Kenya, Florida, Yellowstone and other locations - including pictorial landscapes, people pictures and wildlife including lots of those feathery things which come under the generic heading of 'ducks' !
It was also most interesting to see some of Barry's creative work and the programme had warned us that we would see a section on bats!

Surprise for the President!
During the last meeting of the year, I was given a great surprise by fellow members of KPS to celebrate the fact that in a week's time I will become an octogenarian!
During our refreshment time, the lights went out and Vanessa Herring came in bearing a birthday cake made in the form of a Canon Camera, very cleverly designed and made by her daughter Philippa McFeat. Later I was also presented with a Birthday card signed by the members, and also a delightful framed print for my wall. This print is by Barry Senior Hon.FRPS, Past President of the RPS.
To say the least, I was overwhelmed by the thoughtful gesture of my friends, and I thank them all most sincerely. The big day is actually the 26th. Pictures by Adrian Herring and Geoff Cole

Christmas Fun Night
For our final meeting of 2011, we held a fun night on Friday 16th December, when we split into 6 groups for a "Match the Picture" competition. The idea being that one group puts up a picture and the other five have to try to match it. Great fun - and lots of cheating! Our Vice-Chairman Adrian Herring was the "judge" (?) and in this picture one group had the nerve to put up their picture on a mobile phone!
We then broke for refreshments and general chit-chat - so ending another successful year for Kingswood P.S.

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End of year Quarterly Competition Results
At the end of the four Quarterly Competitions the winners were:
Open Prints;
Trophy John Long ARPS
2nd Peter Phillips LRPS
3rd Elizabeth Restall LRPS

Open DPI's:
Trophy Peter Phillips LRPS
2nd Jeff Morgan
Joint 3rd Adrian Herring
Mike Martin

Intermediate prints:
Trophy Pat Bryan
2nd Dave Bryan
3rd Colin Crossley

Creative Tankard;
Winner Mike Martin
2nd Elizabeth Restall LRPS

left to right Mike Martin, Peter Phillips, Pat Bryan, John Long
Quarterly Competition No.4 Open Class
The Open Class Print results were as follows:
1st "Swanage Old Pier" by Peter Phillips LRPS
2nd "That Way" by John Long ARPS
3rd "Casa Batllo" by Adrian Herring ARPS

The Open Class DPI results were as follows:
1st "A Length Ahead" by Vanessa Herring LRPS
2nd "Flower Impression by Mike Martin
3rd "The Potter" by Peter Phillips LRPS

Quarterly Competition No.4 2011
The final part of our Quarterly Competition for 2011 took place on Friday 9th November and was judged by PAT EMERY who gave careful consideration to both the Intermediate and Open Print Classes and the D.P.I class.

The Intermediate results:
1st "Sanctury before the Storm" by Colin Crossley
2nd "An English Country Garden" by Pat Bryan
3rd "Flight of the Bumble Bee" by Dave Bryan

"I'll get me Coat" - Dave Mason
On Friday 2nd December we should have had a visit from Paul Foley FRPS, but due to hospitalisation we was unable to be with us. Paul had arranged for a colleague to lecture in his place, so we had the pleasure of hosting DAVE MASON with his talk "I'll get me Coat"
Dave is a member of Arena, London Independent Photographers and Mirage groups, and is a 'street photographer' A great evening evolved with great pictures delivered with thoughtful comments and a great sense of humour!

Adrian Herring ARPS, DPAGB
On Friday 25th November, one of our own members Adrian Herring ARPS, DPAGB presented a excellent evening of prints and projected images from his trips (with Vanessa) to the Ukraine, Croatia, Barcelona and many others locations. This was in our programme as "The Chairman's Evening" - although since the recent AGM, Adrian is now Vice Chairman! He is a Fotospeed Sponsored lecturer and my photograph shows him with some of his images on Fotospeed sample sheets.

Vivian Croucher Memorial Plate
Peter Phillips LRPS (left) was presented with the VIVIAN CROUCHER MEMORIAL PLATE for the best individual print in the 2011 Kingswood Salver competition (see report and illustration below) The presentation was made by Rod Wainwright ARPS.

Clubman of the Year
At our meeting on Friday 18th November, Tony Poole ARPS was presented with the "Clubman of the Year" trophy for his assistance with the running of digital workshops. He is seen here with the Chairman Adrian Herring ARPS, DPAGB