ACC Programme 2022

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

Given the ongoing Covid uncertainty, we are trying a balanced approach, with two sessions a month, one on Zoom and the other in St Michael's. Of course, this is subject to change, given the ongoing situation.


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





10-Jan AT ST MICHAEL'S: Show photos and stuff! Are you thinking about entering photos for competitions? Do you need some ideas about these? Bring your images along for constructive criticism from other members before you enter them. Or just show anything photographic (what you got for Christmas, for example, or an interesting bit of kit).
24-Jan ZOOM: Mono Moods with Colin Jarvis, MA, ARPS Colin is an established, published, professional landscape and architectural photographer who tonight will be providing inspiration for our Mono competition later in the year, showing not only his excellent photography but also letting us into secrets of how he takes and edits his masterpieces.
    Remember to submit your digital entries to Photoentry for the competition on 14th Feb
14-Feb ZOOM: Open Competition judged by Leigh Woolford, Hon FWPF, DPAGB, EFIAP, AWPF, BPE4. Here's our first open competition of the year. This one's Zoom, so digitals only. Good luck and enjoy everyone's entries.
28-Feb AT ST MICHAEL'S: Member Evening: Image of the Year, 2021 Last year our members entered many great photographs into our competitions that all deserve to be seen and discussed again. Tonight, we get to decide which ones we like and the Digital Image of the Year will be chosen.
14-Mar ZOOM: Reality is Overrated with Catherine Knee In this talk by artist and photographer Catherine Knee, we take a gentle start with some costumed portraiture, and wind our way through the sinister and surreal and end up with contemporary artistic images.
    Remember to submit your mono entries to Photoentry (including images of prints) for the competition on 28th Mar
28-Mar AT ST MICHAEL'S: Open Monochrome Competition judged by Nick Jenkins, AWPF, ARPS 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'.
11-Apr ZOOM: The Inner Landscape with Andy Phillips Much praised by other clubs for his talks Andy Phillips will be presenting 'The Inner Landscape', showing his beautiful images of still life using carefully controlled natural light, using modifiers to gain professional lighting effects.
25-Apr AT ST MICHAEL'S: Member Evening: Informal competition Here we'll have an informal open competition, showing and challenging our images, giving them an outing before any 'real' competition.
09-May ZOOM: Scotland! with Karen Thorburn Professional photographer Karen Thorburn will present her Scottish landscape portfolio, showcasing the Highlands and Islands. She’ll tell the story behind her images and share her landscape photography top tips. Karen will also present a selection of images from her extensive wedding photography portfolio. She’ll tell the story behind her career change and explain how she goes about capturing relaxed and natural wedding images. Who knows, maybe some of us may be encouraged to do a trip up there!
    Remember to submit your entries to Photoentry (including panel prints) for the competition on 23rd May
23-May AT ST MICHAEL'S: Panel Competition judged by Dennis Russ, LRPS, AWPF, AFIAP, CPAGB, BPE1* Our third competition of the year is for panels of three to five images. Maximum one digital panel and one print panel per entrant.
08-Jun Jubilee Cup Jubilee Cup at Court Farm & Oakfield Community Hall, Hogarth Close, Llantarnam, Cwmbran NP44 3DB. Start time 7:45pm – this is usually a five way battle
11-Jun Barrian Cup The Barrian Cup (5 PDIs only this year) and this will be held in Barry, St Francis Millennium Hall, Porth y castell, CF62 6NX. Starts at 2pm
13-Jun ZOOM: The Covid Project with Nick Mason Nick Mason is a consultant at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport, but in his spare time is a keen amateur photographer. He is based in Cardiff and has been taking pictures since he was a teenager. He shoots mainly with Olympus cameras and lenses, which were used for his photographs from the ICU over the COVID period. This is what it's really like for our heroes in the NHS, folks!
27-Jun ZOOM: Double Take 2 with Paula Davies, FRPS,EFIAP/s, EPSA and Guy Davies, ARPS, EFIAP, EPSA Paula and Guy are simply amazing photographers, as you can see from their websites. Tonight we are fortunate to have both of them presenting their work to us, including Paula's 'butterfly' skipping between subjects and Guy's landscapes, nature and architecture. It's not often we get two such well qualified and knowledgeable folks, so be ready with your questions or just to sit back and enjoy the show.
11-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.
Jul-Aug Summer Break Get out there, have fun, and take lots of photographs!
12-Sep AT ST MICHAEL'S: Member Evening: Summer Show and Tell Bring in your photos for Summer (and earlier in the year).
    Remember to bring in prints for the competition on 10th Oct
26-Sep ZOOM: Story in Photography with JP Stones (Instagram @jpstones) JP Stonesis a British-born Cultural Photographer currently working in Mexico where he has created simply amazing images of Azteca dancers. As an important part of the cultural imagery he has developed a unique insight into narrative and storytelling in images which he will be showing us in this unique presentation.
    Remember to submit your entries to Photoentry (including prints images) for the competition on 10th Oct
10-Oct AT ST MICHAEL'S: Open Competition judged by Les Loosemore, ARPS, DPAGB, AWPF Here's our next completely open competitions, so you can enter whatever images you like!
24-Oct ZOOM: Member evening: Other Club's Competition Entries Here, we'll throw stones at (or perhaps admire) a bunch of photos from other clubs. And learn, and challenge outselves to do better.
14-Nov AT ST MICHAEL'S:In the Brecon Beacons with Chris Barber, MBE, FRGS Famed local author and photographer, Chris has roamed the local hills for many years with his camera. In this talk we will be taken on a journey into the mysterious Black Mountains, the high summits of the Brecon Beacons, the beautiful Waterfall Country (which he named), the lonely moorland of Fforest Fawr and the remote Carmarthen Fans.
    Remember to submit your entries to Photoentry for the theme competition on 28th Nov
28-Nov ZOOM: Theme Competition (Theme: Abstract) judged by Jenny Hibbert, MPAGB, EFIAP/g, AWPF Here's our annual theme competition, with a challenge to interpret the theme creatively, perhaps!
12-Dec AT ST MICHAEL'S: AGM and fun competition. In St Michael's Centre. 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 2020 (actual), 2020 (planned), 2020 (actual), 2020 (planned), 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013.

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