27 03 2015

Annual Club Competition 2015


Important note - updated rules posted 22nd March 2015 @00:00 hrs


9th May and 10th May 2015
Lowton Church of England High School
Newton Road, Lowton, WA3 1DU


  • Pete McCloskey FRPS, APAGB

Key dates:

  • on-line and print hand in - 1st May
  • Pdi competition - 9th May
  • Print competition - 10th May

Drop-off Points:

Bob Robinson 5,Laburnum Grove, Tyldesley, Manchester
M29 8PL
0161 790 1102
Norman Thompson 136, Sunny Bank Road, Unsworth, Bury
0161 766 6765
Henry Mullarkey 22,Greetby Hill, Ormskirk, Lancashire
L39 2DS
01695 570378
Garth Tighe 4, Quarry Rise, Romiley, Stockport
0161 4949183

Competition Secretary’s please note: The two competition days are open to your members to view the judging (Pdi Saturday/Print Sunday). The theatre can accommodate 120 seated. Please email competitions@lcpu.org.uk with your club requirements. Seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis or you can just turn up on the day.

** Note that tickets for the Club Annual are already being snapped up!**

The rules are now available for download: 2015 Club Annual Competition Rules



Results - 2015 L&CPU Individual Competition


Photographer of the Year:
Christine Widdall MPAGB EFIAP ABPE


(l-r)Peter Gennard MFIAP,EFIAP/p, Richard Speirs DPAGB,APAGB,BPE2* and Roger Parry ARPS, DPAGB, EFIAP, Hon PAGB

The 2015 L&CPU Individual Competition was judged this weekend, and the results are now available for download. The overall winner this year is Christine Widdall MPAGB EFIAP ABPE, and the committee extend their congratulations to her on her success.

Open Colour Print

1st Place  Mr Keith Richardson (ATHERTON AND DISTRICT APS)  Vertigo 
2nd Place  Mrs. Joan Blease (WIGAN 10 FOTO CLUB)  The Ice Queen 
3rd Place  Mr. Terry Donnelly (CHORLEY PS)  We can work it out 

Open Mono Print

1st Place  Mr. Terry Donnelly (CHORLEY PS)  Hugs 
2nd Place  Mr. Terry Donnelly (CHORLEY PS)  Profile Portrait 
3rd Place  Mr. Adrian Lines (CHORLEY PS)  Picking Flowers 

Nature Print 

1st Place  Dr Arun Mohanraj (CHORLEY PS)  Wildebeest 
2nd Place  Mr Gordon Mills (WARRINGTON PS)  Snowy Egret. Florida 
3rd Place  Mr John R Barlow (CHORLEY PS)  Stonechat Landing on Gorse 

Open Colour PDI

1st Place  Mr Philip Barber (WIGAN 10 FOTO CLUB)  Dark Knight in Gotham 
2nd Place  Mr. Ed Roper (WIGAN 10 FOTO CLUB)  Chris Kandu 
3rd Place  Mr. Nick Hilton (SOUTHPORT PS)  The Pose 

Open Mono PDI

1st Place  Mrs. Christine Widdall (WIGAN 10 FOTO CLUB)  Defender 
2nd Place  Mr. Ed Roper (WIGAN 10 FOTO CLUB)  At Full Stretch 
3rd Place  Mr. Ken Barrett (WARRINGTON PS)  Statuesque 

Nature PDI

1st Place  Mr John R Barlow (CHORLEY PS)  Male Stonechat and Foxglove 
2nd Place  Mrs. Diana Magor (HOYLAKE PS)  Snow Flurry 
3rd Place  Mr Geoff Smith (POULTON-LE-FYLDE PS)  Red Deer in Snow storm 

Print Photographer of the Year 2015

1st Place  Adrian Lines MPAGB FBPE EFIAP 157
2nd Place Terry Donnelly MPAGB ARPS BPE5 153
3rd Place Christine Widdall MPAGB EFIAP ABPE 152

Digital Photographer of the Year 2015

1st Place  Ed Roper EFIAP 159
2nd Place Christine Widdall MPAGB EFIAP ABPE 154
3rd Place Philip Barber CPAGB BPE3 149

Photographer of the Year 2015

1st Place  Christine Widdall MPAGB EFIAP ABPE 306
2nd Place Terry Donnelly MPAGB ARPS BPE5 302
3rd Place Adrian Lines MPAGB FBPE EFIAP 301

Young Photographer of the Year 2015

1st Place  Alex Robb 30
2nd Place Blake Wardle 28
3rd Place Becky Morris-Ashton 27
  Slideshow of awards  

Downloads of results (PDF format)

  Awards by class  
  Digital Photographer of the Year  
  Print Photographer of the Year  
  Photographer of the Year  
  Young Photographer of the Year  
  More on our Facebook page!  




Bury PS Annual Exhibition now on!

Award winners with the Mayor of Bury, Councillor Michelle Wiseman, her daughter Danielle (Mayoress), and Bury PS President, Dr Eva Jacobs


The venue is the main gallery in the Bury Art Museum, Moss Street , Bury, BL9 0DR and is on now and until Saturday 18th April. The Art Museum is open Tuesday to Friday, 10-00am to 5-00pm, and Saturdays 10-00am to 4-30pm.

There are 150 prints on display and the projected images are been shown in the gallery as well. Pay and Display on street parking is available on Moss Street and adjacent streets, and the bus/metro interchange is just across Haymarket Street which runs at right angles to Moss Street.

The Fusiliers Museum which is also worth a visit is directly opposite the Art Museum and has a very good café!

David Crabtree, Secretary
Bury PS


Notice of Folio Route Update


This is now the final route for the folio's. Please make sure your club passes the folio on to the next club in good time and if your club is on the list to take the folio it is your clubs responsibility to take and pass it on even if you do not use it.

Thank you.

Bill Edwards Folio Secretary

Downloads page.


Chester Photographic Society present Gered Mankowitz

"Capturing the rockers"

One of the foremost and respected photographers of Rock musicians will be in Chester to present his work and talk about his experiences.

Gered Mankowitz has shot images of a host of legendary names – The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Annie Lennox, Led Zeppelin, Oasis, Duran Duran, Slade, Kate Bush, and many, many, more.

But he left his North London “progressive” school aged 15 and without any qualifications to pursue his love of photography. His first break was to be noticed by a famous photographer, Tom Blau, who offered him an apprenticeship at his well-known agency Camera Press in London.  After assisting fashion photographer Alec Murray, Gered, at the age of 17 and having established his own studio in the heart of “Swinging London”, found his forte creating images of musicians – people of his own age and outlook.

Through photographing Marianne Faithfull in 1964, at the time of her first release “As Tears Go By”, he was invited to work with the Rolling Stones by their notorious manager Andrew Loog Oldham, and would go on to tour America with the band late in 1965, as well as producing several album sleeves for them. This fabulous opportunity confirmed his growing reputation as a music photographer and opened further doors to the world of Rock & Roll.

A cornerstone of Gered’s approach was to treat his subjects with dignity and respect and to capture the musicians as real people, frequently at the very beginning of their careers. This inherent honesty of approach appealed to many of his subjects and he went on to photograph musicians for a further five decades.

Gered is appearing by invitation of Chester Photographic Society, and will be presenting at the Grosvenor Museum on March 26th at 7.30. Tickets will sell out, but can be obtained now from Patrick Faleur, pat@patrickfaleur.com01244 316 750, Patricia Keegan, keegan.patricia@gmail.com and Mike Coe,miicoe@gmail.com01829 270 228 - priced £10.



PAGB GB Cup 2015 Results - Wigan 10 win Open and Nature


The 2015 Results for the PAGB CUP 2015 have been Judged and are now out on the PAGB web site. L&CPU President John Smith had the following to say last night following the publication of the open and nature results:

"I have just received the results of the PAGB GB Cup and once again, following on their sucesses in the FIAP World Cup, two of our clubs have done exceedingly well. In the Nature section the winners were Wigan 10 with ChorleyPS coming a creditable equal 7th. We must also congratulate Poulton-le-Fylde PS who came equal 16th and North Cheshire PS equal 19th - so five of our clubs are in the top 20 - well done!! The winners of the Open section were Wigan 10 with Chorley coming in once again in 3rd place - a magnificent achievement! Also in the top twenty were South Manchester CC equal 15th and Southport PS equal 18th. Tomorrow sees the judging of the Small GB Cup........now when Rochdale CC takes that award.................. we can but dream!!"

The winning photographs from Wigan 10 can be seen here (open) and here (nature), and Chorley PS's are on show on Facebook - nature and open.



2015 Annual Individual Competition


The next competition on the L&CPUs calendar is the Annual Individual Competition. The date of the competition is the weekend of Saturday 28th February and Sunday 1st March 2015. Full details and Rules can be found here.

The last day for all on line entries is 14th February 2015.
Prints must be taken to drop off points no later than 20th February 2015
Prints can also be handed in at the L&CPUs A.G.M 21st February 2015
The competition judging will be over the weekend of 28th February and 1st March 2015.

Drop-off points:

Bob Robinson
5,Laburnum Grove, Tyldesley, Manchester, M29 8PL
0161 790 1102
John Dougherty
18, Primrose Hill, Port Sunlight, Bebington, Wirral, Ch62 5EW
0151 644 8032
Norman Thompson
136, Sunny Bank Road, Unsworth, Bury, BL98LJ
0161 766 6765
Henry Mullarkey
22,Greetby Hill, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L39 2DS
01695 570378
John Royle
26 Cheerbrook Road, Willaston, Nantwich,Cheshire, CW5 7NE
01270 568381
Gordon Jenkins
20 Fieldfare Court  Chorley PR72RD
01257 268965
Garth Tighe 4 Quarry Rise, Romiley, Stockport, SK72DD,
0161 4949183


Good luck, hope to see your name in this very competitive and well supported competition.
- Bob Robinson, Competition Secretary


L&CPU subs overdue - update


A big, big thank you to you all, as all the subs are in and I have been able to pay the PAGB and the Public Liability on time.

Gordon Gordon E Jenkins APAGB
L&CPU Treasurer


Swinton and District Photographic Society: Salford Then and Now


Salford Exhibition poster

Swinton and District Photographic Society present "Salford Then and Now" at Ordsall Hall

8th February to 10th May 2015, admission free.
Ordsall Hall
Ordsall Lane, Salford M5 3AN
Phone: 0161 872 0251
Opening Times:
Mon to Thur 10:00am - 4:00pm
Sun 1:00pm - 4:00pm


Swinton and District Photographic Society ANNUAL EXHIBITION
25th April to 28th June 2015 at Salford Museum and Art Gallery

Swinton Photographic Society is supported by Salford Council’s Community Committee

Download poster (pdf)


South Lancashire Imaging Club Exhibition 2015


This month we are staging an exhibition at Royton Library near Oldham.  We are a small club which meets at 2.00pm on the first Sunday of every month in Elton Liberal Club, Bury and have members from all the nearby towns.  Most of our members are in weekly clubs, without any conflict of interest and we welcome visitors and any new members.  We had a great response from our members to the exhibition and filled all the boards in the library with a varied and interesting set of quality prints. - Sue Heaton CPAGB EFIAP, Exhibition Organiser.

The exhibition will run until the end of January and the opening hours for the library are Monday-Thursday 9am-7.00pm, Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm and Saturday 9.30am-1.00pm. 


North Cheshire Photographic Society Challenges 2015

Wednesday 18th March 2015 – the Inter-club PRINT competition

Thursday 19th March 2015 – the Inter-club DPI Knock-out competition

Venue: The Civic Hall, off Park Lane, Poynton, Cheshire, SK12 1RB
Doors open 7.00pm, competitions commence
8.00pm prompt.

Once again we anticipate entries from over 20 leading clubs from within our region and beyond. With five prints per club to score on the Wednesday, and five DPIs (different images from Wednesday’s) to eliminate round by round on the Thursday, we look forward to seeing in excess of 200 top quality competition images over the two nights.

To judge the competitions we are pleased to welcome back to Poynton Mike McNamee to judge Wednesday night's prints and Tony Dudley to judge Thursday night’s DPIs. They will be presenting on the night, the Alan Adshead Trophy to the club with the winning set of prints and the North Cheshire Challenge Trophy to the club with the winning set of DPIs.

Please come early to give yourself time to enjoy the concomitant NCPS Exhibition and to reserve your seats for the competition. We expect well over 100 visitors on each night. There is ample free on-site parking

Rules/guidelines for entries will be issued shortly to our established inter-club contacts and can be found on our website at www.ncps.org.uk

Deadline for receipt of completed entry forms and digital images for both competitions is 8th March. We look forward to welcoming you all to Poynton once again.



Library of Birmingham in fund loss threat


Your Chance To Help Photography! In the last few decades Libraries have served their communities in a growing number of ways. One of the best known libraries is the new Library of Birmingham, officially opened by Nobel prize winner Malala Yousafszai in 2013 and architecturally a remarkable place too, it is no surprise to learn that it is starting to occupy a position of national importance for its work in photography. What a shock it is to hear then that it is in danger of losing funds for the photography collections and other functions too.

Professor Paul Hill calls for action and Francis Hodgson, professor of photography at Brighton, who writes so authoritatively and eloquently on photography matters explains it all here and asks that we support the call to stop this destruction. The best way to have your say is by completing the online survey. Francis suggests other ways too. If you are reading this you must value these things, please help.

[This item courtesy of John Royle, Crewe Photographic Society]



L&CPU Club Members successful at PAGB Adjudication

Print & Digital Projection Adjudication held at Dumfries, December 2014

The following L&CPU photographers were successful at the December adjudication held in camera in Dumfries.:

Credit Print
Martin Snelson Wigan PS
Laurence Thurlow Holme & District PS
Credit Digital Projection
Peter Larkin Hoylake PS
Distinction Digital Projection
Gordon Mills ARPS BPE 1* Warrington PS

Congratulations to all.
Christine Widdall, PAGB Awards Officer


Bolton Digital Photographic Society - forthcoming events:


28 January
John Barton and Alf Hoole "Monochrome" Two fine and respected gentlemen from Lancashire Monochrome Club will entertain us tonight with their expert knowledge of monochrome and architectural photography.

25 March
Christine Widdall "Personal Impressions" Don't be misled by Christine. Her personal and professional interests stretch far and wide. A respected photographer, circuit judge and a good friend to Bolton Digital in her role with L&CPU.

27 May
John Riley "Inspiration and Enthusiasm" John will illustate this via his own personal path in photography and give lots of ideas about how we can avoid or get out of the photographic doldrums, something that probably affects us all at some time or another.

22 July
Tim Pile "Have I Got Nudes For You" "Tim will be showing us his journey from his entry into digital photography to his current work, and how and why he came to specialise in nudes. While Tim does some studio work he mostly seeks out interesting and unusual locations to work with his adventurous models, and he will be giving some tips on working on location, as well as a few tales behind the how the images were produced."

23 September
Jane Lines "Going Solo" Jane presents a Digital presentation on the Carmargue from White Horses to Gypsy festivals. Followed by competition images showing the initial photograph to the finished image. Then a break followed by handing round prints and Q&A.

25 November to be announced

All events are at our Wednesday night location - St Johns Methodist Church, Victoria Road, Horwich, Bolton BL5 5PJ. Tickets are £3 in advance. Please contact Phil Woods at secretary@boltondigital.info for tickets and payment.


Success for L&CPU Clubs in FIAP Clubs' 9th World Cup

Wigan 10 win the cup for the fourth time, Chorley Photographic Society take second place

The news broke this weekend of the success of two of our clubs in the FIAP World Cup 2014. Wigan 10 yet again took first place, beating 166 other clubs, including fellow L&CPU club Chorley Photographic society, who came second.

L&CPU President John Smith said, "I'm totally amazed and pleasantly shocked to hear this news. I'm really pleased that our Federation has got two clubs taking first and second place."

Individual awards went to Austin Thomas and Joan Blease of Wigan 10, and Adrian Lines and Arun Mohanraj of Chorley PS - see the table below for details.


Wigan 10's winning entry
Chorley PS's second place entry


Top Ten Clubs

Place Award Club Country Score


World Cup 2014





Gold Medal

Chorley PS




Silver Medal

Derby City Photographic Club




Bronze Medal

Grupo Fotografico Parque




Honourable Mention

Iris Lede




Honourable Mention

Lëtzebuerger Naturfoto-Frënn (LNF)




Honourable Mention

Inn Focus Group




Honourable Mention

Fotoferia Club




Honourable Mention

Photo Club Perfect Ganshoren




Honourable Mention

Photo-club de Foix




Individual Awards






Tim Pile


Smethwick Photographic Society


Gold Medal

Austin Thomas

Little Owl Running

Wigan 10 Foto Club


Silver Medal

Helene Guillard

Jeu de Reflets

Pica (Photo Image Club Aulnaysien)


Silver Medal

Pablo Elia

Puerto de Palma

Grupo Fotografico Parque


Bronze Medal

Arun Mohanraj

Cheetah with Cubs

Chorley PS


Bronze Medal

Veli Aydogdu

Heart Of The Drop

Sille Sanat Sarayi


Bronze Medal

Martine Bigot

Face à face

Lattes Photo 34


Elisabeth Aemmer's Favorite

Bernard Maciulko

Catch it

Fotoferia Club


Finn Nielsen's Favorite

Joan Blease

Ice Queen

Wigan 10 Foto Club


CdC Raimon Moreno's Favorite

Adrian Lines

The Real Thing

Chorley PS


Diplôme Créativity

Guy Gilson

Chemin des brumes

Photo Club Perfect Ganshoren


Diplôme Ambiance

Angel Benito Zapata

En verde y amarillo

Agrupacion Fotografica de la Rioja


Diplôme Paysage

Ross McKelvey


Catchlight Camera Club

Northern Ireland

Diplôme Portrait

Luc Dequick

Anne Claes

Iris Lede


Diplôme Sport

Full FIAP listing


L&CPU Club Members successful at PAGB Adjudication

Print & Digital Projection Adjudication held at Kegworth on the 29th & 30th November 2014

At the above adjudications, the following L&CPU candidates were successful:

Credit Print
Phil Barnes Northwich PS
Philip Chrystal Chorley PS
Stephen Hitchen BPE 2* Wigan PS
Mike Hudson Wigan PS
Paul Hudson Wigan PS
Credit Digital Projection
Ove Alexander Stockport PS
Philip Barber BPE 2* Leigh & District CC
Jason Rowley Alsager CC
Richard Towell Bolton CC
Distinction Print
Ken Ainscow CPAGB Lytham St Annes PS
John Barlow Chorley PS
Phil Portus ARPS EFIAP CPAGB South Manchester CC
Jon Sellers CPAGB BPE 3* Wilmslow Guild PS
Alan Storey AFIAP BPE 1* Poulton-Le-Fylde PS
Digital Projection
Phil Hodson EFIAP BPE 1* Poulton-Le-Fylde PS
Master Print
Jane Lines DPAGB Chorley PS

Congratulations to all.
Christine Widdall, PAGB Awards Officer


Wilmslow Guild AV Group announcement



Are you a writer with a story to tell? Would you like to increase its impact?
Are you a photographer who would like to make more imaginative use of your pictures?
Audio-Visual is the art of combining pictures and music, plus dialogue, sound effects etc when you get more advanced, into a story which is truly greater than the sum of its parts.

The 7th March workshop will again be led by Suzanne (ARPS, DPAGB) and Howard Gregory who have both won awards, and judged, Audio-Visual at International level. We hope to have photographers (who have the pictures, but may be are struggling with the story) and creative writers (who have the story, but may be struggling with the pictures.) These groups should complement each other and create an exciting mutual-help mix.

More details, some background information and a downloadable booking form will be on the Special Events page of www.wilmslowguildav.org.uk in due course. There is space on the booking form for you to influence the content of the day.


On Friday 6th March there will be an evening’s show - “The Fiesta.” This is primarily an entertainment, enjoyable to all. However it will also form an introduction to the Saturday workshop, showing Audio-Visual productions made in the last year or so by Wilmslow Guild Audio-Visual Group members.

Tickets for the Fiesta (£6) may be picked up at the Guild during normal reception desk hours or purchased by post from Suzanne Gregory, 64 Mill Lane, Heatley, Lymm, Cheshire, WA13 9SQ (cheques payable to “Wilmslow Guild” and please enclose an SAE for the tickets.)

E-tickets may be reserved on 01925 75 3303 or chairman@wilmslowguildav.org.uk which are also the contact points for any queries about either event.

Fiesta tickets may also be ordered on the Workshop booking form.


2014 L&CPU Knock-out Results, 22nd November 2014


'Ghostly Grizedale' by Melvin Nicholson
of Preston P.S.

Many thanks to the clubs that entered the Knock-Out competition on Saturday and for making it such a huge success. Thanks also to John Cartlidge MFIAP/p BPE4* our judge for the evening, who made the night both entertaining and humorous. 44 clubs were represented this year, making this the biggest entry ever.

The winning club was Blackburn and District C.C.

The winning image was Ghostly Grizedale by Melvin Nicholson from Preston P.S.

Download the full results (pdf)

The winning images from Blackburn and District C.C.:


'Himalayan Blue Poppy',
by Nan Goodall
'Juvenile Meadow Pippet about to land',
by Jeremy Malley
by Mick Park

'Lions mating',
by John McDonald


 L&CPU, PAGB, Trustees Liability & Public liability insurance


It is that time of year again when the L&CPU, PAGB, Trustees Liability & Public liability insurance is due. The club secretaries have been sent the subscription demand via the L&CPU portal, can we ask that you pass this on to the treasurer for prompt payment please. (There will be a late payment levy for those clubs not paying by the 14th January 2015)

The L&CPU subscription and the PAGB subscription together with the Trustees Liability Insurance remain the same. There is a change in the Public Liability inasmuch that there is only one band of indemnity of £5 Million. The PAGB have negotiated a terrific deal with the brokers, which will mean:

  • 0 to 25 members £5m for the price of £2m
  • 26 to 100 members £5m for the price of £3m
  • Over 100 members £5m for the price of £5m


L&CPU Folios


Folio secretary Bill Edwards CPAGB must have a note your club's Folio Recipient AND a reserve contact too. Please check that the Portal is up to date on this and please email Bill with any changes you make too (folios@lcpu.org.uk). When you receive a folio it is your responsibility to arrange to hand it on to the next recipient.

Please help on these matters to keep things running smoothly and avoid frustrations (especially Bill's)!! The folios represent a valuable resource for use in your club, enabling your members to see the range of work submitted to the last Annual Competition first hand.

Please remember that when you receive a folio it is your responsibility to deliver it to the next club on the rota.

IMPORTANT: Please nominate a recipient for your Folios and an alternative address, both on the Portal. Also please email the Folio Secretary, Bill Edwards with any changes you make.

Final L&CPU Folio rotas 2015/6

This is now the final route for the folio's, .Please make sure your club passes the folio on to the next club in good time and if your club is on the list to take the folio it is your clubs responsibility to take and pass it on even if you do not use it

Thank you.

Folio rotas (North) - updated 1 March 2015
Folio rotas (South) - updated 1 March 2015



Note to Clubs - L&CPU Judges and Lecturers Updates

All Judges and Lecturers and in the process of updating their information on the web site. If any Judge or Lecturer is having problems with this, please contact Christine Widdall. Clubs may download the latest listing from the portal. 

Latest Judges' List
A small number of judges have either retired or suspended their listing and the latest list of judges can be downloaded from the portal. Clubs may still book unlisted judges, but please be aware that any judge who is not currently listed, is not covered by the L&CPU Insurance for any liability on their part. Unlisted judges are also not bound by PAGB expenses rules unless they are listed in another Federation. 

New Judges
Last year's new judges are now in the general listing. 

New Lecturers (updated 7/10/2014)
We have 7 new Lecturers in a New Lecturers section:

  • Robert Millin
  • Roger Evans
  • Stephen Lewis
  • Gary Waidson
  • David Wilkinson
  • Jane Lines
  • Harry Emmett and Oliver Doree (joint lecture)


PAGB Print Championships - 25th October 2014

"The Noodle Chef" by Jane Lines of Chorley PS. Gold Medal Winner for Best Colour Print

The PAGB Inter-Club Print Championships were held at Edge Hill University today. Chorley PS came joint third with Smethwick PS. Second place went to the Beyond Group, and the winning club was Dumfries PS. Fellow L&CPU club Wigan 10 came 6th. North Cheshire were also representing the L&CPU, but they didn't manage to reach the final.

The official results can be downloaded here in pdf format.

Judging the competition were Gwen Charnock FRPS MFIAP, Bob Moore Hon FRPS MPAGB HonPAGB, and Leigh Preston FRPS MPAGB EFIAP MPSA. Jane Lines LRPS DPAGB BPE4* of Chorley PS won the gold medal for best colour print with "The Noodle Chef". Phil Barber BPE1* and Joan Blease ARPS EFIAP BPE4 DPAGB of Wigan 10 were awarded judges medals. Phil got a PAGB Silver Medal for 'Henry' from Bob Moore, Joan got a PAGB Silver Medal for 'Ice Queen' from Leigh Preston.

1st: Dumfries CC – 196 Points
2nd: Beyond Group – 190 Points
= 3rd: Chorley PS – 189 Points
= 3rd: Smethwick PS – 189 Points
5th: Catchlight CC – 186 Points
6th: Wigan 10 – 185 Points
7th: Stafford PS – 182 Points
8th: Inn Focus Group: 180 points
9th: Dunston CC – 179 Points.

Below is a report of the event from Chorley's perspective on their Facebook page, together with some photographs of the proceedings by Terry Donnelly MPAGB ARPS BPE5* - L&CPU Photographer of the Year 2014.


Joint Fylde Photographic Societies (JFPS) formally dissolved

Joint Fylde Photographic Societies (JFPS) ceased operations in March 2013, after sixty years, due to diminishing attendance at events and the non-replacement of its leader. Now the decision has been taken, with much regret, to formally dissolve the group.

At its peak the JFPS comprised six clubs: Blackpool and Fylde P.S., Fleetwood Camera Club, HASSRA Fylde P.S., Lytham St. Annes P.S., Poulton-le-Fylde P.S. and, for a very short while, BAC P.S. However, Blackpool and Fylde PS closed down in 2001/2 and Fleetwood C.C. and Bispham P.S. later withdrew from the group’s competitive activities. This left only three clubs fully active in the group.

Finished maybe, but there is pride in the mini-federation’s history.

Apart from its routine events of inter-club competitions and workshops, over the years the JFPS engaged, among others, some very high profile, crowd pulling speakers, viz. mountaineer Sir Chris. Bonington, international natural history photographer and author, Heather Angel, BBC’s Life in the Freezer stills photographer Ben Osborne and international railway historian, photographer and author Colin Garrett. These were all profit making events and sustained the group financially without any cost to the member clubs.

At this point it is appropriate to thank other nearby L&CPU clubs for supporting those occasions.

While the closure of JFPS is sad, on the plus side collaboration between clubs will continue with the establishment of an annual competition, starting this year, between all four of the current Fylde clubs, plus Garstang C.C.


Note to Clubs - Recording Speakers at Club meetings

The L&CPU Executive have requested that I remind clubs of the following:

Please do not photograph or video, or make an audio recording of visiting speakers' lectures, or of competition judges, without their agreement beforehand...this includes photographing speakers' prints whilst on the print stand.

Christine Widdall
Lecturers and Judges Secretary
4th September 2014


L&CPU Mentoring Seminar for the PAGB Awards for Photographic Merit, October 19th 2014


The L&CPU will be holding a mentoring seminar for the PAGB Awards on 19th October 2014
Venue: Wilmslow Guild, 1 Bourne Street, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5HD
Start time 10 am - finish about 4:30pm. Doors open from 9:30 am.

The seminar is free and is open to:

  • All candidates who are currently being mentored for the PAGB Awards or who have an adjudication date confirmed.
  • Any club members who aspire to the PAGB awards and want to learn more (where time and space allows).

This seminar will be very suitable for candidates whose work will be judged in the Dec 2014, April, August and November 2015 adjudications. If you have an adjudication booked and cannot attend, you may still have your work assessed if you arrange that with me (Chris Widdall).


*** This Seminar is now fully booked ***

Booking: There are limited places, so please book early by sending an email to Christine Widdall at: Lecturersandjudges@lcpu.org.uk
You will receive acknowledgement - if you don't receive an email from me to confirm, please contact me by phone 01457 876215.
Refreshments: Hot drinks and biscuits will be available at the Guild. Please bring your own packed lunches and any additional drinks you require.

Format for the day:

  • Introduction and opening remarks; discussion of the PAGB Awards for Photographic Merit Requirements; creating your digital files for the adjudication
  • Examples of successful CPAGB and DPAGB work (projected images)
  • Mock adjudications at C, D and M level, with a panel of six mentors (PDI and print)
  • Feedback on work that doesn't reach the standard

Mentors present will be:
Dave Butler, Gordon Jenkins, Christine Widdall, Adrian Lines, Gwen and Phil Charnock, Bob Dennis, Mike Lawrence, Terry Donnelly
Entering your work for the mock adjudications: I will send all registered candidates a form to enter the adjudications. You will send in your PDIs at least one week before the event. Print titles must also be returned on your form at least one week before the event, but you may bring prints on the day and take them home afterwards.

Christine Widdall
L&CPU Lecturers and Judges Secretary

*** This Seminar is now fully booked ***


Reuben Allan of Western Photographic Society (Isle of Man) Young Photographer of the Year

Reuben was unable to be with us to receive his award, but he has sent us a selfie with them.

I think that when you see how proud this 11-year-old young man is, it bears testimony to the importance of encouraging young people to participate in club photography from an early age.

You can see from the two images that gained him the award, his work is of a high standard:

Bob Robinson
General Competition Secretary


Chapel Camera Club 30th Anniversary Exhibition

13 September to 22 November 2014
Gallery 1 of the Buxton Museum and Art Gallery
There will be other events during the period including keynote speaker wildlife photographer Chris Weston with his talk 'Animals on the Edge' at the Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton on 26th September. Chris Weston is a celebrated wildlife photographer/film maker and co-founder of the charity, Animals on the Edge of Extinction. Chris was named recently by Outdoor Photography magazine as one of the world’s 40 Most Influential Wildlife Photographers. A part of the evening’s takings will be donated to Animals on the Edge which supports endangered species and their habitats. 


Download the poster

More details on Chapel CC's web site



George Smethurst, Ormskirk Camera Club

George Smethurst

It is with sadness that we report that George Smethurst died on Friday 18th July. George was for many years a member of the L&CPU Executive Committee and held the role of the Folio Secretary for most of that time. He was a longstanding member of Ormskirk Camera Club.

His funeral is to take place on Tuesday 29th July at 11.15am in Sefton Parish Church, L29 7WG followed by Committal at Sefton Crematorium.

Directions: From M57 or M58 From Junction 1 of the M58 or M57 follow the A5036 Dunnings Bridge Road for Liverpool, stay in the right lane turning first right into A5207 Copy Lane. Follow the road and turn right at the first set of traffic lights into B5422 Brickwall Lane. Turn left immediately after the pedestrian crossing, the church is in front of you. Here is a link to the church website.

I hope that many of his friends can be there to say goodbye.

President, L&CPU


PAGB Inter-Club PDI Results 2014

This year's PAGB Inter-Club competition was won by Smethwick Photographic Society (MCPF), with Wigan 10 Foto Club (L&CPU) coming second, and Arden Photographic Group (MCPF) coming third.

Other clubs present from the L&CPU were Chorley PS, North Cheshire and Poulton-le-Fylde. Of these, Chorley managed to secure a 5th place, and the other two clubs "acquitted themselves well" in the words of John Royle, who has written an account of the event on Crewe Photographic Society's web site.

Results in PDF format


The Ted Colman 'different style' Knockout Competition 2014

Mike Heaton on the left from SLIC is shown receiving the Ted Colman Memorial Trophy from the judge Tony Pioli.

Twenty one clubs contested the Ted Colman 'rather different ' Knockout Competition which took place at Rochdale & District Camera Club on Tuesday 20th May.

The judge for the evening was Tony Pioli FRPS FBPE who had journeyed up from Buxton.

Each club submitted a bank of thirteen images and then prior to the event selected four images from this bank to be shown in round one.
The images were marked out of twenty and at the end of the round the scores for each club were totalled.
The six lowest scoring clubs were then eliminated.

These were:
Oldham CC,  Whitworth PS,  North Manchester CC,  Davyhulme CC,  Padiham & District PS and Todmorden PS.

What makes this competition different is that the scores from each round are not carried forward and the images that were used cannot be used again.

Those clubs still in the competition then selected a further four images from the nine remaining in the bank.

The procedure is the same for round two except, this time, the seven lowest scoring clubs went out 

They were:
Bolton PS,  Huddersfield Photo & Imaging Club,  Rochdale & District CC,  Swinton & District PS,  Rochdale PS, Accrington CC and Bacup CC.

The remaining eight clubs then selected four images from their last five in their bank.

At the end of this round the top two highest scoring clubs go forward to compete for the trophy.

Those that fell at the last hurdle were:
Bury PS, Blackburn & District CC, Preston PS, Leigh & District CC, Atherton & District APS and surprisinglythe early round leaders, Chorley PS.

The two highest scoring clubs were South Lancashire Imaging Club and Oldham PS and each had just one image left ...........  and it was on just this image that the winner was to be chosen.

The two remaining images were:
'Studying' was by Mike Heaton of SLIC and 'Cement Factory at Dawn' by Matt Aspden of Oldham PS

After much deliberation Tony chose 'Studying' as the winner.

Rochdale & District CC wish to thank  all the clubs who took part and our hard working judge, Tony Pioli, for making it such an enjoyable occasion.


2014 Individual Competition - update 2

Terry Donnelly MPAGB ARPS BPE5*
Terry Donnelly MPAGB ARPS BPE5* - Photographer of the Year 2014

No sooner have the results for yesterday's print competition gone up, than along come the PDI results from today:

Digital Worker of the Year 2014
1. Gerry Gentry 146
= Phillip Barber 146
3. Christine Widdall MPAGB EFIAP ABPE 145
4. Adrian Lines MPAGB FBPE EFIAP 143
= Ed. Roper EFIAP 143
6. Roger Evans DPAGB EFIAP BPE5 141
7. Darrell Oakden DPAGB BPE2 * 139
8. Terry Donnelly MPAGB ARPS BPE4 137
9. Graham Johnston ARPS AFIAP 136
10. Robert Millin DPAGB EFIAP PPSA 135

Following on from the PDI results, we're now in a position to publish the overall Photographer of the Year results, and it's congratulations to Terry Donnelly!:

1. Terry Donnelly MPAGB ARPS BPE4 293
2. Phillip Barber 288
3. Roger Evans DPAGB EFIAP BPE5 286
4. Adrian Lines MPAGB FBPE EFIAP 284
5. Gerry Gentry 283
6. Jon Sellers CPAGB BPE3 273
7. Tony Mellor 270
8. Jane M Lines DPAGB LRPS BPE3 267
= Michael Hudson 267
10. Christine Willis 264
= Damian Black 264


Individual results by section, qualifying authors  
Print Worker of the Year, qualifying authors  
DPI Worker of the Year, qualifying authors  
Photographer of the Year, qualifying authors  

Follow these links to see images from the DPI competition:

DPI Award Winners (Large Screen)
DPI Award Winners (Small Screen)

Images scoring 12 and above

Colour PDI
Mono PDI
Nature PDI

Alternative Navigable Re-sizeable Slideshow

Colour PDI
Mono PDI
Nature PDI



The judges for the Individual Competition (l-r) Rod Wheelans, MPAGB, Hon PAGB, MFIAP, FRPS, Anne Greiner MPAGB, Leo Rich, ARPS, DPAGB, APAGB, EFIAP/s


PAGB Awards - May 2014

'Redemption', by Terry Donnelly MPAGB - Ormskirk CC




'Despair', by Geoffrey Reader DPAGB - Alsager CC

At the Credit Award of the PAGB held in April 2014, L&CPU candidates who passed were as follows:

Credit Print

Debra Cain Wigan PS L&CPU
Dr Brian Mitchell Ormskirk CC L&CPU
David Woodhead Wigan PS L&CPU

Credit PDI

Jim Cunningham Blackburn & District CC L&CPU
Steve Proctor Ribblesdale CC L&CPU
Dianne Seddon Stockport PS L&CPU
Walker Nelson CC L&CPU

Distinction Print

K T Allen CPAGB Wigan 10 Foto Club L&CPU
Leslie Auld CPAGB Southport PS L&CPU
Darrell Oakden CPAGB Alsager CC L&CPU
Geoffrey Reader CPAGB Alsager CC L&CPU

Distinction PDI

Kuli Virdee Lytham St Anes PS L&CPU

Master Print

Terry Donnelly DPAGB Ormskirk CC L&CPU

This represents a 93% pass rate. Warm congratulations to everyone and many thanks to our dedicated team of mentors who have, I am sure, made a difference. This is a fantastic result for the L&CPU!

Christine Widdall 
L&CPU Awards Officer



2014 Individual Competition - update

Keep calm - the results leaked on Facebook!

Yesterday the print section of the L&CPU Individual Competition was judged, and the results were leaked on Facebook! Here are the positions at the end of the first day of judging:

Print Worker of the Year.  
1. Terry Donnelly MPAGB ARPS BPE4 156
2. Roger Evans DPAGB EFIAP BPE5 145
3. Phillip Barber 142
= Jon Sellers CPAGB BPE3 142
5. Adrian Lines MPAGB FBPE EFIAP 141
6. Michael Hudson 140
7. Tom Richardson EFIAP DPAGB BPE4 138
= Jane M Lines DPAGB LRPS BPE3 138
9. Gerry Gentry 137
10. Tony Mellor 136

Hopefully the PDI results will be leaked soon, until then you can see all the awards so far here.


We're back - L&CPU web site domain name retrieved!

The lcpu.org domain name went walkabout just over two weeks ago, but President John Smith wore down the domain hosting company and they've transferred the name back where it belongs.

Of course, this problem cropped-up at the worst possible time - when we were publicising the Annual Individual Competion. It's to be hoped that we got the word out to the clubs in time for you all to get your entries in.

At the Exec meeting on Saturday we found that 50 clubs had entered a total of 1,547 prints, and in the PDI section, 60 clubs had entered 2,602 images. This should keep us busy over the judging weekend: 10th - 11th May!


Results: L&CPU AV COMPETITION, 22nd March at Edge Hill, Ormskirk

President John Smith, with Colin Balls and Eddie Spence FRPS
One Stroke at a Time  Colin Balls  1st 
Worth a Visit  Howard Bagshaw  Wilmslow Guild AV Group  2nd 
Freeze Frame  Ron Davies  Lytham St Annes P.S.  3rd 
Showtime  Keith Storey  Lytham St Annes P.S.  Comm 
The Match  Alastair Taylor  Wilmslow Guild AV Group  Comm 
337 Terry Donnelly  Ormskirk C. C.  Comm 
How to Build a Plane  Michele Martin  Southport P.S.  H/C  J/A 
Voices from the Wall  Sue Dewhurst  Southport P.S.  H/C 
On The Up  Jeff & Pat Mansell  Wilmslow Guild AV Group  H/C 

Full listing of results - PDF

L&CPU Big Day of Photography a success - despite last-minute change in venue!

23rd March 2014 Edge Hill University, Ormskirk

Big Day Print Competition - Results

Big day
(l-r) Speakers Steve Race, Colin Prior, Sean Conboy and Margaret Salisbury selecting prints from the display in the foyer for the Big Day Print Competition

Steve Race's choice: 'Waiting', by Ken Barrett

Margaret Salisbury's choice: 'The Three Graces', by Phil Portus

Sean Conboy's choice: 'Yokohama Docks', by Clive Robinson

Colin Prior's choice: 'Frosty Dawn' by Colin Douglas. This also won the trophy for best print overall.

Sunday's Big day of Photography went well, although there was an earlier hiccup when we had to re-locate to another lecture theatre as the new one we had been promised was, we were told, not in a fit state to be used due to an event held there the previous evening.

We were treated to four excellent lectures by Sean Conboy, Margaret Salisbuty, Colin Prior and Steve Race. Sean told us of his passion for photography, and how he made use of a technical camera's movements to correct converging verticals and control the zone of sharp focus. He also told us how being a 'people person' opened doors for him.

He was followed by Steve, who showed us many of his exceptional wildlife shots - some taken in car parks, and many taken from the comfort of his car - a style of photography favoured by Gordon Jenkins, I'm told....

After lunch, Margaret treated those present to a one-off presentation she put together specially for the L&CPU, at the conclusion of which she played tribute to the late Joan Wakelyn, and mentioned a special day in the lives of Vic and Julie (Pigula).

The afternoon session was completed by Colin Prior; he showed us some amazing landscapes, and went through his life in photography from his beginnings in underwater shooting to the current day. All four speakers treated us to some excellent images throughout their talks, and, speaking personally, I very much enjoyed the day. I hope those that attended did so too.

Update - an unsolicited endorsement!: A big thank you to all members of the Exec. who contributed to my enjoyment of the Big Day at Ormskirk. The choice of speakers resulted in a balanced programme; the venue was good; the price represented fantastic value; and the support from member clubs sufficient to "fill" the theatre. Each year I think the event sets such a high standard that the following one could be a disappointment. But each year the Big Day seems to get better. Roll on the next one.
Sincere thanks Harry Emmett, Accrington Camera Club


SMCC Success in Sheffield P.S. Inter-Club Digital Knockout competition

'Mad Men' - Nick Jackson of SMCC

South Manchester Camera Club entered the Sheffield P.S. Inter-Club Digital Knockout competition, judged by Dr Anne Sutcliffe FRPS EFIAP PPSA from the West Midlands.

The competition was entered by 32 clubs with 4 images each. The SMCC won the trophy for Best Club, and the trophy for Best Image with 'Mad Men' went to SMCC's Nick Jackson.

6 LCPU clubs entered the competition, and 4 of them finished in the top 6, including North Cheshire, Stockport and Chapel.


All other PAGB information - PAGB page.

Mon 31March Closing Date for Application for FIAP Distinctions to Dave Coates
Sat/Sun 12/13 April AGM & Executive Meeting London
Sat/Sun 26/27 April Awards for Photographic Merit Hosted by KCPA
Sun 1 June Closing date for receipt of entries Inter Federation PDI & Print Competitions to WPF
Sun 8 June Judging Inter Federation PDI & Print Hosted by WPF Competition/Exhibition
Sat 12 July Inter-Club Club PDI Championship Uni. of Warwick
Sat/Sun 4/5 October Executive Meeting London
Sat 25 October Inter-Club Club Print Championship Edge Hill University
Sat/Sun 29/30 Nov Awards for Photographic Merit Hosted by N&EMPF



The introduction of the DATASCRIBE PORTAL is changing the way that we deal with CLUB INFORMATION. The club secretary is responsible for maintaining their club data.

This year the printed Directory was published as usual but it is bound to get out-of-date and club officers can log into the PORTAL and print off the up-to-date Directory information. This can be done by club officials using the club password, or individuals can request a password.

Basic club information is also available via the CLUBS page on this site but it has to be revised manually and is really only a guide for people looking for basic information, the detail is on the Portal.

If need be, email the Webmaster for details.

Please remember that we have a BOOKING FORM on the Downloads page. The Judges and Lecturers are not properly booked without it. Please remember that they are now entitled to charge 30p PLUS FUEL per mile for expenses, plus depreciation on any special equipment etc BUT NO FEE. We are very grateful to them all for offering their services on this basis - it is a great contribution to our club photography.


The 2013 new judges are listed here. For contact details you must again look at the PORTAL. All matters should be referred to Christine Widdall Lecturers & Judges.


L&CPU Diary

L&CPU Events
Other Competitions etc
22 March    L&CPU AV Competition  
23 March     BIG DAY - Edge Hill University, Ormskirk  
29 March 2014     - Wilmslow Guild AV Workshop
17 March    
Greater Manchester Challenge
Friday 25th and
Saturday 26th April.
  Ashton-Under-Lyne Photographic and Imaging Society's 2014 exhibition Ashton-Under-Lyne Photographic and Imaging Society's 2014 exhibition of members work is being held at Hurst Community Centre, Kings Road, Ashton-Under-Lyne on Admission £2. Friday 25th - viewing of prints from 7pm, AV show of members own work at 8pm Saturday 26th - viewing of prints from 7pm, AV show by Tony Redford
25 April     Hand-in for L&CPU Individuals' Competition  
26 April      Exec Meeting and IC Print entry registration  
10/11 May     Individuals' Annual Competition - Judging  
18/19 March 2015   

NCPS Challenges 2015



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