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I'm available to speak/judge at Camera Clubs for evening bookings within a reasonable drive of Exmouth. I am also available for day/weekend bookings at Festivals and Photography/AV Days. Please send me an enquiry on the Contact Page.


  • 4th October 2018 - Image Appraisal at Backwell Camera Club
  • 11th October 2018 - Judging at Barnstaple Camera Club
  • 13th October 2018 - DI tutorial at MPCC meeting at Sidholme, Sidmouth
  • 22nd - 26th October 2018 - AV Tour of  North Avon and Glos:
    • 22nd October - Chipping Sodbury & Yate Camera Club
    • 23rd October - Tetbury Camera Club
    • 24th October - North West Bristol Camera Club
    • 25th October - Tyndale Camera Club (Dursley)
    • 26th October - Kingswood Camera Club
  • 1st November 2018 - Judging Seminar at Portishead Camera Club
  • 18th November 2018 - AV Show at RPS Great Yorkshire AV Day in Leeds
  • 26th November 2018 - AV Show at Paignton Photographic Club
  • 28th November 2018 - AV Workshop at Torbay Camera Club
  • 5th December 2018 - Slide/Tape AV Show at Exmouth Photo Group
  • 10th December 2018 - judging Print/DPI Competition at Yeovil Camera Club
  • 28th January 2019 - Judging AV Competition at Paignton Photographic Club
  • 10th February 2019 - DPIC at Exeter Corn Exchange - Chairing
  • 13th February 2019 - AV Show at Dawlish & Teignmouth Camera Club
  • 22nd/23rd February 2019 - Judging NIPA AV Competition at Newtonabbey Nr Belfast
  • 12th March 2019 - Judging at Bideford Camera Club
  • 18th March 2019 - Judging Battle (v Bridgewater) at Taunton Camera Club
  • 28th March 2019 - AV Show at Plymouth Camera Club
  • 6th April 2019 - WCPF AV Competition at Clyst St Mary - Chairing
  • 17th April 2019 - Judging at Sidmouth Camera Club
  • 5th May 2019 - WCPF Members' Exhibition at Bovey Tracey - Chairing
  • 9th May 2019 - AV Show at Exmouth U3A
  • 8th June 2019 - EPG Photo Seminar at Woodbury - Chairing

  • 20th September - AV Show at Cheltenham Camera Club
    Just to say Cheltenham CC are normally quite reserved and so to get the rapturous applause you had tonight was amazing but fully deserved - clearly the new ones will receive great success in the near future .Thank you to Elaine and yourself for a memorable evening.
  • 21st/23rd September 2018 - RPS International AV Festival at Cheltenham (Chair of Jury)
    Thank you very much for being Chair of the Festival Jury. You did this with your usual easy style and efficiency, keeping to time as always. It seemed quicker using a spreadsheet, especially for the FIAP acceptances. I would very much like to thank you for carrying out the preselection process efficiently at home, and announcing the awards as well. I was very pleased that you got on so well with your fellow jurors who also enjoyed the experience. I enjoyed and appreciated your words after the judging was over.
  • 11th July 2018 - Judging at Colyford & District Photographic Club
  • 21st June 2018 - Judging at Chard Camera Club
  • 26th May 2018 - PAGB AV Adjudications at Wilmslow
  • 13th May 2018 - WCPF Members' Exhibition at Bovey Tracey - Chairing
  • 2nd May 2018 -  Judging at Dawlish & Teignmouth Camera Club
  • 29th April 2018 - AV Advisory Day at Witcombe (Nr Cheltenham) for RPS
  • 17th April 2018 - Photography talk at Woodbury Camera Club
  • 14th April 2018 - WCPF AV Competition at Clyst St Mary (organiser)
  • 12th April 2018 - AV Show at Wadebridge Camera Club
    The club is still buzzing about your recent talk at our club. Members particularly enjoyed the way you enthused about the medium and showed us something of it's great potential with the technical aspects you demonstrated so well.. We enjoyed your subject matters and altogether it was a great evening. 
    Thank you very much for coming all the way from across the Tamar to visit our club.
    This evening , the Annual Club Lecture. We were treated to a wonderful evening by Ian Bateman from Exmouth Photo Group. 
    Ian is one of the top exponents of AV photography. He has had awards in numerous salons and competitions, and is also Vice President of the WCPF. 
    There were sequences from Kangaroo Island (Australia), Barcelona, Tossa (Spain), Devon, and a particularly poignant one incorporating the poppy flow in London and the shrouds laid out in Exeter. 
    Ian's choice of music to accompany these sequences was excellent. 
    Many thanks to Ian for a great evening, and thanks also to Brian for inviting him.
  • 9th April 2018 - AV Show at Salisbury Camera Club
  • 6th April 2018 - Judging Battle Honiton v Maldon at Honiton
  • 21st March 2018 - 'You Are The Judge' Seminar at Sidmouth Photographic Club
  • On behalf of the SPC may I thank you for splendid evening yesterday. Many members have said they thought it an excellent evening both in acting as judges but also in the interaction with the other group members that your format engendered. You did mention that the results of a competition could be a bit of a lottery and the evening showed how right you are. However it was interesting that there was general agreement on the top two images. Than you again and we look forward to your returning to our club some time in the future.
  • 19th March 2018 - AV Show at Tiverton Camera Club - cancelled due to snow!
  • 13th March 2018 - Judging Battle at Bideford Camera Club
  • 12th March 2018 - Judging Battle at Paignton Photographic Society
  • 3rd March 2018 - AV Advisory Day at Cheltenham for RPS -Cancelled due to snow!
  • 28th February 2018 - Judging Battle Torbay v Plymouth at Torquay
  • 24th January 2018 - 3D demo at Exmouth Photo Group
  • 22nd January 2018 - Judging AV Competition at Paignton
  • 3rd December 2017 - AV Show and demo at RPS D.I. Group Ilton
  • 21st November 2017 - AV Show at Newton Abbot Camera Club
    Just to thank you for your presentation to us last evening of some of your superb AVs. The variety and overall quality were outstanding and it was easy to see why you are considered an "AV Guru". Those of us who dabble in AV could only look on in awe! We'll look forward very much to your next visit.
  • 20th November - AV Show at Minehead Camera Club
  • 15th November 2017 - AV Show at Torbay Camera Club
  • 14th November 2017 - AV Show at Wareham Camera Club
  • 24th October 2017 - judging Print Comp at Newton Abbot Camera Club
  • 13th October 2017 - judging at Crediton Camera Club
  • 6th October 2017 - judging 3-way Battle at Woodbury Camera Club
  • 12th August 2017 - AV Tutorial at WAVES, Trowbridge
August is not always the best attended month but this time Ian Bateman drew an exceptional attendance from members and visitors. Included amongst the visitors were several VIPs’ from the photographic and AV world. Ian started from a presumption that his audience all knew the basics of making a sequence and spent the morning working on details to improve our work Voice recording was the first thing covered and one member was “volunteered” to make a recording which was put in to a pre-prepared sequence. Tips - Keep the mike to one side rather than speaking directly in to it. This avoids sibilance. Carry a small digital recorder in your camera bag to record ambient sound (waves, a stream etc) this is easier than taking sound from your camera and better quality. Audio mixing is covered in the notes Ian sent out. Making an icon for an exe file is also in Ian’s notes and Ian showed us how to set this up so we can then create a different icon for each sequence. 
  • 15th May 2017 - AV Show at Taunton Camera Club
  • 8th May 2017 - AV Show at Phoenix Group of Photographers
  • 21st April 2017 - Judging at Honiton Camera Club
  • 12th April 2017 - Judging at Dawlish & Teignmouth
  • 1st April 2017 - WCPF AV Competition at Clyst St Mary (organiser)
  • 18th March 2017 - Judging East Anglian AV Competition in Margaretting
  • 8th March 2017 - Judging at Sidmouth Photographic Club
  • 6th March 2017 - Judging AV Competition at Paignton Photographic Club
  • 3rd February 2017 - Judging at Lyme Regis + AV Show
  • 20th January 2017 - Judging at Crediton Camera Club
  • 21st November 2016 - AV Show at Dorchester Camera Club (Poundbury)
    The evening started well with a visit to Seattle, from where I have just returned and the first AV based on the Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibition near the Seattle Space Needle ( To have visited this exhibition and seen the amazing glass structures for real and then watch the superbly constructed AV with the story of Dale Chihuly incorporated, was a real treat and had me hooked! Where next!
    A visit to Kangaroo Island , south of Adelaide, Australia gave us a flavour of the wildlife as well as the extreme climatic conditions with beautifully photographed rock formations, stark vegetation against a heat ladened atmosphere and gorgeous bark patterns on the eucalyptus trees. Hong Kong saw us whizzing in a high level cable car to the tallest Buddha, on Lantau Island; nearer to home in Tossa, Spain we followed the progress of artists in the annual day long competition, cleverly put together by Ian so we saw beginnings, middles and end results.. the overall winner was not what we expected!
    Continuing the Spanish theme, where Ian had spent annual family holidays for many years, he introduced us to a less known building in Barcelona, the Palau de la Musica. Beautiful glass work and architectural features made it a photographer’s delight and all to a Freddie Mercury number! Paris, A Night at the Opera, has been one of Ian’s most successful AVs on the continent, even though it hadn’t been translated into French. The quality of the images, and I think he had only taken a limited number due to the low light, were excellent. The first half rounded off with a quirky ‘Gathering’ of Anthony Gormley statues arriving at the Angel of the North!
    Using Pictures to Exe as his chosen program Ian gave us some ideas about where to begin. Having an idea and collecting or taking images specifically is one way. Then with the developing ideas the photographer can build a context for the overall effect they want to create. Story building is another route which gives an AV a form to follow or it could be a piece of music that is the inspiration. Ian demonstrated all of these approaches through the second half.
    The story of the Salem picture by Sydney Vosper which hangs in a small Welsh Baptist Chapel and was used famously on the Sunlight Soap bar for many years (…/collections/paintings/gallery…); an interesting use of repeated and flipped images of Wistman’sWood on Dartmoor; the journey round Oxford with the Monopoly version based on that city, where many of the famous buildings were sidelined in favour of Biffa Refuse Collection service or other local commercial interests! A visit to Banksy’s Dismaland.. a great way for us who never managed to get a ticket to see inside!! And a rousing finish with the story and music of Pink Floyd based on the pictures taken ‘back in the day’ on a very small basic camera smuggled into the concert with a 400asa 36 exposure film and guesswork for exposure.
    Ian’s skill at constructing AVs goes without question; so many original and engaging ways of combining images one with another and setting to appropriate music had us all engaged in an evening full of interest and learning.. (on my part at least!)
    The one AV I have not mentioned and the one which left us all feeling emotionally involved at the imagery it conveyed was the combination of pictures taken at the Poppy Exhibition from the Tower of London in 2014 together with the Shrouds of the Somme in Exeter this year. The music, The Sound of Silence, had us transported to real poppy fields, and with the blending and movement of the shrouds through poppies, real and ceramic, we were transfixed at the numbers… of poppies and shrouds.
    A thoroughly entertaining evening of excellent photography, with something for everyone…thank you Ian
  • 31st October 2016 - Judging at Paignton Photographic Club
  • 19th October 2016 - Judging Battle v Sidmouth at Torbay Camera Club
  • 13th October 2016 - AV Show at Backwell Camera Club
    On behalf of the Club I'd like to thank you once again for a marvelous evening last Thursday. An Audio Visual Journey it certainly was, not only in a global context but also a personal one - your journey from exploration to absolute mastery of the medium that you shared with us. All the highlights are too numerous to mention here but I know that the wonderful poignancy and creativity of 'The Fallen', the 'life' you gave to Anthony Gormley and your particular take on the architectural delights of Paris and Barcelona were greatly appreciated and admired and Pink Floyd provided a fitting finale. I also enjoyed your use of images created on film and those from the Rhondda in the 1980s are wonderfully memorable.
  • 8th October 2016 - AV Show for the Pen and Camera Club at Sidholme Hotel, Sidmouth
  • 6th October 2016 - AV Show at Portishead Camera Club
  • 30th September 2016 - AV Show at Frome Wessex Camera Club
  • Ian Bateman came to Frome Wessex CC last night to show us a few of his AV's..... WOW!!  

  • Ian really was very good, thoroughly recommend if you haven't seen his AV's it's a must.
  •  21st September 2016- Judging Seminar at Exmouth Photo Group
  • 16th July 2016 - Full day AV Seminar at Burgess Hill focusing on audio techniques (KCPA/Folkestone CC event)
    I am writing to thank you so much for giving up your time and energies to bringing us such a comprehensive presentation on Saturday. I have had very positive comments from the audience on how worthwhile they found it as well as being re-inspired to go home and either start a sequence or invigorate an old idea. I know I learnt some new techniques with the sound aspects which I must now practise to make sure they are remembered.
  • 21st/22nd May 2016 - PAGB AV Awards at Steventon (panel member)
  • 15th April 2016 - Photo Harmony session at EPG AV Group (Re-Think Centre).
  • 10th April 2016 - AV Day at the Mid-Thames AV Group in Wokingham
Thank you for such an enjoyable day at Mid Thames. We really appreciated your perceptive comments on the AVs presented in the morning. We were very much in agreement with all you had to say. It was good to see such a variety of your work in the afternoon. I never tire of seeing The Gathering. We also enjoyed seeing some of your new work, especially Wistman's Wood.
  • 12th/13th March 2016 - Peter Coles AV Competition at Capel Curig (judging)
  • 5th March 2016 - AV Show at WCPF Knighthayes Trophy event in Clyst St Mary
  • 23rd Febrary 2016 - AV Seminar at Exmouth Photo Group (Re-Think Centre)
  • 13th Feb 2016 - AV show at WAVES in Trowbridge
  • 26th January 2016 - AV Seminar at Exmouth Photo Group (Re-Think Centre)
  • 25th November 2015 - AV Show at Evesham Camera Club (Remote lecture by CD)
  • 24th November 2015 - AV Show at Exmouth Photo Group
  • 17th October - AV Day at Deepings Camera Club in Market Deeping
  • 12th October 2015 – Banbury Camera Club - AV show (Remote lecture by CD)

Many thanks for putting all that effort into making our evening go so well – and we loved the ‘interludes’! We just wished you could have been there to directly receive our thanks, and to answer questions, but I’m sure it has inspired several folk to have a go. I just wanted to say a personal thank you for putting together the wonderful AV DVD for us, we enjoyed your presentations immensely and the evening was a great success. I was thrilled when Steve mentioned that he had asked you to present – I have followed your work for some time now. We had many questions about how you made the AVs. Some of the transitions looked extremely complicated!
The music to all of them was wonderful and fitted so well too! Thank you again for putting this together for us, it was as though you were with us in the room. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening!

  • 2nd October 2015 –  Wilmslow Guild AV Group - lecture
  • 17th September 2015 – "You Are the Judge" seminar at Wallingford Photographic Society
  • 10th May 2015 - PAGB AV Adjudications at Steventon (organiser)

email from Leo Rich ARPS DPAGB  APAGB EFIAP/g, the PAGB Awards Officer:
Dear Ian,
I know thanks were given to you and your splendid team at the end of the day yesterday but I just wished to add my own personal thanks for all that you did to make the "new look" awards so successful. The day was the culmination of many months of work behind the scenes which very few get to see let alone appreciate - they only see the end result. Fortunately we were in the hands of someone who has been there, done it and achieved what we needed without any fuss. It was a treat to sit there and enjoy.

  • 28th/29th March 2015 - NEMPF Conference - Gala AV Show plus AV Workshop - Nottingham

Review from NEMPF:
On behalf of the Hon. President of the North & East Midlands Photographic Federation, I would like to thank you for both your workshop and the Saturday evening lecture at our recent Photographic Weekend at the Park Inn in Nottingham. From comments following both your workshop and presentation, everyone enjoyed them an d learnt a lot as well. The variety of photography shown in your presentations, yiur commentary and enthusiasm for your photography was obvious throughout the weekend. We hope to see you again at one of our future Photographic Weekends.

  • 12th March 2015 - Newbury Camera Club - AV Competition (judging)
  • 17th February 2015 - Maidenhead Camera Club - AV Show plus tutorial

(Very!) Kind words from the Maidenhead Prog Sec: On behalf of Maidenhead Camera Club I'd like to thank you again for coming to us last night and entertaining us with your such imaginative, skilful and so interesting audio visual talk. I was truly spellbound watching everything you showed us, from the space shuttle to Pink Floyd and I know all the other members were too from the very appreciative comments everyone was making afterwards. Personally, I feel we'll never see any better show of its kind and couldn't recommend you enough. I would like to think you would be able to come back to Maidenhead in the not too distant future for us to see more of your work and of course audio visual shows yet to be made. On this note I was wondering if you do any instructional talks on how to put shows together and I know that would certainly be well received especially now you have inspired everyone so much. 

  • 27th January 2015 - Winchester Photographic Society (judging AV Competition)
  • 20th January 2015 - Goring and Streatley Camera Club - AV Show plus tutorial
  • 11th November 2014 - Oxford Photographic Society (judging)
  • 8th November 2014 - Kent County Photographic Association AV Competition at Bearstead (judging)

Very nice 'thank you' letter from the KCPA President:
I am writing to thank you for judging the KCPA Audio Visual Competition on Saturday. You had spent time, already, giving considerable thought to the business of analysing, interpreting, critiquing and adjudicating our work. You clearly tried hard to understand what motivated each photographer to make their sequence and to understand the message each was trying to convey especially those using poetry or just the music to show the mood. You offered constructive and considered critique and feel sure, by agreeing to comment on each sequence we all learnt something from your views. You were entertaining and articulate, you criticised our work constructively and gave us some sound advice.On behalf of our President, the Chairman of Maidstone and Folkestone Camera Clubs and the audience I thank you sincerely for the job you undertook on Saturday for the KCPA.

  • 26th October 2014 - Southern Photographic Federation AV Championships at Overton (judging)
  • 16th October 2014 - Whitchurch Hill Camera Club - AV Tutorial
  • 2nd October 2014 - Bracknell Camera Club - AV Show 

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