The Results – Special Series Mono Competition

Wow, I’ve missed monochrome images, haven’t you?! There’s something very special about stripping away the colours and focussing the eyes on pure, raw textures and really appreciating the way light falls on a subject.

Last night’s competition attracted a bumper crop of images, which our guest judge Paul Graber LRPS dutifully picked through to select his favourites.

The winning images in each of our classes were:

CLUB Class – Chris Cumming for Jazzy Spoons:

INTERMEDIATE Class –  Mike Barker for Olympic Park Pool Building:


ADVANCED Class – Marie-Ange Bouchard for At Sail By Moonlight:



Stunning photos by the TPS gang!

And, to wrap up, here’s a gallery of the highest scoring images, as selected by Paul Graber. Can you find inspiration here to create some magical mono images for our next competition?

Next week, we’re looking forward to thinking about printing (remember that?!) and picking up some top tips from our guest speaker from Permajet, the professional paper people. There will also be a special discount off of Permajet papers so if your store cupboard needs a top-up this could be the perfect event for you! See you there, 8pm on Thursday 29th April!

Stunning Panel Competition Winners

Congratulations today go to our fabulous TPS photographers who really impressed the guest judge at our annual TPS Panel Competition.

It’s a special challenge, finding three images that sit well together and convey a story or meaning that one image alone could not portray. That’s why we always enjoy our panel competition!

Here’s a selection of the judge’s favourite photo panels including the amazing winning panel from Clare Wigfield.

Well done Clare, stunning photos! And, for everyone else, give yourselves a generous pat on the back if you got a mention; lovely work all round!

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WINNER: Clare Wigfield – Water Fun

SECOND PLACE: Andrea Watson – Wild Things

THIRD PLACE: Simon Bedwell – Reflecting on Architecture

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Susan Potter – Calm Between the Storms

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Kirsti Brown – Make a Wish

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Dominic Murtagh – Bowl Bat Field

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Jon Cowdock – Winter Wonder in Miniature

Well done to all our TPS members who took part. We hope this was good practice for our year-long 21 in 21 challenge, which we’ll be discussing next week on April Fool’s Night! Plus we’ll have a series of ten minute talks from our members, exploring different aspects of their photography passion. See you there, 8pm on 1st April 2021.

Keep snapping!

The Bright Side – A TPS Set Subject Competition

Last night, Paul Parkinson LRPS CPAGB joined us at TPS to judge our set subject PDI (projected digital images) competition for images conveying “The Bright Side.”

We saw some lovely photos and enjoyed an epic Zoom cropping battle for which there was only ever going to be one winner! Our judge called out some image titles for not properly conveying the set subject or explaining the image contents; good advice that’s worth bearing in mind for future competitions, especially those with a set subject.

Thirty-five of our wonderful TPS members took part, giving Paul a substantial judging task. But judge he did and, after some careful reflection, two well-deserved joint winners were announced. Both were selected for their beautiful use of light, creating some magically atmospheric images.


Congratulations to Jan Yardley for her evocative photo “Filtered Sunlight”:

Jan Yardley - Filtered Sunlight

And well done too to our second joint winner John Howard for his magical shot “Evening light on the Taj Mahal”:

John Howard - Evening light on the Taj Mahal


With joint winners, there was just room left for a third place award, which goes to Brian Smith LRPS and his “Projections from the bright side”:

Brian Smith - Projections from the brightside

Well done to everyone who took part. Paul also picked out three images to be Highly Commended and another three that were Commended.

Check out all the award winners in the gallery below:

Don’t forget, we’ve our Not Out & About this Sunday. Contact Dominic if you’d like to take part and visit our special Flickr page for inspiration from recent challenges.

And next week, we’ve a one-of-a-kind talk from our resident judge, expert and travel guru John Nathan, when he’ll be sharing some of his favourite images from the fascinating country of Japan. See you all there in the usual place, 8pm on 18th March 2021. Bring your own snacks and a bottle 😉

“Timeless” Set Subject Competition

“Timeless” Set Subject Competition

Last night saw the judging our our latest set subject competition at TPS, where photos had to relate to the subject “Timeless”. This proved a challenging subject, with a wide interpretation from our members. This gave our guest judge, Sheila Haycox ARPS MPAGB EFIAP, some headaches in selecting her favourite images! Sheila noted there were several excellent images that didn’t make her shortlist, not for a lack of photographic merit but for not tying in to the set subject as well as other images.

Sheila pulled through though, shortlisting a whopping 14 entries, with five commended, six highly commended and three top placed winners.

Bravo to Clare Pickett LRPS for her beautiful winning photo entitled ‘Memories are timeless treasures’.

And well done to everyone who took part and thank you for sharing your photographic creativity with the rest of the club. Thanks too to Sheila for sharing her expert opinion 🙂

Here’s a gallery of our judge’s favourite images from the night. Hover over the images to see how they scored and click to enlarge and explore deeper.

Next week, we’ve another homegrown event with Jon Cowdock and Mike Barker sharing their experience of using non-subscription software for their photo editing. We’ll be exploring DxO Photolab 4, On1Photo Raw, and Affinity. Why not take a look at some of these packages this week and come armed with questions for our resident experts? It all kicks off at 8pm on Thursday 25th February. See you there!

TPS Triumphs in the 2021 Epsom Invitation Challenge

TPS enjoyed some late Valentine’s Day love on 15th February when we came first place in the 2021 Epsom Invitation Challenge! Hurray!

The competition, between five regional camera clubs, placed ten images from each club under close scrutiny by expert photography judge Roger Reynolds HonFRPS APAGB FBPPA FBPE. Each image was awarded a score out of ten, giving a maximum possible score of 100 points.

TPS won with 86 points, just half a point ahead of second placed Chichester Camera Club. But we’re calling that a landslide win, because we can!

And we got a certificate which is, of course, digital. But it looks very pretty in a virtual frame like this:

TPS Winner Certificate

In fact, the TPS photos were so beautiful, I think it’s best we appreciate them in a proper gallery, just like in the olden days. Take a look around:

If you’d like to inspect any of the images more closely, here’s a clickthrough gallery:

BIG CONGRATULATIONS to our TPS photographers whose images generated such positive praise from the judge:

  • Sarah Bedwell LRPS
  • Peter Beard
  • Jan Yardley
  • Marie-Ange Bouchard ARPS CPAGB
  • Geoff Spriegel
  • Gary Comber
  • Clare Pickett LRPS
  • Simon Bedwell LRPS

Magical stuff! Well done TPS 🙂