It was good to see so many of you online for the opening meeting of our 2021-22 season. As explained, we start the season with a hybrid approach involving both online and physical meetings. We’re aiming for a 50/50 split so that, whether you feel comfortable about returning to physical meetings or not at this stage, there’s something for everyone in our new season programme.
While no-one can give any absolute guarantee on safety, we’ve taken some major steps to make our physical meetings as safe as we possibly can in the current environment. First, our meetings will take place in a bigger and airier venue than our usual ‘home’ at the White Hart Barn. Second, we’ve developed a safe meetings code which we are asking all those attending to adhere to. TPS Safe Meetings Code.
We look forward to welcoming those of you who intend to come along next Thursday. It will be our first physical meeting since the beginning of March last year, so it will be great to meet up again. We’ve lined up a super guest speaker to get us under way – Stephen Leslie is a London-based photographer who brings his own special approach to the Street Photography genre. You can find out more about him and see some of his work on his website Stephen Leslie, but here’s a little preview to whet your appetite! Look out for the email with final versions of the venue directions and the safe meetings code in the next few days and we look forward to seeing you on the 16th!
TPS Out and About, Lingfield (Photo Credit – Dominic Murtagh)
Well we made it through an unusual season, responding to the pandemic and its risks and restrictions with a full programme of online events, supplemented with our biggest ever programme of out and about activities, enabling us to socialise and photograph together in small groups outdoors. Thank you all for staying with us!
As the schools break up, we now enter a different kind of summer. Some will be determined to travel, others are focusing their attention as never before on the beauty and variety to be enjoyed closer to home. Dominic Murtagh will continue to put in place regular ‘Out and About’ opportunities through the summer months, but we really do need more of you to offer to lead these events to add to the variety of ideas.
In the background, your Committee is working hard to review the options for the season ahead and to find the best way through the ongoing uncertainty. While – with thanks to Simon Bedwell – we now have an almost complete programme of Thursday evening events in place for the new season we’re holding back a little on sharing those details, and on starting the membership renewals round, in the hope that a few extra weeks will enable us to give you all a clearer picture of our plans. We hope that as many of you as possible will be able to join us for the special online meeting on 29 July where we will present our findings so far, and you have the opportunity to air your thoughts and hear how others are feeling before we firm up the plan for how and where to hold the new season’s meetings.
In the meantime, make the most of the weather while it lasts, and enjoy your summer photography!
Our (very) Special Series competition drew to a close this week with the third and final round of images under the topic “Taken in 2021”. With the raiding of the archives off limits, TPS photographers sought out their favourite images from the first five months of 2021, and the diversity of images was remarkable!
Thanks to our guest judge Cherry Larcombe EFIAP ARPS DPAGB BPE*5, for stepping us through the many entries and selecting the winners.
There was one winning image in each of our three classes. Here they are:
CLUB Class – Andrea Watson for Storm force:
INTERMEDIATE Class – Chris Fenton for Isolation Bubble:
ADVANCED Class – Marie-Ange Bouchard ARPS CPAGB for Drawn into the Picture:
Some fabulous images there, and very worthy winners!
Before we get to the overall winners of our Special Series Competition, here’s a gallery of the highest scoring images (9 points or more), as chosen by our guest judge:
[Click to enlarge, hover to see the score]
And so that brings us to the overall winners of our TPS Special Series 2021 competition. After three hotly-contested rounds, the winners are:
CLUB CLASS: Marcel Wizenberg (27.5 points)
INTERMEDIATE CLASS: Mike Barker (28.5 points)
ADVANCED CLASS: Marie-Ange Bouchard ARPS CPAGB (30 points – wow, and two judge’s favourites!!!)
A big bravo to all three of our class winners and a thank you to everyone who stretched themselves to take part in our Special Series 2021 competition. We hope you had fun and picked up some great tips for your next photography adventure.
The final league tables are now available on our competitions page at http://tandridgephotographicsociety.org.uk/wptest55/2021-special-series-pdi-league-tables/.
Is this the end of vTPS?
While we await further guidance on in-person meetings, we’re keeping all options open. With luck, we hope to be welcoming many TPS friends back to our regular meet-ups in Godstone next season. We’re also planning several Out & Abouts and meet-ups over the summer so stay tuned to your inbox and this website for updates.
Next week we’ve our AGM (Annual General Meeting) and an opportunity to hear updates from the committee, learn about some changes for next season and to have your say in some important club decisions that need to be made. Oh, and we’ll also have an opportunity to recognise some special achievements and award winners from our 2020-21 season.
Please could all TPS members be sure to join from 8pm on Thursday 10th June.
Until then, keep snapping!
We’ve just added league tables for our TPS Special Series PDI competitions to our website and with two rounds completed things are heating up!
You can consult the full tables on our results pages.
In Club Class, we’ve four fabulous photographers vying for first place with ChrisC, DavidW, KirstiB and StephenW all tied on 18 points. And MarcelW’s just half a point behind in fifth place! Everything hinges on our final round “Taken in 21” which will be judged on 3rd June.
In Intermediate Class, MikeB has established a lead with a perfect score of 20 points, including the judge’s winning image in round 1 (Mono). A lead like that will take some catching but the ever-brilliant BarbaraW, ChrisF and JanY are close behind on 18 points.
In Advanced Class, MarieAngeB has also scored a perfect 20 points and bagged the judge’s favourite image in round 1 (Mono). But it’s not over yet with the talented ClareP close behind on 18.5 points and sharpshooter PeterB in third place on 18 points.
So, as they say in the sporting world, there’s still everything to play for. Can our leaders hang on to romp home victorious, will a close contender smash it out of the park in round 3, or will there be a shock resurgence from a surprise package?
There’s only one way to find out! Get involved, enter your best photo into round 3 by Sunday 30th May, and let’s get ready to rumble on 3rd June!
Good luck to all our players!