Competition Report: Mono Prints Rounds 1

We kicked off our 2018-19 Monochrome Prints Competition in style on 15th November with guest judge Ken Scott ARPS explaining how monochrome images offer photographers wonderful opportunities to simplify their subject and focus the viewer’s attention where needed. And our TPS members’ images didn’t disappoint!

Ken praised the quality of images, particularly in the Club Class and, as always, had the challenging task of picking out his favourite prints of the night.

There were five perfect scorers and well-deserved congratulations go to Andrea Watson, Graham White, Simon Henderson, Peter O’Hare and Simon Bedwell.

The full scores are available here.

We’ve compiled the top scoring images in the galleries below for your enjoyment and, we hope, inspiration! Round 2 of our monochrome competition will be on 31st January 2019 so we’ve all plenty of time to shoot and print some magical images.

Well done to everyone who took part and we hope you took away some fresh ideas for your next photographic outing.

Now, please enjoy some truly stunning photos:



TPS Natural History Competition

The scores from our 2018-19 Natural History competition are now available here on our website and some of the highest scoring images can be viewed in our gallery.

Well done to everyone who took part; we enjoyed seeing some stunning images. Our judge, Bob Webzell ARPS EFIAP, had a busy night reviewing both PDIs and Prints, and the winning photographers and their images were:

PDI Winner: Barbara Witherington

Print Winner: Geoff Spriegel

Lovely work by some very talented TPS members! Isn’t the natural world incredible:-)

Our next internal competition will be Round 1 of the Monochrome Prints on 15th November and will be judged by Ken Scott ARPS. The deadline for PrintEntry submissions is Sunday 11th November. Don’t be late!

This week’s Natural History Competition

Barbara and Dominic, who manage our internal competitions at TPS, have confirmed that all submitted photos will be judged this Thursday. We have 41 PDIs (projected digital images) and 30 prints, so it will be a busy night for our guest judge Bob Webzell ARPS EFIAP.

As members will have learned from the recent email, the TPS committee agreed that, in exceptional circumstances, we may have to impose a tighter limit on the number of entries to some of our internal competitions. With our membership growing and so many enthusiastic members submitting wonderful photos, we occasionally have too many images to be fairly judged in the available 2-hour session. Helping our members create better images is what TPS is all about, so it’s important that our judges have sufficient time to give substantive feedback on every entry, not have to rush through their review because there’s an excessive number of entries.

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How to have a flutter and help TPS

As a volunteer-run local community initiative, TPS is always looking for new ways to raise funds to keep the club running smoothly. All our members pay an annual subscription which goes a long way to paying for hall hire, great speakers/judges and the equipment we need like our projector and screen. And then there is the cost of insurance, our event stands, PhotoEntry, and this website…

We’ve good news though. There’s one additional, super-easy way you can help TPS, and maybe win £25,000 in the process: by buying tickets to play the Tandridge Lottery from our special fundraising page at Entry costs £1 per line, with half of that money, 50p, being donated directly to TPS, and a further 10p going to other local good causes. There’s a random draw every Saturday night where you’ll have a chance to win a prize worth £3 to £25,000.

And TPS supporters often win, as we can see from this Saturday’s draw:

Since we started earlier this year, we’ve raised over £300 from the Tandridge Lottery, all thanks to TPS members who have generously bought tickets from our fundraising page. One anonymous winner even donated their £25 prize back to TPS 🙂

Thanks to everyone for your continued support, helping us keep TPS affordable and running smoothly so we can go from strength to strength. Go on, buy some tickets today. And good luck!

Colour Prints Round 1 – The Results

Phew! Thursday evening saw the first round of our 2018-19 Colour Prints Competition and we had a record* number of entries. Judge Don Morley had the gargantuan task of scoring 85 prints, 44 within Club Class and 41 in Advanced. Thanks for your help Don, and thanks too to Barbara and Dominic for their hard work managing the competition and recording the scores.

OK, let’s cut to the chase! You can now access our Round 1 image scores here and, if you’re a competitive creature, you can see where you stand after only one round in the overall standings table here. As a sports pundit would say, it’s early days, there’s everything to play for, and it’s a game of three rounds (or should that be two halves?) Every member has two more chances to submit two images so competition is wide open! Now is the perfect time to get out snapping some great images for Round 2 on 10th January.

We really enjoyed seeing so many stunning images and we’re grateful for Don’s constructive critiques and suggestions. Most importantly, we hope you enjoyed the evening and picked up a few tip and ideas for your next photographic adventure.

Let’s take a look at some of the judge’s favourite images. Well done to everyone, especially the six members (JaneG, MikeB, RehanaU, GaryC, PeterV and SimonB) who scored perfect 10s. You clever snappers!



Bravo to everyone, great work! Our next competition is Natural History on 25th October.  The deadline for your PhotoEntry submissions will be Sunday 21st October.

* In the absence of a comprehensive archive of all previous TPS competitions, I made that up! But, you know, it’s probably a record, it certainly felt like one!