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125 Anniversary Poster

This year the Society will be holding a summer photo exhibition this year at the Serpentine Green Shopping Centre!

So come along if you think you might have an interest in your local Photographic Society and its activities.

The exhibition of stunning prints will be on display over the weekend of Fiday 4th, Saturday the 5th and Sunday the 6th of September.

members will also be on hand to offer tips and advice on taking photographs along with full details on the Societies forthcoming programme.

This is a precursor to our forthcoming season of lectures that begins with a welcoming evening on Tuesday the 8th of September at 7.30pm.













Deepings 30th

This year sees the 30th Anniversary of our local neighbours DEEPINGS CAMERA CLUB - and they are holding a stunning one day event to mark the occasion on Sunday the 24th of May - for which tickets are now available.

They have managed to book three sterling speakers in Leigh Preston, Ray Brammall & Jane Goodall for what promises to be a very diverse day of Photography.

LEIGH - who hold two RPS Fellowships - in his own words has been taking and making pictures for well over thirty years. In that time my own work has been mainly thematic , working in photographs as a series. I have a relatively specific approach to what I choose to make pictures of , and I rely heavily on atmospherics, dramatic lighting and strong storylines to convey an individual style. A lot of my personal work is taken either in isolated, out of the way places, or of buildings and landscapes that are well past their ‘sell-by’ date.

A lot of the work is monochrome , and for some of this I still use the darkroom as well as the digital process, depending on the ‘feel’ I want from the finished print.

RAY - a Past President and current Archivist of the Yorkshire Photographic Union - is a recognized national judge and photographer with many years of experience, some great images and a repertoire of entertaining stories.

JANE - Welcome to herworld of beautiful light. I make images of landscapes, nature and people. She captures fleeting moments of changing light and tides. She also enjoys revealing surreal aspects of the landscape and its abstract forms. She hopes to inspire the viewer to explore the natural landscape for themselves.

Email - 30th@deepingscameraclub.org for tickets or more details








Last Tuesday - the Society held the 10th Annual Bill Dunn Memorial Competition for Creative Photography which attracted an excellent entry of 42 imagesmade up of 30 DPIs and 12 Prints from members of 6 different clubs - Peterborough, Deepings, March, Swavesey, Wisbech & Pinchbeck that were put before the invited judge PAUL RADDEN

This was the tenth anniversary of this competition and for the first time since the competition was opened to Camera Clubs in the area it was not won by a photographer from the home club. That honour went to last year's runner up TRISHA WILCOX from Wisbech C.C. with her image "Mans Inhumanity to Man" - which was the final choice from the ten retained images made by the judge Paul Radden who presented Trisha with the trophy.

Four images were commended:

Crisis of Power - Mike Burns - Wisbech C.C.

The Graveyard - Roger Newark - March C.C.

The Waterboy - Julian Johnson - Swavesey C.C.

Eccentricity - David Hodgson - Wisbech C.C.

Two images were Highly Commended:

Hard Times - Trisha Wilcox - Wisbech C.C.

Boat & Moon - Richard Smith - Pinchbeck P.G.


Bill Dunn Held back

Once again our thanks to judge PAUL RADDEN for the work he put in and look forward to an even bigger entry and another keen contest for the 11th running of the Competition in 2016.



St Ives Winners

The 2015 annual Interprint exhibition and inter-club competition, organised by the St Ives Photographic Club, was held on Saturday February 28th and was won for the second year running by the defending champions, Peterborough. This prestigious event which has been running for over 30 years attracted an entry from 30 clubs from all over East Anglia - each club submitting 8 prints that were judged by Roger Reynolds APAGB, Hon. FRPS, FBPE, FBPPA


Once again It was a keenly fought contest - but we had put forward another strong entry in defence of the trophy. With our success a reapeat of last year only this time we beat the hosts in 2nd place by 4 pts - with Cambridge CC a further 4 pts behind them.


Cambridge took the honour of having the best print "The Beach Huts at Wells" by Tim Harris ARPS - who was awarded a PAGB Gold Medal and £150 Campkins Future Vision voucher.


St Ives Entry


Total - 146 (1st place)


The Club scores were as follows:


Peterborough Photographic Society  
St Ives Photographic Club    
Cambridge Camera Club    
Wisbech & District Camera Club    
Ipswich & District Photographic Society    
Duston Camera Club    
Swavesey Camera Club    
Royston Photographic Society    
Rushden & District Photographic Society    
Deepings Camera Club    
Ware & District Photographic Society    
St Neots & District Camera Club    
Gamlingay Photographic Society    
Desborough & Rothwell Photographic Society    
Corby Photographic Club    
Shillington & District Camera Club    
Ely Photographic Club    
Hertford & District CC    
Biggleswade & District Camera Club    
Club Abington Photographic    
Bishop's Stortford Camera Club    
March Camera Club    
Bedford CC    
Brancaster Camera Club    
Hunstanton and District Camera Club    
Kings Lynn & District Camera Club    
Norwich & District Photographic Society    
Dagenham Camera Club    
Ampthill & District Camera Club    
Sutton Photographic Group    


Congratulations and thanks to all those who provided prints for selection and those whose prints were selected used to reprsent the Society.




PPS Poster


The Society’s 2015 Exhibition of Prints and Projected Images will be on display at the St. John the Baptist Church - Church Street from Monday 16th March to Saturday 28th March 2015 Daily open from 10am - 4pm on Monday - Thursday and Saturday. 12noon - 4pm Friday.

The official opening by Ian Taylor CPAGB - President of N&EMPF will take place at a members only evening on Monday the 16th of March at 19.00

On display will be a selection of prints from the members who took part this year from the overall entry. The award winning Digitally Projected Images can be seen on a rolling Audio Visual on a Lap Top. The full showing of all the images from the members that entered this year can be seen at the Club's normal lecture venue at The Parkway Sports & Social Club (Mallard Suite) on a future date.

A selection of the award winning images will appear shortly online in the 2015 Exhibition Gallery found by clicking on "Exhibition" Menu.

Our grateful thanbks to - Peter Yeo FRPS, DPAGB, APAGB who judged the exhibition for us.

We are also indebted to this year's catalogue Sponsors - CLASSIC PRINTERS and to DEEPINGS CC & U3A for the loan of their display boards.

We look forward to welcoming at our Exhibition and of course entry is FREE!!!





Many years ago Margaret Fletcher was impressed with a booklet that was produced in her home area of the Gower Peninsula, which demonstrated photographs of old walls, ruins, doors and windows.

Margaret had hoped to recreate something similar for the Thorney Heritage Society. The success of the Peterborough in Detail book (photographed by several PPS Members) reignited the idea of producing a book for Thorney and she put together a small group of six to work on the project, which included John Clark of Peterborough P.S. and a graphic designer.

John's contribution is said to have been superb, offering not only his time but photographic skills.

There are around 625 images most of which were taken by John however there were other contributors too.

Two hundred books were printed and launched at the Thorney Heritage Society’s Christmas Market and they sold out in five and half days.

Further books are being printed and will be available at the end of January 2015 for £22.00 each – and all proceeds will go towards funding other similar projects in Thorney.




In 2015 the North & East Midlands Photographic Federation will celebrate its Diamond Jubilee. As part of the celebrations the Federation Executive has agreed that we will produce a DVD and a Photographic book of images from N&EMPF Club members. For the DVD we will use a maximum of one photograph from one photographer and we are looking for around 500 photographs. The DVD will be available to purchase/hire for each Federation Club and will be made available to the PAGB recorded Lecture Service as well as a copy for our Federation archives.

For the book we would like photographs from every single Club in N&EMPF. It is not an Exhibition but a representative sample of work. Obviously photographs submitted for the DVD can be included. Where appropriate a couple of paragraphs about the history of the Club would be very useful. We are looking for between 4 and 6 images per club. The cost of the book to clubs/members is still to be decided.

All photographs and supporting information can be sent directly to David Gibbins at david.gibbins@ntlworld.com. Individuals can submit work directly (e-mail or CD) but must be a bona-fide member of a N&EMPF Club, for entries for the book it would be better if this was coordinated within each Club who should submit a CD of the proposed images and narrative.

Format of Photographs for DVD

1. You may enter only one photograph, which must be entirely your own work.
Composite images are permitted provided all component images meet this requirement.

2. Files must be jpeg format, RGB mode (for both colour and monochrome PDI) in sRGB colour
space. The maximum dimensions to be 1400 pixels horizontal by 1050 pixels vertical.
(Please note: NOT 1400 pixels vertical).

3. They must be titled Your Name_Title of Photo_Name of Club
e.g. David Gibbins_Old Dubrovnik_Beeston Camera Club

Format of Photographs for Photographic Book

1. Files can be in TIFF or jpeg format at a minimum of 300dpi

2. Each image should be individually titles also clearly indicating name of photographer and club


Individual single image entries can be submitted between 1st May 2014 and 30th September 2014.

Information packs for the book need to arrive by end November 2014




It is with great sorrow that we have to announce that Francis Cooper from Stamford – lost a courageous battle against his failing health over recent years and passed away on Tuesday the 4th of February.

Francis joined the Peterborough Society in 1960 - and the following year 1961 was elected onto the committee - and from 1968 until 1981 was the official club projectionist. His specialist subject was Portraiture and he had won the "CONN CUP" several times at the Annual Exhibition. He had also been a member of Stamford C.C.

Born in Bentley Street to parents William & Alice Cooper - the family moved to Vine Street where his siblings Brain & Dorothy were born. On leaving school Francis took up an apprenticeship with STAMFORD ELECTRICAL , which later became NEWAGES - and more recently CUMMINS TECHNOLOGY. When called up for National Service this work stood him in good stead and he served as an Aircraft Electrical Technician in the RAF.

His interest in aircraft and aviation remained with him for the rest if his life. He had many other interests and hobbies with is extensive travel around the globe fuelling his passion for photography - although his favorite destination was closer to home on the Scilly Isles.

He was also a keen golfer, badminton player and swimmer, taking advantage of an early morning dip before work at Stamford Grammar School where his brother was caretaker.

Following his retirement he remained active supporting the 'Vulcan in the Sky restoration society', 'The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight' and the 'The LINCS Lancaster Association'. He was warden at All Saints Church - Stamford, and his love of music saw him become a member of Bourne Organ club

There is no doubt that Francis lived his life to the full and will be remembered by Family and friends fondly and always remain in our hearts.





Last Tuesday - the 8th of October was a special day for our Treasurer - PETRER HARVEY APAGB - who too the day had joined the Society exactly 50 years ago on the 8th of October 1963.

In those days as Peter recalled the Society met in the City Museum and has moved around a few times since then. During the period of his unbroken membership Peter has held various posts and been wholly committed to the organisation of its affairs.

He Became projectionist in 1964/5 season
Secretary for 25 years from 1966 to 1991
President Elect 1991 to 1993
President 1993 to 1995
Won Greenwood Cup 1975 with “Piston Rod Detail”
2012 donated the “Peter Harvey Shield for Action (PDI)”
2012 dedication in “Peterborough In Detail”

He is the current Treasurer a post which he has held since 1998

In 1984 - Peter was one of the first recipients in the Country of the newly instituted PAGB Award for Meritorious Service to Photography (APAGB) - this was set up to give national recognition of individual members for their service and dedication within the Photographic Alliance community of member Federations and affiliated clubs.

Peter (right) is seen here receiving a memento card signed by all the members being presented to him by current President Richard Houghton at last night's meeting.



PPS Poster

It is with great sorrow that we have to announce that Don Lewis from Orton – lost a courageous battle against cancer and passed away on Friday the 4th of October.

Don first became a member of the Society in 1990 - he had served on the committee for a number of years, been competition captain and had the honour of the Presidency in 1995/96.

Don was a former US marine who specialised in still life, ballet photography and portraiture. After working as MD of the boat building company J Samuel White - Engineers and Shipbuilders on the Isle of Wight, he relocated from Woodford Green London in 1988  to Water Newton, Peterborough when appointed Chairman of Powerline Electronics (Chloride Batteries), Orton Southgate.

Judges were impressed with the quality of his prints and he won several awards. Don used Bronica and Nikon film cameras but when Nikon DSLRs were available he graduated to several Nikon D2 variants and enthusiastically embraced digital processing. He swore by his CRT monitor as distinct from flat screen because of its better colour rendition.

He first experienced health problems and in 1998/1999 when was diagnosed with bladder cancer and prostate cancer.

He made a good recovery and sought a change of pace for his photographic hobby joined our close neighbours Deepings Camera Club for a while.

He later rejoined PPS and served on the PPS Committee once again in 2008 as Competitions Officer.

Don was a classical music enthusiast - he enjoyed studying the arts and cookery, and collected classic cameras.  He was a particular admirer of David Hockney's artwork, and the stunning flower photography of Robert Mapplethorpe. Don was a keen golfer and after retiring worked at his local golf club where he assisted with course maintenance until a shoulder injury prevented him from carrying on. He also liked to show off his culinary skills - he once organised a superb chilli supper party for our members at his house in Water Newton.

When he retired from Powerline he set up a successful picture framing business and recalled one of his clients asking him to frame an original Hockney painting.

We will all remember Don as a good judge of character who was not afraid of 'speaking up' when the occasion demanded. He did not suffer fools gladly but he was also a very kind hearted man who would help people.

Our thoughts are with his wife Paddy, his son Ed - (who lives in the USA), daughter Jennifer & partner Dave - and the rest of his family at this sad time.

The Funeral took place at The Peterborough Crematorium, Mowbray Road, North Bretton, Peterborough, PE6 7JE Crematorium last Friday the 18th October 2013. - Thanks were expressed to all the members who attended.


FREDA WOOTTEN - 1944 - 2013

PPS Poster

It is with great sorrow that we have to announce that Freda Wootten from Northborough – lost her brave struggle against cancer and passed away on Thursday the 15th of August.

Freda first became a member of the Society in 2005 and had been responsible for the varied and exciting syllabus we all have enjoyed through her role as Programme Secretary for the last 7 years.

The coming season’s programme is down to her efforts as a tireless worker and her expertise will be sadly missed on the committee and by the membership – as she continued to book the lecturers and judges despite her failing health.

Freda Ann Kathleen Strickson was born in Peterborough on 11th June 1944 and lived on her mother and father’s nurseries in Wellington Street for the first few years of her life, until they moved to Northborough. After living in Gunthorpe for a few years after her first marriage (when Allan and his sister Jo were born) they then moved back to the Northborough in 1973 where she had lived ever since.

She married Graham in 1980 and they celebrated 33 years of marriage in July. I know that Graham has very happy memories of their life together and their love and devotion to each other was inspirational.


Freda started her working life at an estate agents but then gave up work to look after her children. When they were both old enough she decided to train as a teacher at Kesteven College of Further Education, and qualified in 1978, aged 34. Here she found her true vocation in life and her passion, dedication and devotion to a profession that saw her work at St Marks School in Gladstone Street, The Beeches, and then finally Newark Hill where she rose to the position of Infant Coordinator. It was here that she officially retired at the age of 60 in 2004. Allan remembers saying to her that he thought she would never retire and this was borne out as she decided to carry on with supply work, primarily at West Town.

Now you have to remember that, even in the late 1970’s, Gladstone Street was very much a multi-racial area - which is where she learnt to appreciate different cultures and where she developed her tolerance to the multi-racial society we now live in.

It was with this “passion” and “dedication” that she approached most of the things she liked to do in her life including the numerous hobbies and
interests she has had.

From the late ‘80s both Freda and Graham had been interested in ten pin bowling and they were both good, consistent league bowlers. Allan fondly
remembers the Friday nights when he used to join them and their friends for their social bowling, although he quickly realised that he would have to give it up. It is difficult for a 20 something man to be beaten consistently by his mum!!

Freda loved travelling and she was always excited about exploring new places - and as Graham has recalled he would never have seen the
places he did if it wasn’t for Freda, as their explorations took them all over the world. They travelled as far west as Alaska and visited other places such as Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Scotland, Norway, a Baltic cruise taking in Sweden, Russia, and Germany. They spent time in Italy and also travelled all the way down to New Zealand.

Freda also loved the arts in all its forms, but particularly opera and ballet. She had many trips to the Royal Opera House and also tried to see local
performances whenever she could. One of her highlights was to see ‘Carmen' in Verona.

However her main passion in life was her photography but it has only been since her retirement that she has really been able to dedicate her time to this. She joined both the Deepings Camera Club and the Peterborough Photographic Society where she felt honoured to serve on both committees. Both clubs have competitions and there was one particular trophy that Freda had her eye on. At Peterborough Photographic Society there is “The Strickson Trophy” (now awarded annually to the best DPI Image - formerly for the best NH 35mm Slide - in the Natural History Class) - this was donated by Allan,s Grandmother in memory of his Grandfather, Fred, who was also a renowned local photographer and had served on the committee at PPS. It was always Freda's ambition to win the trophy back for the family, but unfortunately she did not manage it!

However she did win numerous cups and trophies over the last few years. At Deepings Camera Club she won “Digital Panel and Beginners Prints” in 2006 and the “Digital Panel Competition” in 2010. At Peterborough Photographic Society she won the “New Exhibitors Trophy” in 2007, “The Crussell Cup” in 2008 and “Digital Images” in 2009. To this day Allan remembers the excited phone calls he received after she had won each time!
She also won other awards and commendations from both clubs and this is no mean feat considering the number of exceptional photographers who are members.

She was extremely generous with her time and she gave a lot to charities. She completed The Race for Life on numerous occasions where she raised a lot of money, ironically, for Cancer Research UK. She never forgot a birthday” and many will have received her hand made cards in the past. She used to make these cards from the photographs she took and in fact she used to go out especially to take photographs every Christmas and Easter! One word that has also been used by many people is that she was a "strong" woman. We have always known this and we are sure that if it had purely down to courage and mental fortitude that she would have beaten this disease.

To see some of Freda's latest work please refer to her gallery only updated last year on the gallery page of this web site - by following this link Freda Wootten - Gallery - one image in particular "I'VE GOT MY EYES ON YOU" was her first acceptance this year into the North & East Midlands Photographic Federation Annual Exhibition - which I am sure would not have been her last - Our thoughts are with her husband Graham, Allan & Jo and the rest of her family at this sad time.

Donations can be made in her memory to Macmillan's or Cancer Research and are being organised by the funeral directors John Lucas - Dogsthorpe - thank you.

Our thanks also to her son Allan March for providing the background information.