To all our present and past members. I would like to wish you all “Seasons Greetings” on behalf of myself and The CPS Committee.
Under very challenging conditions we have managed to get through the first half of our Club year.
We have all had to adjust to having virtual meetings via the remarkable Zoom system. I personally wish to thank especially, Owen, Sue, Phil, Jan and Keith for their enthusiasm and tenacity in sorting out this new approach to our meetings. We have managed to carry out the prearranged program of Talks and Competitions with only minor adjustments. Hopefully we will manage to continue in the new year with the same success.
Wishing you all a “Very Pleasant Christmas” and a “Better Brighter New Year”.
Chester PS came 4th overall in this year’s Lancashire & Cheshire Photographic Union Novice Cup which was held on line. We thought we had achieved 3rd place , but after a re-check we dropped down a place. The overall winners were Oldham PS , with Lytham St Anne’s in second place and Burnley were 3rd- just one point ahead of Chester.
In the Open Section Jan Wilding and Patricia Keegan were both ranked third, finishing just one point behind the overall winner ! Keith Fitzpatrick was pushed in to seventh place (due to tied placings) despite scoring just one point less than the girls.
Jan and Patricia both received Commendeds for Hydrangeas and Albert respectively, and Patricia and Keith finished half way in the overall rankings for the Nature Section. Letizia Contini, Debbie Hesketh, John Hoyle , Viorica Naudi and Ian Nixon all submitted entries helping Chester to achieve such a great result.
It is a shame that the usual day long event with speakers could not take place this year , but thanks must go to Adrian and Jane Lines, all the judges and L&CPU helpers for putting on the event during these difficult times. For the full report please visit the L&CPU website using the link below:
As you know our season, including our competitions, was cut short by the pandemic. Only one competition, the President’s theme could not be completed and at that stage it was mathematically impossible for the three leaders in the Photographer of the Year challenge to be overtaken by any other members. Our annual awards will be given based on the scores for the six competitions completed.
As you will see, although our lady members number less than 20% of our membership, five of them have between them taken almost 80% of the trophies ! Congratulations therefore to Jan Wilding, Sue Champion, Patricia Keegan, Debbie Hesketh and Vicky Naudi. Particular congratulations of course go to Jan for being our “Photographer of the Year” in addition to winning two other trophies. (Jan has also won two of the three “on-line lockdown” competitions we have had so far over the close season !). Sue took three further trophies on her way to second place in the Photographer of the Year competition with Patricia also taking an additional trophy on her way to third place. Debbie took three first places and three seconds in the six competitions on her way to winning B group Photographer of the Year and Vicky took an additional first place and two seconds in the DPI competitions as well as winning the People DPI trophy. Congratulations also of course to our three gents who took trophies, Ian Atkinson and John Wild in the Nature competition, prints and DPI respectively, and Ben Gorman with the winning image in the Monochrome prints. For obvious reasons it will be some time before we can actually present the trophies but I’m sure you will join me in congratulating all of them on their many splendid images. You will hear more over the next few weeks about our plan for the coming season but we are aiming to include DPI competitions with external judging so I do hope many of you will enter next season’s competitions. Stay safe,
Chester PS took part in last weekend’s Lancashire &Cheshire Photographic Union Annual Club Competition which was held at Culcheth near Warrington. The Digital entries were judged on the Saturday with Prints on the Sunday. Three judges each scored out of 5, and on average it took 5 seconds for marks to be given in the Digital classes, with about 10 seconds per Print on the second day.
37 Clubs from across the region took part on the Saturday, with a slightly different combination of 22 clubs entering Prints. On both days it was the Nature section that was our weak point, but overall CPS finished a respectable half way down the tables.
Open Digital – 18th / 37 Nature Digital 25th / 37 OVERALL DIGITAL 23rd / 37
It is well worth looking at the slideshows for each section which can be found on the L&CPU website under the Information Portal Tab. There are some top class Nature images, and you will be able to see DPI’s and Prints which scored 12 and over. There were some very good images which scored under 12 too, so it was well worth going along to witness the marking. The full set of Club Ranking Lists is also available on the Portal:
Chester PS has significantly improved its performance in the GB Cup for Small Clubs by finishing 3rd in the Open Digital Section.
Congratulations go to Richard Barrett for collecting a Silver Medal for Wild Wales in August, which was the Simon Allen Judge’s Choice; and to Malcolm Peacock whose Praying Nun gained a Bronze Medal for the Best Portrait. Chester did well to scoop two of the eleven medals awarded.
The entries must be from at least 4 different photographers and each is marked out of five by three judges. This year’s judges were Andrea Hargreaves, Joan Blease and Simon Allen. Natural History images are NOT permitted in the Open section – but perhaps we will be encouraged to enter this section in the future.
Thanks go to the authors of the images used and to Keith Fitzpatrick for submitting our entry.
John Lewis kindly invited us to exhibit some of our photos in their Gallery within the cafeteria area of their store on the Greyhound Shopping Park. White mounts and frames have complimented the display of Mono Prints which will be on show until March.
The exhibition features places within conservation areas in and around Chester, and showcases the high quality of mono-printing produced by Chester PS members. Do take a look next time you are in the area, and also encourage family and friends to visit the exhibition over the next couple of months.
Thanks go to Graham Latter for making the initial contact, Rob Adams for co-ordinating the prints and the shop support staff at John Lewis for mounting and hanging the exhibits.
In September, during our short Annual Exhibition in St Mary’s Creative Space, the stewards were given this catalogue by a lady who had kindly brought it in for members of the club .
It is really interesting to read that our headquarters were at the Grosvenor Museum , and that the exhibition was displayed at Chester Town Hall from 6th June to 20th June between 10am and 9pm each weekday ! The President expresses his gratitude to Chester City Corporation for their continued encouragement , co-operation, and extremely generous gesture of placing the Town Hall facilities at the club’s disposal.
The adverts make for interesting reading , and many of us will remember Will R. Rose Ltd in Bridge St Row.
Over 600 prints and 400 slides were entered from all around the world with an acceptance rate of less than 1/3rd. The categories were Pictorial, Natural History, and Record :