Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of the Society took place on Friday 18th November. Several existing committee members "changed hats" and we are pleased to welcome two completely new committee members, these being Larissa Pleydell-Roberts as Hon.Secretary and Andy Beel FRPS as Hon.Programme Secretary. After many years of membership and committee service, both Brian Cheer ARPS, DPAGB, APAGB (left) and Geoff Nash (right) were presented with Honorary Life Membership by the outgoing Chairman Adrian Herring ARPS, DPAGB.

Kingswood Salver Competition
The Competition bearing our name is a Western Counties Federation inter-club event, and this year we received a Highly Commended award with this set of prints:

The Plate for the best print in the whole competition was won by our member Peter Phillips LRPS with his print "Horgabost Beach" seen extreme left in our panel

23 clubs entered and the judge was Margaret Salisbury FRPS, FIPF, EFIAP, APAGB
K.P.S Annual Exhibition
The Group of award winners:
Back row left to right: Mike Martin, Dave Edwards, Shaun Boycott-Taylor, Pat Bryan, Eddy Lane
Front row: Elizabeth Restall, John Long

K.P.S Annual Exhibition
This event was held on Friday 11th November and we were delighted that so many visitors joined our own members to view the Exhibition. Eddy Lane ARPS, one of the three judges (the others being John Tilsley ARPS, DPAGB, APAGB and Di Tilsley CPAGB) was in attendance to present the awards.
The Trophy for the Best Print in the Exhibition was awarded to Elizabeth Restall LRPS for
"Lonely Rock" (the same print also received the Best Colour Print award and the Best Pictorial award)

The Trophy for the Best Projected Image went to Mike Martin for "Film to Frame"

To see the full results click here - 1 Awards Listing
KPS Competition entry forms
It would be of considerable assistance to the Competition and Exhibition Secretary of you would download this PDF file and print yourself a set of entry forms for the 2011/2012 season. Click here: Kps Comp Entry Form
Success for one of our members
I am delighted to report that Kingswood Member John Hoddinott had a highly commended picture in the "Landscape Photographer of the Year" Competition with his picture 'Jurassic View, Man-O-War Bay, Dorset, England' It has been featured in the book and will be on display at the National Theatre in London during December and January.
This is John's comments which accompanied the picture:
"I had been watching the storm clouds moving slowly out to sea, so as I breathlessly hurried down to the beach, I very nearly passed by this wooden fence, almost flattened by the recent strong winds and now lying in the grass. Luckily it caught my eye and I was immediately reminded of a huge bone structure, left from some prehistoric beast, which I thought was rather fitting for an area known as the gateway to the Juassic Coast"

Competition for the AP and FT Trophies
Our Judge on Friday 4th November for this event, RAY GRACE ARPS, DPAGB certainly had a mammoth task in judging the 25 sets of prints for the FT Trophy and the 30 sets of DPI's for the AP Trophy

Ray gave thoughtful comments on all the sets before announcing that the FT Trophy was awarded to Andy Beel FRPS for his set of lith prints of Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Linda Harvey LRPS came second and Mike Martin third.

The winner of the AP Trophy was Adrian Herring ARPS, DPAGB with his set called 'Storks above the roof tops' Mike Martin took both second and third places.

Audio Visual Forum
This annual event took place on Friday 28th October, when we viewed sequences from a number of our members.
Jeff Morgan showed time-lapse sequences, we then viewed audio visual sequences from Vanessa Herring, Joanne Searle, Mike Martin, Bruce Gibbs, Adrian Herring and John Long. A very intereting evening with varied ideas and pictures using the medium of images, music and speech.
For our meeting on Friday 21st October we had invited Leo Rich ARPS, EFIAP, DPAGB for his sixth visit to KPS, and despite the title in our programme, presented us with his talk "Sliding into Digital"
With his familiar humour, he told us about his ambition to stare closely into the eyes of a tiger, and sure enough he showed images of precisely that! We saw some of his successful portraits from India converted from slides, then images from a digital camera which showed he had lost none of his technique with landsapes, birds, animals and people - especially of men with beards longer than his own!

David Southwell ARPS
The guest speaker at our meeting on Friday 14th October was DAVID SOUTHWELL ARPS. His talk was titled "Using HDR and other Digital Techniques" and during the course of the evening he explained the detail of creating pictures using the HDR method,
and doing so by using his successful ARPS Panel of pictures taken in Bristol Cathedral.

Alan Stringer ARPS, DPAGB
Friday 7th October. A new speaker to the Society, ALAN STRINGER ARPS, DPAGB. brought us an excellent print talk - "Photography My Way" Alan is a darkroom worker and enthralled us with the quality of his prints. The talk was divided into themes, and my picture shows a set of Lith prints taken at Penarth Pier.

Vanessa and Peter
VANESSA HERRING LRPS and PETER PHILLIPS LRPS two of our own members, were our speakers on Friday 30th September. They both showed prints and projected images, also their respective Licentiateship Panels. We were invited to view many excellent pictures not seen before, which illustrated the talent and creativity we have within our own Society. An excellent evening!

Quarterly Competition No.3 Open
The Judge for our Q3 was CLIVE RATHBAND FRPS who gave us his carefully considered opinion on every image, which in view of the large entry was a mammoth task! The Print Class results:
1st "Hank" by John Long
2nd "Poppy Heads" by Mike Martin
3rd "Snicket Fences" by Elizabeth Restall

The DPI Class results:
1st "Callanish Stones" by Peter Phillips
2nd "Lavender" by Jeff Morgan
3rd "Train" by Jeff Morgan

Quarterly Competition No.3 Intermediate
The award winners for the Intermediate Class were:
1st "A room with a view" by Dave Bryan
2nd "Miss Wilmot's Ghost" by Pat Bryan
3rd "Blue-tailed Damselfly by Pat Bryan

Friday 16th September brought us Margaret Collis ARPS, HonEFIAP,DPAGB,APAGB with her talk "Far and Near" Margaret's pictures were on the theme of travel, and we saw pictures from far (Indochina, Vietnam and Cambodia) and near (the UK)
Both the photographs and the projected images were most interesting and informative.

Paula Graham ARPS
Friday 9th September brought PAULA GRAHAM ARPS from the depths of Devon with her talk "The Seven Year Itch". Paula has only been into photography since 2003, but displayed a talent for picture-making of many styles. Firstly we were treated to an AV about Storks in Holland and this was followed by many projected images and prints. Her RPS Associate Panel was also on display and this consisted of delicate, beautiful winter pictures of people skating - in Holland, her native country.

London Salon 2010
On Friday 2nd September we viewed selected images from the 2010 London Salon. Before coffee we listened to Margaret Salisbury commenting on her favourite prints and after the break we viewed the other images without comment. Some very creative photography - but for me, some were very disappointing. One of my favourite images can be seen below -

Long Service
As there isn't a meeting to report on this week, I thought I would post a photograph taken this week of our two longest serving society members. Seen in the photograph is Ron Miller who joined the society in 1950 and served as Competition and Exhibition Secretary before becoming Chairman in 1954. He resigned this position in 1962 for health reasons, but remained a member until retiring to Beer in East Devon in the 1980's. The Society conferred upon him the honour of Life Membership in 1988.
The other person in the photograph is current Society President John Long. John received his Life Membership in 2000 thus making this duo the longest serving members and the only two living Life Members. (Photo: Mrs Audrey Miller)

WCPF Print Critique Evening
Friday 19th August brought the WCPF PRINT CRITIQUE EVENING This set of colour and monochrome pictures consist of the the high scoring prints entered for the 2011 Members' Exhibition, which were NOT accepted, and form this collection which travels around the Federation.

Outdoor Portrait session
There was a deafening roar of shutters clicking outside our Hall on Friday 12th August, when Helen Drew modelled for us with an outdoor street fashion session. Apparently in the Far East there is a current fashion for outlandish street clothes, and although my photograph doesn't really demonstrate that - I rather liked this shot. The session was led by Steve Cox.