A potted history!
I've been keen on photography for as long as I can remember, initially with Kodak Box Brownie and various Instamatics, before graduating on to a Yashica SLR in my student years.
This turned into an active hobby when I discovered the world of Camera Clubs in the mid 1980's, joining Cam & Dursley Camera Club (now re-christened Tyndale Photography Club). Following a move to South Wales I became a member of Bridgend Camera Club for a short while, before another move led me to Wantage Camera Club, where I was a member for 29 years. In 2015 I took early retirement and we moved to Devon, where I joined the Exmouth Photo Group.
Along the way I became fascinated by audio-visual presentations, and have specialised in this branch of photography in addition to general club work.
I am a member of the Royal Photographic Society, and achieved LRPS with slides in 1982, ARPS with slide/tape AV in 1992, and FRPS in AV in 2003. I was honoured to be awarded the very first Fellowship with a panel of digitally-projected sequences and served on the AV Distinctions Panel for a number of years. Following that I was part of the advisory group responsible for setting up the Multimedia Panel, and I'm currently a member of this panel. I was also Chairman of the RPS International Audio-Visual Festival for six years until standing down in 2015.
Above: brief moment of glory as cover star of the RPS AV News Magazine. The background is a still from one of the sequences used in my FRPS panel.
In October 2016 I was elected Vice-President of the Western Counties Photographic Federation, and I'm delighted to serve on the Executive of the federation that my very first camera club belonged to (and still does).
I have lectured at various events throughout the UK, with the occasional journey across the water to Northern and Southern Ireland, the Netherlands and Australia.
I've had some successes at AV Festivals both at home and abroad, with the occasional Gold Medal, Silver medal and category awards. This has led me to achieve an AV-AFIAP in 2012 having built up the required number of acceptances in countries across the world.
I have also been active within the PAGB, achieving DPAGB with a panel of AV sequences in 2005, and MPAGB in 2007, which again was the first one to be awarded with a digitally projected submission. I am also a member of the PAGB Adjudication Panel for Merit Awards in AV.
In May 2016 I was very honoured to be awarded the APAGB award for meritorious services to affiliated clubs in the UK.
I have judged numerous competitions at camera clubs in the CACC and WCPF regions, and various National and International AV Festivals including:
Chair of Jury at the Great Northern AV Festival
Chair of Jury at the RPS International AV Festival
Adelaide International AV Festival in South Australia
NIPA AV Competition in Northern Ireland
Irish Photographic Association AV Competition in Dublin
Leeds AV Group Colour Festival
Bridgend 5-8 Photo Harmony Competition
East Anglia AV Competition
Above: Some of my images made the front and back cover pages of AV News magazine August 2014