Results Of FPS Photographic Competition 2011

February 29, 2012

FPS Photograph Of The Year By Kevin North

Sue Dee, organiser of the FPS Photographic Competition, writes:

The 72 photographs from 30 entrants were judged by Chris Castle, an award winning photographer with over 30 years experience.

Chris is an Associate of the Disabled Photographer’s Society and has won a number of awards including a Silver Medal from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) for an exhibition of floral close-up work.

She has been placed twice in the RHS Annual Photographic Competition. Her work has featured in many magazines as well as on greeting cards and wedding stationary. Several of her Fleet Pond photographs were recently used on the BBC South weather slot.

Chris commented on the high standard of the entries to this year’s competition and on how much she had enjoyed judging: ‘Judging any competition is very subjective so this is very much my opinion only, and only on the day that I judged them.’

As well as photographic skills, Chris was looking for the ‘Moment to Remember’. In other words, a photo that stands out as unusual, it could be the light, the weather, the quirkiness of particular circumstances. In other words, something that is different cannot be repeated tomorrow and therefore ‘memorable’.

Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to everyone who entered. The winning photo is shown above and those that were highly commended follow, along with Chris’ comments.

The overall winner is a terrific photograph by Kevin North (above) that stood out from the crowd. The squirrel stopped on the way up the tree and looked straight at the camera and this moment was caught beautifully. Very good composition and focus with good colour and depth.

Highly commended photos were:

Dave Driscoll‘s photo in the snow, not a common sight in the south of England, is sharp and well composed and has a magical quality that snow gives to any scene.

Aaron Gee has managed to capture the elusive kingfisher in an unusual pose. There is good composition and depth of colour.

It was so nice for the heron to pose by the fishing sign and Mark Hodson has captured the moment perfectly. A sharp and well executed photo and great fun.

Daryl Scriven has the deer looking at the camera – not easy to capture, especially this well. He has made the most of a great opportunity.

Liza Toth has a fantastic light with the mist – light like this can change any minute. A well composed and a lovely and peaceful picture.


And the winner is…

February 19, 2012
Councillor John Kennett names Mandy Saxby Volunteer of the Year

Michelle Salter writes:

The winner of the Hart District Council Chairman’s Award to Fleet Pond Society’s Volunteer of the Year was announced at the Society’s AGM held on Saturday 18th February 2012.

This is the third year of the award, set up by Councillor Sharyn Wheale, to recognise a volunteer or group of volunteers, who members consider has done exceptional service to Fleet Pond or the Fleet Pond Society.

Councillor John Kennett presented the winning trophy to Mandy Saxby for her contribution to the pond in 2011. Mandy ventures out in all weathers to monitor water levels in the marshes, joins the monthly work parties, and manages the Society’s stock of branded clothing. In 2011, she raised £1600 for the Clearwater Campaign after walking for a staggering (literally) 24 hours around the pond.

Geoff Baker, of W C Baker & Son, who was unable to attend the AGM, was named as First Runner-Up and will receive a framed certificate. Geoff, along with his family and staff, is an enthusiastic supporter of the Fleet Pond Society and personally sharpens and services the large stock of tools used by their volunteers, for free.

Mandy Saxby, Ryan Saxby, Cllr. John Kennett, Terry Austin, Geoff Dee, Nick Keeley

The Second Runners-Up award was presented to the Last of the Summer Wine team, led by Terry Austin. As Cllr. Kennett commented, “They are named mainly for their dishevelled appearance after a hard mornings work under Terry’s command, rather than for ages that reflect those of the infamous TV oldies of that name.”

This intrepid team have repaired fences, cleaned and repaired the tern islands, erected bat and bird boxes, and built the boat jetty at Kenilworth Road viewpoint. Members include Mandy Saxby, with occasional help from son, Ryan, Cathy Holden, Geoff Dee and Nick Keeley.

Other nominees included Brenda Brown, who won in 2009, Nicolette Pike for her remarkably successful Garden Party in 2011, Vicki Jull for her organisation of the Cattle Lookers, the Christmas Card Campaign and water gauge reading, Jim Storey for his work for the Clearwater Campaign and researches into grant aid, Pat McKenzie for her overall support and amazing quizzes. And finally, Colin Gray…for being Chairman for so long!

Photographs: Michelle Salter

Fleet Pond Society AGM, Saturday18 February 2012

February 16, 2012

The Annual General Meeting of Fleet Pond Society
 will take place at
7.15pm on Saturday 18th February 2012 at the
St. P & J Church Hall, Kings Road, Fleet.

We would like to encourage Society Members to attend, as this is your opportunity to put questions to the Executive Committee and to share your views on the future of Fleet Pond Nature Reserve.

Following the official business of the AGM, there will be a short break for refreshments, before we announce the winners of the

Photographic Competition 2011.

We hope that everyone who has entered will be able come along to see their photographs on display.

First Snow At The Pond

February 9, 2012

After the reports on the news, I was expecting a significant downfall of snow last weekend but instead we just got a thin layer. Nevertheless I took the opportunity of taking a few snaps for the record.

Quite attractive in it’s own way!