North Cheshire Open PDI Knockout Competition 

We were invited to take part in the North Cheshire Open PDI Knockout Competition which was held on Zoom on Saturday, 3rd June, 2023.  Twenty seven clubs entered from around the region and each submitted 5 images from 5 different authors.   Our entry came from Ray Groome, Sue Champion, Keith Fitzpatrick, Kate Sawallisch and Jan Wilding.  The total number of images in the competition was 135 and it was quite a task for the judge, Terry Donnelly, who eventually whittled it down to 6 final images.  Congratulations to Sue Champion whose image of ‘Seth’ made it through to the last 6 but was just pipped at the post by Stephen Moon from High Peak Photographic Club.  

There was a tie for first place between Chorley PS and The Evolve Group and we came a very creditable joint 9th together with Knutsford PS, North Cheshire PS and Warrington PS.  The following table shows the full results:-

Report by Jan Wilding

External Competition Secretary

CPS Annual Dinner 2023

CPS President Graham Jones presented trophies to Keith Fitzpatrick, Sue Champion and Jan Wilding.

The Annual Dinner and Presentation of Trophies was held at Chez Jules on Monday 17th April. President Graham Jones congratulated members on the standard of entries submitted to this year’s competitions.

Thanks go to Kate Sawallisch for booking the venue and Terry Daltry for organising the engraving of trophies.

Trophy Winners 2022-23 Season

Congratulations to Keith Fitzpatrick who won Photographer of the Year. Second place went to Sue Champion and third place to Ron Sutton.

Photographer  of the  YearKeith Fitzpatrick482 points
2nd placeSue Champion475 points
3rd placeRon Sutton453 points
Print Photographer of the YearKeith Fitzpatrick249 points
DPI Photographer of the YearSue Champion235 points
Open DPIKeith FitzpatrickThe Spiral Stairs
Open PrintJan Wilding4 Pink Tulips
Landscape DPIIan NixonAlpine Church, Mieming Austria
Landscape PrintKeith FitzpatrickWhite Horses at Skegness
Nature DPIJohn WildSea Eagle
Nature PrintKeith FitzpatrickPeacock at Full Volume
Mono. DPISue ChampionSeth
Mono. PrintRon SuttonDeep Freeze Trees
Abstract DPISue ChampionInferno
Abstract PrintKeith FitzpatrickDiamond
People DPIJim JonesBecky Focused
People PrintSue ChampionSteampunk Dave
Pres. Theme DPIJim JonesDownward Bound
Pres. Theme PrintSue ChampionWings of Grace

Following an enforced break due to COVID this season saw the return of our Print competitions and a return to ‘face to face’ competitions at The United Reform Church in Vicar’s Cross. Thanks to all the PAGB approved judges who gave up their time to join us and judge the images.

This season we replaced two of our ‘Open’ competitions with Landscape and Abstract themed competitions.

Over the seven different competitions a total of 312 images were submitted by 20 different entrants.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Terry Daltrey

Internal Competitions Secretary

Exhibition Success

The Hoylake International Small Prints Exhibition was held recently with the award ceremony last week. This exhibition, which enjoys the support of the Photographic Society of America (PSA), attracted over 500 entries from 10 countries with only a third of entries being accepted.

Sue Champion had four images accepted and was awarded a PSA Ribbon for her image “Lightshade Curves” in the Geometry section. She also had three images accepted in the Flowers-Colour section. Congratulations to Sue.

L&CPU Annual Club DPI Competition 2023

The L&CPU Annual Club DPI Competition for 2023 was judged last weekend in Chorley. We submitted 16 images to the Open Section and 8 to the Nature section. All images were taken from recent CPS competitions and we were pleased to be able to include works from some newer members in our entry. 

Congratulations must go to John Wild and Terry Daltrey whose images of the ‘Sea Eagle’ and ‘Grey Heron’ both scored 13 out of 15 points in the Nature Section and to Jim Jones whose landscape image ‘The Rivals’ also scored 13 points out of 15 in the Open Section.

Again, we were competing against some of the very best clubs in Lancashire and Cheshire and although we may not have scored very highly in the overall Club ranking, coming 30th out of 36 clubs, we were proud to take part.  

The following links will take you to the Online Catalogue and the Virtual Galleries on the L&CPU site where you can see the award winning images from this competition.

Congratulations and thanks to Patricia Keegan, Sue Champion, Vikki Naudi, Kate Sawallisch, Jim Jones, Jim Walshe, John Beavan, Ron Sutton, Keith Fitzpatrick, Terry Daltrey, John Wild, Ian Atkinson, Ian Nixon and Jan Wilding whose images we used in our entry.

Jan Wilding

External Competition Secretary

Abstract Competition

Congratulations to the winners of our Abstract Competition. This was the first time we have held a competition on this theme and there was a lot of interest to see the variety of images members has entered, and the judge’s comments were very well received.

Print Section

Keith Fitzpatrick – Diamond

DPI Section

Sue Champion – Inferno

PAGB GB Cup 2023

Chester PS recently took part in the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain GB Cup. We scored 107 points and were placed 13th out of 14 in the GB Cup (Limited Eligibility) formerly known as the GB Cup for Small Clubs.  This was a nationwide competition, and we were up against some of the very best clubs in the country. Although we may not have scored very highly on this occasion it is, as they say, the taking part that counts and it all helps to raise the profile of our club and hopefully encourages us to take even better photos.

Thanks must go to Sue Champion, Keith Fitzpatrick, Jim Jones, Patricia Keegan, David Melville, Ron Sutton, Jim Walshe and Jan Wilding for the use of their images.

Report by Jan Wilding, External Competition Secretary