31 07 2014

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.

John Smith APAGB CPAGB
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

 

Swinton and District Photographic Society 2014 Annual Exhibition

Swinton and District Photographic Society are holding their 2014 Annual Exhibition Starting on Aug 16th to Sept 13th ( 5 weeks )

Sat 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 pm
Tues 11:00 a.m.-3:00 pm

at the ECCLES COMMUNITY ART GALLERY
Unit 4,
Boothway,
Eccles,
M30 0-EB
Tel: 07981791475

This year we have surpassed all other years and have nearly 150 prints for viewing!

Many thanks
Ann Nissen
Exhibition Secretary

 

Lytham St. Annes Photographic Society Exhibition 2014

Lytham St. Annes Photographic Society are proud to announce their 66th annual exhibition - PHOTOSHOW 2014.

A display of members’ photographic work with over 600 prints and digital images.

Saturday 2nd Aug – Saturday 16th Aug
Weekdays 10am – 8pm
Saturday 10am – 5pm
Closed Sunday

Admission & parking free

The Drive Methodist Church Halls, East Bank Road, St. Annes, FY8 1ND

 

L&CPU Annual Exhibition 2014

The L&CPU Annual Exhibition for 2014 will run from Saturday 28th June to Tuesday 5th August 2014 at the Stockport Art Gallery and War Memorial, Wellington Road South, Stockport, SK3 8AB

L&CPU President John Smith writes:

"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.

Bob's email address is competitions@lcpu.org.uk and his telephone number is 0161 790 1102 We hope to see you there.

John Smith APAGB CPAGB President"

 

 

Northern Counties/Sony Day of Photography

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.

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
   

Reports

 
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





 

Judges

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!

 

ACCRINGTON CAMERA CLUB 2014 Annual Exhibition

Accrington  

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.

Martin Yates
Club Secretary
Accrington Camera Club

 

 


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.


PAGB DIARY

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

 


DIRECTORY UPDATES

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.

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.

 


L&CPU Diary

Date
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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