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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 Ramsgate Football Club, Price’s Avenue, Ramsgate, CT11 0AN and the judge will be Raymond Bridges LRPS CPAGB ADPS BPE*3.



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"


April 2017

KCPA Exhibition 2017

All Fired Up

Phil Hadley's image "All Fired Up"


Four members of the Gateway Club put forward images for acceptance into the KCPA Exhibition and did quite well between them. Phil Hadley had eighteen acceptances and two merits. Peter Greenstreet had seven acceptances and one merit. Gary Stamp had four acceptances and Steve Finch had two acceptances.











East Kent Cup 2017

This week the Gateway Club took part in the annual East Kent Cup Competition where we managed to finish third behind the Isle of Thanet in first place and Folkestone Camera Club in second. Fourth was Deal and fifth was Canterbury.


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 by 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.

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