Congratulations on a wonderful ARPS panel

Hearty (excusing the terrible pun) congratulations are due to Chrissie Hart who has recently been awarded ARPS for a wonderful panel of fifteen images entitled "The Rabbit in my Garden" accompanied with the following Statement of Intent:


The Rabbit Hole in my Garden


Like Alice’s rabbit hole, my 60ft square garden is my doorway to an alternative place.


To most gardeners, many insects are ugly pests to be despised and destroyed, but in my safe fairy tale landscape they are beautiful, fantastical creatures living in a parallel world; an alternative world that exists only in my imagination.


The treatment that I have given my subjects; the wonderful shades, tones and colours that I have applied and the paper I have chosen enhances their beauty and, I hope, will allow you to share my vision and see them as I see them; whimsical, romantic and intriguing.


Come, drink from my bottle, and I will take you on a journey through this realm and introduce you to some of the characters that inhabit my curious wonderland.


Come take my hand…..

External Events
It's always worth attending any of these events as you will see the cream of work from around the Federation.

Annual Print & PDI Battle with Ipswich & District PS - Monday 16th April

This event was a close fought battle with Ipswich resulting in a one-point victory for the opposition. At the half time break after all the prints had been shown to judge Howard King, Ipswich were one point in the lead. The second half consisted of PDIs and was a draw.

CPS members scores can be seen here.

Maldon Challenge Trophy Sat 7th April - Judged by Mike Fuller.


This event run by the Maldon Camera club reached its sixtieth anniversary this year a point which Vic referred to in his speech on accepting the winning trophy for the fourth year running for the club.

There was some consternation among the CPS members present at the event during the judges summary of each clubs panels. In his review of CPS prints he passed over Roy's "Sisters" without comment whilst still giving well deserved Merit awards to Derek Howes "Egret Family Feeding" and Colin Westgate's "Village Girl, India" together with  "Mountain Light, Iceland". Reasoning was revealed however when the announcement of the best print of the competition was revealed to be Roy's print "Sisters".

Two further Merit awards were awarded in the Digital section of competition for Robert Macdonald's "Red Fox Ponders in Deep Snow" and Marny Macdonald's "Golden Eagle with Prey".



































Coming up ........

The EAF Exhibition

The accepted images will be displayed at Wingfield Barns, Church Road, Wingfield, Eye, Suffolk, IP21 5RA  from Saturday 5th May to Sunday 20th May 2018. Official opening by the EAF President on Saturday 5th May at 2.00 pm.


Sudbury Shield. Thu 24th May 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Prints / PDI’s at Long Melford village hall, Hall Street, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 9JG.

Prints (Four Monochrome, Four Colour)    
(1 to 4: Monochrome Prints; 5 to 8: Colour Prints)    
Title Author Score
1.    Sisters Roy Essery MPAGB 10
2.    Lionesses Drinking Marny Macdonald DPAGB 8.5
3.    The Girl, a Coke Bottle and the Face of Dior Martin Heathcote CPAGB 8.5
4.    Mountain Light, Iceland Colin Westgate FRPS MFIAP MPAGB 9.5
5.    Dalmation Pelicans in a Tranquil Setting Derek Howes DPAGB 8
6.    Egret Family Feeding Derek Howes DPAGB 9.5
7.    Morning Wash Roy Essery MPAGB 8.5
8.    Village Girl, India Colin Westgate FRPS MFIAP MPAGB 9.5
Digital Projected Images    
Title Author  
1.    Cow Love Norbert Kiss 8
2.    On a Cornish Beach Lynn Rix DPAGB 9
3.    Tranquil Sunrise Martin Heathcote CPAGB 9
4.    Red Fur Fox Ponders in Deep Snow Robert Macdonald DPAGB 9.5
5.    Golden Eagle with Prey Marny Macdonald DPAGB 10
6.    Marmalade Hoverfly on Scabious Ben Heather CPAGB 9

Mersea Island Challenge Trophy 2018 Group 1 & Final results

Colchester Round 2 - February 6

Four tens were given by Judge Ron Tear amongst our images submitted for judging in
Group 1 of the Mersea Island Challenge Trophy last night. This helped the club beat off the challenges from some very well known clubs that are in our round, the nearest rival being North Norfolk who achieved 85.5 points as against the club’s 90 points. Equal thirds were Wakefield and East Ipswich.

There were a considerable number of images from the other clubs that had been seen in last Sundays EAF PDI Trophy contest and whilst there were a variety of images from other genres, nature images were prevalent. Score-sheet can be viewed here.

Three rounds have taken place to date and a further three rounds are to follow. Scores for past rounds can be seen here.


Our thanks again to those members whose images are being displayed in this contest and who have helped the club to a win in this round against some stiff opposition and to Steve for keeping the scores and supplying the result sheet promptly.

North Norfolk Round 4 - February 21st - Judged by David Steel DPAGB
Well done to East Ipswich, but we did increase our lead over North Norfolk. Well done Roy on achieving one of the only two tens. Scores for this and past rounds to date can be seen here.


Wakefield Round 5 - February 27th - Judged by Howard Tate MA (Phot) ARPS AFIAP.

Here you can access the updated group score sheet from the Wakefield round where you will see that our lead in Group 1 has been extended.


XRR Round 6 - March 7th - Judged by Chris Palmer

Here are the updated match and combined score sheets for Group 1.  Colchester had another win and, subject to ratification, the three clubs which will go through to compete in the final at Mersea Island on 5th April.


Final  April 5th result judged by Barbie Lindsey can be found here.



Sunday 4th March 2018

At the EAF Print Championships, where we missed out representing the EAF by one point last year by the break this year we were cautiously optimistic as we were lying joint second with Cambridge after the Beyond Group who as usual were leading the way. Our scores had been boosted by the only fifteen of the first half having been awarded to Roy’s image, Sisters. Having been carried through to the second half with some above average scores for our other entries during the first part of the competition we were sadly not able to maintain our position during the second half. At the end we had finished fifth behind Beyond Group in first place, Cambridge in second, who in a count back had just edged out Ware in a third and PICO who finished fourth. Our spirits however were lifted when it came to the judges choice of best images as Roy’s image Sisters won the overall award for the best print of the competition.
Cambridge Camera Club and Beyond group are automatically invited to represent the EAF at the PAGB Print Club Championship in Blackburn on 28th October 2018.  In addition, Ware & District Photographic Society and the Photographic Imaging Co-operative (PICO) will be invited to join them.
Our congratulations go to Roy who sadly was not able to be there to accept his award due to feeling unwell on the day and thanks again to all those other members whose prints showed that the club is a force to be reckoned with in competitions in East Anglia. CPS individual scores, judges personal selections and EAF final positions and finishing scores are to be found here.


Colin was pleased to present Roy with his award from the EAF Print Championships at our club meeting the following Tuesday. Roy had in fact also learnt that weekend, of success at the Southampton International Exhibition. At one of the largest salons in the UK catering for prints and digital images that is open to both professional and amateurs Roy obtained three acceptances in the mono print class of the 105th Southampton International Exhibition 2018. They were “Just Chilling” for which he was also awarded a SCC Medal, “Foggy Stand of Trees”, and an SCC Certificate for “Aladdin”. In addition, he also obtained an acceptance in the Colour Prints with “Beached Dinghy” and two acceptances in the Open Digital section with “Honeymoon Cottage” and “Hard Times”.

All the prize-winning images will be exhibited on the lower shopping floor of the central atrium of Southampton’s Westquay Shopping Centre from 23rd-25th March. This is an opportunity to see not only Roy's images but some of the best prints in the world at the moment.

Tuesday 6th March 2018 - Braintree Shield Monochrome Print Competition 2018

Judged by Paul Raddon - LRPS DPAGB EFIAP PSA2
This competition has been running since at least 1987 and involves 12 local clubs, each submitting 6 monochrome prints. Judge for the evening was EAF President, Paul Radden, who commented on the good standard of work entered. Vic was in attendance to witness another win and successful competition not only for the Club but also for Roy who was awarded a new trophy donated by the immediate past Chairman of Braintree Camera Club, Mike Childs, for the Best Print for his image "Sisters".

Our thanks to those whose prints were used and whose individual scores can be found here

and the eleven participant clubs scores here.

The Club 'Project'

Due to the relative unpopularity of the set subject or themed competition evenings, it was decided that, from this season they were no longer to be included in the programme. Instead, a subject for an ongoing ‘project’ would be chosen, and this season it is ‘Street Photography’ (see page 5 in this edition of the inFocus newsletter).

The idea is that those wishing to take part will produce images as and when they wish, and will have the opportunity to present some of these on a special club evening on May 1st.

Images can also be posted on the Society’s Flickr and Facebook pages (see page 2 in this edition of the inFocus newsletter to see how to do this). Our annual competition with Colchester twin town Wetzlar (Germany) also has the theme ‘Street Photography’ this year, so in March, members will be invited to submit images for consideration to represent the club.
This idea is designed to get you out-there with your camera and then hopefully to share with us of some of your efforts at a special showing on 1st May.

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Coming up

April 24th 2018


Monochrome Print Competition No.3

7.30 pm -10.00

Judge: Mike Fuller



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