Our programme 2018/19

You do not have to be a member to attend our events. Simply turn up on the evening for a taster of what we can offer. Please note we may occasionally ask for an entrance fee to cover the expenses of particular speakers. 

Tuesday 4th September 2018 at 7.30 pm [Museum]

Hot Images From The Edge

Brian Anderson 

AntarcticaDad&PenguinsCropped2Brian is a photographer, architect,  educator  and  adventurer based on the Wirral. Afflicted with Wanderlust for over 30 years, he has been fortunate to travel to over 55 nations and territories in Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, and further afield to the High Arctic, Geographic North Pole and Antarctica, to capture landscape, wildlife and travel images.

Brian runs courses on Improving Your Photography, Wildlife and Travel Photography, the Anthropocene, Our Changing World, Wilderness Exploration, the Visual Arts and the History of Early Photography. He has presented to audiences throughout the UK, and in Germany, Italy, Hungary, Cyprus, Spain and Finland. His images and articles have been published in travel brochures, international websites and UK photographic journals and lifestyle magazines, including Cheshire Life in April 2013.

In this talk, we travel down the river Nile from the Great Pyramids in Cairo to the temple of Ramses ll in Abu Simbel in Nubia, with Brian’s images of the wildlife, colourful landscapes, stunning architecture and the mystical Egyptian Gods who ensured the life giving properties of the River Nile.


Tuesday 11th September 2018 at 7.30 pm [Church]

L&CPU Folio

Plus members mini-lecture : ‘How To Create A Custom Brush in Photoshop’ by Sue Champion

Tuesday 18th September 2018 at 7.30 pm [Church]

Light Fantastic II

Gordon Bartley ARPS

This old-fashioned ’35mm slide’ presentation is suitable for mixed audiences, but does contains images of aircraft, steam railways, and cruise ships and also includes some landscapes, seascapes and some natural history. Gordon will also add on the images of his trip on HMS Illustrious at the end.  ‘Light Fantastic II’ has been viewed by three audiences to date, and has been well received.

Tuesday 25th September 2018 at 7.30 pm [Museum]


Managing colour and quality for prints and photo-books

Dr Tim Daly 

Tim DalyTim is the Deputy Head and Senior Lecturer in Photography at the University of Chester where he teaches on all levels of the BA Photography programme with special responsibility for practice based modules,  and also contributes to the MA Fine Art programme.

His special interests are production and publishing which was at the core of his PhD dissertation and he has also published a number of books about photography and printing.

Click here to see Tim’s books on Amazon


Tuesday 2nd October 2018 [Museum]

Time travelling through Chester

Paul Hurley

Paul HurleyLocal historian Paul Hurley explores the fascinating history of Chester through photographs and illustrations. Paul has written Chester Through Time with Len Morgan, Chester Pubs, again with Len, Chester in the 1950s and Chester in the 1960sA History Tour of Chester and Chester in 50 Buildings.


Tuesday 9th October 2018 at 7.30 pm [Church]

Competition – Open 1

Judge: TBA

Tuesday 16th October 2018 at 7.30 pm [Church]

Taking the next step

Dianne Owen FRPS

Dianne received her ARPS & FRPS in 2008 in Visual Arts. Her work is focused on adding art of her to the images she processes. They depict the emotions and experience that she felt during the process of taking the image. She loves pressing the button on the camera just as much a seeing a print emerge from the printer as she only works in prints. Her work is printed on Hahnemuhle Fine Art Papers as “it’s the paper that matters”.

Dianne owen

This talk is mainly focused on Creative Photography achieved by adding photographic textures and images to the images in Photoshop. The prints cover a wide range of subjects ranging from Still Life, Landscape to Digital Art, all with a creative touch. Various images in the talk are from the Creative Workshops that Dianne does.


Tuesday 23rd October 2018 at 7.30 pm [Museum]


RAW Nature: Images Uncovered

Oliver Smart

© Ian Butler

Oliver Smart is a wildlife photographer and ornithologist having studied at the University of Birmingham. His passion for nature and interest in photography captures the diversity of wildlife from behind the camera. As well as scores of magazine covers, his images have been published in the national press, nature magazines, books and wildlife guides. He is also represented by RSPB Images.

Oliver travels the globe in search of iconic species in their natural habitat, often waiting days to capture the perfect photograph. His wildlife photography has taken him all over the world to countries including Alaska for bears, Antarctica for penguins, Cuba for endemics, Ethiopia for bird diversity, Madagascar for lemurs, New Zealand for landscapes and the Azores for marine wildlife. Oliver’s diary page will keep you up-to-date with his latest trips and expeditions.

Oliver also holds voluntary positions for the RSPB, British Trust for Ornithology and the Avon Wildlife Trust where he is a warden at Puxton Moor nature reserve.


Tuesday 30th October 2018  at 7.15 pm [Museum]

Inter-club Print Battle

The annual competition between clubs across Cheshire, the Wirral and North Wales.

Tuesday 6th November 2018 at 7.30 pm [Church]

Competition – Open 2

Judge: Andy Polakowski

Tuesday 13th November 2018 at 7.30 pm [Church]

Members discussing their Open 1 & 2 competition entries

Thursday 15th November at 7.30 pm [St. Mary’s Centre, St Mary’s Hill, Chester]

Successful Street Photography

Damien Demolder

Damien is a photographer, journalist and photographic equipment expert, speaker, judge and educator. He has worked in the photographic publishing industry since 1997, including 15 years at the world’s only weekly photo magazine, Amateur Photographer, where he was editor and still writes regularly for DP Review and British Journal of Photography.


He specializes in street photography, but also shoots portraits, landscapes, architecture, natural macro and occasionally even wildlife and weddings. He has judged many competitions, including Chair of Judges for the Open, National and Youth categories of 2017 Sony World Photo Awards, Hasselblad Masters 2018, Take a View (Landscape Photographer of the Year), International Garden Photographer of the Year, Amateur Photographer of the Year, British Heart Foundation Red Heart competition, and The Thames Festival.


Entrance by ticket only, tickets £10  

Tickets are available at any of our meetings

Tuesday 20th November 2018 at 7.30 pm [Church]


L&CPU Folio

Plus members mini-lecture TBA

On Two Wheels With A Camera

Richard Barrett

CaptureA retired marketing professional, Richard looks after the club’s website and social media. When he’s not taking photographs most likely he’ll be on his bike clocking up an annual 10,000 km cycling around the more remote parts of the UK. He is currently working on his sixth guidebook for the outdoor activities publisher Cicerone – and working towards his first photographic award.

His talk will focus on taking photographs for publication.


Tuesday 27th November 2018 at 7.30 pm [Museum]

Same View, Different Perspective

Mark Gilligan FBIPP LRPS

gilliganMark Gilligan is one of the countries foremost Landscape Photographers. An official Fujifilm Ambassador, he is an accredited, award-winning member of the British Institute of Professional Photography. Mark was made a Fellow by them because of his specialist and original work in the Lake District.

A features writer for many magazines, he has his own photographic series in ‘Lake District Life’ and ‘Lancashire Life’. A member of the ‘Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild’, his work regularly appears in the national and regional walking publications. I first contacted Mark after he was featured in the BBC4 television programme Life of a Mountain: A Year on Scafell Pike.


Tuesday 4th December 2018 at 7.30 pm [Church]

Competition (Prints & DPI) – Natural History / Nature

Judge: AIan Whiston

Tuesday 11th December 2018 at 7.30 pm [Church]

L&CPU Folio

Plus members mini-lecture The Beauty of Water by Cyril Langman

Tuesday 18th December 2018 at 7.30 pm [Museum]

Landscape Photography : Lightweight Tools and Techniques

Robin Whalley

Robin Whalley is a UK Landscape Photographer. When he first became interested in landscape photography, almost two decades ago, he was frustrated by the lack of information. He wanted to progress quickly but everyone who he thought was taking great pictures kept their secrets, well secret. That’s when he decided to study everything he could find about photography and image editing. he also made himself a promise, which was to ‘share what he learned and learn what he did’t know’. It’s what’s made him “a better photographer”.

whalleyRobin is also an advocate of ‘lightweight’ photography, feeling that lightweight or mirrorless cameras help with reducing back and other problems experienced in carrying around heavy and cumbersome DSLR kit around.

Website: Lenscraft

Website: Lightweight Photographer


Tuesday 8th January 2019 at 7.30 pm [Curzon Park Golf Club]


Buffet Supper

Tuesday 15th January 2019 at 7.30 pm [Museum]

The humanitarian vision

Jim Holmes FRGS

HolmesJim is a British freelance documentary photographer. He has spent 30 years specializing in documenting humanitarian work worldwide, and especially the issues, needs, solutions and outcomes of the development process. His focus is the individuals and communities that are affected by these needs and changes and the challenges they face before and within this process.He has worked in almost 50 countries throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia including collectively living in Vietnam, Laos and Japan for over 20 years.

Documenting social and economic development issues includes current and emerging topics affecting communities and economies as they struggle with either post disaster or conflict reconstruction or for the opportunity to be lifted from poverty by the remapping of the global economy.

Jim has extensive experience working for bilateral agencies such as the IFC, United Nations agencies including WFP, UNICEF, FAO, UNCDF, UNDP, UNEP, and WHO. He has worked with numerous international non-government organisations that manage projects worldwide on issues as diverse as access to water in Laos through to preschools in Mongolia.


Tuesday 22nd January 2019 at 7.30 pm [Church]

Open Monochrome Competition (Prints & DPI)

Judge : Les Hitchcock

 Tuesday 29th January 2019 at 7.30 pm [Church]

Talks by members on their Nature & Monochrome competition entries.

Tuesday 5th February 2019 at 7.30 pm [Museum]

Landscapes, Cityscapes and Imagined Views

Andrew Brooks

Andrew is interested in the history and stories of locations. Getting lost among and within the buildings, cityscapes and landscapes; he archives the forgotten spaces to tell the tales of these sites.

brooksTaking inspiration from paintings within the Romantic era, he uses small details and studies of the landscape to create larger scale works that become his interpretation of that particular location. Through the process of building images, he aims to capture the forms and rhythms of nature and the city. Often as imagined or re-imagined scenes, he aims to create a heightened sense of place that feeds into the audience’s interaction with the work.

In his practice he uses photography, film and digital technology as a prism for seeing and experiencing the world, particularly the natural and urban landscape. He then processes and builds on what he’s recorded, presenting this to an audience through immersive experiences.


Tuesday 12th February 2019 at 7.30 pm [Church]

Competition (Prints & DPI) – Open 3

Judge : Steve Carr

Tuesday 19th February 2019 at 7.30 pm [Church]


Making HDR work

Justin Garner

JustinFrom an early age Justin had a fascination in natural history, birds in particular. This led him to photograph and document nature. He saw the potential and beauty of photography and decided to pursue it seriously 7 years ago. Over that time he has developed his skills in a wide variety of subjects. He enjoys all aspects of photography and work on many styles including portraits, wildlife, landscapes and abstracts.

This talk aims to develop an understanding into High Dynamic Range (HDR) images, his approach to creating them and what to look for when picking a subject.


 Tuesday 26th February 2019 at 7.30 pm [Church]

A Sense of Perspective

Derek Randall

Derek is a professional photographer based in Cheshire, covering Weddings, Portraits, Publicity, Events, Landscapes, and Fine Art.


Tuesday 5th March 2019 at 7.30 pm [Church]

Competition (Prints & DPI) – Subject : People

Judge : Rob Millin

Tuesday 12th March 2019 at 7.30 pm [Museum]


Bebington Salon of Photography

BPSA not to be missed evening with the perennially popular Bob Dennis presenting some of the very best images that amateur photographers seeking their BPE accreditation have entered into this year’s salon.



Tuesday 19th March 2019 at 7.30 pm [Church]

Success with snow

Dave Butcher 

Kindly supported by Ilford Photo and their parent company Harman Technology

butcherSince 2004, Dave has been a full-time professional photographer, darkroom printer and author specializing  in black and white photography. He gained his training during the time he spent at Ilford  Photo where he was responsible for their technical newsletter. He is a member of the High Peak Artist’s Association with permanent exhibition space in Buxton.

This presentation focuses on the challenges of winter photography, particularly how to take and print stunning snowscapes.


Tuesday 26th March 2019 at 7.30 pm [Church]

Competition – President’s Theme

This year our President, Keith Fitzpatrick has chosen the theme ‘?’

 Judge TBA

Tuesday 2nd April 2019 at 7.30 pm [Museum]

Underwater Photography: Art & Technique

Nick Robertson-Brown FRPS

robertson brownNick and Caroline Robertson-Brown are a dynamic husband and wife team of underwater photographers, photo-journalists and authors. They both have honours degrees from Manchester University in Environmental Biology and Biology respectively.

Nick is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and has a DipEd in teaching. Caroline has an MSc in Animal Behaviour. They are both multiple award winning photographers and along with 3 books published, they feature regularly in the diving, wildlife and international press. They work as Underwater Photography Editors at Scubaverse. Both are passionate about marine conservation and are UK Ambassadors for Sharks4Kids..


Tuesday 9th April 2019 at 7.30 pm [Church]

Talks by members on their Open 3, People & President’s Themed competition entries.

Tuesday 16th April 2019 at 7.30 pm [Church]

President’s Evening

The President presents a topic of his choice.

Tuesday 23rd April 2019 at 7.30 pm [Eaton Golf Club]

Annual Dinner & Presentation of Trophies.

Tuesday 30th April 2018 at 7.30 pm [Church]

Annual General Meeting.