The Club has four Club competitions each year plus occasional set subject and open competitions. A ‘Best of Year’ competition is held each December with the Greenwood Trophy awarded for the best print and the COLAB Trophy for best digital image.
All digital entries for club competitions should be sent to Dianne Wills, email CompetitionSecretaryDPIs
Print competition entry titles should be sent to Bob Edwards, email CompetitionSecretaryPrints
We enter competitions against other clubs within the South London Federation and also take part in a friendly digial competition against Beckenham Photographic Society competing for the Chislehurst Cup and also a colour print and digital image competition against Gravesend Camera Club .
What you need to know: Who are our past winners:
The Colour Prints (CP2) competition, Monday, was on 5th November at Carshalton CC and judged by David Eastley. The winners were Beckenham with 73.5 marks (4x10's + 9.5), 2nd Orpington on 69, with Greenwood in 6th place on 60.5. Our top marks were 'Snowfall' by Sue Potter (8.5) and 8's for 'Salt fish' by Alan Russ, 'Dusty teasel' by Berenice Chan and 'Tobermory' by Bob Edwards.
The Plate 3 competition for Colour Prints was at Croydon on 6th February and judged by Tim Moreland. Old Coulsdon were the winners on 73 marks, Bromley 2nd on 71 with Greenwood on a dissapointing 61 marks. Alan Russ was our top scorer with 'Salt fish', who also score 8 with 'Beached' and there were 8's for 'Dusty teasel' by Berenice Chan and 'Tobermory' by Bob Edwards.
Our first Projected Digital Image competition (PD2) was on 22nd October at South London P. S. and our judge for the evening was Martin Faiers.
It wasn't a high scoring competition with the winners Orpington PS scoring 68, Carshalton 2nd on 66; with Greenwood scoring 56.5. Our best image was a well captured shot of the 'Red Arrows' by Bob Edwards which received a 9 and a Certificate.
The Plate 2 competition was re-arranged for Friday, 22nd February at Selsdon CC and judged by Andy Smith LRPS CPAGB. The competition was won by Aperture Woolwich with 72.5 marks with Greenwood second on 69.5 and one of our best results in recent years. Our top marks were 9.5 for 'Perfect pleats' by Dianne Wills and 'The Gardener' by Sue Potter who both received a Ceretificate and followed up by 9's for 'Looking At The Past' by Alan Russ and Open to show' by Tony Collins.
Prints - top score of 10 was awarded for 'Beachy Head' and 'Hastings pier' both by Sue Potter; 9.5's for 'Hurricane over Leeds Castle' by Bob Edwards and 'Zyah' by Sue Potter. DPI's - top score (10) was awarded for 'Pram boy' by Alan Russ, 'The money tree' by Peter Richards, 'Head Ledge, Beachy Head' by Sue Potter; 'Reach for the Sky' and 'The 12.48 to Tenterden' both by Bob Edwards, and 'Fairfield sky' by Sue Potter all received 9.5; with 9's awarded for 'Puddle vision' by Berenice, 'Twin towers' and 'Contemplation' both by David Bacon and 'Alpine view' by Dianne Wills.
We welcomed back Philip Pound LRPS to judge our Best of year competitions.
In the prints there were 15 entries with the top mark of 10 awarded for 'Zyah' by Sue Potter and winner of the Greenwood Cup. 10's were also awarded for 'Skull' by Alan Russ; 'A bleak walk' by Bob Edwards; and 'That worried look' by Mike Wood.
In the DPI's (22 entries) the winner of the Colab Trophy was again Sue Potter with her image of 'Head Ledge, Beachy Head'. Other images receiving 10's were 'Pram Boy' by Alan Russ; 'Girl with red bag' by Bob Edwards; 'Seaside special' by David Bacon; and 'Just nice in the shade' by Mike Wood.
Members also enjoyed seasonal refreshments of mince pies and sausage rolls.
It was John Nathan's first visit to the club and gave an entertaining and informative appreciation of the competition images.
Prints - 10's were awarded to 'Battle of Britain icons' by Bob Edwards and 'Gnarled' by Sue Potter, with 9.5 awarded to Mick Wood for 'Having a preen' and 9 for 'Waiting at the station' by Sue Potter.
DPI's - 10's were awarded to Bob Edwards for 'Girl with Red Bag' and 'Infinity at the Beach' by Sue Potter; and 9.5's were awarded for 'Bengal Tiger' by Bob Edwards, 'Reflected towers' by David Bacon and 'Setting Sail' by Richard King.
We welcomed back Andy Smith to the club who gives encouraging and thoughtful comments and understanding of the images put before him.
Prints - it was a limited panel with a top mark of 10 awarded for 'The tunnel' and 'Fishing', both by Sue Potter who also got a 9 for her 'Flowers at church'; and Bob Edwards also got a 9 for 'Lake at Chevening House'.
DPI's - 29 images were entered and Andy did a fantastic job working with the projector problems but was able to award 10's for 'The concert' by Berenice Chan; 'The pool' by David Bacon; and 'Dover Harbour' by Mike Wood; with 9.5 awarded to David Bacon for 'Shipwreck'.
Members should note that by entering Club competitions your images may be considered and selected for use by the Club in external competitions.
Please contact the appropriate Competition Secretary if you do not agree for your images to be selected.
It was a warm welcome back to Tony Bentley to judge our last competition of 2018/19. Prints - from 19 images Sue Potter achieved 10's for 'Light on a window ledge' and 'Evening at Littlehampton'; while Bob Edwards received 9.5 for 'Taking off' and David Bacon for his image 'The Dead Vlei, Namibia'.
DPI's - there were 35 dpi's with top marks of 10 for 'Stranger' by Alan Russ; 'Pelican coming in to land' by David Bacon; and 'Anchored in the sand' by Sue Potter. Marks of 9.5 were awarded for 'Portrait' by Alan Russ; and 'The Potteries' by Bob Edwards.
Our 5th annual battle with Gravesend produced a tied result in the prints with both clubs scoring 175 (marks out of 20). Greenwood's top marks were 'Fishing' by Sue Potter (20); with 19's scored for 'Enjoying the view' by Alan Russ; 'A bleak walk' by Bob Edwards; and 'The Dead Vlei, Namibia' by David Bacon.
In the dpi's there were some issues with projection but all were viewed and marked from the laptop. Greenwood's top scores were 'The pool' (19) and 'Pelican coming in to land' (18) both by David Bacon; and 'View through a screen door' by Dianne Wills (18).
Our judge Paul Adams gave a good commentary and advice on what worked and improvements.
It was a warm welcome to a good number of members from Beckenham PS for our annual friendly, the Chislehurst Cup. Our judge Keith Evans said these days judges were not marking on technical aspects so much, but more on creativity, observation and aesthetically pleasing images.
Keith used the full range of marks and our two top images scored 9's - 'The concert' by Berenice Chan and 'Girl with Red Bag' by Bob Edwards. Our next best scores were 8.5's for 'Look at the eyes' by Alan Russ, 'The 12.48 to Tenterden' by Bob Edwards, 'Pelican coming in to land' by David Bacon, 'The visitor' and 'View through a screen door' both by Dianne Wills.
In a bit of a one-sided competition Beckenham PS won with 170.5 to Greenwood’s 152.5.
This year the Finals Day competitions were held at the Trinity School, Shirley.
The club was represented in the Certificated Colour Prints by Alan Russ with his 'Saltfish'; and in the Certificated DPI's by Sue Potter with 'The Gardener', Dianne Wills with 'Perfect pleats' and Bob Edwards with his 'Red Arrows'. Bob's image was selected by the judge Bob Webzell ARPS EFIAP for comment and he considered it to be the runner up in the competition.
In the Open Colour Prints competition, Sue Potter entered 'Head Ledge' which was displayed and 'Tilted'; in the Mono Prints Sue entered ' Light on the window ledge' and 'Purity'.
In the Open DPI Jack's Jug competition David Bacon entered 'Seaside special and 'The pool', which the judge David Smith LRPS CPAGB said he kept coming back to in his final selections and made it the competition winner. Congratulations to both Bob Edwards and David Bacon and the first time that the club has had any success in Finals Day competitions and up against bigger clubs with many accredited photographers.
Red Arrows by Bob Edwards - runner up in the Certificated DPI competition.
The Pool by David Bacon - winner of the Jack's Jug Open DPI comepetition