8 X 8 Trophy - 15th October 2019

External Events

It would seem the selection committee have had a good start to inter-club competitions this season as many members witnessed another win for Colchester in the 8 X 8 Trophy competition.

Great Notley not only took second place but “Girl With The Ruff” an image from their member Natasha Spalding was Barbie Lindsay’s choice of the best print in the competition.

Our thanks to all those members whose images went forward for this competition and to
members that helped with the running of the event and those that provided all the food for our guests for the evening.

Full results and individual scores collated by Chrissie Hart can be found here.


Dave Greenwood of Great Notley accepting the award for best print on behalf of Natasha Spalding.

The Trophy being presented to our President and External Competitions Secretary.

Chelmsford's Panel of Six Inter-Club Competition - 12th October 2019


This competition that was appraised by Clive Tanner FRPS MPAGB APAGB from Kent attracted a crop of entries that were of a higher quality than had been seen in previous years.

Success came to Chrissie Hart with her “Birds on a Wire” panel which was highly commended, depicting Swallows perching on barbed wire that the judge felt had been patiently watched and photographed with great skill.

Also highly commended was a panel by Anne Miles from Cambridge showing
in-camera double exposure images of Henry Moore’s sculptures and “Speed”,
a panel of motorcycles in action with stylised backgrounds by Jane Barrett of Benfleet Camera Club.

The competition was won by Roger Hance FRPS from Ipswich & District Photographic Society with action images from the ITTF World Table Tennis Championshps. See Roger's panel here.

The panel that was placed second was entitled “Swan Lake” by Robin Orraw from Wayland & District Photographic club that depicted the courtship of Swans.

Third, in the competition was a panel entitled “Love to Dance” depicting a ballet dancer by an Sally Freeman from Chelmsford Camera Club.

Halstead International Twin Town PDI competition - 3rd October 2019

The Mayors from Halstead and Braintree in addition to a representative of the Twinning Association were in attendance to witness Colchester’s success at this competition which was appraised by Peter Norris AFIAP DPAGB BPE4* and sponsored by London Camera Exchange.

Peter Norris chose Derek Howes “Caiman Tossing a Fish” as the best image of the evening which was one of only two images awarded twenty, the other being Marney MacDonald’s “Gentoo Penguin Surfing to shore”.
Our thanks to all those members whose images went forward for this competition and to the members that attended the event.

Complete score sheet can be viewed here.


Other participating Clubs were:

- Braintree Camera Club

- Halstead & District Photographic Society

- Photo Cine Club Haubourdinois

- Photo-Club de Pierrefitte

- FotoFreunde Wetzlar

Images and score sheet kindly supplied by HDPS members

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Salons, Exhibitions and Circuits


Images submitted are judged to standards set by whomever they have received patronage from and a week or two later, the results for the salon are published. Photos that have won awards, commendations or honourable mentions are then sent certificates, small trophies/medals and in rare cases a salon may offer cash prizes. The rest of the images are either accepted or declined and each photographer is given a report card showing how well they did.

The notion of an acceptance is an important one as the goal of most photographers entering a salon is to earn acceptances. This means your photograph is officially recorded as meeting a minimum standard by the salon judges and they want to include it in that year's suite of exhibited images. The letters after photographer's names come from and indicate how "successful" someone has been in salons over time.

Frome Wessex Salon of Photography - Closing date 3rd November 2019


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Workshop / Demonstration Day with Paul Gallagher

On this one day workshop, PAUL GALLAGHER will cover aspects of post processing and image editing using Adobe Camera RAW, Lightroom and

Photoshop. You will learn important considerations you need to make throughout your digital work flow, to arrive at a superb image file ready to print or publish.
Digital files of support notes will be available afterwards to those who attend the day, which will save the problem of trying to take notes and then missing the next vital step, hint or tip!
REFRESHMENTS - morning coffee/tea with biscuits and afternoon tea/coffee with cake will be

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Lunchtime including drinks, food, sandwiches and soup. Hot meals may also be pre-ordered

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