Eddy and Pam Lane ARPS,DPAGB,AFIAP
On Friday 11th March 2016. our visitors were Eddy and Pam Lane both ARPS,DPAGB,AFIAP with their talk 'In the Footsteps of Shackleton' This was a very exciting travel talk describing their travels in the Antarctic illustrated by both DPI's and prints. We saw many excellent wildlife pictures,especially birds and penguins and like most members present I was most surprised at how many different penguins there are. At the end of the evening we were 'tested' on our ability to identify them!!

On Friday 4th March 2016 our speaker was TONY GERVIS FRPS with his talk "My American Dream" Tony last visited us in 1998. This was a quick-fire talk showing over 800 images from his very frequent visits to the USA. He has been to every State and over 200 National or State Parks. Tony has also been granted freedom to photograph at five of American's top Rodeos.

Quarterly Competition No.1 2016
The first of our Quarterly Competitions was held on Friday 26th February 2016 and our Judge was SANDIE COX ARPS, DPAGB,who gave a very comprehensive commentary on our work. The results are shown below.

Q1 2016 Open Class
Q1 2016 was held on Friday 26th February 2016

1st 'Punk with Attitude' by Kevin James
2nd 'Bulgarian Shepherd' by Adrian Herring
3rd 'Dragon Queen' by Mike Martin

1st 'Cormorant Fisherman' by Sue Winkworth
2nd 'Solo Sunbather' by Adrian Herring
3rd 'Young Female Kestral' by Kevin James

Q1 2016 Intermediate Class
The First Quarterly Competition was held on Friday 26th February 2016.

Intermediate Class - Prints (there were no Intermediate DPI's)

1st The ATS Sergeant by Brenda Sparrow
2nd Georgliannas Paramoir by Rachael Woolley

John Chamberlin FRPS, MFIAP, APAGB
On Friday 19th February 2016, we welcomed John Chamberlin FRPS, MFIAP, APAGB
with one of his talk illustrated by birds, animals and landscapes from many parts of the world. John first came to Kingswood PS in July 1982 and has been coming almost every year since. Yet another fascinating evening with wonderful pictures.

Day at Slimbridge, 16th February 2016
After days of rain it was a pleasure to be presented with a day of cloudless skies for our trip to Slimbridge. After lunch we all went our own way around this beautiful park visiting the areas that interested us the most. All sorts of wild birds and, of course, the otters giving their usual comical display. Everyone had a very enjoyable day before making their way home. Thanks to Hilary Kay, our Social Secretary, for organising this event

We congratulate Gordon on attaining the LRPS

Joanne Searle and Gordon Wilcock
Friday 12th February 2016. The speakers this evening were two of our own members - JOANNE SEARLE and GORDON WILCOCK
Joanne presented her LRPS, ARPS and AWPF panels, followed by a selection of prints which had been accepted in numerous national exhibitions. Later Gordon displayed many of his earlier examples of bird photography, followed by his recently attained LRPS panel, telling us how each print was selected for use in the panel and some of the problems he encountered along the way.

February 5th 2016 brought VINCE CATER to talk to us on the subject of 'From Capture to Output' Vince is from FOTOSPEED - the company where most of us purchase our paper for printing photographs. The talk took us through the minefield of colour management and the correct way to create and use profiles for the printing our "masterpieces!" Vince also showed A3 specimen sheets of different surfaces.
Vince was ably assisted by John Herlinger, founder of the company. The photograph below shows Vince left and John on the right

Studio Evening One
The first Studio Evening of the year was held on Friday 29th January and was a tutorial evening given by our member Mike Martin We had a model and Mike proceeded to demonstrate different styles of lighting. The camera was tethered via a laptop to a large display screen to enable members to view the portraits taken. We were shown different lighting techniques including Key, Broad, accent, rim, feathered and Rembrandt. This was a most informative evening, and Mike was assisted by Kevin Poole who acted as his "roadie" The model "Eric" was a good looking but very silent chap!

On Friday 22nd January 2016 another new speaker to our Society DERWENT PAMPHILON ARPS, AFIAP presented 'People, Movement and Interesting Places'
Derwent displayed a board-full of prints, featuring Portraits and Dance and his main talk being with DPI's. Amongst other subjects there was a series on derelict places including Art Nudes in these locations, both in the UK and on the continent. All in all a fascinating evening.

Sandie Cox ARPS, DPAGB
Another 'first time' speaker joined us on Friday 15th January, Sandie Cox ARPS, DPAGB presented "This, that & Wildlife" a most interesting print talk. In the first half Sandie showed some of her early work, mostly landscapes, people and wildlife pictures, and finishing with her successful 'A' panel. After coffee, we were entertained with mostly wildlife pictures from the Artic, The Antarctic, India, Alaska and Africa. Bears in Alaska, Polar bears in the Arctic, penguins in the Antarctic and so much more. A great evening!

Steve Dury ARPS, DPAGB
Our first meeting of 2016 on Friday 8th January was a unique talk by Steve Dury ARPS, DPAGB titled FAST FORWARD TO 1642
During the first part of the evening Steve showed prints illustrating his interests of music, old derelict buildings, creative portraiture and many others. However, after coffee and introduced by a dry-ice machine - he appeared in the uniform of a soldier in Henry Tilliers Regiment of Foot from the Sealed Knot Group. Steve was accompanied by Sue Williams who was dressed as a Drummer in the same Reginemt. We were shown a great many prints of Sealed Knot events. This was indeed a unique evening!

Christmas Quiz and Supper
Our final meeting this year - Friday December 18th - consisted of a quiz, teams of six. Decided we must be an uneducated bunch - the winning team only scored 23 out of 60 !!
However, we DID have an enjoyable supper afterwards - lots of excellent food and nibbles.
Photo courtesy of Dave Rumsam

Finals of our Quarterly Competitions for 2015
The Judge for Quarterly Competition No.4 was Terry Walters from Swindon. He dealt with prints and DPI's in a very efficient manner telling us that he did't "do soft" but needed prints and images to be "sharp" He gave interesting comments on all the Prints and DPI's and particularly praised our Intermediate work.

At the end of the evening, the President John Long presented the trophies. The winners for the year were as follows:

Intermediate Prints: Gordon Wilcock
Intermediate DPI's: Bernice Deane
Open Prints: Vanessa Herring
Open DPI's; Mike Martin.

The winner of the Creative Tankard for all the Quarterlies plus the Annual Exhibition was Mike Martin

AS photograph can be seen below.
Quarterly Competition No.4. OPEN
Results in the OPEN CLASS were as follows:
1st 'Low Light on the Trunks' by Elizabeth Restall
2nd 'Links and Leaves' by Bruce Gibbs
3rd 'Old Faithfull' by Vanessa Herring

1st 'Midday Cowboy' by Hilary Kay
2nd 'Sentinel' by Mike Martin
3rd 'Christmas Cheer' by Sue Winkworth

Quarterly Competition No.4 INTERMEDIATE
The final competition of 2015 resulted as follows:
1st 'The Driver' by David Dimond
2nd 'Heron Preening' by Gordon Wilcock
3rd 'Ellie' by Chris Deane

1st 'Ornate Window' by Chris Deane
2nd 'Calm before the storm' by Bernice Deane

We offer our congratulations to JOHN SPARROW on his successful Panel of prints which gained him an LRPS.

Cup Winners, Quarterly Competitions 2015
End of the Competition year the 4th Quarterly results revealed. The overall winners were: (left to right) Mike Martin (Open Prints and the Creative Tankard), Bernice Deane(Intermediate DPI's), Vanessa Herring (Open DPI's) and Gordon Wilcock (Intermediate Prints}