Recent Competition Winners.  Congratulations to the authors!

11th January: Interclub Rosebowl Rnd 2 – judged by Chris Palmer FRPS EFIAP DPAGB APAGB

Last night we hosted our second round Rosebowl match against Oxford, Park Street and Wantage.  The competition was judged by Chris whose forensic critiques across all the images were delivered in a constructive and informative way.  Congratulations to Oxford for their comprehensive win;  Harrow was second, Wantage third and Park Street fourth.  Wantage and Harrow each had a starred image and these will be judged alongside the starred images across all the rounds on Final’s day.  Good luck to the clubs for the third round competitions which take place in February. Many thanks to Chris for his excellent judging and to everyone who supported the evening.

Next week we look forward to a talk on the ‘Charms of Chile and the Fabulous Falklands’ by Julia Wainwright FRPS MPAGB BPE3*.

Have a good week, stay safe and well.


4th January: Members Evening led by Mark Buckley-Sharp ARPS(Hon) CPAGB HonPAGB.

Very many thanks to Mark for leading our first meeting of 2022 with an interactive critique using images from a previous Chilterns Hundred competition, followed in the second half,  with a selection from last year’s CACC Mobile Photography competition.

We were briefed to think about each image based on quality, imaginative/creativity and impact as it appeared on screen and score  – 2 (bad), 3 (okay) or 4 (good) before we discussed each one in turn.  This threw up a number of  issues such as improving composition with a different crop, removing extraneous artefacts or converting to monochrome.

As we repeated the exercise with the Mobile Photography images Mark explained the limitations/technical issues around phone camera sensors, compression (banding) and pixilation that post-processing cannot always overcome.

It was a fun and informative evening and leaves us with a helpful way of assessing our own images with a critical eye – we may even believe we have a 5 – whatever a judge may think!

Next week we host a Rosebowl round between Oxford, Park Street, Wantage and ourselves.

In the meantime, have a good week and keep safe.


7th December: “Echoes of Silence” – Talk by Graham Harries

Many thanks to Graham Harries for his moving and thought-provoking talk “Echoes of Silence” – recording Chernobyl, thirty-five years on from the devastating explosion in Reactor No. 4 and the radiation fallout.  Although a sombre subject,  Graham’s poignant images and knowledgeable commentary were absorbing.  For the people living and working in the exclusion zone life is harsh;  but Graham found beauty amongst the bleakness and crumbling buildings, (some still with mosaics and stained-glass intact)  both in his trip taken in wintry March 2018 and his recent visit in autumn 2019.  Nature is reviving,  trees bathed in autumn colours and wildlife thriving even in the radiated countryside.

The talk certainly makes us all realise just how fortunate we are.

This is our final meeting of 2021.

Season’s Greetings and best wishes for a Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year.  We look forward to seeing you in January.