'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.
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
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 Folio rotas
Provisional folio rotas are now available for download:
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.
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:
Harry Emmett and Oliver Doree (joint lecture)
North Cheshire Photographic Society present ADVENTURES IN THE WILD - BY JOHN BEATTY
One Of the UK's most exciting and stimulating nature, travel and adventure photographers. John is a captivating and inspirational speaker. Whether rafting down the Colorado River of the Grand Canyon. filming the volcanic eruption in Iceland, or celebrating round a campfire with primitive Kalahari Bushmen, John's stories leave his audiences infused with energy and wonder at the beauty of our planet.
Tuesday 25 November 2014 7.45 for 8pm start
Poynton Civic Hall, Park Ln, Poynton, Stockport SKI 2 1 RB
Tickets on the night £5.00
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.
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) 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.
Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital’s (LHCH) public photography competition
Photo competition launched
I am writing to you in the hope that your photographic union, or some of your members, might be able to get involved and support Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital’s (LHCH) brand new public photography competition.
We are inviting local people, schools, businesses, students as well as staff, patients and other visitors, to showcase their creative talents in our photography competition throughout October and November 2014. I came across details of your society, and wondered whether you might be keen to take on board the challenge!
As you may be aware, LHCH is the largest single site specialist heart and chest hospital in the country, with a reputation for clinical excellence in cardiothoracic surgery, cardiology and respiratory medicine. We also offer some of the most highly specialised treatments in the UK for life threatening conditions of the heart and chest. We serve an adult population of over 2.6 million people across Merseyside, Lancashire, Cheshire, North Wales and the Isle of Man. This year, we were once again rated the top performing hospital in the country for ‘overall patient’ care – the 7th time in the past 8 years.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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!
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