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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.

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

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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