SPA Print Competition

Breaking news, just in from Carole Mills and Clare Pickett. TPS took part in the SPA (Surrey Photographic Association) Inter-Club Print Competition, judged at East Horsley Village Hall on 23 November 2019.

We came 14th (out of 21 clubs) in the Open Print Category and 11th out of 18 club in the Nature Print Category, which, contrary to our recent track record, is definitely not last! Hurray!

To make life more interesting than it perhaps needs to be, scoring was out of 15 (why, oh why?!) and we had some notable high scorers.

Sarah Bedwell’s excellent ‘Shades of Winter’ scored 13 in the Open Print Category:

In the Nature Print Category, Geoff Spriegel grabbed a brace of high scorers, earning 12 for both ‘White Pelican, Greece’ and ‘Leopard, Serengeti’:

Other noteworthy high scorers in the Open print Category with 12 out of 15 were Jon Cowdock’s ‘Heading for Home’, Marie-Ange Bouchard’s ‘Proper Gander’ and Mike Barker’s ‘Platforms’.

In the Nature Print Category, Jeff Vianna also scored 12 out of 15 for ‘Juvenile Starling’.

Congratulations to all our TPS members whose prints were shown at the competition. Your images have already scored exceptionally well to have been selected for inclusion.

Thanks too to the TPS members who came to support on the day. We were made very welcome and our participation was noted.

Our next external competition will be the SPA Biennial Exhibition at Guildford and we’d like as many TPS members to enter individually as possible. More details to follow ahead of the deadline of 31st January 2020.

News from our Annual Tripartite Competition

Thanks to everyone who helped organise the annual Tripartite Competition evening yesterday. The event ran very smoothly and it was a pleasure to welcome friends from Sevenoaks and Old Coulsdon Camera Clubs. Once again, our friendly little club has done its bit to promote the joy of photography across the region – well done!

Now, before I get to the scores, it’s important to remember that it’s not the winning, it’s the taking part, that counts.

So, without further ado, how did TPS do?

We came third! Yay!

There’s no point trying to sugar-coat it. We came third out of three. Yes, we came last. It’s definitely the taking part that counts…

The honours and bragging rights went, once again, to Sevenoaks Camera Club who scored highest in the Prints competition and tied with Old Coulsdon in the PDI competition. Well done Sevenoaks!

It was a treat to see so many exceptionally high quality images presented, covering a very diverse range of subjects too.

Many of our TPS members’ photos received high scores from judge Rosemary Wilman. Special congratulations are due to the creators of the TPS images below – well done!


Can’t Catch Me by Colvin Hazzard, score 9.5/10
Evening at Eastbourne Pier by Barbara Witherington, score 8/10


Platforms by Mike Barker, score 10/10
Shades of Winter by Sarah Bedwell, score 8.5/10
In the Hall of the Mountain King by Simon Bedwell, score 8.5/10

Thanks for another great night of sharing and learning. We took part and, I’m sure we all agree, that’s the most important thing 😉

Next week we welcome multi-award-winning photographer Paul Mitchell FRPS for his guest talk “The Seeing Eye”. Join us to discover how to look beyond the obvious and develop more creative approaches to your photography. More info on our Events Page.

Mono Prints Awesomeness!

It was a joy to see so many excellent monochrome prints (68 to be precise) in the first round of our 2019-20 TPS competition.

Our judge, Zoe Garnham-Archer, gave some excellent advice to help improve composition, focus and print/mount quality, and we hope you feel inspired for the next round of the competition.

As always, the scores are not really that important. What matters is whether you learned something new and have fresh ideas for your next trip out with the camera (or rainy day inside with the printer!).

The scores are now published in their usual home, and I’ve collated the judge’s favourite images below.

Well done to our ‘ten out of ten’ scorers: Malcolm Field, Geoff Spriegel,, clare Pickett, and Sarah Bedwell (twice, show-off!).



Our next competition will be on Thursday 21st November when we’ll welcome members from Sevenoaks and Old Coulsdon to the White hHart Barn for our annual Tripartite Competition. The TPS entries have all beeen selected, and all we now need to do is turn up and cheer on their favourite club!

And then, just around the corner on 5th December (at the Baptist Church Hall), we’ll have round 2 of our PDI competition. Time to get out to take more photos!

Get Ready for Experts on Demand

On Thursday 7 November we’ll be at Godstone Baptist Church Hall (note to self: don’t go to the wrong place again…) for a special Experts on Demand evening.

While the accreditation of ‘Expert’ may seem a little exaggerated for some of us (note to self: don’t volunteer for expert sessions again…) we’re sure you’ll pick up plenty of helpful tips and tricks to accelerate your path to photographic superstardom. There will be everything from image post-processing to print matting, and film photography to colour workflow management.

Find out more about this special evening and discover what you need to do to prepare on our events listing. Most of our experts will be on hand to help on a first-come-first-served basis while a few others need you to submit PDIs or bring along prints so you can take part.