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Good Start to 2007 at SPF Annual Exhibition

The Club entered both prints and slides in the Southern Photographic Federation’s Annual Exhibition held at Salisbury Library during January. The Club’s print panel, using “Water” as its theme, was awarded a Highly Commended certificate which was presented at the opening ceremony on Friday 6 January, attended by Catherine and Terry Redman and Clifford Derricutt. The panel can be seen in the Club’s Winners Gallery. This made for an excellent start to the year, and the Exhibition, now spread to 2 rooms on the Library’s exhibition floor, is well worth a visit.

/images/news_archive/2007/spf_exhibition_salisbury_2007.jpg  Terry Redman (Chairman) displays the HC certificate alongside Clifford Derricutt  (Secretary) and the Club’s panel of prints.

FCC Excels in Local Competitions

Each season 4 local clubs - Aldershot & Farnham CC, Forty Three Camera Club, Yateley CC and Farnborough CC - compete for 3 trophies in slides, colour prints and monochrome prints. This season Farnborough members have won all 3 trophies.

Peter Watson LRPS BPE1* holding the Spectrum Trophy for the best slide. The competition was held at Forty Three Club on 4 January and was judged by Glyn Edmunds. Another FCC member's slide was placed 2nd, and 6 other slides by our members were given Highly Commended awards. /images/news_archive/2007/spectrum_2007.jpg
/images/news_archive/2007/molesworth_2007.jpg Dave Filler receives the Molesworth Cup from judge, Monica Weller and David Fisher, Chairman of Aldershot & Farnham CC where the competition was held on 24 January. There was a large number of monochrome prints entered, showing a revival of interest in this format. Members prints were also placed 2nd and 3rd, with one Highly Commended award.
Chris Bean is awarded the Rainbow Trophy, for the second year in succession, a rare achievement. Judged on the same evening as the Molesworth, there was an even larger number of colour prints, giving Monica a difficult job in picking the winners - however, she also gave our members 2nd and 3rd places, plus 2 Highly Commended awards. /images/news_archive/2007/rainbow_2007.jpg

This was an outstanding result for Farnborough and the winning images can be seen in the Winners Gallery.

Display at The Meadows

The first public display of our members' work in 2007 was held on Saturday 17th February in the main concourse outside The Meadows shopping centre. Luckily the weather was reasonably kind to us on the day, and sunshine helped to show the prints on display to good effect and keep the stewards warm! It was perhaps one of our busiest displays yet at the Meadows and there was a lot of interest shown in the Club and the photographs on display.

/images/news_archive/2007/meadows_feb_2007.jpg   Club members Hien Quan and Colin Price taking a turn as stewards at the display.

The next display at The Meadows will be on Saturday 14th April 2007.

Individual Success at the Surrey Advertiser Rosebowl

This season the Clubs entry of 5 slides by 5 different photographers in the competition for the Surrey Advertiser Rosebowl came 5th, with Molesey PC winning the trophy won by us the previous year. However Farnborough members Dave Filler and David Cary received individual awards for their slides: Dave's slide of "Cheetahs on the Masai Mara" was awarded a trophy for the best slide in the competition, while David's "Redshank Foraging at Low Tide" received a Highly Commended certificate. The images can be seen on the Competition Winners Gallery.

Dave Filler and David Cary with trophy and certificates /images/news_archive/2007/surrey_rosebowl_2007.jpg

FCC Retains the Albany Cup

For the second year running, Farnborough has won the Albany Cup, a competition hosted by Guildford PS involving a themed panel of 4 prints. This time Dave Filler, our Competition Secretary - Prints, chose a theme of pairs of animals which was well received by the judge, Helene Rogers, who awarded 39 points for the prints as individual images and 40 for the panel as a whole, making FCC the clear winner. The images can be seen in the Competition Winners Gallery.

/images/news_archive/2007/albanycup2007.jpg Dave Filler, Vivien Smith and Mike Boswell with their prints and the Albany Cup

FCC Wins Inaugural SPF Digital Projection Championship

The Southern Photographic Federation held its first ever Inter-Club Digital Projection Championship at Newbury on 25 March 2007. 18 clubs entered, each supplying 20 images which were marked out of 5 by 3 well qualified judges: Betty Billingham, Colin Harrison and Rod Whelans (currently President of the PAGB). Farnborough scored a total of 225 points, 1 ahead of Winchester PS in 2nd and 22 ahead of Southampton CC in 11th. This was a brilliant result for us and we hold the Gems PS Digital Projection Championship Trophy for its first year. The 20 images comprising our winning entry can be seen in the Competition Winners Gallery.

John Childs (Competition Secretary - Digital Images) with the Gems PS Trophy, together with Terry Redman and Peter Watson who together formed the selection committee for this competition. /images/news_archive/2007/spf_interclub_dp_2007.jpg
/images/news_archive/2007/spf_icdp_championships1.jpg Rod Whelan, chairman of the judges and current President of the PAGB, presents the trophy to John Childs.

Club Outing to the British Wildlife Centre

The group of Club members with Matt, the keeper, and owl /images/news_archive/2007/bwcgroup.jpg

On 24 April, ten Club members travelled to Lingfield in Surrey where the British Wildlife Centre is based, for a photographic day out organised by Wild Arena Ltd. Led by David Southard, an experienced photographer, the group was admitted to the compounds containing foxes, wildcats, and otters, providing great opportunities to take close-up images of these usually shy creatures. There were many other British animals to photograph including polecats, badgers, snakes, frogs, red squirrels, and three kinds of owl, and this was an excellent chance to get some unique wildlife images.

A selection of images by Terry Redman
Barn Owl
Little Owl

This was an excellent day of photography: David's expert photographic input was most helpful, while Matt, the keeper, had the knack of getting the animals to pose - well, some of the time. We all thoroughly enjoyed our day and are looking forward to the next one.

/images/news_archive/2007/bwc2.jpg The group in action, photographing the Little Owl in the grass. (Image by John Childs)

Final Evening of 2006/7 Season

Following a highly successful season for the Club and its members, the last meeting of the season was held on May 17 when certificates and trophies were presented to the competition winners by Ron Fowler, Vice President, and Jim Gaines, President.

 The Club's trophies with the winners for this season: Phil Goddard, Glenda Boswell, Colin Price, Terry Redman, Basil Groundsell, Dave Filler, Bruce Rattray and Paul Hugill (Chris Bean and Derek Riley were absent).  /images/news_archive/2007/trophy_winners_2007.jpg

After an excellent buffet provided by the members, there were presentations of the winning images and some images from this season's studio sessions, all shown on the Club's digital projector, while prints from the winners of the Print Box competition were also on display.

/images/news_archive/2007/printbox2007.jpg Display of Print Box winning prints

FCC Supports Rushmoor Bio-Diversity Action Day

Rushmoor BC organised a special Bio-Diversity Action Day on 23 May at the Rowhill Nature Reserve Field Centre, and invited local organisations with an interest in the environment to provide a display. The Club was asked to provide some nature prints taken within the Rushmoor area, and the Club's Exhibition Secretary, Martin Taylor, rose to the challenge. Assisted by Colin Price, he produced a display of local nature prints by a number of members which helped to make this a successful event.

/images/news_archive/2007/biodiversity.jpg Speakers at the Action Day with the Club's display in the background.

Excellent Response to Meadows Display

Martin Taylor, Exhibition Secretary, assisted by a small group of members, organised the first display of the new season at the Meadows. A lot of interest in the photos and the Club was shown by the shoppers outside the M&S and Tesco stores, and as a result it is to be hoped that several new members will be joining the Club at the start of the season in September. One keen budding photographer is seen below at the display.

Members Colin Price, John Childs and Hien Quan, with the display at the Meadows /images/news_archive/2007/meadows_exhibit_aug07.jpg
/images/news_archive/2007/emily_meadows.jpg Emily Quan enjoying the photos

Annual Exhibition

The Club's Annual Exhibition opened on Saturday 15 September in Farnborough Library and was viewed by many visitors in the following week. Organised by the Club's Exhibition Secretary, Martin Taylor, we displayed 55 high quality prints produced by 20 of our members. The opening was carried out by the Mayor of Rushmoor, Clr David Welch who was accompanied by his wife Marlene.

 At the Opening Ceremony. From left to right: Terry Redman (Club Chairman), Sally Martin (Library Manager), Mayoress and the Mayor, Jim Gaines (Club President) and Chris Filler (Club Vice Chairman).  /images/news_archive/2007/mayor_group1.jpg

Members of the public were asked to vote for their favourite photo, and the Mayor was among the first to cast a vote. The winning image may be found at the end of this article.


This year the Club was pleased to display a panel of prints from Photo-Cirkel, the camera club from Oberursel, Rushmoor's twin town in Germany. Our Club had previously participated in Photo-Cirkel's exhibition and this marked a new level of co-operation between the two clubs.

 Martin Taylor, the Club's Exhibition Secretary, views the Oberursel photos displayed in the Library.  /images/news_archive/2007/martin_oberursel.jpg

The following images show scenes during the opening:

Martin Taylor discusses the photos with the Mayor and Mayoress.
 Coralyn Pascall explains how she took her bird photo to Chris Filler.  /images/news_archive/2007/coralyn_chris.jpg
 /images/news_archive/2007/alisonboukhobza1.jpg  Alison Boukhobza, Rushmoor's Town Twinning Coordinator.

Some of the photographs in the display.

/images/news_archive/2007/dave_chris.jpg Dave and Chris Filler at the Exhibition.

The winning photo this year was an excellent wildlife shot of a red squirrel in the snow, taken by Basil Groundsell in Scotland. Basil received the Exhibition Cup which he holds for 1 year.

Terry Redman, Chairman, presents the Exhibition Cup to Basil at the Club's AGM. /images/news_archive/2007/cup_presentation0.jpg
/images/news_archive/2007/redsquirrel.jpg Red Squirrel, the winning photo.

FCC Visit to Photo-Cirkel in Oberursel

Oberursel is Rushmoor's twin town in Germany, and members of its camera club, Photo-Cirkel, invited Farnborough to take part in their second biennial exhibition. We sent 24 prints to Oberursel and they generously invited two Club members to attend the opening ceremony and to stay for the weekend at their expense. The lucky members to travel on this occasion were Terry Redman and Martin Taylor, Chairman and Exhibition Secretary respectively.

Members of Photo-Cirkel with Terry and Martin at the Opening.  /images/news_archive/2007/photocirkel_group.jpg
 /images/news_archive/2007/reinhart_2_broken_glass_images.jpg Reinhart Stoll, leader of the Photo-Cirkel group, with two of his Prints.
Terry and Reinhart at the Opening, with some of the FCC prints.  /images/news_archive/2007/reinhart_terry.jpg

During the weekend, Reinhart showed Terry and Martin the old town of Oberursel and something of the local countryside with a visit to the Hessenpark where a number of attractive traditional buildings have been preserved in a village setting. On the Sunday, we were joined by another Photo-Cirkel member, Uwe Seemann, to visit the nearby Rhine valley and explore a vineyard and the small town of Eltville which is on the banks of the Rhine.

Some Images Taken by Terry on the Trip
Town & Taunus Hills from Churchtower
Oberursel Church Tower
Oberursel & Frankfurt Skyline
Hessenpark Windmill
Eltville Vineyard
Eltville Houses
Reinhart in the Yellow House
Uwe, Reinhart & Martin by Rhine

Club Wins SPA AGM Projected Digital Image Competition

Last year the Surrey Photographic Association (SPA) introduced a projected digital image competition for all of its member clubs, held after its AGM in October. FCC was one of 27 clubs that entered and we did quite well. Following the success of the inaugural session, the competition was again held this year after the AGM, with 19 clubs entering this time. Judge Tony Riley marked each image out of 10, giving a maximum score of 100. FCC's 10 images scored the remarkable total of 87.5 which was 4 points ahead of the nearest club. The 10 selected images can be seen in the 2008 Competition Winners Gallery. Sadly no trophy is currently presented to the winner of this competition.
This was an outstanding win for the Club, given the level of competition, and especially as we had also won the SPF Club Digital Projection Championship earlier this year.

/images/news_archive/2007/spa_agm_pdi_comp_2007.jpg Tony Riley who judged the Competition (third from right) congratulates John Childs, the Clubs' Competition Secretary - Digital Images. They are joined by Clifford Derricutt and Terry Redman, who with John, formed the selection committee.