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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.

East Kent Cup 2018

Next year the East Kent Cup will be hosted by this years winners, the Isle of Thanet Photographic Society on the 14th May 2018.

The venue will be the St Peter’s Church Hall, Hopeville Avenue, St. Peter’s, BROADSTAIRS CT10 2TR and the judge will be Chris Shore FRPS EFIAP MPAGB BPE5*.

As you turn into Hopeville Avenue the entrance to the hall is the immediately on your left. TO PARK Drive past the Co-op shop on your right and there is a large car park just past the shop on the right hand side.

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

Ross Cup 2017

On 26th November a number of club members made the trip to the Ditton Community Centre for the results of this year's Ross Cup.

For those who don't know this is the biggest event in the KCPA year in which every club in the KCPA can enter 8 prints to be judged by a premier judge from outside the county. This year 33 clubs entered the competition and the judge was Chris Palmer FRPS DPAGB APAGB AFIAP who had the unenviable task of living with 264 images for a month and deciding on scores for each print.

The judge chose one print from each club to analyze and describe and in our case he chose Matt Pigg's image "Over the Top". Chris is a retired Air Traffic Controller and he really appreciated this shot. He said that Matt's image "showed good control of the light against a stormy sky and was a powerful piece of photography."

Red Arrows going over the top.

Matt Pigg's image "Over the Top"

As well as scoring the images the judge also chose 10 images to be given Merit AwardS and he chose 2 images from the Gateway Camera Club. These were "Focused Ahead" by Phil Hadley CPAGB and "Southern Hawker on Rush" by Gary Stamp CPAGB.

Chris said that Phil's image "showed a quality of photographic colour harmony, a strong quality of light and was an example of really good sport's photography.".

He said that Gary's image was of a high pictorial quality with the insect in a good position in the photograph. He said that it was a wonderful piece of photography."

Grasstrack sidecar racing

Phil Hadley's image "Focused Ahead"

Southern Hawker

Gary Stamp's image "Southern Hawker on Rush"

At the end we found that Gateway had come a very respectable equal 6th out of 33 clubs entering, scoring 133 out of 160, only 8 points behind the eventual winners Beckenham Photographic Society

As well as the Ross Cup a number of awards took place and one of these was Gary Stamp being awarded his CPAGB certificate. Gary gained this qualification a while ago but it was nice for him to finally receive his certificate in such prestigious surroundings.

Congratulations are due to Canterbury Photographic Society who, having finished 29th last year, finished in 2nd place and won the award for the Most Improved Club. One of their members, Stewart McKeown, won the Lakeland Cup for the best Landscape image with his image "Low Tide at Kingsgate".

Field Trips

This year Gateway Camera Club members decided to carry on meeting during the Summer Break to make a series of photographic trips to different local sites. You can see some of the results below.

Trip to Margate

Gormley statue at Margate

Steve Finch's image "Gormley Statue at Dusk"

Trip to Folkestone

Underneath the Arches at Folkestone Sunny Sands

John Swanborough's image "Underneath the Arches"

Trip to Canterbury

Steve, Chris and Phil in Canterbury

"A shot from our evening in Canterbury"

Members on a recent trip to Canterbury were fortunate enough to stumble upon the filming of a scene for Last of the Summer Wine. In the scene Foggy and Clegg are attempting to take pictures of Norah Batty's bedroom while Compo, who has seen it all before, looks on.

Canterbury Night Shot

Steve Finch's image "Night Shot"

Canterbury Night Shot

Steve Finch's image "After the Shower"

Trip to Kingsdown

Towards Dover from Kingsdown

Mik Jones's image "Towards Dover"

Zetland Arms

Mik Jones's image "Zetland Arms"

Trip to Herne Bay

Herne Bay Seafront

Janet Goddard's image "Herne Bay Seafront"

Herne Bay Seafront

Phil Hadley's image "Herne Bay Seafront"

Herne Bay Sunset

John Swanborough's image "Herne Bay Sunset"

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