Our very own Social Secretary Danielle has been hard at work organising this year’s summer programme! She has arranged lots of wonderful photographic opportunities for you all to indulge in, and a few social events too! So check out the Programme for all the details!
You can also download the programme here!
SPS Summer Programme Season 2016-2017 DM
Well the new 2016/17 season has started and it was great to see everybody down the club house once again! I’m certainly looking forward to this seasons offering!
Competition Winners! 2015-16 Season.
Here are last years competition winners, can they hold on to their titles this year?
Novice Prints – Geraint Williams
Novice Projected Images – Robert Nurse
President’s Shield Novice – Geraint Williams
Advanced Prints – Chris Thurston
Advanced Projected Images – John Crouch
President’s Shield Advanced – Chris Thurston
Winner – Thomas Ashley
2nd – Dave Hill
3rd – Adele Gibson
Winner – Andy Hitchens
2nd – Thomas Ashley
3rd – Chris Ludwick
Winner – Nicola Scott
2nd – Nicola Scott
3rd – Jo Sowden
Arthur Ash Trophy
Winner – Adele Gibson
2nd – Mick Grayson
3rd – John Crouch
Portrait Photographer of the Year
Winner – Chris Pike
2nd – Tom Couch
3rd – Andre Riphagen
Photographer of the Year
Winner – Chris Pike
2nd – Chris Thurston
3rd – Jo Sowden
Jim Lucas Award for Best Images
Winner – Chris Thurston
2nd – Chris Pike
3rd – Jo Sowden
Monday September 21st at 7 45pm
We are going to have a very special night.
On the agenda the living legend that is
BOB NORRIS APAGB EFIAP
What can be said about this man.
Currently the President of the East Anglian Federation, Bob has been a major figure in the EAF for donkeys years. Likewise at Ware & D PS where he has been a member for 37 years. Loads and loads of wonderful photographic images, tips, anecdotes and just general all round knowledge which he will be sharing with you.
It’s going to be excellent!
We look forward to seeing you!
Monday September 14th
How To Use Your Camera
A very interesting and entertaining evening evolved on Monday and from the feedback everyone really enjoyed themselves. Lots of information being shared round, given and received, so many thanks to everyone involved for playing your part.
It would appear more of this would be appreciated so we will try to find ways to fit it into the programme. However, we do have a full and exciting season ahead and we will find plenty of avenues to develop and enjoy our photography.
Just look at this week’s event!
28th September 2015
Bea has a very exciting and
interesting evening planned for
Don’t forget to keep up to date with what’s happening in the club, locally, in the EAF, and in our big national and international world through the PAGB by checking the websites regularly.
You should also make sure you subscribe to their newsletters!
…and one last thing!
A useful video from YOUTUBE
The Stevenage Photographic Society kicked off its 41st year last night with the start of its 2015/16 season at our trusty community centre on the London road. It was a largely informal night and great to see so many regular faces returning for the new season and even more wonderful to see a good few new ones too! We offer our newcomers a warm welcome and hope that you all enjoy the club and get a lot out of it.
Our very own vice-chairman Mr Tony Brooks introduced the rest of our committee to the group which was followed by a brief rundown of whats to come with our extensive programme that has been put together by our talented programme secretary and news letter editor Mr Chris Thurston. Our exhibition secretary Chris Pike broke some amazing news about our planned exhibition this year, as he has secured space at the Gordon Craig theatre in town for the princely sum of nothing! So start putting all your images together as we have a real chance of absolutely packing it out with all your wonderful work. Don’t let him down! We had a quick run down on the new website and it’s new features which hopefully the club will embrace. A few of the members have already started uploading images so that we can get an impressive gallery going with members having their very own page if they wish!
So with the season underway, we are looking forward to all the events in store with the lectures, monthly competitions, studio nights, tutorials, advice, natters, and social nights. Welcome back everyone, (and newbies) and see you all next week for our collaborative ‘How to use your camera’ group session. Don’t forget to bring your cameras!
It’s that time of year, summer is all but done and September is upon us and so with it the new season starts. Last season saw a few changes to club nights and this season may see a few more.. We have lectures, competitions – internal and external, studio nights and much more to look forward to. It is always exciting to see new images and the quality that our members can produce. I’m sure we all want to be winning some plaudits and of course bragging rights especially in the external competitions..it’s about time SPS had some engraving done so…it’s up to us folks, we have the talent, we have the quality..let’s go win some trophies ! Of course though our main objective is to enjoy what we do, share some knowledge/share some laughs and try not to cry (even if a judge is just plain mean/blind/doesn’t like beards/scared of contemporary/longs for the days of slides..or any other reason to score you a 12/20).
Lets do this people..have a great season.
This last Monday saw the final SPS gathering of the season!
The club met for our AGM which ended with the members voting for our committee members for the next season. I for one retained my position as web guru and internet genius! Largely the committee members has remained the same with a couple of exceptions. Our very own Arthur Ash has stepped down as club vice chairperson after long and distinguished service, and we all thank Arthur for his time, effort and commitment that he has shown the club over many years and hope that he continues to enjoy the clubs programmes.
Tony Brooks steps in as our new vice chairperson having relinquished his position of social secretary which has been appointed to Jo Sowden. We wish Jo a very warm welcome to the committee and look forward to all that she can offer. Chris Pike has also taken on the unenviable task of organising the clubs exhibitions which enable you all to show off your photographic skills whilst promoting the club!
The evening ended with prize giving for the various competitions that have been run throughout the season with our winners being immortalised on the various cups and trophies. Very well done to all our winners!
So that’s it for the season, we wish everyone an enjoyable bank holiday weekend, and hope you all enjoy your summer break and we look forward to seeing you all for the new season come September! For those of you who can’t wait that long, then come along to our more informal summer season programme! Chris Thurston will keep you all up to date as usual with his newsletter and we hope to see as many of you as possible during the summer programme which kicks off on Monday June 1st at Fairlands Lakes for a nice photo walk with Des. The summer itinerary is as follows. (this will of course be updated on the website calendar programme.)
- 1st June – 19:30 – Fairlands Lakes photo walk with Des.
- 8th June – 19:30 – Back to basics with Chris Thurston – (Venue to be confirmed)
- 15th June – 19:30 – Ware photo walk taking in the church & river.
- 22nd June – Social evening at The Crown.
- 29th June – Country walk with Des.
- 6th July – Summer BBQ – The White Horse – Burnham Green.
- 13th July – 19:30 – Bowling!
- 20th July – Q&A Session with CT/PM/TA. (Venue to be confirmed)
- 27th July – Ruby Murray – (Curry night – details TBA)
- 3rd August – Bank Holiday (Newly invented – now cancelled – evening TBA)
- 10th August – Members choice!
- 17th August – The largest parish church in Herts – St Mary’s, Hitchin.
- 24th August – Old Town, Stevenage photo walk (period building) (pub crawl?!)
- 31st August – An actual Bank Holiday
- 7th September – NEW SEASON! WOOHOO!
John Crouch – Featuring Rob “Steampunk” Ryder
Thomas Ashley – Winner
John Crouch – With help from “Jason” aka Simon Cooper
I must tell you a funny story about this picture. One of our kitchen knives had gone missing for several weeks. It’s in a knife block, so it’s loss was noticeable and irritating. I was blaming Nic and Hilary. We were all puzzled. When this picture popped up last night, I remembered what I had done with it. It was in my props bag.
John Crouch -(my favourite)
Winner – Thomas Ashley – Miss Minoes
Judge – Dr John Law – Top Bloke!
The Oscars 2015 last night were a resounding success and terrific fun. Dr John Law treated us to an hour of his own wild and wacky photographs before judging the Movie Poster Competition. He did a marvellous job and kept us entertained all evening. He enjoyed the whole concept of the competition and declared that he couldn’t remember when he had had so much fun at a camera club. If someone could remind who did Pulp Fiction and Red Shoes I will update the page. Well done to all who entered. Really good fun. Congrats to Thomas for winning the prestigious Oscar and to Mick and Clare who picked up a Dr John Raspberry each. Many thanks to Adele for popping all that popcorn.
This print competition was well supported with a lovely selection of black and white prints with a couple of toned images as well. Our dapper judge was the excellent
Colin Southgate FRPS
Colin found a kind word for every entry and eventually decided on his top pictures.
A big well done to all who took part in this, the final monthly competition in the season.
Our last PDI competition of the season was held on Monday February 2nd and was judged by the lovely Barbara Lyddiatt. Barbara was a new judge to our club and it turned out that she had killed two birds with one stone while in Stevenage by visiting an online friend who lives in the town. Her friend, Sheila, runs the Stevenage Freegle group that some of you may have heard of. It’s a handy recycling group that find new homes for unwanted items.
I have delayed posting this review of the evening as I have been waiting for the images from the authors that won a twenty. They are still not forthcoming, so here are the winners anyway. They all got a twenty. It would have been nice to see their images as well, but I can’t post what I haven’t got. Well done to them and indeed to all who entered.
A very important announcement from
As part of a larger fund raising event I am going to get my beard and hair cut. Not trimmed but severely chopped. The purpose of this is to raise funds for the St John’s Hospice in Moggerhanger.
The event on the 24th of January is part of a larger fundraising challenge where Matt Givertz and his ex-wife, Sarah, will be driving a 1968 Morris Minor Traveller (Albert) to Mongolia and back.
So sponsor me now or come along to the event on the 24th January 2015 at Potton Market Square and watch the action as it unfolds and, if you want to donate even more, have go at helping the cut! Hair and beard cutting will start at around 1pm and go on for as long as it takes.
For more information on the event or to find out about Albert’s adventure go to Albert’s web site or Albert’s Mongolian Adventure on Facebook
Thankyou for your support
Ron has sent this link if you would like to sponsor him having his hair cut off. Don’t forget your balaclava, Ron!
We saw some incredible images last night at this annual inter-club competition.
Peter Warne was our expert guide this week into the world of Natural History with his lecture on
‘Finding Wildlife in Epping Forest’.
Peter provided a highly entertaining and informative evening for us as he led us through the wilds of Epping Forest with some wonderful photography, videocam and birdcalls!
There is clearly a lot more happening in the forest than we tend to realise!
Peter does have some photography workshops coming up which will be of major interest and as we get any information we’ll let you know, but in the meantime Peter is happy to be contacted at
Peter also has a Flickr page where you can see more of his work
Peter also suggests for nature workshops you may also be interested in
Portrait Photographer of the Year 2014 – Monday April 28th.
This year judged by Malcolm Tinn LRPS BPIPP.