Our Judges

Bracknell Camera Club has six of its members as qualified PAGB judges. Their contact details are all listed in the latest PAGB Handbook should any other club want to ask for their help with competition judging.

We are very lucky to have so many judges who not only give up their free time for judging at other clubs but also coach fellow members of the club and participate in our weekly workshops.

Here are some of their bios:

Caroline Colegate ARPS APAGB

My interest in photography started when I was handed an old SLR camera during a physics lesson at school! I achieved my ARPS in Contemporary Photography in 2011 and I enjoy all genres of photography. My own personal choice of subject matter is anything to which I have a strong emotional attachment or one that has an enduring expressive quality.

I was elected President of Bracknell Camera Club in 2008, a post I held until June 2019. I was also their Programme Secretary for seventeen years.

I am passionate about the quality of images and play an active role in coaching people to achieve both RPS and PAGB distinctions. In 2002 I became a judge for the Southern Counties Photographic Federation (SCPF) and in 2017 I was accepted onto the PAGB list.

I am currently a member of the SCPF Judging Sub Committee and am involved with the vetting and assessing of applications from potential new judges.

Jeff Lawrence LRPS CPAGB

Although I remember being fascinated in my teens by film development and printing, it wasn’t until I reached my sixties, and after retiring from a career as a chemist and engineer, that I returned to photography. Thanks to a free taster course run by my local authority, I became hooked on Photoshop, joined the RPS and its Digital Imaging Group, and took a City and Guilds course in photography. All of this provided me with the basics of image capture and processing but it was only when I joined Bracknell Camera Club and entered its competitions that I really began to understand and appreciate the artistic as well as the technical aspects of the subject.

Over the years I have served on the club committee, developed an expertise in close-up and macro photography, given talks, run courses and Special Interest Groups, supported local good causes and organised exhibitions at our local Arts Centre. In between all of this, I entered national and international competitions (with modest success) and also achieved the first steps on the RPS and PAGB Distinction ladders. My personal photographic interests are wide-ranging, from Architecture to Zoology, from Abstract Art to Urbex and I take every opportunity I can find to explore unfamiliar genres.

Some eleven years ago I was persuaded to try my hand at judging. This proved to be both challenging and exciting for me and has continued to be so ever since. My breadth of interest in photography offers me endless stimulation but it is judging which has become my first love.

Jeff can be contacted via his Club email or through the usual channels for booking judges.

Daan Olivier FRPS AFIAP

Daan has been active in photography and fine art for over 40 years as an international award-winning photographic artist whose work has been widely exhibited in many countries. His preferred styles are abstract, conceptual, contemporary, surreal and minimalist.In 2018 he was awarded a Fellowship of The Royal Photographic Society in the Conceptual Genre.

Daan can be contacted via his Club email or through the usual channels for booking judges.

Martin Bethell

Originally as a member of BCC for a few years when I was the young age of fifteen, I left to head off to university, then the important task of finding a job. Whilst doing this I always kept my hand in photography and rejoining BCC a few years ago, I wanted to find another avenue for my personal skill set development within the photographic world.

It was suggested that I undertook the SCPF judging course. The course and it’s content had recently been redesigned. I was fortunate to be one of the first to undertake it and become one of the new generation of judges. The SCPF wanted judges not to be primarily focused on the ‘thirds rule’ or ‘technical idiosyncrasies’ within the image but rather the emotive connectivity and connection I felt the image and photographer wanted to portray. This new level of appraisal of images has been a success and it has allowed myself to broaden my horizons for my own photography.

Always happy to offer advice on an image, or if you fancy becoming a judge yourself, it’s challenging but very rewarding!

Martin can be contacted via his Club email or through the usual channels for booking judges.

Paul Hendley Ph.D. LRPS CPAGB

I am a retired scientist who spent 60+ years believing I did not have an artistic bone in my body. Having seriously adopted photography at retirement, I have found it allows people like me to create something they (and others) can feel is beautiful. This has been eye-opening and very satisfying and, coming from a science background, it has been illuminating to start to learn the extent to which photographs can play directly on the emotions irrespective of their technical characteristics.

An OU course helped me grasp the technical basics and I read extensively and attended many workshops etc. to extend my skills and knowledge culminating in my successful LRPS panel and CPAGB assessments. I am actively trying to expand my photography across genres but my comfort zone still lies in macro work. I am thoroughly familiar with LR and Photoshop but have a lot more to learn to reach the standard I feel I need to achieve to make the best of my image concepts.

In my younger years, I enjoyed being a US soccer referee for 10 or 12 years and so I am comfortable with making judgements that are not necessarily popular with all! My company was very strong on performance appraisals and so I am practiced with the principles and practice of constructive feedback. Having received the excellent training from SCPF, I hope I will develop to be a successful club judge despite having seen how difficult the task can be – both in terms of differentiating between great images and being positive about less wonderful ones!

Paul can be contacted via his Club email or through the usual channels for booking judges.