Welcome to our third Newsletter of 2020.  We are continuing with Meetings until the Government / PHE / NHS advice is to suspend them.

The 2020 HHPS Exhibition is now open at Hampton Library.

It transferred from Teddington Library on 29th February and will remain on display until 21st March 2020.  (See further information later on in the newsletter).
Next Meeting
Wednesday, 18th March 2020 8pm at The Bell Inn: Society AGM. Also, selection of Members’ Digital Photos for SPA Competition.

This is the AGM for members of the Society where the Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer will present their annual reports to those members present.
Members will then re-elect existing Committee members and/or nominate new members. This AGM is the end of the 2-year term served by Committee members
Members: we would be grateful for volunteers to join our Committee to take over from existing Committee Members.
We expect the AGM not to last too long!  So, we have enough time in the remainder of the evening to select images from those submitted by Members 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.  Members will have received emails explaining how to upload their maximum six images for each.  You can see the complete new for 2020 rules on the SPA’s website: https://surreypa.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/SPA-Inter-club-PDI-Championship-Rules-May-2020.pdf
Sad News
Our Member Chris Hicks died last month. Chris had been suffering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma for almost 2 years but despite that he became an active member of our Society.  He took part regularly in our Meetings and contributing to our competition and picture sharing.  We shall miss him and his humour very much!
Other News
Three of our Members (Gökhan Darcan, Judy Hicks and David Hicks) have had a photograph each accepted into the SPA’s Biennial Exhibition in Guildford.

‘Majestic’ photo © Gökhan Darcan
The Exhibition runs from Saturday 4th to Saturday 25th April 2020 and further details are here: https://surreypa.org.uk/ SPA is holding its 2020 Biennial Awards Dinner on Friday 3rd April 2020 in Reigate. 
Further details are here: https://surreypa.org.uk/
Last Month’s Meeting
Last month we had a talk from Rene de Heer: Diaries of a Nature Photographer, around the world in 90 minutes. Rene not only presented a wide range of images of birds, but he also showed us the tricks used to get such stunning shots from hides.  He also showed a few images of other animals.  We also realised the dedication needed to spend all day in space that was definitely not big enough to “swing a cat” and not being able to go outside for any reason until the shoot was over!
Next Month’s Meeting
Wednesday, 15th April 2020 8pm at The Bell Inn: Chris Hutchinson ‘Landscape with Figures’

The talk is about how to photograph the human body in new ways.  The body is, after all, one of the commonest things around – we’ve all got one.  I majored on doing it underwater.
Warning:  The talk contains nudity!
Current and future events
Annual Exhibition of Members’ Prints at Hampton Library: 2nd until 21st March 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.
May Meeting: Wednesday 20th May: Simon Van-Orden, an SPA Judge, will return to present his ‘Gorilla and other African wildlife’ images.
75th Anniversaries of VE day and VJ Day:  There will be a number of events to celebrate these on 8th – 9th May and 14th – 16th August respectively
27th June 2020 Windsor VE / VJ 75th Anniversary Parade Public · Hosted by Windsor 2020 VE / VJ 75th Anniversary A unique one off event parading through the Royal Borough of Windsor.
This is an event of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead with organisational support from the Royal British Legion Riders, The Rifles Living History Society, Military Vehicle Trust and Home Front History.
Times TBC
Hope to see as many members as possible at our meetings to support our club and our guest presenters.
Chairman, HHPS