Welcome to Whitstable Photographic Group
Whitstable Photographic Group's aim is to encourage photography and to help our members produce better photographs. We are photographers of all abilities from in and around Whitstable.
Most members are now using digital technology, but we do have some who still use traditional film. Whether you use traditional or digital equipment, or a mixture of both, you will find beginners and experienced members here.
We hope our website will give you an outline of what we do and that you will consider joining us. We look forward to meeting and welcoming you at our group.
Check out the latest club news below or on our public Facebook page here.
Image by David Hutchins
The Latest Club News
Audio Visual Evening 30th March, from the comfort of your own home.
The club will hold the Members' Audio Visual show online at 19:45 on 30th March. Members have been sent an email with details of how to join the meeting. You only need a computer and an internet connection to take part. You will be able to watch and hear A/Vs from Melvyn Crow, Claire Gilbert, Mike Peak, Jenny Prior, John Newel and BIll Grinney. Put it in your diary now!
Physical Meetings Cancelled for the rest of the season
Sadly we feel it necessary to cancel meetings for the rest of the season due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) threat. Many of our members (including some of the committee) are vulnerable and do not wish to attend events. Some of the judges and speakers we have booked have also said they do not wish to attend meetings at present. We will complete the Print League and DPI Trophy competitions as soon as possible, once it is safe to resume meetings.
Kent County Photographic Association have also had to cancel the annual exhibition and PAGB Advisory Day, see below the message from them below.
Unfortunately, due to the present Virus situation the KCPA has had to postpone the up and coming KCPA Annual exhibition 2020. We hope to re schedule everything for later in the year and I will let you know as soon as possible when our selectors will be able to travel to us or whether alternative plans will be put into place. My intention is to email all again at the end of April, with possible ideas on how we can move forward, I would like to thank all of those that entered this year’s KCPA Exhibition, and ask that they please do not get in touch to collect any entries submitted, as it is intended they will be used at a later date.
KCPA Diamond Jubilee
The Kent County Photographic Association held their annual Diamond Jubilee competition at Ditton Community Centre on 22nd February. 34 clubs entered and Whitstable Photographic Group were placed equal sixth. This was a very creditable performance against a wide range of stiff competition. Special congratulations to Kirsty Ralfs, here image "Get a Dog They Said" received 19 points and a certificate of merit.
Seascape Competition, 6th January
Another visit from Alex Hare was extremely popular, with a large number of "Seascape" prints and DPI images submitted for his critique. Because he wasn't judging, he asked the photographers what their intention was when taking the picture, which proved interesting in itself. Alex said Claire Gilbert is "one of the finest landscape photographers in Kent", and he would know! Graham Miles, Kirsty Ralfs and Rupert Brun discussed the images after the meeting and agreed the standard of landscape photography in the club has improved enormously over the last couple of years and the images shown last night were superb. Congratulations to everyone who received a commendation from Alex.
Battle against Herne Bay Photographic Club
On 19th November, Paul Adams ARPS DPAGB FDPS judged our work in a battle with Herne Bay Photographic club. We won, with 360 points against their 344 points. Congratulations to Kirsty Ralfs and Rupert Brun who both scored 20, and double congratulations to Mike Gould for two 20s! Results here.
Whitstable Photographic Group were placed 7th in the 2019 Ross Cup, only six points behind the winners. We can hold our heads high and congratulations to Kirsty Ralfs for our highest scoring image, "Get a Dog, They Said". The scores for our images can be found on the "external competitions" page here