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Weekly Meetings

Gateway Camera Club meets at 8 p.m. on Thursdays ( See Program Page for details ) at the Crabble Corn Mill, Lower Road, River, CT17 0UY. Doors open at 7.30 p.m. to give us time to get a drink and have a chat before the start.

Corn Mill Closure

As you may know the Corn Mill is temporarily closed until March 9th so the next club meeting wll be a Critique Night on 14th March. In the menwhile the weekly meetings will be a series of evening shoots starting the week with an evening in Deal. For more detals please contact Chris Allen or Phil Holyer.

Chairman's Challenge Competition

The subject for this year's Chairman's Challenge has been announced and it is 'WEATHER'. With the current crop of weather it is a good time to get snapping.

PAGB E-news Magazine

Following his recent success in the Masters of Print Exhibition, Club member Gary Stamp had his image 'Just Emerging' shown on the front page of the latest PAGB e-news magazine followed by an interview with Gary and some more of his images on page two. Well done Gary

Important Detail for PDI Entries

If you are going to enter PDI competitions this year please note that we are using new projection software this year and the new software demands a different naming convention from last year. The new naming convention is

PICTURE TITLE - Mik Jones.jpg

This is almost the same as last year except that the word by is replaced with a hyphen.

Phil Holyer's Local and Kent Calendars

Club Secretary Phil Holyer has been having success with photographs in print as part of calendars. He posted one of his images of the twin towers of the medieval church at Reculver, taken on a Camera Club night out, on the Instagram platform with the hashtag #igerskent#. This was voted by his peers as the best June photograph and as such won a place on the June page of the Kent Wildlife Trust calendar.

Kent Wildlife Calendar

Kent Wildlife Calendar

For the second year running Phil has been taking photographs of the St Margarets area thoughout the year and used a selection of these to produce a calendar. He has then sold 50 of these with the proceeds going to the Kelly Turner foundation. Phil says, "I was lucky to have met Kelly, a beautiful, clever and very talented young lady who sadly succumbed to the same awful and aggressive form of Cancer that claimed my father's life." Phil's efforts raised a total of £300 for the fund.

Saint Margarets Calendar

Saint Margarets Calendar

British Wildlife Photography Awards

One of our members, Peter Greenstreet, entered some images into various categories of the British Wildlife Photography Awards and one of those images, Porcelain Fungus in the Canopy, was accepted and got a Highly Commended in the 'Woodlands' category. Peter went up to the Mall Galleries in London to the prizegiving In November and received a copy of the book which is published from the entries. At the time of writing the images are on display in the Canterbury museum.

Porcelain Fungus in the Canopy

Porcelain Fungus in the Canopy

Masters of Print Exhibition

Gateway Camera Club Member, Gary Stamp, was recently invited by the PAGB to visit London to see a large print of his image, 'Just Emerging', on display in their Masters of Print exhibition.
The image was also nominated by one of the sponsors, Paper Spectrum, as their favourite image and they presented Gary with a pack of A3 premium lustre paper, mountboard and frames.

Gary with his image, Just Emerging

Gary with Just Emerging


Visit to Canterbury

The club has begun a series of photographic trips for the Summer break and this week went to Canterbury on Thursday evening. Club Chairman Chris Allen said, "Seven of us ventured out into Canterbury yesterday evening and the consensus was that we all had a great time. We concentrated on the Cathedral grounds and explored areas that many of us had never been to before. We all got some great images and I am sure that many of these will feature in future competitions. The more experienced photographers also took the time to impart some excellent tips to the more inexperienced of us, increasing our knowledge. I for one will now be making far greater use of “fill in flash”! Of course, we ended up in a nearby public house (The Shakespeare, and we can recommend the Whitstable Bay draft Pale Ale)."

Photos were taken from all angles and this had nothing to do with the imbibing of Whitstable Bay draft Pale Ale


Members on the Canterbury visit.

Members on the Canterbury visit

Photo from a new angle.

Photo from a new angle.

Gateway Display in Brunch Cafe, Dover

Phil Hadley has been busy changing our display in the Brunch Cafe in Dover. Phil has gone for a wildlife theme this time so you are encouraged to go and have some refreshment and look at these super pictures. Thanks to those that let their images be borrowed for a while

Our images in Brunch

Our images in Brunch


The Gateway Club took part in the annual East Kent Cup competition, contested between Gateway CC, Deal CC, Canterbury PS, Folkestone CC and Isle of Thanet PS. This year Isle of Thanet were the hosts and judged by Chris Shore FRPS EFIAP MPAGB BPE5*

Gateway were the eventual winners on 147 points, with Canterbury second on 142. Folkestone were third, a further point back on 141.


Chris Shore presents the East Kent Cup to Chris Allen, Chairman of Gateway Camera Club

Individual scores for Gateway were as follows

Steve Finch (Dawn 17 points)
Phil Hadley (Focused Ahead 20 points)
Peter Greenstreet (High Alert 18 points)
Gary Stamp (Southern Hawker on Rush 19 points)

Chris Allen (Medieval Tunnels 18 points)
Peter Greenstreet (The voyager 20 points)
Tony Scarfe (Pictured Smoking 16 points)
Phil Hadley (Water Droplets on Common Wasp 19 points)

Battle with Canterbury Photographic Society

Last week the Gateway Camera Club took part in a battle with the Canterbury Photographic Society at the Crabble Corn Mill. At the interval tea break following the Print round, judge Glyn Bareham had awarded Gateway 226 points and Canterbury 219 points. In the second half he awarded Gateway 228 points for their PDI images and 214 points to Canterbury. So at the end of a really enjoyable evening the final scores were 454 points to Gateway and 433 points to Canterbury.

Recent Studio Night

The Gateway Club recently held a Studio Night arranged by our resident expert, Mr Tony Scarfe. Tony brought along our model for the night Nick, who dressed as his alter ego Ginger for the evening.


Phil Hadley's image "Ginger", taken at the Studio night.

Royal Air Force Red Arrows Stamps

One of our members, Matt Hayward, has had one of his photos used on the cover of the Royal Air Force Red Arrows Book of Stamps. Matt was contacted by Buckingham Cover to ask for permission to use the image, which was one of many that he took at the Herne Bay Airshow. They have also asked for permission to contact him again next year when they produce the 2019 set of stamps.


Red Arrow Stamp Book

Red Arrows Stamp Book

Smoke On

Matt Hayward's image "Smoke On"

Dover Express Front Page

Not content with that Matt also had his image printed on the front page of the Dover Express. As part of the Dover Moon Walk the Dover Castle was lit up in pink for the evening. Matt's image was used in the Express for an article about the event.

FDover Express

Moon Walk Article

Focuspoint Magazine Letter

Matt Hayward seems to be on a bit of a roll at the moment. His letter, with a photo, was published as the Star Letter in Focuspoint magazine and won Matt a prize.

Focuspoint Magazine

Matt Hayward's Letter

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