Two exhibitions to visit

If you venture across the Mersey this month you can can visit two excellent photographic exhibitions and possibly make a day of it with a pleasant lunch in between.

Southport Photographic Society’s 71st National Open Exhibition

Southport Photographic Society’s is holding its 71st National Open Exhibition which is a nationally recognized exhibition run under the BPE (British Photographic Exhibitions). It is one of the dwindling number of exhibitions that includes prints. Alongside the national exhibition the Society is hosting a children’s and the members exhibition and you can see it in the main concourse of Wayfarer’s arcade, Lord Street, Southport with the members and children’s in a nearby shop.

The exhibition runs from 24th March 2018 to 8th April and entry is free. Click here for details.

RPS International Photography Exhibition 160

Claudia Legge, For as long as you can hold your breath you are free

Also this month at the Chapel Gallery in nearby Ormskirk you can visit the Royal Photographic Society’s International Photography Exhibition 160. That’s right this touring exhibition has been held almost every year since 1854 making it the longest running exhibition of its kind in the world.

The exhibition reflects the breadth of photography today and brings together work from student, amateur and professional photographers. It encompasses both single images and series across all genres, including Documentary, Landscape, Editorial, Photojournalism, Fashion, Contemporary, Conceptual, Portraiture, Abstract and many more.

The exhibitions runs from 17 March to 14 April (Tuesdays to Saturdays only) and entry is free. Click here for details. 


The club’s Annual Dinner and the presentation of trophies takes place at Eaton Golf Club on Tuesday 17 April, 7 for 7.30pm.

You do need to add you name(s) to the list that will circulating on club nights over the coming weeks, but there is no need to pre-select your choices from their perennially excellent menu which you can see by clicking on this link > CHESTER PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY ANNUAL DINNER 2018

For those new to the club, Eaton Golf Club is located in the village of Waverton which is just to the south of Chester off the A41. Click here for directions. 




High Speed Flash Photography 20th February 2018

George Franks demonstrated how to capture images with high speed flash ,using four different set-ups, before letting members have a go using their own equipment.

George Franks Demo

Red peppers and lemons were photographed falling in to water, and liquid droplets captured as they hit a glass rim. This enjoyable practical evening was all too soon “over in a flash”, but hopefully everyone has been inspired to have a go at home.

Clone It Out Workshop 11th February 2018

What better way to spend your Sunday afternoon than getting to grips with the Cloning, Healing and Patch tools in Photoshop ! Some of the attendees are pictured below working on their images.



Open 3 2017/18

Judge: Darren Oakden DPAGB, EFIAP, BPE3 Website

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Fabric of Industry; Northwich 17 February

Derek Randall, a professional fine art photographer, has put together Fabric of Industry – an exhibition that explores the microscopic worlds hidden within industrial materials taken from Northwich’s industry at the town’s Lion Salt Works museum.

Derek says, “My photographs explore subjects like the beautiful inner worlds of salt crystals formed over decades on site and the colours and inner landscapes produced by ageing metalwork – worlds that go unnoticed to the naked eye but whose beauty creates worlds in the imagination of the viewer.

Derek will be giving a free talk explaining the inspiration, development and processes of producing his photographs at the launch which is on Saturday the 17th of February at 2pm.

Entry is free entry but if you wish to reserve a place, please email


The Photographic Angle (TPA), a charitable organisation, that promotes touring exhibitions and education, has a show on later this month in Manchester called ‘Wildlife of the World’.

The images exhibited are all reflections of the great lengths that our photographers have been to in order to capture their shots. Some have chosen to shoot the biggest creatures in the animal kingdom, others the smallest. Some have chosen the commonplace whilst other have focused on species that are endangered. Some have selected the most docile of animals, others the most dangerous. The beauty of this exhibition lies in its diversity.

Participating photographers include Sylvia Adams, Monica Anantyowati, Richard Coles, Jon Colman, Ian Cook, Gary Dean, Len Deeley, Ann Dickson, Lana Gramlich, Sheila Haycox, Janette Hill, Leka Huie, Robin Lowry, Luisa Lynch, Stan Mace, Darren Nisbett, Johan J Ingles-Le Nobel, Natalia Okisheva, David Osborn, Micheil Page, Trish Rudduck, Maurice Schutgens, Sandy Scott, David Southern, Jethro Stamps, Sue Totham, Sandra Walmsley, Christine Willis, Stuart Yates

WHERE: St James’s House, 7 Charlotte Street, Manchester, M1 4DZ
WHEN: Wednesday 31st January to Sunday 4th February 2018, daily 10am to 3pm
COST: Entry is free – No tickets required

An evening with wildlife photographer Tesni Ward

Professional wildlife photographer Tesni Ward  has built herself an enviable reputation as one of the foremost Landscape and Natural History photographers in the country. Based in the Peak District National Park, she regularly runs workshops and tours, not only to help others capture beautiful images and teach individuals the art of photography but also to give them the opportunity to experience how magical the natural world is.

Disappointment and exhilaration in equal measure are universal aspects of wildlife photography, and at 8.00 pm on Thursday 4th January 2018 at St Mary’s Church Centre, Moss Lane, Sale Cheshire M33 6GD, she is giving a talk entitled ‘Working with Wildlife’ all about how challenging yet rewarding wildlife photography is, and how it will push you to your limits and test even the most determined of individuals. Having a thorough understanding of modern photographic essentials, she will be enriching her talk by giving us an insight into the extraordinary techniques and skills she uses to achieve her images.


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Nature 2017/18

Judge: John Sixsmith EPSA, BPE5, EFIAP

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