Local club's digital boost

Contributed by editor on May 11, 2006 - 04:24 PM




On Friday 5th May, we held our Annual Dinner and Awards Night, which concludes our very successful 2005\2006 photographic season.

Folkestone Camera Club winners

It was a very successful evening with our guest speaker, Mr John Smith a retired Meteorologist giving us a very interesting talk about his work and experiences in Antarctica, and I know we all could have listened to him and seen more of his slides, for a lot longer. After his speech, we asked him to present the awards to the winners of the various trophies, which were:-

Len Charles Trophy
(Holiday Task –slides with commentary)
Ian Stone

Peter Heritage Trophy
(Set Subject –Modern Technology)
Pam Wraight

Reg Walker Trophy 
(Best of This Seasons Slides)
Bill Grudgings 

St Aubyns Trophy 
(Best Landscape Print)
Frank Barraclough

Challenge Trophy
(Highest Scorer in Slides & Prints in all Competitions)
David Hughes

Nigel Winter Trophy
Audio Visual Presentation
Melanie Chalk joint with Robert Brisley ARPS

Annual Exhibition 
(via Digital Disc)
Pam Wraight


NOVICE - Eric Frankland
INTERMEDIATE - Melanie Chalk
ADVANCED - Ian Stone

NOVICE - Sue Cowell
INTERMEDIATE - Melanie Chalk
ADVANCED - Dave Turner

MONOCHROME - David Hughes 
ADVANCED - David Hughes

OPEN - Robert Brisley ARPS

This Dinner ended a terrific season with many new members boosting our membership to 81, which also means a change of venue for next season due to the increase and packed hall! Although we hear of some other Camera Clubs folding or struggling to keep up membership, we have increased ours by 50% this year – mainly due to the digital technology.

We have won three major Batles this year:- these being the 
Annual Eurotunnel Trophy Battle with Gateway, Deal and Canterbury Camera Clubs. The 11 way Malling Shield Battle of the Slides between Sittingbourne, Sevenoaks, Invicta, Reflex, Staplehurst, Malling, Gravesend, Parkwood, Tovil, Bexleyheath and ourselves, and the 4-way Battle with Gateway, Tovil and Deal Camera Clubs.

For the first time we held our Annual Exhibition of Photographs on digital disc, which was sent to America to be judged by Barbara Miller FPSA PPSA EFIAP. a top photographer, and affiliated to the Photographic Society of America (P.S.A.) the American equivalent of our Photographic Alliance of Great Britain.

Many of the above winning photographs, including the Exhibition, can be seen on our website at along with many Links to Photography related and other Shops

Next season Folkestone Camera Club celebrates it’s centenary as it has been running since 1906 with just two short breaks for the two world wars.

The A.G.M. will be held in July and we hope all our members will attend.

The new season commences in September, at the new venue, St. Georges Church, Shorncliffe Road, Folkestone at 7.45 p.m. Further information can be found on our website or telephone Jenny Barraclough (Press Officer) 01303 245399.