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Arena Photographers was founded in 1986 by well-known photojournalist Joan Wakelin. Its aims are to promote the highest standards of photography, to encourage printmaking, and to share and discuss new work. Within its current membership of 18 photographers can be found a broad spectrum of photographic styles and interests.  It is a commitment and passion towards personal projects that unites this group of prominent photographers from all over the south of England. 

Exhibiting has always been at the forefront of the activities of the group and the work of nine of its members is on display in this exhibition, these are Polina Plotnikova, ,Janey Devine, Roger Crocombe, Sue Brown, Barry Barker, John Gould, Steve Smith, Paul Foley and Paul Mitchell. 

For details about the Gallery, parking etc please visit their website at:

In addition, the group organises perhaps the finest weekend seminar of photography in the country.  Photographer’s travel from far afield to attend this event, held in March each year in Bournemouth, and the list of visiting speakers reads like a Who’s Who of British photography.  For more information please visit our website:

Scores 1st Intermediate PDI Competition 2021-22

First NameLast NameTitleScore
LindaBullimoreIceberg 28
LindaBullimoreBark Detail8.5
LindaBullimoreHidden Haven9
ElkeEppPride of Sussex10
ElkeEppImpressions of Iping Common6.5
ElkeEppThe Path to Stedham8.5
JonathanFiskeGiving Back7.5
JonathanFiskeBleached Coral8.5
JonathanFiskeFor Her, No Wall is a Barrier9
MichaelHarrisLindesfarne Castle8.5
MichaelHarrisA Quiet Read8
MichaelHarrisComing in to Land7.5
NickHepworthThorney Yachts9.5
NickHepworthPre-Launch Checks9
NickHepworthNumber 7410
NikkiHoldenCaught in the Frame7.5
NikkiHoldenStart Spreading the Views! Ny Ny8
NikkiHoldenFood for Thought8.5
MartinLloydSunset Boulevard8
MartinLloydNorth London Vista8
KevinMacknayHidden Things7.5
CarlienMurrayThe Force of Water8.5
CarlienMurraySunny Happiness7
CarlienMurrayKeep Me Warm9
AmandaPattonWiggonholt Woods10
AmandaPattonRocks and Trees10
DavidPritchardAlbert Bridge9
DavidPritchardCommon Darter9.5
DavidPritchardRiverside Reflections9.5
VivienRuddockHeavy Harvesting10
VivienRuddockThe Room Steward – Alfriston7
VivienRuddockFinal Preps – Goodwood7.5
RichardRyderBeautiful Damoiselles Coupling10
RichardRyderThe Snow Queen9
RichardRyderThe Moon, the Ghost and the Shopkeeper10
BrianSouthwardTwilight in the Churchyard7.5
BrianSouthwardConversation in the Cathedral9
BrianSouthwardTable for Two?6.5
MarkStevensEarly Morning in North Wales8
RayThurgoodThe Boiler Room8
RayThurgoodParking for One!8
RayThurgoodAnother Bad Door! (Puglia)7.5
RichardWebbStorm Surfer7.5
RichardWebbScaleber Foss8.5
RichardWebbDescending Cloud9
MartinWillardGreek Idyll 18
MartinWillardOld Gaffer 18
MartinWillardBembride Sunset 18

Scores 1st Advanced PDI Competition 2021-22

First NameLast NameTitleScore
RayAclandQuiraing Sunrise6.5
RayAclandEnd of Life9.5
PaulAdamsWhere the Bee Sucks7
PaulAdamsWaiting for the Wind10
PaulAdamsWinter Harbour7.5
GrahamAingePainted Lady8.5
GrahamAingeLes Gardians9
GrahamAingeWhite Angels8
GeorgeAtkinsHogwarts Express10
GeorgeAtkinsSeaford Head7
GeorgeAtkinsWistmans Misty Wood8.5
TonyBaverstockThirlmere Stream6.5
TonyBaverstockVancouver Harbour from the Air6.5
TonyBaverstockA Curve in the River7
AndyBraceyOsea Island9
AndyBraceySoon to Disappear – Fawley Tower9.5
AndyBraceySwanage Old Pier10
LornaBrownAnd Then I Said ..8.5
LornaBrownIn Sickness and in Health8
HeatherBuckleGreen Umbrella, Purple Wall7.5
HeatherBuckleFlying Around at the Goodwood Revival8
HeatherBuckleThe Chef, the Back Alley and the Roll Up10
WendyChalkHitching a Ride7.5
WendyChalkFoggy Morning, Poole Harbour8
RichardCorkreyAfon Mawddach at Tyddyn Gwladys8
RichardCorkreyThe Way Through the Wood7
JanDavisLast Ferry Due6.5
AndyDulsonBlind Bend6.5
AndyDulsonBlade Runners8
AndyDulsonHolly Bradshaw9
ChrisGledhillIts My Fish8
ChrisGledhillBrass Polish8.5
ChrisGledhillStunt Man8
NigelHayesStrolling at St Thomas’s Church7
NigelHayesTen Swans, One Boat7
GaryHowesDerek Bell Mbe Pre Race Focus8.5
GaryHowesDean Harrison TT Winner8
GaryHowesTime to Dream of Traveling Again7
StephenMarshMind the Gap8
StephenMarshThe Stalker7
BrianMuirNo Wraps8.5
BrianMuirTime for an Ice Cream7.5
BrianMuirWith Rings on His Fingers7
JimMundayCuckoo Landing9
JimMundayWren Aggression10
JimMundayHarbour Entrance9
SueNashPoppies Past Their Best7
SueNashTrebah Garden Reflections 16
SueNashTrebah Monet Bridge6.5
JeffOwenStreet Food7
JeffOwenListening Post8
JeffOwenA Bit of a Whorl9.5
LynneOwenStorm a Brewing7.5
LynneOwenWhite Wash8
LynneOwenThe Artist’s Studio6.5
MichaelPalmerThe Seagull7
MichaelPalmerWaiting for the Daytrippers8.5
MichaelPalmerWalking in the Rain7
PeterRocchiccioliMaking Cottage Cheese9.5
PeterRocchiccioliLots of Visitors7

PDI Deadlines

The deadline for the 1st Club and Intermediate competitions is fast approaching. All your entries need to be in by the end of this Thursday 30th September 2021.

If you need help in preparing and uploading images please join the Digital Group Zoom meeting this evening, details are here.

You can always find the Key Competition dates on the website here.

The first Advanced PDI competition will be judged this Thursday 30th September, but don’t forget that the deadline for the second competition is 14th October 2021, so not far away.

As usual the PhotoComp Upload Site can be found here.

Doc Group SE Meeting Eastbourne 11am Sat October 2021

The RPS Doc SE Group will be holding first meeting of the 2021-22 season at Eastbourne. It will be followed by a PhotoWalk around Eastbourne.

The meeting will be held at:

Eastbourne and District Indoor Bowls Association, 5 Hampden Park Drive, Eastbourne, BN22 9QR at 11am on Saturday 2nd October.

Hamden Park is about 3 miles from the pier at Eastbourne and has good parking and spacious rooms,  giving us the chance to meet in a Covid safe manner utilising well separated small tables. Meeting in person will give us an opportunity to catch up with other group members, which was not possible in Zoom meetings. Refreshments will be available from the bar.

Attendance fee is £5, cash only. We will be taking lateral flow tests before coming and we would like you to do the same to minimise the risk of Covid infection.

More details here:

If you are interested in going please let me know.

Digital Group ZOOM Meeting September 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The first digital imaging group meeting will be carried out using Zoom. Given the huge range of skills in the club, designing a programme to suit everybody is going to be a challenge, so I thought we would kick off this year by going back to first principles and providing a basic overview of what Digital Processing is all about. So we will be looking at why we need to process our images, file formats and what software is available.

The second part is designed to help new members and people not confident in uploading images for competitions. This part will cover the basics of preparing images for our competitions and how to upload them to PhotoComp. Also covering how to change images in PhotoComp, set the title correctly etc.

Moving forwards, I would like feedback from attendees and members as to what topics they would like to see covered for further sessions in the year. I am also looking for volunteers to present topics.

This will be a Zoom meeting, the details are:

Time: Sep 28, 2021 19:30 London

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 851 2197 0707
Passcode: letmein

PAGB Master of Print

The PAGB are running the master of print again, our members can enter and I am doing it again as a Club entry any member can enter up to 5 prints at £3.00 each A3 size prints only.

Prints may be entered to any combination of Mono, Colour and nature categories.

Any member that wants to enter I need the entries by 30th September together with their forms and money. The full rules are on the PAGB website.

Thank you.

Peter Rocchiccioli

Digital Group Meeting September 28 7:30pm

The kickoff meeting for the 2021-22 season will be on the 28th September at 19:30 as a Zoom meeting.

The first meeting will be covering the very basics of preparing your images for club competitions and exhibitions, so we will be covering cropping, exporting and uploading to PhotoComp. The meeting will be especially targeted towards new members, or members that have not entered competitions before, but given the multitude of ways to do this, there is always something to pick up.

As a minimum we will cover exporting with:

  • LightRoom
  • Photoshop/Bridge
  • Affinity Photo
  • Darktable

We will also run through how to upload your images to PhotoComp, how to set your image titles and correct or replace entries and how to keep a record of what you have entered.

I would also like to hear from all members about topics they would like to be covered this season and which software they want to understand or learn about.

Please email me at: with your ideas. Also, let me know if you want to be on the group mailing list.