ACC Programme 2024

Here are the activities for the year. All in-person internal events are held at St Michael's Centre, NP7 5UD. Meeting times are second and fourth Mondays in each month, between 7:30pm and 9:30pm.

we are meeting in person at St Michael's unless explicitly stated otherwise. Having said this, we have discovered the power of Zoom in the reach it gives us to access high class presenters across the country and world. Leveraging this, half of our external presenters will deliver via Zoom. For these, we will still meet at St Michael's so we can chat and interact, before, during and after the presentation. If you want to watch from home, this is just fine and the Zoom link will be supplied.


Internal event Practical session
External presenter Internal competition
External competition Other event


Remember to submit your entries to Photoentry (including images of prints) for the panel competition on 20th May.




15-Jan Photograph of the Year In the first meeting of 2024, we'll be deciding on the Photograph of the Year, 2023, first finding the best digital and print, then finding the overall POTY from these two group winners.
29-Jan A Natural Miscellany with Allan Lloyd, ARPS, AWPF Tonight, we have Allen Lloyd coming from Bristol to give us a mixed presentation including wildlife, landscape and astro photography.

Remember to submit your entries to Photoentry (including images of prints) for the colour competition on 12-Feb.

12-Feb Open Colour Competition judged by Peter Weaver, LRSP, CPAGB, APAGB Competitions start this year with open colour, which means you can enter any image (well, within limits of course), as long as it is in colour. Good luck and enjoy everyone's entries.
26-Feb Members evening: How Judges Think Yes, it's a puzzle, sometimes. But then we've several judges within the club and more who have long experience of being baffled by judges' comments. Our judges will share experiences at the coalface and we can discuss competitions. Outcome might be that our photographs get higher scores!
11-Mar Art and Photography with Harry Gardiner, AWPF Harry Gardiner has long explored the intersection between art and photography. The worlds of art is full of knowledge about how to compose and construct an effective image. Science, meanwhile, has also advanced in areas of perception. Tonight, Harry will be detailing how our photography can improve from the understanding he has gained in these areas over many years.

Remember to submit your entries to Photoentry (including images of prints) for the open competition on 25-Mar.

25-Mar Monochrome Competition judged by Peter Young, LRPS, CPAGB, AFIAP, HonPAGB Our second competition of the year is open to any image - as long as it is monochrome. Tints such as sepia are allowed, but no 'colour'.
15-Apr Shooting People with Mike Martin, AWPF, EFIAP, BPE1* Shooting with a camera, of course. Capturing the person and their character is a notoriously difficult subject. Tonight, Mike Martin is going to help us improve in this area.
29-Apr Members evening: Table Top Photography This is an active evening, so bring your camera kit plus things to photograph (and maybe some lighting). We will include demos from members who have produced some fab and successful images, plus plenty of activity in creating interesting photographs yourself, all on a simple table.
13-May Member evening: A Year of Painting: What I have learned? with David Straker Club member David did a course in painting last year, then took up painting as a hobby, with the intent of (a) having fun, and (b) looking for lessons that he could use in photography. This talk is about what he did and what he learned.
20-May Panel Competition judged by Dai Knight Our third competition of the year is for panels of three to five images. Maximum one digital panel and one print panel per entrant.
10-Jun Waterscapes with Jonathan Genevaux We have never had a 'Waterscape Photographer' present to us before, but as a specialist in the field, professional photographer Jonathan tonight will tell us more about this through his fabulous photography.
24-Jun Svarlbard: Life on the Cold Edge with Paul Alistair Collins Paul is an award-winning professional nature photographer whose images have won many accolades, including Bird Photographer Of The Year. He also works in television, co-producing documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4 and Discovery Network. His talk tonight is a photographic journey across land and sea, fjords and tundra, celebrating the best of Arctic wildlife under the midnight sun - from Arctic Foxes hunting eider ducks, to the courtship rituals of migrant birds.
08-Jul Photo Walk Out and about together in this Summer's evening, a walk somewhere nearby, probably ending up at a delightful pub! Bring your camera kit.
21-Jul (Sunday) Member Day: Visit to TBA Bring your cameras to capture the wonder of wherever we go!
Jul-Aug Summer Break Get out there, have fun, and take lots of photographs!
09-Sep Summer Show and Tell Bring in your photos taken through the Summer (and earlier in the year).
23-Sep Strictly Telephoto with Phil Savoie Firm favourite Phil Savoie is back! This year we have a popular talk on telephoto lenses, covering their history and proven master techniques. In particular Phil will share hard-won tips and tricks to capture the uncommon, including difficult subjects such as animals in flight, sports photography, landscapes and using telephoto lenses for tricky macro shots.

Remember to submit your entries to Photoentry (including images of prints) for the open competition on 14th Oct.

14-Oct Open Competition judged by Mike Clatworthy Here's our next completely open competitions, so you can enter whatever images you like!
28-Oct Member evening: Printing and Mounting How you print and mount an image is not only for putting the photo on the wall -- it is also very important for competitions. Tonight we will demonstrate and discuss items such as calibrating your screen and printer, when to use different print paper types, and how to cut and mount images.
11-Nov A Picture Wherever You Turn with Keith Sharples The Outer Hebrides is a wild and wonderful photographer's paradise. Keith Sharples, a long-time friend of Abergavenny club, has been there and captured the landscape, nature and place. Tonight, Keith will regale us with stories and his brilliant photographs from those fabulous islands.

Remember to submit your entries to Photoentry (including images of prints) for the theme competition on 25th November.

25-Nov Theme Competition (Theme: THEMENAME) judged by Martyn Pinches, AFIAP, AWPF Here's our annual theme competition, with a challenge to interpret the theme creatively, perhaps!
09-Dec AGM and fun photos We round off the year with the AGM and the usual informal and hilarious competition. Bring your fun images!.

As always, for all internal events we meet on Monday at St Michael's Centre in Penypound, NP7 5UD (behind the church).

For reference, here are the programmes from 2023, 2022, 2021 (actual), 2020 (planned), 2020 (actual), 2020 (planned), 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013.

And here is a link to a summary of all presenters during this period.

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