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?

Day trip idea: Visit Steve Best’s Exhibition

Jimmy Carr Backstage
Jimmy Carr, Copyright Steve Best

Did you enjoy Steve Best’s entertaining take on photography at TPS last night?

Steve’s enjoyed privileged backstage access to many great comedians and, thanks to his trusty Leica* Fujifilm cameras, has captured some magical images of the mystical process behind making people laugh.

His exhibition is on at The Observatory Photography Gallery at 64 Marchmont Street,London WC1N 1AB until 30th April. Be sure to check it out; details are here.

And, if you missed out on Steve’s books last night, visit his website at to grab a copy while stocks last.

* you had to be there…

Help TPS in the Surrey Advertiser Rosebowl Challenge 2020

Here’s a short notice opportunity for TPS members to have a photo featured in our entry into the Surrey Advertiser Rosebowl Challenge. But hurry, entries must be received by Sunday 9th February!

We’re putting together a five image (PDI) panel on the theme of ‘Monochrome Street Photography’. Please check through your photography back catalogue and pick out your favourite black & white (not tinted) images that match the theme and submit your images via the usual PhotoEntry route.

Normal image size rules apply, but please do not include borders around your images.

Clare and Carole will then be tasked with creating a nice, consistent panel of images, each from a different photographer, to represent TPS in the competition which will be judged in Woking on 10th March.

Here’s the deep link to submit your images (PhotoEntry login required):

Thanks and good luck!

PS Check out the previous years’ winners on the Woking Photographic Society page.