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!).

CLUB CLASS

ADVANCED CLASS


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.

Natural History Competition

Once again, we have been blown away by the quality (and volume!) of images submitting into our TPS Natural History Competition!

Our judge, Steve Kingswell ARPS AFIAP, selected his favourite images and congratulations go out to:

PRINTS WINNER: Geoff Spriegel:

PRINTS WINNER: Brian Smith:

PDI WINNER: Geoff Spriegel:

PDI RUNNER-UP: Peter Veale:

All photo entries that scored 9 points or higher are now available to view in the shiny new Photo Galleries section of our website. Check them out, as well as the some of the highest scoring images from previous years.

And, the full scores are also now available from the results page.

Well done to everyone who took part. Your photos are truly inspiring!

TPS in the Community

TPS member, Jane Gautrey, has been helping inspire the children at the school where she works to have fun with photography.

Working with local photographer Kate York, Jane created the St Mary’s School Photography Competition. She then invited children at the school aged 8-11 years—and school staff members—to use some of their long summer holiday break to take photos across three categories: “Nature”, “Colour” and “Happy”.

This month, fellow TPS members Marcust Scott-Taggart and Allister Frost joined another local photographer to judge the entries. The quality and diversity of the images were really high and the children enjoyed this new challenge to get out flexing their creative minds to photograph the world around them. Jane even hosted a photography exhibition during the parents’ evenings to show off the children’s creativity behind the camera.

Photo Exhibition at St Mary’s School in Oxted

Both Marcus and Allister commented that seeing things through a child’s lens often presents a joyful new perspective of the world, bringing back memories of our own playful, care-free school years.

We’ve posted a few of the children’s winning images below. Please enjoy and get in touch if you think you could promote a similar initiative in your local community. It’s exciting helping the next generation discover a passion for the wonderful world of photography.

Join the TPS Waiting List

Join the TPS Waiting List

TPS is now at full capacity for membership, so we are maintaining a Waiting List for people who would like to join.

If you have a place on the waiting list, we’ll contact you as soon as a space becomes available. And, to keep things fair and simple, spaces are awarded to new members on a first-come-first-served basis, so the sooner you join the waiting list, the sooner we can get you in. It’s like queuing to get into a popular night club, but without all booming music and embarrassing jigging about at the end of the wait.

To secure your spot on the membership waiting list, please email our Club Secretary Jon Cowdock and he’ll allocate your place.

We love welcoming in as many new members as possible but cap our membership number to help maintain the friendly, welcoming atmosphere that makes TPS so special.

Thanks for your understanding and we hope we’ll be able to welcome you into our club very soon.