News & Events

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Triptych and Christmas Social

The last meeting before the Christmas break is traditionally when the club has a Christmas social and a Triptych competition, where the members grade all the entries.  For a Triptych entry, members prepare a single digital file with 3 images on a common theme, seeing how creative they can be with the layout. 

Usually we use Alan’s Photo Club Scorer so we have an instant result, but this time the images were critiqued, and everyone had the chance to contribute.   It worked well with the members enjoying a glass of wine and a mince pie in their own homes during the proceedings.

A very sociable evening was had by all with members looking forward to 2021, and hoping it will be better than 2020!

3rd Club Competition of the season

Our 3rd competition held in December was judged via Zoom by Brian Galbraith from Wadebridge.  The 50+ entries offered a wide variety of  images to challenge Brian,  but he gave some excellent critique on each and every one!  After consideration, Brian gave 20 awards in the Gold, Silver, Bronze and Highly Commended categories.

The Gold awards went to Kirsty, Carol and Garnett and Silver awards to Christina (2 images), Dave G, Carol, Chris M and Roy.

The quality of the competition entries this season has been high, so it will be interesting to see how far the members raise the bar for the next competition in January.

Printed late November 2020 in the Mid Devon Advertiser

THE LOCATIONS GROUP  is particularly active, generally taking a trip out once a month, but this has been hindered with the virus restrictions.  But so far this year members have visited Exeter Quay and Dawlish Warren.

The Exeter Quay visit was early evening to get some twilight photos along the river and quay, with members having some discussion with one another about settings to help to achieve a good photo in the ever changing light.

The visit to Dawlish Warren was early morning to photograph the sunrise.  It has to be said that the sunrise was extremely poor, in fact it had gone into hiding!  A few people went for a walk along the warren with their dogs while others tried their hand at shots of the beach huts, and other buildings, seeing how creative they could be.  And they were very creative!   One of the members, Christina commented: “The light was challenging and I had to do a little post processing work to achieve the right colour balance, but I enjoyed it even though we didn’t get to see the sun rise!”   

Newton Abbot Rugby Club invited the club to attend a Womens Tag Rugby event and photograph the action, with teams from other local clubs competing against the host club.  A group of members went along and got to grips with the tag rules and how to get the best action shots. The members spread themselves out so they were not all taking shots of the same group of players, and had a great afternoon and would love to go again.

Events at NAPC October 2020

THE PDI CHALLENGE SHIELD 2020 is the annual ‘Battle’ between NAPC, Plymouth, Kingsbridge and Ivybridge clubs and this year it produced some outstanding images with a huge Zoom audience of 70+ photographers!   Each club submitted 20 images and they were judged by a team of one member from each club.  It has to be said that the organisation of the evening was superb, with NAPC’s President, Alan Boothman, taking charge of displaying the images and coping with the judges marks, all projected via Zoom.  The overall scores for each club were close, and the winner was Plymouth with 205 points, NAPC a close second with 203, Kingsbridge 197 and Ivybridge  181.

NAPC Club Chairman, Chris Brown, summed up: “It was an excellent evening even if we were pipped at the post!  The Zoom screen shot looks good and represents the enjoyment of the event which was mainly down to the quality of the photographs, but also the way that Alan ran the event.”   So will this event be able to better the attendance number next year?  Time will tell.

The highest scoring images across the 80 entries were the following:

MEMBERS TRAVELS. Club members are known for their travels around the UK and worldwide and some of them presented a range of their wonderful photographs from some stunning locations at one of the Zoom meetings.    No way could these be thought of as simply ‘holiday snaps’, and the presenters gave a huge amount of background to where the shots were taken and some of the history of the area.

David Moore explained:  ‘My job took me to Shetland many times over 25 years and during my time off I was able to enjoy some of the wonderful scenery and wildlife on the island.’

  • Photo 15   This shot was taken from the cliffs near The Sumburgh Hotel at the extreme south end of the island.  The hill in the distance is Fitful Head 920’ high.  It has nesting Great Skuas and the island of Foula can be seen from the top. 
  • Photo 17   Sumburgh Head at sunrise. On the cliff top is the lighthouse and visitors centre.  Puffins nest there from April till July. There are also many Guillemots, Razorbills, Fulmars, Gannets and Twites are present at the top.  Fair Isle can be seen from the end.
  • Photo 24   Grutness beach at sunset right by Sumburgh airport. Boats leave here for Fair Isle. 
  • Photo 34   A group of Puffins at Sumburgh Head. Unfortunately their numbers have declined along with their food, the sand eels.  Other seabird numbers have also declined.

Lynn Buckley presented a series of short Audio Visuals from The Azores and set the scene:    ‘All the photographs were taken on the island of São Miguel in the Azores.  The Azores is a secret gem in the mid-Atlantic, untouched by mass-tourism. Visiting was like an opportunity to witness a little bit of creation – from the bubbling geothermal mud pools, to the stunningly beautiful crater lakes and natural scenery. As we arrived at the start of a major festival, we were also privileged to share in some of the rich traditions and culture of the people.’

  • ‘The Monte Palace’ is an abandoned hotel. It opened in 1989 and closed within about 18 months. It failed because although the view from its balconies is stunning, low cloud means you can’t see it for 200 days of the year!
  • ‘The Procession’ is part of the festival of Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres (Lord Holy Christ of Miracles) in the capital Ponta Delgada. It is the largest religious event in the Azores.
  • ‘The Lakes’ picture is the view over the massive volcanic crater lake at the nearby Sete Cidades.
  • ‘The Lava Tubes’ are part of an extensive underground cave system formed by the cooled outer skin of a lava flow many years ago.
  • ‘The Street Scene’ is part of the festival in Ponta Delgado.

THE SECOND COMPETITION OF THE YEAR was judged by Ann Owens via Zoom.  The standard of entries was particularly high and Ann apologised to the entrants that she could not give an award to everyone!   Ann made constructive comments for each of the 40+ entries which gave all those participating time to consider how they could apply the comments to their own photos.  In all there were 3 Gold awards, 3 Silver, 3 Bronze and 6 Highly Commended.  See the  Gold and Silver awards below:

LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER KEN HOLLAND entertained us with his talk ‘To Boldly Go:  Adventures with my Camera’ in difficult, dangerous, prohibited and unusual locations.

Ken showed a variety of photographs from his adventures – a visit to a relatively unknown part of India for a wedding, a collection of street photographs, and visits to some dangerous places.   The visit to India was for Ken’s son’s wedding in Assam and the presentation included some of the most colourful images that India is famous for.   The street photographs were accompanied by a range of hints and tips for the members to consider when they are out and about with their cameras – all very relevant and useful.    The final section was about ‘dangerous places’ and some of the photographs did make the members wonder how on earth Ken managed to photograph them!   The club is looking forward to Ken returning in late January to judge a club competition.

Events at NAPC September 2020

The club season came to an abrupt early end last March due to  Corona virus and lockdown, but members were determined to continue with their photography and so a whole range of images were shared on social media over the summer, so we could all catch up with one another.  It became a case of how creative could you be photographing flowers, insects and the whole manner of things that could be found in your garden, and in the sky.

The new season started on 1st September and for the safety of all members we got to grips with using Zoom, and so Tuesday evenings will be Zoom sessions for the rest of the season.   Members contributed a creative selection of their images for a slide show presentation for all to see.

THE CLUB WELCOMED GUEST SPEAKER John Perriam for the second meeting, whose talk ‘Mostly Creative, Mostly Fun’ captured the imagination.  So much so that one member, Kirsty, got to work afterwards and circulated one of her experimental images to everyone.  As Gordon, the programme organiser said ‘It’s amazing what can be achieved with some imagination’. And Kirsty replied: ‘After John’s talk, liking the look of some of his examples, I thought I would have a go with an image of Rhododendrums.  I could get interested in this and am already thinking of some of my other images that would be suitable’

FOR THE FIRST COMPETITION OF THE YEAR the club welcomed back David Clapp to judge the entries.  David commented on each of the entries offering positive feedback, and giving some  a Gold, Silver, Bronze or Highly Commended award.  With a wide range of entries, deciding which images should receive an award could have been a challenging task, but it did not phase David in the least and he awarded 1 Gold, 5 Silver, 4 Bronze and 9 Highly Commended.

The top awards were as follows:  

THE CRITIQUE EVENING the following week gave members the chance to submit some images that they needed a bit of help with.  Even if members didn’t submit any images, there is always something in the critique of others that can be related to their own photography.  Gordon Aspland organised the evening and commented:  “This first critique evening went very well with 60 pictures being displayed for critique, some straightforward landscapes and some rather creative stuff ! Thanks for all those who gave us work to look at. It is a good chance to show ‘work in progress‘ and get some tips from the more experienced workers.”

January 2020

For the last 18 months or so, a group of Newton Abbot Photographic Club members have been photographing the progress of the conversion of the former St Leonard’s Church, to create an accessible community space celebrating heritage, the town and its people.   The work of the NAPC members will create a lasting record of the transition of the building, which is planned to open its doors sometime later this year.  It is anticipated that Newtons Place will house community facilities, exhibitions and the relocation of the Town and GWR Museum from Devon Square, as well as office space.

Newton Abbot Photographic Club members were delighted to see that some of their images were used on the Mayor’s recent Christmas card.

December 2019

The Christmas Social was the last evening before the break and proved to be a fun, sociable evening and included a Triptych competition.  Members brought along a panel of 3 related images and the entries were judged by the members, using an electronic programme from their phones, created by the club President Alan Boothman. 

The winner of the competition was Vice Chairman Chris Marsham with a stunning Triptych of Arctic Terns, and his prize was to critique all the entries!  It could have been seen that he drew the short straw here, but Chris entered into the spirit of the occasion giving constructive critique to all.  Joint second place went to Chairman Chris Brown with a theme of Railways, and Heather Davies with a theme of White Water Fun.

Awards for Round 2 Print Competition – 22 October 2019

Judge – Ian Bateman

Gold images by Christina, Colin and Mike


Remember, Remember the 5th of November


Don’t miss Tuesday evenings 22nd and 29th October 2019

Tuesday 22nd – Print competition – judge Ian Bateman

Tuesday 29th – change to programme in handbook – will now be External Competition Entries 

In the first half of the evening we will collectively choose the prints
for the first print battle, selected from the prints on 22nd October.  

In the second half we will look at the selections for the
DPI Challenge Shield and how they were chosen.



NAPC wins the annual DPI Challenge Shield!

We had an excellent result on Tuesday 8th October at Ivybridge, when, for the fourth year in succession,  

           we won the annual PDI Challenge Shield competition with 439 points against Plymouth (434),                                   Ivybridge (409), and Kingsbridge (407).  

The highest scoring image of the competition was Storm Imogen at Pendeen Cornwall by David Moore.


Changes to Tuesday evening Programme

The following dates and detail replace what is printed in the Handbook

October 8th   

Designing your own Website – Kirsteen, Gareth, Colin and Dave Geeves have volunteered to take us through their websites, highlighting the issues you need to consider when planning and designing a website, current trends, and helping you choose the right components to make an attractive and interesting site  to meet your needs.

October 29th

In the first half of the evening we will collectively choose the prints for the first print battle, collected from the previous week.  In the second half we will look at the selections for the DPI Challenge Shield and how they were chosen.

November 19th

In the first half – Post Processing – suggestions or topics welcome.  In the second half Barry Holmes will cover Focus Stacking.


Projected Digital Image Competition 

September 2019 Open Results

Judged by Nigel West