Welcome to our first Newsletter of 2020. I hope the varied presenters I have so far booked for this year will give you some inspiration to charge up your camera batteries and get out there, or perhaps experiment indoors to take some awesome images. We have a Members evening in March and another later in the year where you will get a chance to show them.

We had a very entertaining Christmas competition meeting on the 18th December. Rob Bonfield was our judge who did a fine job critiquing all our images that were ‘Inspired by a Book Title’. The final three images he chose were Rick’s ‘Papillon’, Rosie’s ‘The Last Templar’ and Pete’s ‘Riders’. We then voted for our favourite. Rick got the most votes, Rosie 2nd and Pete 3rd. We then enjoyed a nice buffet afterwards, provided by the pub.

Next Meeting
Wednesday, 15th January at 8.00pm upstairs at The Bell Inn, Hampton TW12 2EA
Ian Brash CPAGB BPE2*: PIMS – in partnership with Pat Couder CPAGB BPE1* – A digital presentation based on a series of photographic challenges

P.I.M.S. stands for the Pat Ian and Mike show which develops during the talk. The presentation is something a bit different – a collection of images taken as part of monthly challenges on set themes, and only shot indoors. Their ‘before and after’ images will be shown and they will explain “how we did it”, with member participation along the way.
This promises to be a fun evening with audience participation.

Reminder to Members re Exhibition Prints: Please bring your mounted prints to this 15th January meeting, with the title and your name on the back of each, making sure there are no sticky or rough bits on them that could damage other prints. See David’s 10th December email to you with details and generous offer to print and mount your six images for £35 the set. He will email you an entry form shortly.

Next Month
Wednesday, 19th February – Rene de Heer:  Diaries of a nature photographer, around the world in 90 minutes.
Rene is a local photographer based in Hampton. He travels a lot through Europe in search for his images and writes diaries about his travels which you can find on his website. These diaries are read a lot by other nature photographers that are looking for interesting locations. Based on these diaries he has created this presentation. It tells the story about the countries he has visited, the hides, how he goes about finding the places and of course the images he takes. If you are interested in bird photography, this one is not to be missed.

ANNUAL EXHIBITION OF MEMBERS’ PRINTS at Teddington and Hampton Libraries

Friday, 7th February, 6.30 for 7pm: Open View at Teddington Library, Waldegrave Road, TW11 8NY – Refreshments provided
Recipients of this newsletter are invited to come along. In addition, attendees on the evening are asked to vote for the best set of six images, not the set containing their preferred image, and the person who gets most votes will be given a photography book as a prize. Attendees are also requested to vote for their favourite print as part of the public vote during the Exhibition.

Saturday 8th to Saturday, 29th February: exhibition open to the public at Teddington Library
The public can vote for their favourite print; these votes plus the votes at Hampton will be combined and the winner will receive the Exhibition Trophy.

Monday 2nd to Saturday, 21st March: exhibition at Hampton Library, Rosehill, Hampton TW12 2AB – this will be the first time we have exhibited here; and again the public can vote for their favourite print.

Wednesday, 18th March: Our Annual General Meeting and selection of Members’ Digital Photos for SPA Competition.
Members: we would be grateful for volunteers to join our Committee to take over from existing members; they would be pleased to explain the duties involved.

We plan to spend the second half of the evening looking at each other’s photos submitted for inclusion in the Society’s entries into the SPA inter-club PDI championship in May.  Members present will vote for the best 16 images for “Open” and 8 images for “Nature” categories.  David will email details.

Wednesday, 15th AprilChris Hutchinson, an SPA speaker, of Yateley Camera Club ‘Landscape with Figures’

Wednesday 20th May: Simon Van-Orden, an SPA Judge, will return to present his Gorilla and other African wildlife images.

31st January is the deadline for emailing PDI’s and PDI’s of prints to the SPA. Penny will collect the prints early February. 5 categories: Colour, Nature and Monochrome Prints; Open and Nature PDIs. Selected photos will be shown at the Guildford House Gallery 3-25 April. David will email details.

Here’s a great photographic opportunity:
Light Installations at Canary Wharf – 16-25 January, 4-10pm
Details in website: https://canarywharf.com/arts-eve…/…/winter-lights-jan-2020/…

Hope to see as many members as possible to support our club and our guest presenters.

Wishing you all a very happy & healthy New Year.

Programme Co-ordinator