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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.

February 2017

What an absolutely brilliant talk we had this week. Alex Hare gave us a really interesting talk on his journey so far in the realm of landscape photography backed up by a display of stunning photographs.

I imagine that everyone in the club is now looking at Luminance Masking.

Well done Alex!

January 2017

And so we begin a new year at the Club, and what a start we had.
A superb evening delivered to us bty our macro guru's, Phil and Gary, with a very informative talk on Macro photography. It was good to see so many of you there. I, for one, now have a wish list of extension tubes and close up photography filters! Thanks again Chaps! and don't forget if you want to read through the information supplied tonight it is all on the Gateway Camera Club Web site.

November 2016

Last night we held our fourth and final Open Competition for year 2016. The competition was extremely well judged by Darren Woolway ARPS.

One member wrote,"Darren, as always you did a sterling job of judging with excellent critiques and how to 'improve the image' as and when required. I personally, am amazed at the knowledge of the various genres of photography presented to you in the competitions and how you are able comment which such competence. Good luck in your journey as a judge."

Darren did comment about the high quality of work on show and he used a wide range of marks to accomodate this.

October 2016

6th October 2016

This evening we were treated to a talk by Dave Mason from the Reflex Camera Club entitled, "I Shoot People". Dave's passion is street photography and he showed us a wide selection of his work. The talk was very humourous while being very informative at the same time. All of the members attending enjoyed the evening and I would recommend the talk to all other clubs.

June 2016

BBQ 2016

BBQ at Peter and Michelle's

BBQ at Peter and Michelle's 2016

Many members attended the club's annual BBQ which heralds the end of the first part of our season.
This year the event was hosted in Peter and Michelle's lovely garden and the club would like to thank them for the tremendous amount of effort thatn they put in to ensure that everything ran smoothly.

TV Success for Gary Stamp

Gary Stamp's photo on Springwatch

Gary Stamp's photo on Springwatch

Member Gary Stamp submitted one of his photo's to the BBC Springwatch programme and was successful in having it shown on the programme. Well doen Gary!

Follow On from the KCPA EXhibition 2016

We have since been informed that Gary's entry 'Chalkhill Blue' (see below) has been selected as part of the emtry for the KCPA in the PAGB Inter Federation Trophy Competition. The competition, which will take place in Northern Ireland, will be judged on the 18th / 19th June 2016.

April 2016

KCPA EXhibition 2016

Chalkhill Blues Roosting

Chalkhill Blues Roosting by Gary Stamp

Well done to Gary Stamp whose image Chalkhill Blues Roosting won a Photographic Association of Great Britain Ribbon in the Digital Nature Section of the recent contest to have images exhibited in the Kent County Photographic Association Exhibition.

Gary also entered some images in the Digital Portrait Section and had three of those accepted. These were Steampunk, Mind Games and Mad Hatters Tea Party.

The Exhibition is open to individual entries from members of all 50 clubs in the KCPA which covers all of Kent and some of Sussex and each member can enter up to 15 Prints and 15 Digital Images. So there will have been a large number of entries and Gary has done really well to get four of his entries accepted, let alone have one win a PAGB ribbon.

Gary's images and those of other photographers who has images accepted for the Exhibition can be viewed at.

Creek Creative
1 Abbey Street
ME13 7BE

The Exhibition is open from Apr 19 @ 10:00 am – May 1 @ 4:00 pm EXCLUDING MONDAYS


Gary Stamp

Mind Games

Mind Games
Gary Stamp

Mad Hatters Tea Party

Mad Hatters Tea Party
Gary Stamp

East Kent Cup Competition 2016

East Kent Cup Presentation 2016

East Kent Cup Presentation 2016

This week saw the annual competition between five East Kent Camera Clubs very ably managed by John Renton and his team at Canterbury Photographic Society at their new premises in Summer Lane.
Judging the competition this year was Clive Tanner FRPS MPAGB who in his normal quiet manner analysed and awarded points to our efforts.

Following the print section the poits were as follows :
Folkestone 66 Deal 66 Canterbury 69 Gateway 71 Thanet 71

Points for the PDI's were as follows:
Folkestone 68 Deal 70 Canterbury 69 Gateway 69 Thanet 67

Final Scores were:
Folkestone 134 Deal 136 Canterbury 138 Gateway 140 Thanet 138

So the competition was won by Gateway Camera Club and John Renton was unable to crack his normal joke about Canterbury being the strongest club because they hold the rest of us up!

Individual scores for the Gateway Club were:


BANDED DEMOISELLE (FEMALE) by Peter Greenstreet 19
EARLY EVENING PEEL SEA FRONT by Jeremy Broome-Smith 14
GRUMPY OLD MAN by Tony Scarfe 18
THE UNDERGROUND by Lee Crosbie 20


COUMEEN BEACH by Jeremy Broome-Smith 17
IN CONCERT by Mick Allcock 18
EASTERN BEAUTY by Peter Greenstreet 17

March 2016

Crabble Corn Mill Calendar

We have been asked by the Crabble Corn Mill to arrange a Gateway Club Competition for images 'depicting the essence of Dover'. These could reflect different months of the year, local attractions, street scenes etc. The chosen photos will be used to produce a 2017 calendar which will have a photo of the Crabble Corn Mill on the front and if you require access to the Mill for a photo please contact Ant.
We feel very proud to have been asked to do this and hope that as many members as possible will take part.

For more details of what is required please check the   Calendar Competition Rules

January 2016

Exhibition of Paintings by Joan Weston

One of our members, Joan Weston, has an exhibition of her paintings at the Astor Community Theatre, Stanhope Road, Deal from February 2nd to 31st March 2016.
These are paintings that Joan has created since her move to Wales over a year ago. Despite the distance Joan has remained a member of our club and regularly enters our DPI competitions and attends our Dinner Evening in January.

December 2015

Picture of the Year Competitions

Well done to Jeremy Broome-Smith for winning the Print section Picture of the Year and Arthur Woodard for winning the DPI Picture of the Year Competition.

Congratulations to our new Chairman

New Chairman Jeremy Broome-Smith achieved his DPAGB in Wales at the weekend. Well done Jeremy.

October 2015

Farewell to Mike Hall

This month has seen our good friend and chairman Mike Hall move away to pastures new. We all wish Mike and Suzanne every happiness in their new location.

Sister of Sinister

Sister of Sinister

Studio Night With Sister of Sinister

We also had a very good studio night which was arranged by Gary Stamp and was attended by most of the membership plus two new members. The model was Kristina AKA Sister of Sinister, who did a very good job for us on the night. I can understand why she is such a sought after model.

Ross Cup 2015

The annual Ross Cup Competition also took place in October and was hosted by Eastbourne Photographic Society. Gateway finished a very creditable ninth, nine points behind the winners Tonbridge Camera Club. Eastbourne, the home club, finished second.

Battle against Ashford Photographic Society

Finally for October, we were at home for a competition against Ashford Photographic Society, the first time we have had a battle with them in the time that I have been a Gateway member.
The scores at the half way stage, as awarded by the judge Cherry Larcombe were absolutely level. But in the second half Ashford gradually drew away to beat us by five points.
Ashford were well represented and the venue was prettyy much full on the night.
Cherry's comments on the night were very constructive and we were very impressed with her, especially as she confessed afterwards that it was the first time that she had judged a battle.

Marbled White On Field Scabious

Marbled White On Field Scabious
Gary Stamp

KCPA Exhibition 2015

Two of our members put forward Digital Images for consideration for the KCPA Exhibition 2015 and were rewarded by having some of their images accepted.

Gary Stamp's image 'Marbled White On Field Scabious' was not only accepted but was also winner of a Merit Award.

Gary had two other images accepted. These were 'Pose It Like Beckham' and 'Oblivious'.

Our secretary, Linda Miller had two images accepted. These were 'Red Shoes', see below, and 'No Vampires Here'.

These images will soon be available for viewing as a slideshow on the gallery page.

Red Shoes

Red Shoes
Linda Miller

Diamond Jubilee Trophy

This week the Gateway Camera Club took part in the Diamond Jubilee Trophy hosted by the Faversham and District Camera Club. Gateway finished 11th out of 37 clubs with a score of 120 points. Winners of the trophy were Eastbourne Photographic Society with 136 points.

Red Shoes by Linda Miller of the Gateway Camera Club was commented on and scored a very respectable 18. this was a very good score when you consider that 61% of entries scored between 10 and 14 !

East Kent Cup 2015

This week saw the East Kent Cup Competition, the annual competition between Canterbury Camera Club, Deal Camera Club, Folkestone Camera Club and the Isle of Thanet Photographic Society. Each club submitted club submitted four prints and four PDI’s to be judged on the night.

The event was superbly organised by Melanie Chalk and her team at Folkestone Camera Club at St Georges Church Hall, Audley Road, Folkestone and was judged in his own inimitable style by Richard Walton, FRPS MPAGB EFIAB BPE3*.

Each club was very well represented and the hall was pretty well packed.

Richard decided that the best PDI of the night was 'Bathtime' which came from the Deal Club and the best print of the night was 'Face of Defeat' by our own Tony Scarfe. Well done to both of those photographers.

Chairman Mike Hall duly accepted the East Kent Cup on behalf of the Gateway Camera Club.

See EAST KENT CUP 2015 on our galleries page to view our entry!!!

Team Scores

When the dust had settled and the scores had been totalled the results were as follows :-


PDI Score

Print Score


Gateway Camera Club




Folkesone Camera Club




Canterbury Camera Club




Deal Camera Club




Isle of Thanet Photographic Society




Individual Gateway Scores





Arctic Terns Pairing by Jeremy Broome-Smith


Face of Defeat by Tony Scarfe


The Beginning of the End by Baden Bowen


Flora and Fauna by Mike Hall


Fetch by Mike Hall


They Can't See Me For Dust by Jeremy Broome-Smith


Red Shoes by Linda Miller


Warming Up by Peter Greenstreet


Face of Defeat

Face of Defeat
Tony Scarfe

Ross Cup 2014

In the Ross Cup competition which was extremely well hosted by the Parkwood Camera Club, Gillingham, the Gateway Camera Club achieved an extremely creditable 4th place with 144 points, just four points behind the winners, Aperture Woolwich Photographic Society.

Chairman Mike Hall says, "After coming 3rd in last year's competition (and only 2 points behind the winners) we achieved an excellent 4th place (4 points behind the winners) in this years competition which attracted entries from 38 clubs across Kent. We had individual success with Jeremey Broome-Smith achieving a Merit award and a 20 score for his entry and our new member Tony Scarfe also scoring a 20 and comments on his picture from the judge.

Well done to all the other members who had pictures selected for our entry this year. We deserve another big pat on the back for competing so well as a small club against all those big boys !!

I hope that this will inspire more members to enter competitions and supply us with a good portfolio from which we can select our 2015 entry."

See ROSS CUP 2014 on our galleries page to view our entry!!!

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