L&CPU Annual Club Digital Competition 2021

Chester PS Nature Digital Entry

This Saturday saw the results of the L&CPU Annual Club competition judged by Gwen and Phil Charnock shown over zoom.. Each club could submit 16 images in the Open Digital class and 8 Nature Digital images. The marks achieved can be seen in blue at the top of each image. This year images were marked out of 20.

In the Open category Chester finished joint 28th / 41 clubs with 242 points.

We fared much better in the Nature Digital gaining 126 points to be placed joint 17th / 41 clubs.

Overall we were ranked joint 21st with a total of 268 points.

As usual the top two clubs were only separated by one point with Oldham PS just pipping Chorley PS. The full results and slideshows of the top scoring images can be found on the Information Portal here : https://www.lcpu-portal.org/launch/

Chester PS Open Digital Entry

Thank you to all the authors, and to Keith Fitzpatrick for helping with the selection. The L&CPU provided an entertaining Saturday, particular thanks going to Adrian and Jane Lines and the judges for all their hard work. We did not enter the Print competition due to the difficult logistics, but anyone wanting to watch this over zoom can do so next Saturday 27th March.

Report by Sue Champion

GB Cup 2021

Last weekend saw the judging of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain GB Cup competition. This year all clubs were placed in the same category, so we were up against the “Big Boys”. In the OPEN Digital Competition Chester PS finished a very respectable 49th out of 120 clubs from across the British Isles. Images are traditionally chosen from the previous season’s competition entries as this event is usually held earlier in the year. Thanks go to authors Ian Atkinson, Sue Champion, Letizia Contini, Patricia Keegan, Ali Muspratt, Vicky Naudi, Ron Sutton, Rob Tarrant and Jan Wilding. The marks awarded are shown in red alongside the images below:

As there was a joint 1st place, it was necessary to do a count back (using the 13th image)resulting in Smethwick Photographic Society being the winners of the 2021 GB Cup.

The GB Cup for Nature is a much tougher affair, which is reflected by Chester finishing 92 /104 clubs. Not all clubs enter this section ,so it was great that Chester could put an entry together. Thanks go to authors Sue Champion, Patricia Keegan, Cyril Langman, Derek Meredith, Vicky Naudi, Ian Nixon, Ron Sutton and John Wild.

Again there was a joint 1st position requiring a count back where the 13th image was taken into consideration. Roll Royce Derby Photographic Society are the winners of the 2021 GB Cup for Nature.

Report by Sue Champion.

Christmas message 2020

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”.

Graham Latter

CPS President.

CHESTER PS finish 4th in LCPU NOVICE CUP

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:

https://lcpu.org/2020/10/11/2020-novice-cup-results/

2019-20 Season Trophy Winners

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,

Cheers
Keith

Keith Fitzpatrick – CPS Secretary

L&CPU Annual Club Competition

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

Colour Print – 11th /22 Mono Print 11th / 22 Nature Print 18th / 22 OVERALL PRINT 11th / 22

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:

http://lcpu-portal.org/current/Galleries.php

The top scoring Chester image was Speedo Girl by Malcolm Peacock with 14 points , and Bad Hair Day was given 13.

We noticed that the scores in the Mono section seemed generally quite low, but despite this, Ray Groom’s Vestrahorn & Shoreline and Malcolm’s Praying Nun both scored 13.

Thank you to all the authors for contributing your images to the CPS entry.

There will be an opportunity for CPS Members to enter their own images/prints into the L&CPU Annual Individual’s Competition in May.

Sue Champion & Jan Wilding

CHESTER PS come 3rd in the GB Cup for small clubs Open Digital Competition

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.

Richard and Malcolm with their medals

Forty clubs from across Great Britain entered this section which was topped by Tamworth PS with 125 points. Chester scored 117 points with the ten images above and six of them will be exhibited in a digital gallery. http://www.thepagb.org.uk/competitions/great-british-cup/

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.

EXHIBITION of PRINTS

Around & About Chester in Mono

the GALLERY, John Lewis Cafeteria, CH1 4QG.

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.