Chester PS hosted the Annual Interclub Print knockout at the Grosvenor Museum with twelve clubs participating. The judge for the evening was Paul Williamson LRPS from Bolton Digital PS and visitors were welcomed by Chester PS President Graham Latter. Nantwich swept the board by winning the Best Colour Print, Best Mono Print and they topped the table with 25 points. Mold came second with 18 points and Deeside and Mid Cheshire were joint third with 17 points. Chester lost all their prints by the second round in the colour section and our best performer was Richard Barrett’s mono print The Persistent Pedaller. The winning colour print was taken by Wray Douglas in Costa Rica.
Thanks go to all the participants who arrived in good time enabling a prompt start, and to all the CPS organisers and helpers who took on vital roles during the evening.
Malcolm Peacock our current CPS Photographer of the Year , has proven why he is on the top spot by winning a host of awards this year. The most prestigious by far is the Fremantle International Portrait Prize , held biennially , which had an entry of 1800 images.
The Fremantle International Portrait Prize (FIPP) was founded in 2010, based on an idea by Fremantle professional photographer, Dale Neill. It is open to all people worldwide and is assessed by the highest quality of independent judges gaining it a reputation as one of the leading photographic competitions in Australia. FIPP believes that photography is an international language and the biennial competition acts as an artistic magnet attracting photographic ideas, excellence and innovation from around the world. Every time someone enters FIPP they are also playing a small part in contributing to two worthwhile charities.
Malcolm knew that he was a finalist about two weeks prior to the announcements, but was actually on his way to Spain when the final results came through. Unable to be in Australia for the presentation – where results were announced live – he asked some family friends who lived nearby to go along to the event to accept on his behalf. The e-mail arrived in Malcolm’s inbox just as he was boarding his flight and he was stunned to find out that he was the first UK Photographer to win the overall competition. There is a short video in which Malcolm talks about taking the photograph which can be viewed on the FIPP facebook page.
Malcolm gained his BPE 2* earlier this year, after gaining 50 acceptances in British Photographic Exhibition approved Salons. Several images have been awarded commendations and ribbons.
Other notable successes include: Scottish International Salon – 1 Judges award . -1 PSA Gold Medal for Best Overall Picture. Edinburgh International Print Salon – 1 FIAP Gold Medal. Hoylake International Salon – 1 Judges Choice . – 1 PSA Gold Medal.
Malcolm is now addicted to competitions and is currently working towards awards from PSA (Photographic Society of America) , FIAP (International Federation of Photographic Art) and BPE3* (British Photographic Exhibitions ).
Congratulations Malcolm from all at Chester Photographic Society !
Visitors to our recent Exhibition in St Mary’s Centre were asked to vote for their favourite prints, and as expected the choices were very varied. Forty nine of the prints on display received votes , with only a point separating the top three. The overall winner was Winter’s Glow by Ray Groome. Second place was awarded to Orangutan by Keith Fitzpatrick, with Asad Syed’s If Eyes Could Talk in third place.
Thanks go to Rob Adams for collating and labelling the prints, those who came along to set up and to the Stewards . The prints really showcased the wide variety of photographic interests amongst the membership. Visitors commented on how difficult it was for them to choose a favourite because of the wide range of subject matter on display.
Colin Hulley from Permajet came along to deliver a Colour Management and Printing workshop at Vicar’s Cross on Saturday. Thirteen club members attended , making it pretty much a full house.
The morning was dedicated to Colour Management , Monitor Calibration and the importance of ICC Profiling for different papers. In the afternoon images were printed on to two different papers, so that comparisons could be made, using a Canon Pro 10s.
Colin brought along the full range of Permajet papers which proved very tempting to most of us! Details of their range plus lots of useful information can be found on their website at http://www.permajet.com
Many thanks to Jan Wilding for organising another very informative, sociable and great value workshop.
There are just a couple of weeks left if you want to see the PAGB Inter Federation touring Print exhibition which is being hosted by the L&CPU. This is a chance to see a selection of photography from across the various federations which make up the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain. The mono section was particularly strong.
Leigh Spinners Mill is located in Mill Park Lane, Leigh, Lancashire, WN7 2LB. The prints are on display on the Second floor which does have a lift. The exhibition is open daily from 9am to 6pm and it finishes on the 3rd September. If you visit on a Saturday morning between 10am-12 noon the volunteers will show you around the engine house on the ground floor which is being restored. There is no admission charge but donations are most welcome. There is a café there as well.
If visiting on Saturdays, it’s worth making a day out of your visit, not only to photograph the steam engines at the mill, but also to visit Astley Green Colliery, a few miles away on the East Lancs road. This museum boasts the only surviving pit head gear but two very large compound steam engines as well as lots of interesting stuff in the yard.
On Sunday 2nd June 2019 six CPS members got up early again to catch the action in this years’ Deva Triathlon. With the Swim starting in the Groves and the Bike Transition in Grosvenor Park, the competitors then headed out on the Bike Route over the Old Dee Bridge via Eccleston, Rossett and Borras; before returning via Aldford and back into the city along Boughton to end up back in the Park. The Run Route then went out of the Park, over the Suspension Bridge onto the Meadows, looping back along the riverside paths past Salmon Leap and onto the Old Dee Bridge and along the Groves.
Dan Craigen, the event organiser from Chester Triathlon Club, gave us the brief of recording not only the event in the City setting but more importantly the work of the volunteers and marshals along the routes. Despite poor lighting conditions on the day we managed to get a good coverage of the whole event, and were able to give Dan a CD of 315 images of the Triathlon.
A few CPS members took part in this year’s Lancashire & Cheshire Photographic Union Individuals Competition which was judged by Howard Tate, Richard Speirs and Simon Allen. A full roundup of all the results can be found on the L&CPU website: L&CPU Individual Results
Well done to Richard Barrett who had ” The Persistent Pedaller” retained for use by the L&CPU in inter-federation competitions. The judges commented on the high standard of entries, so with some of the best workers in the region taking part, it is well worth taking a look at the slideshows of high scoring images for each category – which can be found on the Information Portal or via this link: Slideshows. You may just spot one or two familiar ones.
Jan Wilding and Sue Champion had prints retained for the touring Portfolios, and Sue also had a print retained for the forthcoming exhibition.
Sunday 19th May 2019 saw a group of CPS photographers trying something new.
On locations from Delamere Forest to a Victorian Cemetery in Chester, Graham Currey, model and photographer, lead us on a journey through time in the company of his many characters. The lovely old Delamere station and the tracks gave us a starter for what turned out to be a very creative and enjoyable day. We were ‘shot’ by the railway tracks by ‘Gangster’ Graham, before heading into the forest with ‘cowboy’ Graham and Davy Crockett.
We ended the day in the Victorian Cemetery in Chester amongst the old gravestones in the company of Wyatt Earp and a Victorian Gentleman.
Throughout the photoshoot, Graham offered some shooting advice, came up with ideas for poses within the various locations, and responded to any requests from us for alternative angles. With each character and pose he ensured he made eye contact with every photographer in turn, and also ensured we all had ample opportunity to capture as many images as we wanted. You may even see some of these in future competitions!
Graham and his business partner Emma Finch also run Photography Session Days at various locations in the northwest www.sessiondays.co.uk
Malcolm Peacock has been awarded Chester Photographic Society Photographer of the Year for the second year running, and scooped seven trophies after scoring 502 points. The 2nd Place Photographer of the Year was Keith Fitzpatrick with 477 points, and Jan Wilding was 3rd with 467 points. Terry Daltry was awarded Beginner of the Year for his Digital Images.
Malcolm won both Print and Digital Photographer of the Year, the Annual Open Print and Open Digital three part competitions ; along with the trophies for the People and Monochrome Prints.
Members enjoyed their Annual Dinner at Eaton Golf Club when the awards were presented by retiring President Keith Fitzpatrick.
The President’s Annual Set Theme of Low Light was won by John Hoyle for his Digital Image and the Print section topped by Jan Wilding.
The Annual Nature Digital award went to Rob Tarrant, with Ray Groome collecting the Nature Print Trophy.
Richard Barrett received the Digital People trophy with Vicky Naudi winning the Digital Monochrome award.
Members are planning a print exhibition later in the year when many of the competition images will be on display.