Friday 20th January 2017 featured a new speaker to KPS - DAVID KJAER - with his talk 'Highlands and Islands - Scottish Wildlife'
We enjoyed an evening of Scottish Wildlife projected images, particularly birds.
Birds such as the Dotterel and Ptarmigan were shown in amazing detail and we were transported to islands like the Bass Rock, Craigleath, Handa, Hebrides and Skye. Birds in flight were most imopressive - altogether a most enjoyable evening.

Travels Toward the Edge
Our visiting speakers on Friday 13th January 2016 were Peter Brisley ARPS and Sue O'Connell ARPS, EFIAP/s, DPAGB and BPE4* with their joint presentation "Travels Toward the Edge" Peter and Sue go to some less frequented destinations including a Worlds Heritage site deep in the Libyan Sahara, Cambodia, Java and India. Sue presented her pictures and short AV's in the first half and Peter with prints after the tea break. This was an excellent evening to be taken to some most unusual places.

Cheltenham Salon 2016
On Friday 6th January 2017 we viewed the 2016 Cheltenham Salon of Photography. This was brought to us, as last year, by Richard McCleery. We saw many projected images and the winners of the various categories. Several of our own members - Vanessa and Adrian Herring and Mike Martin's images were included in the presentation. A moat enjoyable evening.

Christmas Meeting
Friday 23rd December 2016 was the annual Fun Meeting! Members were asked to bring 6 prints - any size, mounted or unmounted. These were put into six piles and a knock-out competition took place, resulted in a win for BERNICE DEANE the second and third prints were from ARTHUR LEES
Landscapes won the day!
This was followed by a buffet supper and general chit-chat. More pictures eventually on the Social Page

On Friday 16th December the talk was "Exploring the strange world of Strip/Slit Photography" by JACK SUGDEN. This was a fascinating talk and would be familiar to people in the form of photo finish images from sporting events. Jake explained how the process works and showed many original pictures and the results using this technique.

Quarterly No.4 2016
The final Quarterly Competition for 2016 was held on Friday 9th December 2016 and was the first one organised most efficiently by our newly elected Competition Secretary, Hilary Kay. The judge was new to us at KPS, Ian Drake. Ian commented very carefully and thoughtfully on all the Prints and DPI's and I feel sure we shall see him again in a judging capacity at a future date.

Quarterly No.4 2016
Intermediate Class Prints

1st 'Evening light, Lake Bled' by Brenda Sparrow
2nd 'Ruby Crystal' by Brenda Sparrow
3rd ' Stalactites, Postjana Caves' by Brenda Sparrow

Quarterly No.4 2016 Open Class
Open Class Prints
1st 'Family Bible' by Derek Webber
2nd 'The Girl with Green Hair by Kevin James
3rd 'Lone Traveller' by John Sparrow

Open Class DPI's
1st 'Lip Eyes' by Mike Martin
2nd 'Fluffy' by Mike Martin
3rd 'Body Builder' by Bernice Deane

Iain McGowan FRPS
On Friday, 2nd December we welcomed Iain McGowan FRPS back to Kingswood PS with his talk "Straight from the Garden Shed" This was a fascinating talk consisting of prints covering many subjects, either as individual mounted prints or as Collages covering as many as 30 prints mounted on one board. Iain's enthusiasm for his subject was very evident and he allowed some of the small individual prints to be passed around the audience. Members were fascinated to learn that Iain doesn't use a computer, but prints straight from memory cards.

Our visitor on Friday 25th November 2016 was GILL CARDY FRPS, DPAGB, AFIAP with her talk 'The Path to Fellowship'
Gill explained how encouragement from many close friend led to her successful application for Fellowship in Natural History. We were shown many digitally projected pictures - some of which were scanned from slides - of excellent natural history pictures from many parts of the world. It was amusing to see a number of pictures of Gill actually in action on location and Members were keen to view the actual print panel during the coffee break.

Award to Glynnys Poole
Our entry to the WCPF organised 'KINGSWOOD SALVER' competition didn't win an award, but one of our prints - by GLYNNYS POOLE was awarded a Highly Commended. Glynnys is seen here with Geoff Nash, Chairman.

Clubman of the year - 2016
More correctly, this should be "Clubperson" of the year, and for 2016 the person selected by the committee was BRENDA SPARROW The trophy was presented during the AGM and Brenda is seen here receiving the trophy from Chairman Geoff Nash.

69th Annual General Meeting
The 69th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING was held on Friday 18th November 2016. Officers and Committee gave their reports and a new committee were elected. Details of the new committee may be found on the Officers Page.
Annual Exhibition - Prints
The Exhibition was held on Friday 11th November 2016 - the Judges were: Tony Byram,Hilary Britland and Ralph Snook.

Open Class.
Best Print in the Exhibition and:
1st Pictorial Category 'Dragon Queen' by Mike Martin
1st People Category 'Punk with Attitude' by Kevin James
1st Nature Category 'Egret with Catch' by Vanessa Herring
1st Applied Category 'Sunflower' by Kevin James

Best Monochrome Print in the Exhibition
'Letting off Steam' by Arthur Lees

Winner in the Intermediate Class
'The ATS Sergeant' by Brenda Sparrow
Annual Exhibition, Digitally Projected Images
No-one from the Intermediate class entered any DPI's, so these are OPEN Class

Best DPI in the Exhibition also
1st Pictorial Category. 'Casting the Next' by Sue Winkworth
1st People Category. 'Contemplation' by Mike Martin
1st Nature Category. 'Sri Lankan Elephant Water Play' by Adrian Herring
1st Applied Category. 'Poolbeg Lighthouse' by Bernice Deane

Annual Audio-Visual Forum
The Annual Audio-Visual Forum took place on Friday 4th November 2016. Members viewed, and hopefully enjoyed, contributions from Sue Winkworth, Arthur Lees and John Long, Technical problems prevented us from seeing work from Dave Bryan. We were also hoping to see some the late Valerie Rawling's work, but the computer didn't appear to want to run these from the CD.
For our meeting on Friday 28th October 2016, we welcomed a new visitor to KPS - VICKI BOULTER ARPS, DPAGB with her talk "Photography is Art"
Vicki had brought prints for display, but her talk was with projected images showing a combination of photographs together with Vicki's work in digital art. The before and after shots were most interesting and Vicki also showed how much of her art was created by making special brushes. Most of the photographs of children were fantasy shots where the children were shown playing the sort of person or hero they admired and then Vicki created a montage around that with the children playing a critical part in the composition. It was a most interesting evening!

Our visiting speaker on Friday 21st October 2016 was ANDREW WOOD LRPS, AFIAP with his talk 'Pocketmoney Photography' Andrew had divided his talk into sections, firstly showing his three most awarded images, then pictures of his favourite subjects including street photography, landscape, portrait and still life. After the break we were shown pictures from a recent visit to Bhutan. Some wonderful outdoor portraits of the people of that country together with landscapes and location photography. Andrew is passionate about his photography and this came over during the evening!

On Friday 14th October 2016 we welcomed the return of MARTIN FRY FRPS,EFIAP,AV-AFIAP,BPE3* APAGB with "The Cotswold Lad Returns" Martin led us through a journey from A and E - from Artist to Excellence, giving details of the requirements for FIAP Distinctions. We were treated to a number of fine Audio Visual presentations - I was particularly thrilled with a wonderful sequence of Autumn colours. Martin also showed individual images and indicated how improvements could be made by reducing certain colours within a picture, and how a slight crop can made all the difference

Presentation - Sue Winkworth
Chairman Geoff Nash presents Sue Winkworth with a Silver Medal and two Certificates from the PAGB for success with her image "Casting the Net"