The Scores – PDI Competition Round 3

We are very sorry we had to cancel our planned TPS event on 12th March while we carefully monitored government advice about how to manage public events. Thank you for your understanding as we demonstrate an abundance of caution to help keep all our TPS members safe while the Coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads. We’ll issue further updates about future meetings as soon as possible; watch this space…

There is some good news though! Our judge, Simon Van Orden, very kindly agreed to judge your PDI entries remotely, awarding each image the customary score out of 10, as well as detailed comments on his reflections. We are hugely grateful to Simon for helping out so generously.

So that means we have some scores… and some winners… and some 2019-2020 champions to announce!

You can find the scores awarded by the judge for each image on our results page.

Here are the judge’s favourite Club Class images:

Here are the judge’s favourite Advanced Class images:

Congratulations to everyone whose images appear above. This means you scored 9 points or more, yay! Here’s a virtual round of applause, just for you, please join in:

(random people clapping yesterday)

Good clapping everyone! Now please wash your hands for longer than the applause lasted.

Like me, you’re probably wondering why your image got the score it did, so please download the document below to read the judge’s comments:

With the Round Three scores in, we are now delighted to announce the final standings in our 2019-2020 PDI Competitions.


Congratulations to our Club Class winner Gary Coomber with a spectacular 38.0 points and also to our runner up Peter Beard with 37.5. You both produced some stunning images in this year’s competitions and deserve your well-earned promotion into the Advanced Class for next season – bravo!


Congratulations go to our joint winners Clare Pickett LRPS and Marie-Ange Bouchard ARPS CPAGB. Phenomenal scores and beautiful photography. We’re proud to have such talented photographers in our club.

You can see the full league tables on our results page.

(and now, in true virtual style, please be brave and leave a comment below for our winners!)

The PDI competition is now concluded for 2019-20 but it will be back again in 2020-21, so get out now and start taking more lovely photos. And if you find yourself in self-isolation over the coming weeks, why not challenge yourself to take a few interesting, unexpected photos from around your home? Every spare moment is an opportunity to practise your love of photography.

More news will follow on the plans for future TPS meetings. For now, stay safe and happy,… and please wash your hands!

TPS Meeting Cancelled 12th March 2020

Change of plan

After much discussion, the TPS committee has decided that we should cancel the TPS meeting of 12th March 2020.

It seems highly likely that public health advice regarding public gatherings is being – or is about to be – tightened up. Your Committee members are particularly concerned not to put our members at risk, especially those in vulnerable groups or with existing medical conditions.

We will now take stock in light of the developing position and updates to the public health advice, and issue further information by email to all members about future scheduled meetings.

We apologise for any disappointment this may cause and ask for your understanding and support of our goal to keep all members safe during this difficult time.

Stay safe and happy, and keep snapping 🙂


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The Alex Braid Panel Competition

We only run our panel competition once a year so it’s always an interesting challenge for our TPS members. The goal is to put together a set of three images with a unifying theme or style so they work well together as a collection.

This year our judge was Jay Charnock FRPS, assessing images across three categories: Colour Prints, Mono Prints and PDIs. The standard was high as always and we loved seeing your work.

Given the consistently high standard, Jay elected to award joint winner status in two categories. A special shout out goes to Sarah and Brian for both winning in two categories, bravo!

Here, for your enjoyment, are the winning panels from each of the three competition categories. Click any panel images to see them in their full glory:

Colour Prints

Joint Winner: Sarah Bedwell LRPS, Shades of the Cyclades

Joint Winner: Brian Smith LRPS, Urban Geometry

Monochrome Prints

Winner: Sarah Bedwell LRPS, Ebb and Flow

PDIs (Projected Digital Images)

Joint Winner: Barbara Witherington, Millennium Bridge

Joint Winner: Brian Smith LRPS, Inside The Lighthouse

Next week, on 27th February 2020, we’re excited to welcome guest speaker, Slawek Staszczuk, a landscape photography specialist. Slawek will be talking about how he uses light and careful timing to capture powerful outdoor images. For full details see our events page.

Guest Speaker – Lisa Beaney, sponsored by Sony

This week at TPS we’re excited to host a special guest talk by Sussex-based professional photographer, Lisa Beaney.

In recent years, Lisa has been cataloguing the fascinating project to restore Sir Malcolm Campbell’s hydroplane powerboat Bluebird K3. The vessel set three world water speed records before being partially dismantled and mothballed when work began on the K4..

The Bluebird K3, Italy 1937

Lisa worked with the team at Filching Manor in East Sussex, cataloguing every stage in the complex project to restore Bluebird K3 to working order. original boat was restored at Filching Manor in East Sussex and is now in full working order, although with a smaller engine than was used in the world record setting runs.

We are grateful to Sony for sponsoring this talk and Lisa will be bringing along some of her Sony kit to show our members the impressive capabilities of the latest range of cameras and lenses.

This event is free to attend for TPS members and £5 for visitors and guests. Full details can be found on our events page.

Croydon Event: Wratten Lecture 2020

Rays and Shadows, Corfe Castle – Copyright Mark Bauer

Our friends at Croydon Camera Club are celebrating 130 years since the club’s inauguration this year. To mark the occasion, they’re hosting a special Wratten Lecture 2020 with celebrated landscape photographer Mark Bauer.

Mark is one of the UK’s leading landscape photographers, specialising in creating atmospheric images of the South West of England. In his talk he will explore how outdoor photographers can work with the different qualities of light throughout the day.

TPS members and guests are invited to join the talk on 18th March 2020 at 8pm in the main hall of the Shirley Methodist Church, Eldon Avenue, Croydon CR0 8SD.

Admission is £5 per person and tickets can be requested by contacting the Club Secretary by email or by ‘snail mail’ post to Croydon Camera Club, c/o 72A Shirley Avenue, Croydon CR0 7EP.

Why not buddy up with a fellow TPS member and share a ride together?