The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain recently held its annual competition ‘The GB Cup for Small Clubs’. Clive Smith submitted our entries which were chosen from last season’s CPS highest scoring club competition images.
In the Open Category, Chester improved from joint 35th out of 57 clubs countrywide last year, to be a very respectable joint 19th out of 56 clubs this year with a total of 104 points. It’s a reflection on the subjective nature of judging that Terry’s excellent “Sad Ollie” , which did so well at the L&CPU Interclub, was at the lower end of the results this time. Each image is scored out of 5 by three judges, giving a possible maximum of 15 points.
Chloe Malcolm Peacock 9
Sad Ollie Terry Daltry 9
Breaststroker Malcolm Peacock 10
Canoeist Malcolm Peacock 10
Me And My Teddy Sue Champion 10
Summer Blooms Sue Champion 10
Spicy Janice Wilding 11
The Mandolin Rocks Keith Fitzpatrick 11
Summer Blues Keith Fitzpatrick 12
Vestrahorn With Reflections Ray Groome 12
The digital images entered for the ‘GB Cup for Nature’ did not fare as well , with Chester scoring 96 points to finish joint 76th out of 86 clubs. This is however a very tough category ,with some formidable opponents from across the country.
Reddish Egret Ray Groome 12
Spider And The Fly Malcolm Peacock 10
French Bee On Lavender John Hoyle 9
Elephant Enjoying Dust Bath Patricia Keegan 10
Primula Vulgaris Malcolm Peacock 9
Yellow Eyed Penguins Grooming Keith Fitzpatrick 10
Mute Swan Rob Tarrant 9
Southern Ground Hornbills Sue Champion 9
The Gibbon Gaze Ken Waldie 9
Broad-bodied Chaser Cyril Langman 9
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Congratulations to CPS member Malcolm Peacock for recently achieving the British Photographic Exhibitions One Crown Award – BPE1 *
Malcolm has shared a few thoughts about his experience:
” This Year I decided to give external competitions a try, and selected the British Photographic Exhibitions (BPE) as my first venture into the world of non-club competitions. I have found the whole experience challenging & very enjoyable. Delighted too, in my first year, to have been awarded the BPE1 star after gaining twenty five acceptances. One acceptance in a BPE Salon equals one point, twenty five points equals BPE1* “
If you are interested in finding out more about the process, and the approved exhibitions then visit the BPE website at:
Chester PS took part in this year’s L&CPU Interclub Digital Image Knockout competition on Saturday evening at Poynton Civic Centre.
Thirty nine clubs from across Lancashire and Cheshire took part, with judging carried out by John Cartlidge EFIAP/p APAGB BPE5*.
Due to the number of entries, only 4 out of the 8 images submitted by each club were used. The standard was really high, but the experienced judge lost no time in eliminating 30 of them in the first round. Chester lost an image in each round resulting in a total of 10 points to finish half way in the rankings. The overall winners , after a tie break, were Poulton le Fylde with 17 points.
Chester’s entry included images by Keith Fitzpatrick, Ray Groome, Malcolm Peacock and Terry Daltry . Terry is to be congratulated for Sad Ollie surviving until the 4th round. The evening gave a good overview of the standard of work being produced, and was a real insight in to the speed of the judging process and importance of impact.
On Thursday 15 November, St Mary’s Creative Space was the venue for our visiting speaker Damien Demolder to talk about successful street photography. He told us how thoughtful composition and the use of light were key components to his images and encouraged us to embrace the smaller discreet mirrorless cameras that now make street photography so much easier.
Ordinary life photographed in an extraordinary way
Damien’s definition of what makes good street photography
Damien was supported by Panasonic so naturally a full range of Lumix cameras and lenses were on display for the audience to try out and impressive they are too.
Many thanks to everyone who helped out with the evening.
On Tuesday 30th October Chester PS hosted the Annual Inter-club Print battle between thirteen clubs from across Cheshire, Wirral and North Wales at a packed Grosvenor Museum.
Birkenhead, Chester, Deeside, Ellesmere Port, Frodsham, Halton, Hawarden, Heswall, Hoylake, Mold, Nantwich, Northwich, and Warrington took part in the knock out, which was judged by Tillman Kleinhans.
Warrington PS were overall winners with a score of 26 points and Nantwich came second with 22 points. Hoylake were 3rd with 20 points, and Chester came 4th with 18 points. The Best Mono Print was Me and my Dog by Andy Polakowski from Mold. The Best Colour Print , Ptarmigan, was awarded to Margaret Sixsmith from Hoylake.Thanks go to all those who contributed to the organisation of the evening , and to the many helpers on the night.
Visitors to our exhibition said they found it very difficult to choose their favourite images, and all seemed impressed at the variety of subjects on display. Every author received votes which was encouraging.
Congratulations to Richard Barrett whose image “The Bench” was voted the visitors favourite by a clear majority. Three images tied for second place – “Pelican in Flight” and “Vestrahorn with Reflections” both by Ray Groome, and “The Railway Station” by Owen Watkins. Ron Sutton’s “Flying Low” was in third place. Many thanks to all exhibitors and helpers.
Congratulations to Richard who recently gained his Licentiateship of the Royal Photographic Society. The successful panel of ten photographs is featured below, along with Richard’s summary of the whole experience:
I joined the RPS back in November as it seems to be much more receptive to the type of photography I want to do than the typical camera club judge. As soon as I joined I decided to have a bash at their entry-level, licentiate distinction and quickly assembled a panel of ten prints from existing images for an advisory day I attended in Manchester in February while still hobbling around on crutches after fracturing my hip.
At that, a panel of RPS judges give you advice about your work in front of an audience of other members, telling you the good, the bad and the ugly. They also pick through the best of your spare images to make a panel that they feel would improve your chance of success. For an LRPS you need to demonstrate competence across a range of different techniques, show good control of the camera and produce finished prints. And although the panel does not need to have a theme running through it, it should be balanced and pleasing to the eye. One of the best bits of advice from that day was not to print any larger than A4 unless you want to show up your flaws.
I reworked my panel in line with their advice and entered myself for assessment at the RPS offices down in Bath in early April as soon as I could safely drive again. These are pretty stressful events as again the assessment is done by a panel of five RPS judges in front of a public audience. However although everyone can hear their commentary, the judges sit with their backs to the audience and their voting is done by discretely flashing green or red cards that only the coordinating judge can see.
Also only the names of those who the judges recommend for the distinction are announced to the audience with the majority of applicants appearing to wait for a suitable time before quietly slipping out of the auditorium to collect their rejected portfolios. I was one of the lucky ones but I suspect I scraped by on a majority rather a unanimous verdict, I’m busy writing another book at the moment but am already exploring some ideas for compiling a portfolio for the Associate distinction which requires 15 images around a theme. So I guess I’ll take a bash at that sometime in the next couple of years.
It’s not cheap – £130 annual membership, plus £20 for an advisory day and £65 for an assessment, but you do get the monthly RPS magazine which I think is exceptional, and discounted fees to courses and workshops. I also pay extra to participate in the North West Region Landscape Group and Contemporary group, where the only rule is your image has to be about something, not just of something.
In a closely contested season , Malcolm Peacock was awarded Chester Photographic Society Photographer of the Year with 480 points. The 2nd Place Photographer of the Year was Sue Champion with 479 points, and Patricia Keegan was 3rd with 467 points. Ray Groome won Print Photographer of the Year topping the sections for Nature, the President’s Transport Theme and also Monochrome. The Annual Open competition for Prints was awarded to Malcolm Peacock along with the President’s Transport Themed Digital section. Patricia Keegan was awarded Digital Photographer of the Year , topping the Annual Open and Nature Digital sections. The People Trophy for Digital images was won by Sue Champion with Keith Fitzpatrick winning the People Prints. Ron Sutton won the Digital Monochrome category and John Hoyle was awarded Beginner of the Year for his Digital Images.
Members enjoyed their Annual Dinner at Eaton Golf Club on 17th April, when the awards were presented by President Keith Fitzpatrick.
Trophy winners pictured below:
Patricia Keegan, Ray Groome, Ron Sutton, Sue Champion, Keith Fitzpatrick and John Hoyle.