The TPS Natural History Competition Winners

Last night saw the judging of our annual Natural History Competition at TPS. It’s a tough brief, to take a well-balanced, interesting photo of something from the natural world, depicted perfectly in its natural environment. Photos of Dave the Dachshund in the back garden are definitely out, but that still leaves an enormous variety of options for our intrepid army of photographers.

And our TPS members didn’t disappoint! We saw spiders, mallards, woodpeckers and woodlice, as well as few more exotic beasts. Plus, of course, some fabulous plants, rocks and fungi. Isn’t nature great?!

Thanks to our judge, David Carine LRPS, we have a winner of our 2020-21 Natural History Competition and that honour goes to Jon Cowdock LRPS for his stunning image of a Migrant Hawker Dragonfly. Well done Jon!

Migrant Hawker Dragonfly – Aeshna mixta by Jon Cowdock LRPS

We also had some very close runners up. In second pace was Geoff Spriegel with this delightful image of a cheetah and cub:

Cheetah and Cub on Termite Mound by Geoff Spriegel

And in third place was this dramatic image of elephant seals fighting by John Nathan ARPS:

Elephant Seals Fighting in Snowstorm by John Nathan ARPS

The full scores are available from our Competition Results page.

Thanks to everyone who took part. We hope you enjoyed the evening and feel inspired to capture some of the wonders of our natural world, maybe in readiness for next year’s competition.

Next week we’ve a guest speaker joining us over Zoom at vTPS. Paul Graber LRPS will be making the case for monochrome. Even with fancy digital cameras that can capture millions of colours, sometimes monochrome is all an image needs. For full event details visit our Events Listing, and join us from 8pm on Thursday for another inspirational evening at TPS. We look forward to seeing you there!

PS Don’t forget to put your clocks back this weekend. By my calculations, I reckon we all get a whole extra hour to capture some lovely photos!

The TPS Creative Photography Competition

It’s become a staple of the TPS calendar, and we now look forward to letting our photographers loose to express their creativity.

Now in it’s third year, the TPS Creative Photography Competition, inspired by the generous support of our legendary TPS stalwart John Nathan ARPS, invites members to share a photo that demonstrates their creativity. Unshackled from some of the usual constraints of club competitions, it’s a case of almost “anything goes” and the variety on display is always remarkable.

Last night’s competition was judged by Bob Webzell ARPS EFIAP of Brighton & Hove PS. Each member was allowed to enter just one image and Bob shared his interpretation of each image and picked out his favourites.

This year’s winner of the Tandridge Creative Cup for “Creative Photography” is Andrea Watson for her evocative, thought-provoking image entitled The Art Buyer.

First Place:

The Art Buyer by Andrea Watson

Well done Andrea, loving your work!

And there were plenty of other great images selected for honours by our guest judge. Congratulations to all the talented and creative photographers who feature below.

Second Place:

Face Mask Rules by Angela Mance

Third Place:

A lot on his mind by Kirsti Brown

Highly Commended:

Two Takes on Me by Chris Mance
Recession by Peter Veale


Groundworks by Steve Elms
Lights by Rehana Uddin

Next week at TPS we have the fabulous Heather Angel as our guest speaker. Heather is a firm favourite at TPS and always manages to share great techniques and the inspiring thought processes behind her images. Join in on Zoom from 8pm next Thursday.

Oh, and don’t forget, we have some socially-distanced ‘Out & Abouts’ very soon too. Check out the Events Calendar for full details.

Competition News – PDI Round 1 – Results

We had a large and “Zoomy” turnout for our first internal club competition of the season and were delighted to be joined by a virtual Don Morley as our guest judge.

With three competition classes to run through—a first for TPS— it was a busy night. We’re grateful to Don for keeping us on track and doing a sterling job of picking through 58 images to select his favourites.

There were some *stunning* photos for us all to enjoy! And, as always, lots of great ideas about how some images could be improved or presented differently. If you took part, no matter what score your image received, we hope you picked up to some ideas for your next photo session and feel inspired to do more with your camera.

Well done in particular to our newest TPS members who all took part and scored highly for their very first club competition. Nice work!

I’ve collated a selection of the highest scoring images from last night’s competition. Every picture in the galleries below scored 9 points or more so they are all fabulous 👏 Bravo if your image appears below:

Club Class

Intermediate Class

Advanced Class

You can access full scores and some very primitive league tables (!) on our competitions results page. And remember, at this early stage of the season, if you’re feeling as sick as a parrot, there’s still everything to play for, you’ve got to take it one game at a time, it’s a game of two halves (?!) and it’s a bit early to park the bus. Other sporting clichés may also apply.

Coming up in October at TPS we’ve a friendly photo critique evening, some fabulous guest speakers, and two more competitions. We’re cramming it in!

Don’t forget to upload your images to PhotoEntry, both for the critique evening and for our upcoming PDI competitions. Good luck!

What’s on the TPS (perfectly level) horizon?

Oct 2020
01 October 2020
vTPS Online Meeting,

Friendly Photo Critique For All

Here's a nice way to explore ways to improve your photos with the help of your TPS friends and some of our resident experts. Our friendly photo critique evenings allow members to submit photos for which they'd like some advice or tips. Whether it's composition or editing advice, our experienced photographers will share suggestions and […]

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08 October 2020
vTPS Online Meeting,

Set Subject Competition – Creative Photography

Join us for another Zoom-based evening of TPS member photos in PDI (projected digital image) format, this time all aligned to the John Nathan Cup theme of "Creative Photography". Full instructions on how to enter these competitions will be provided ahead of the event and entries must be submitted via PhotoEntry by midnight on the […]

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11 October 2020

Medway Valley Walk

This is a 5k riverside walk along a short section of the Medway Valley Walk, between Teston Country Park and East Farleigh, taking in the locks and weirs and historic bridges at both locations, the canoe pass at Teston, a selection of river craft moored at East Farleigh, and a rural stretch of river between […]

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11 October 2020

Medway Valley Walk

This is a 5k riverside walk along a short section of the Medway Valley Walk, between Teston Country Park and East Farleigh, taking in the locks and weirs and historic bridges at both locations, the canoe pass at Teston, a selection of river craft moored at East Farleigh and a rural stretch of river between […]

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13 October 2020

Sheffield Park

Sheffield Park (Uckfield, TN22 3QX) is a National Trust garden renowned as a horticultural work of art formed through centuries of landscape design, with influences of 'Capability' Brown and Humphry Repton. Four lakes form the heart of the garden, with paths circulating through the glades and wooded areas surrounding them. The Autumn colours are usually […]

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Support TPS and win a staycation!

Just when you thought the Tandridge Lottery couldn’t get any more exciting (!), they’ve upped the ante and are offering a Family Forest Staycation in an upcoming prize draw.

As a reminder, 60% of all funds raised from the Tandridge Lottery go to local good causes. And if you choose to support TPS (and, frankly, why wouldn’t you?!), 50% of your ticket price comes directly to the club to help us bring in more great speakers and host special events for our members.

The lottery draws take place every Saturday and one lucky player is guaranteed to win a Forest Holidays Staycation in the draw on 31st October. There’s also a £25,000 jackpot prize in every draw.

If you would like to support TPS and other local good causes, sign up for some tickets today from our special link:

Or simply visit

Thank you and good luck!

The 2020-21 TPS Programme of Events

We’ve now added even more details of our 2020-21 programme of events to our Events Calendar and we’d love you to take a look.

Given the current Covid-19 restrictions, we’re working on the assumption that all TPS meetings up to the end of 2020 will take place online through Zoom Meetings. We’ll be complementing these with plenty of socially-distanced Out & Abouts to give members opportunities to meet up in person and take a few snaps.

After Christmas, well, it’s anyone’s guess what we’ll be allowed to do! But we’re hoping we’ll get back to in-person meetings, if on a slightly smaller scale if social distancing rules still apply. So, for now, we’re planning for selected 2021 meetings to be in person at our usual venues, with a backup that we may have to switch them to online or hybrid (part on-site, part online) gatherings if needed.

With all this in mind, the programme is currently about a rigid as a jelly in an earthquake! But at least we’ve all got something to aim for and some fabulous guest speakers and friendly competitions to stretch our photographic minds. Big thanks to Simon for helping pull together an awesome programme!

Don’t forget, vTPS kicks off at 8pm on 10th September with our special welcome evening where we’ll run through the first half of the 2020-21 programme, update members on the latest developments, and happily welcome a few new faces from our waiting list 🔓

Annual subs are now due. If you haven’t paid, please do so quickly to secure your place!

See you all on 10th September.

Until then, keep snapping! 😎📸