Once again, the COVID situation meant that all competitions were restricted to Digitally Projected Images only and run as online ‘Zoom’ meetings. Thanks to all the Lancashire & Cheshire Photographic Union judges who gave up their time to join us via Zoom and judge the images.
Over the seven different competitions a total of 294 images were submitted by 21 different entrants.
Congratulations to Jan Wilding who won Photographer of the Year for the third year running! Second place went to Patricia Keegan and third place to Ian Atkinson. Jan also won the Open DPI and the President’s Theme (Landscapes) DPI competitions.
The Nature DPI was won by John Wild, People DPI by Graham Latter and the Monochrome DPI by David Melville.
We have now received the results from the PAGB 2022 GB Cup competition and this time surprisingly we gained more higher scoring images in the Nature Section than in the Open Section. In the club ranking we came joint 43rd out of 77 clubs in the Nature Section and joint 68th out of 87 clubs in the Open Section.
Congratulations to Patricia Keegan who gained the highest score with her image Shadowy Man and thanks to all whose images we used as part of our entry.
Well we have nearly come to the end of the first half of our 2021-22 season, which has gone really well, despite having to carry out our club nights on line again via the Zoom meeting system. We have maintained an attendance of 30+ members enjoying speakers talking about a great variety of subjects. Several visitors have joined us on these evenings and have said they enjoyed the presentations.
We have had some excellent pictures submitted to the competitions held so far, giving the judges a difficult task to select the winners. So well done, Keith Fitzpatrick, Ron Sutton and John Wild. Regretfully we will not be holding our Christmas Social again this year, nor our Christmas dinner in January due to the uncertain Covid restrictions.
I would like to extend a special thank you to those committee members that have worked so hard behind the scenes to bring you our Tuesday evening enjoyment and thank you all for joining in each week. I would also like to thank Jan & Phil Wilding for organising the Discussion Evenings, during which we have discussed all sorts of topics revolving around photography. They have been very informative and helpful. You are all welcome to join in to put your experiences, ideas or find out how to do something. It is a very free and easy format. Looking ahead I hope we can have another successful period in the new year and maybe meet up at some point.
Chester PS submitted a panel of eight images into the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union (L&CPU) Annual Knockout Competition which was judged last Saturday 13th November. Forty two clubs took part and Southport PS were the winners with Chester PS coming a very creditable joint 17th place. You can read the full report here: https://lcpu.org/2021/11/2021-knockout-competition-results/
Thank you to the following club members whose images were used Ron Sutton, Patricia Keegan, Ray Groome, Sue Champion, Keith Fitzpatrick and Jan Wilding.
Congratulations go to Philip who was awarded third place in the “Best of Chester Photographic Competition” organised by Wilkinson Cameras.
Philip made a last-minute entry to the competition and was pleasantly surprised by the phone call to say he had won a prize. The picture, taken at Chester Zoo, was of an Orangutan swinging on a rope for a few minutes before he eventually fell off! Although a very popular subject in the competition, Philip was told his picture had the advantage of being the only one of a moving Orangutan; other photographs, though excellent, were of static subjects. The presentation of the vouchers to spend at Wilkinsons was made by the Lord Mayor of Chester, Cllr Martin Delany, on Saturday 25 September 2021 at the Chester shop.
An Invitation from The President for the 2021-2022 Season
Dear Friends and colleagues, I hope this letter finds you all keeping well, and able to get out and about both socially and to take even more photos of our wonderful world, without too many limitations. It is that time of year again that I would like to welcome you all back into the fold of The Chester Photographic Society by rejoining the club for a further year and help getting it up and running again, although behind the scenes it never really stops. New members or even lapsed members are very welcome also.
Our first meeting is on September 7th with a talk by David Garthwaite on “Fine Art: A Workflow” so set a reminder now.
Because of the uncertainty about the Corona Virus status it was decided at the AGM and confirmed at the last committee meeting that we would continue our meetings on line using the Zoom meeting facility for the coming season. Speakers for the first half of the season were booked a few months ago to do on line presentations and our competitions will also be done on line. We are now booking speakers for the second half of the season also on line, but we are also investigating the possibilities of holding live meetings at the Church Hall or a mixture of the above. The membership will be consulted on any change. Running alongside our club evenings last season was the “Discussion Group”, which were very informal chat evenings via Zoom on any photographic related subject participants liked to choose. The idea was to discuss individuals experiences, pass on advice, suggest different ways of approaching subjects, techniques or equipment preferences. They were very enjoyable and some good tips, advice and information was exchanged.
The club relies on its members to operate and succeed so please make the effort rejoin again this year, get involved, new ideas and members are always welcome.
Our annual awards this year have again been affected by the Pandemic with only Digital Images being entered. Thanks go to all the judges who were able to award points and give comments remotely over Zoom.
Congratulations go once again to Jan Wilding for being our “Photographer of the Year” in addition to winning three other trophies for the People, President’s Theme and Mono DPI competitions. Keith Fitzpatrick achieved 2nd Place Photographer of the Year along with the Nature DPI trophy and he gained the most points in the Open DPI three part competition. Sue Champion was awarded 3rd Place Photographer of the Year and Ian Nixon topped the points to become “B”Section Photographer of the Year.