L&CPU Knockout Competition 2021

Chester PS submitted a panel of eight images into the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union (L&CPU) Annual Knockout Competition which was judged last Saturday 13th November.   Forty two clubs took part and Southport PS were the winners with Chester PS coming a very creditable joint 17th place.   You can read the full report here: https://lcpu.org/2021/11/2021-knockout-competition-results/

Thank you to the following club members whose images were used Ron Sutton, Patricia Keegan, Ray Groome, Sue Champion, Keith Fitzpatrick and Jan Wilding.

Jan Wilding

External Competition Secretary

Success for CPS Member Philip Macey

Congratulations go to Philip who was awarded third place in the “Best of Chester Photographic Competition” organised by Wilkinson Cameras.

Philip made a last-minute entry to the competition and was pleasantly surprised by the phone call to say he had won a prize. The picture, taken at Chester Zoo, was of an Orangutan swinging on a rope for a few minutes before he eventually fell off! Although a very popular subject in the competition, Philip was told his picture had the advantage of being the only one of a moving Orangutan; other photographs, though excellent, were of static subjects. 
The presentation of the vouchers to spend at Wilkinsons was made by the Lord Mayor of Chester, Cllr Martin Delany, on Saturday 25 September 2021 at the Chester shop.

Season 2021-2022 starts on Tuesday September 7th

Here are some of the visiting speakers to look forward to this autumn:

Please note the change to original programme on 21st September.

The On-line discussion group will return on Thursday 23rd September at 8pm, keep up to date here:


An Invitation from The President for the 2021-2022 Season

Dear Friends and colleagues,
I hope this letter finds you all keeping well, and able to get out and about both socially and to take even more photos of our wonderful world, without too many limitations. It is that time of year again that I would like to welcome you all back into the fold of The Chester Photographic Society by rejoining the club for a further year and help getting it up and running again, although behind the scenes it never really stops. New members or even lapsed members are very welcome also.

Our first meeting is on September 7th with a talk by David Garthwaite on “Fine Art: A Workflow” so set a reminder now.

Because of the uncertainty about the Corona Virus status it was decided at the AGM and confirmed at the last committee meeting that we would continue our meetings on line using the Zoom meeting facility for the coming season. Speakers for the first half of the season were booked a few months ago to do on line presentations and our competitions will also be done on line. We are now booking speakers for the second half of the season also on line, but we are also investigating the possibilities of holding live meetings at the Church Hall or a mixture of the above. The membership will be consulted on any change. Running alongside our club evenings last season was the “Discussion Group”, which were very informal chat evenings via Zoom on any photographic related subject participants liked to choose. The idea was to discuss individuals experiences, pass on advice, suggest different ways of approaching subjects, techniques or equipment preferences. They were very enjoyable and some good tips, advice and information was exchanged.

The club relies on its members to operate and succeed so please make the effort rejoin again this year, get involved, new ideas and members are always welcome.

Graham Latter


Our annual awards this year have again been affected by the Pandemic with only Digital Images being entered. Thanks go to all the judges who were able to award points and give comments remotely over Zoom.

Congratulations go once again to Jan Wilding for being our “Photographer of the Year” in addition to winning three other trophies for the People, President’s Theme and Mono DPI competitions. Keith Fitzpatrick achieved 2nd Place Photographer of the Year along with the Nature DPI trophy and he gained the most points in the Open DPI three part competition. Sue Champion was awarded 3rd Place Photographer of the Year and Ian Nixon topped the points to become “B”Section Photographer of the Year.

L&CPU Annual Individuals Competition May 8th & 9th 2021

Last weekend saw the opportunity for CPS members to enter their own DPI images into the L&CPU Annual Individual’s Competition. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing Covid restrictions this competition was for DPI entries only. There were two sections :-  Open Colour and Mono section and a Nature section. Up to 12 images could be entered into the Open section and up to 6 images in the Nature section. The judges this year were Leo Rich, Bill Hall and Mike Sharples. Four CPS members entered their images and a full round up of the results can be found on the L&CPU website :


The slideshows can be found here:

Open – https://www.lcpu-portal.org/launch/slideshow/SlideShow.php?ClassID=225&SetScore=12

Nature – https://www.lcpu-portal.org/launch/slideshow/SlideShow.php?ClassID=226&SetScore=12

Congratulations and thanks to Sue Champion, Patricia Keegan, Ian Nixon, and Jan Wilding for participating and keeping our name up there with all the other clubs in the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union.

Best wishes