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.
John Smith APAGB CPAGB
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.
"Dear All, Can you please advise your club members that the Annual L&CPU Print Exhibition is about to open in the Stockport Art Gallery, Wellington Rd S, Stockport, SK3 8AB and will run from Saturday 28th June until Tuesday 5th August.
The gallery opening hours are:
Monday: Closed, except for Bank Holidays
11am - 5pm
Tuesday to Friday:
1pm - 5pm
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 11am - 5pm
The exhibition will be officially opened at 2pm this Saturday - 28th June. Also during the opening ceremony the Certificates and Awards gained in all the sections of Annual Individual Competitions will be presented. Therefore can you please ask any of your members who were sucessful and achieved Awards or Certificates of Merit in any of the six categories to try and attend at 2pm on Saturday in Stockport and, if possible, to advise the L&CPU Competition Secretary, Bob Robertson, that they will be there.
The Western Area of the Northern Counties has again worked with Sony to produce a lake district day of photography on Wednesday 9th July commencing at 11am.
As with last year the event will be held at Leeming House Hotel on the shores of Lake Ullswater. Full details are on the attached flyer and bookings should be made directly with the Sony Centre in Carlisle who are administrating the event.
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.
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
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* - 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
= Phillip Barber
3. Christine Widdall MPAGB EFIAP ABPE
4. Adrian Lines MPAGB FBPE EFIAP
= Ed. Roper EFIAP
6. Roger Evans DPAGB EFIAP BPE5
7. Darrell Oakden DPAGB BPE2 *
8. Terry Donnelly MPAGB ARPS BPE4
9. Graham Johnston ARPS AFIAP
10. Robert Millin DPAGB EFIAP PPSA
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!:
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
Geoffrey Reader DPAGB - Alsager CC
At the Credit Award of the PAGB held in April 2014, L&CPU candidates who passed were as follows:
Debra Cain Wigan PS L&CPU
Dr Brian Mitchell Ormskirk CC L&CPU
David Woodhead Wigan PS L&CPU
Jim Cunningham Blackburn & District CC L&CPU
Steve Proctor Ribblesdale CC L&CPU
Dianne Seddon Stockport PS L&CPU
Walker Nelson CC L&CPU
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
Kuli Virdee Lytham St Anes PS L&CPU
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!
L&CPU Awards Officer
2014 Individual Competition - update
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
2. Roger Evans DPAGB EFIAP BPE5
3. Phillip Barber
= Jon Sellers CPAGB BPE3
5. Adrian Lines MPAGB FBPE EFIAP
6. Michael Hudson
7. Tom Richardson EFIAP DPAGB BPE4
= Jane M Lines DPAGB LRPS BPE3
9. Gerry Gentry
10. Tony Mellor
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!
ACCRINGTON CAMERA CLUB 2014 Annual Exhibition
ACCRINGTON CAMERA CLUB 2014 Annual Exhibition will be held on Saturday 31st May to 20th July At the Haworth Art Gallery, Hollins Lane, Accrington BB5.
The Gallery Opening Times for the exhibition will be: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 12.00noon to 5.00pm (Locking up from 4.45pm) Saturday and Sunday 12.00noon to 4.30pm (Locking up from 4.15pm)
Bank Holidays: Please telephone on 01254 233 782 to check our opening times
The official opening and preview evening is at 18:30 on Friday 30th May at the Haworth Art Gallery. The preview will be attended by Garth Tighe CPAGB, Vice President of L&CPU and the exhibition will be officially opened by the Mayor of Accrington.
Accrington Camera Club
Results: L&CPU AV COMPETITION, 22nd March at Edge Hill, Ormskirk
President John Smith, with Colin Balls and Eddie Spence FRPS
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
(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.
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.
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.
LECTURERS & JUDGES
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.
Other Competitions etc
L&CPU AV Competition
BIG DAY - Edge Hill University, Ormskirk
29 March 2014
- Wilmslow Guild AV Workshop
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