We are delighted to announce yet another success within the society, Chris Deane has gained the Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society - we congratulate him on his success!

Our speaker on Friday 4th December 2015, was a 'long-time' friend of the society LEIGH PRESTON FRPS, MFIAP with his talk "The Great Divide" This was an essay on the USA, and was very thought provoking about the people and places in the States, especially the vast empty areas of Montana etc. The vast majority of the prints were made in the darkroom, many being Lith or Infra Red. This was Leigh's 14th or 15th visit to the society, the first being in the mid-eighties!

Exhibition Winners at Kingswood Library
This year we were fortunate to be able to show our Exhibition winning prints at Kingswood Library for two weeks. It is hoped that someone may be inspired to join us as a result!

Margaret Salisbury FRPS, MFIAP, FIPF, APAGB
On Friday 27th November, the eagerly awaited talk by Margaret Salisbury FRPS, MFIAP, FIPF, APAGB titled 'The Flying Dragon' was duly delivered. Margaret had us laughing one moment and almost crying the next with her description of her pictures from around the world. Margaret explained that in the last 15 years, she and her husband delighted in "SKI-ing" (Spending the Kids Inheritance) by visiting no less 32 different countries. In doing so the many poignant and emotional pictures were taken and we were delighted to be able to see these. An evening to be remembered.

68th Annual General Meeting
The AGM for 2015 was held on Friday 20th November, and the Officers and Committee are now as shown on the Officers Page of the website.
At the end of the meeting the "Clubman of the Year" trophy was presented to Glynnys Poole

Annual Exhibition - Open Class
The 66th Annual Member's Annual Exhibition was displayed on Friday 13th November 2015. The judges this year were Ted Wilson, Ken Hudson CPAGB and Martin Fry FRPS, APAGB

Prints People Category:
1st 'Enquiring Eyes" by Adrian Herring. Also awarded the Best Print in the Exhibition, also the Best Monochrome Print in the Exhibition
Pictorial Category:
1st 'Caught in the act' by Adrian Herring
Nature Category:
1st 'Tree Climbing Lion' by Vanessa Herring
Record/Applied Category:
1st 'Lincoln Cathedral' by Tony Withers

Record/Applied Category
1st 'Way Out' by Joanne Searle Also awarded the Best DPI in the Exhibition
Pictorial Category:
1st 'Pictures at an Exhibition' by Mike Martin
People Category:
1st 'Work enslaves us all' by Mike Martin
Nature Category:
1st 'Grey Wolf enjoying lunch' by Adrian Herring

Annual Exhibition, Intermediate Class
1st 'Determination' by David Dimond
2nd 'Dinner for Two' by Bernice Deane
3rd 'Girl in a Red Dress by David Dimond - this prints was also
awarded the cup for the Best Colour Print in the Exhibition.

1st Early Frost by Chris Deane
2nd Street Art by Bernice Deane
3rd What Next? by David Dimond

66th Annual Exhibition
The 66th Annual Exhibition was held on Friday 13th November 2015, and this is a photograph of the Cup Winners. (left to right)
Adrian Herring, Chris Deane, David Dimond, Vanessa Herring, Mike Martin and Joanne Searle. The young lady is Gracie, granddaughter of Joanne, kindly holding the heavy trophy for Nana!

It's also rather fun for the President making the awards!

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On Friday 6th November we were delighted to welcome Leo Rich ARPS, DPAGB, APAGB, EFIAP/g on his return, visiting us for the 7th time. Leo is admittedly a people photographer, but the first part of the evening he showed us quirky pictures taken in French towns and villages. Pictures , he said, which are not his normal style at all! He followed this with 'different' pictures taken on a safari in Africa. Later in the evening we returned to his stamping ground of India and we were shown people pictures coupled with many interesting nature shots.

On Friday 30th October we were delighted to welcome JAY CHARNOCK FRPS as a first time speaker. Jay delighted us with her pictures and her humour!
She stressed that she didn't have a special interest in any particular style of photography, but would photograph anything which pleased her. Assisted by her husband, she showed many subject and styles including alternative processes. It was an outstanding evening!
(with my apologies for the flare caused by the overhead lighting catching Jay's print, which I should have spotted when taking the picture!)

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Chairman's Evening
On Friday 23rd October, members enjoyed the Annual Chairman's Evening, and this year our Chairman GEOFF NASH presented his prints. Geoff is mainly a landscape photographer and we were shown both digital and darkroom prints of the USA, Canada and Chile. The majority were monochrome prints which included his ARPS Panel. Additionally,there were some wildlife and people pictures.

Evening meeting at Cabot Circus
On Friday 16th October, members met at Cabot Circus in Bristol. We were allowed to take pictures there, subject to certain restrictions. See the Social Page for pictures by Joanne Searle, two of which are displayed here.

Friday 9th October brought T0NY WOROBIEC FRPS to KPS on his fourth visit. His talk "The Art of Composition" illustrated some compelling thoughts including the fact that he does not use the word "rules" as he believes they do not exist!
His projected images indicated different styles and design structures - and in doing so showed many excellent photographs in the process.

Exhibition at Kingswood Library Oct 2015
Thanks to the members who gave me prints for this Exhibition. I have used at least one from everyone, and selected pictures which I thought might appeal to the general public.
The Exhibition is on display from Monday 5th - Saturday 17th October.

Mike Birbeck FRPS, FBPPA, FDPS
On Friday 2nd October, we welcomed Mike Birbeck FRPS, FBPPA, FDPS to KPS with his print talk 'The North of England' In this travelogue, we were shown to the North East, the Scottish Borders and the Lake District with colour and monochrome prints as recorded through the eyes of the photographer. A most interesting evening with lots of super prints of people and places.

Quarterly Competition No.3 Open
1st 'Enquiring Eyes' by Adrian Herring
2nd 'Into the Mist' by Elizabeth Restall
3rd 'Bug's Life' by Mike Martin

1st 'Rain Man' by Mike Martin
2nd 'Pictures at an Exhibition' by Mike Martin
3rd 'Papillon Passion' by Mike Martin

Quarterly Competition No.3 Intermediate
1st 'Birds on Weathervane' by Gordon Wilcock
2nd 'Shoe Washer' by Chris Deane
3rd 'View out of Plane Window' by Gordon Wilcock

1st 'Geyser Eruption' by Bernice Deane
2nd 'Tree Line' by Chris Deane
3rd 'Street art' by Bernice Deane

Quarterly Competition No.3.
Q3 took place on Friday 25th September and our judge for this event was JENNY COX, BA, ARPS
Jenny is from the Cardiff area and is a 'first-time' visitor to Kingswood P.S. - who dealt with our prints and DPI's with care and deliberation.
(The winning prints and DPI's will be uploaded as soon as I have them all in)

Dave Mason
Friday 18th September brought DAVE MASON on his second visit to the society with his talk "I Shoot People"
Dave is a dedicated 'street photographer' and has a keen eye for situations which will result in amusing, exciting or even sad photographs. His talk was divided into sections, all of which were most enjoyable to view. Coupled with amusing anecdotes it was a great evening.

Colin Trowe-Poole FRPS, FIPF, MPAGB
Yet another 'first-time' visitor to Kingswood PS on Friday 11th September in the person of
Colin Trowe-Poole FRPS, FIPF, MPAGB with his talk "Simply Mono"
This was an outstanding lecture, consisting entirely of monochrome prints, which delighted many of our members who are monochrome enthusiasts. We saw a variety of both darkroom and digital prints consisting of landscapes, graphic abstract images, street photography etc. After the break we were delighted to view Colin's 'A' panel and his 'F' panel.