About Us

Ashford (Middlesex) Camera Club is a friendly club whose aim is the enjoyment of photography.

Membership is at all levels, from beginners to advanced, and although most of the club’s members produce digital images a few still expose and show results using silver halide film.

Next meetings

Tuesday 20 November
Annual print and colour slide competitions
Tuesday 27 November
AGM and set-subject competition

Competition Winners and Club Trophies

See here for some examples of winning images.

Competition Winners for 2017

Quarterly Competitions
 
Prints Intermediate    
  General  Henry Trophy  not awarded
  Portrait  Sunbury Trophy  not awarded
  Nature  Curtis Cup  not awarded
 Prints  Advanced    
   General  Thames Trophy  Mike Gill
   Portrait  Ramshaw Trophy  Roy Enser
  Nature  Ramundi Cup  Dave Weightman
 Projected Image (Digital) Intermediate    
  General Trophy  Trischa Patchall
  Portrait Trophy  Jimmy O’Hagan
  Nature  Trophy  Trischa Patchall/Jimmy O’Hagan
 Projected Image (Digital) Advanced    
  General Trophy  Roy Enser/Mike Gill
  Portrait Trophy  Mike Gill
  Nature  Trophy  Roy Enser
Quarterly Set subjects (Digital projected) “Hands”, “Transport”, “Abstract”    
  Intermediate Certificate  Trischa Patchall
  Advanced Certificate  Roy Enser
       
Annual Competitions
 
Projected Image (Slides)
  General Tong Trophy  Richard Stevens
  Portrait Harold Brown  Mohammad Kalim
  Nature Gould Cup  Richard Stevens
Projected Image (Digital)
  General Trophy  Charles Pearson
  Portrait Trophy  Charles Pearson
  Nature Trophy  Dave Panchaud
Prints Monochrome    
  General 1st Urwin Trophy  Roy Enser
    2nd Ash Trophy  Charles Pearson
  Portrait 1st Nevin Trophy  Mike Gill
    2nd Timber Trophy  Charles Pearson
Prints Colour      
  General 1st Devon Trophy  Roy Enser
    2nd Jumbo Trophy  Mike Gill
  Portrait 1st Dorset Trophy  Dianne Tempest
    2nd Potty Plaque  Charles Pearson
  Colour and monochrome Nature 1st Wilson Cup  Tom Cosens
Annual set subject  Prints      
   “Messing around on the water”   Set Subject Trophy  David Nicholson
Services to the club   President’s Trophy  Dave Panchaud
Accumulating most points in intermediate competitions   Sylvia Wilson Cup  Trisha Patchall
Accumulating most points in advanced competitions   David Reynolds Cup  Roy Enser

For Previous Years’ Competition Winners see this page.

Club Trophies and the Personalities Behind Them

 Trophies

 

The President’s cup, also known as the Victor Ludorum cup, was awarded by our one-time President, Bill Howlett. As most technical aspects of photography were already covered by other trophies, Bill thought it would be a nice idea that the cup should be presented annually to the person who, during the year, had done most for the club – not necessarily in the field of photography. Thus the illustrious names already engraved on the trophy show our appreciation of service to the club given by these worthy people in the past.

Luigi Westlake presented the fine cup for the quarterly slide competition winner. Luigi is unfortunately no longer with us, having passed away a good few years ago. He had been a top research scientist for E.M.I.

The Ramshaw trophy for the quarterly portrait competition winner was donated by Luke Ramshaw, who had been a leading figure in the Ashford Cine Society, long defunct. He retired to Wales some years ago.

Fred Tong, an ex-employee of Petters, gave us the Tong trophy for the winner of the annual slide competition – general. He died some years ago.

Nevin Electrics was a local electronic business run by Alan Clouter. His cup is awarded for the annual black and white portrait winner. He also died some years ago.

The award for the annual black and white general class winner was given to us many years ago by Bernard Urwin, generally known as Ben – who was one of our longest serving members. Ben, who was a W.O.P. Air Gunner in the RAF in the war won a string of campaign medals. He died some years ago after a long illness.

Harold Brown, one-time Chairman, gave us the two major colour awards, the Devon and Dorset Trophies. Whilst living in Ashford, Harold was Sales Manager for the prestigious Medici Foundation. His first service to the club was to draw up a 4 page set of rules – we had managed quite nicely for 12 years without!! He retired to Hampshire some years ago, to Ringwood, where one of our Honorary members Geoff Eales was the local wedding photographer! Harold died a few years ago in a nursing home.

The annual Black and White Portrait runner-up receives the Timber Plaque, donated by one of our early members Timber Wood – who went on to found the Shepperton Camera Club. Timber was an ex-RAF and Dan Air Flight engineer, who died in 1998. He also gave us the Rosebowl.

The Club’s remaining trophies were donated by George Potts, a consultative Electrical Engineer, who was a dab hand at colour printing, a popular member and Chairman for some years prior to his early retirement to Norfolk and an untimely death through health problems.

In recent years, we were given the Sunbury trophy awarded for the Quarterly Intermediate Portrait winner. The donor was Sylvia Wilson, one of our more distinguished members who worked in a scientific capacity at the National Physical Laboratory.

The Middlesex Cup, awarded for the quarterly portrait slide winner, was kindly donated by Richard Stevens, ASIS, FRPS.

Geoffrey Gould

N.B. The above notes were written by Geoff Gould shortly before his death in 2003

Following the introduction of a Nature category to our quarterly and annual competitions in 2006 we have acquired new trophies. Three are named after former officers of the club, namely Geoff Gould, Maurice Curtis and John Wilson. The Spelthorne Cup is named after the local borough and the ancient Spelthorne hundred of Middlesex. The Ramundi Cup was kindly donated by club member Nick Ramundi.