Peter Chillingworth did a lot of work for the local community, being involved with the John Jempson & Son Social Club, Chairman of the Rye Community Centre and secretary of Rye Camera Club. His interest in photography began when at 21 he was bought his first camera by his wife Sheila, his camera followed him everywhere. His hobby soon became an obsession and his results earned much respect from others. He was a technical expert in most aspects of photography. You could ask him for information or advice on just about anything photographic. He gave talks to the club on a number of occasions. He had his own darkroom and printed all his own professional work.
By 1986 his professional driving career ended due to arthritis, but he continued with Jempsons working in the office until the early nineties. During this time, his hobby developed into a part time job, trying out wedding photography for the first time on his brother Nicholas.
He decided that this was his future, infact he became so inundated with work that he took the decision to go on his own, hence the birth of Peter Chillingworth Photography. In 1993 he won the Society of Wedding And Portrait Photographers’ Wedding Photographer of the year, and again in 1996,97 & 98.
Peter went on to become a licentiate of both the British Institute of Portrait Photographers and the Master Photographers’ Association. Much of Peter’s work was published in the Observer’s newspapers, in total he photographed 562 weddings in his career. More recent years have seen Peter branching out into Schools, Playgroups, Advertising and Insurance work.
Photographed By John Trowell
George Delemare was a leading member of the club for many years and a great personality. He was a slide lecturer whose speciality was wildlife and countryside photography. A close friend to many in the club. His love of the countryside is reflected in the subject for the trophy.
Dereck Hester was a very keen darkroom worker and always produced his own colour and monochrome prints. He was always encouraging others to have a go at producing their own work, a very enthusiastic member and a valuable committee member. His trophy is for own produced prints but these days they don't have to be darkroom produced.
The Gostrow Trophy
The Gostrow Trophy is named after the home of Tom Stephens, another very keen member of the club who passed away quite a few years ago. The trophy was donated to the club by his widow.
Roy Stubbs Trophy
Roy Stubbs had always been a great friend to the club. He was the driving force behind the Hastings & St. Leonards Camera Club (no longer in existence) but served us well over the years as a judge and speaker. A very keen darkroom worker who works in monochrome and a member of the local monochrome club "1066 Mono". Anyway the trophy named after him is for own produced monochrome prints (but doesn't have to be darkroom these days).