OPEN Print competition – 19/11/18

Our judge for the evening was Jacqui Grafton ( ARPS, EFIAP/silver, DPAGB, BPE5* ). Intermediate 1st Lily Beetle Gordon Clayton 2nd Pilot’s Cottages Ian Smith 3rd The old hall, Trentham Alan Lovatt Highly commended Purple rain Gordon Clayton Highly commended Mina Alan Lovatt Commended Harvest time Ian Smith Commended One each Ian Smith Advanced 1st Parkhouse Hill David Slade 2nd It takes more than a bit of rain to stop a Para William Brown 3rd Alone on the jetty Wendy Irwin Highly commended Pixie Robson 2…

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Open PDI Competition 15/10/18

Our judge for the evening was Robert Ings Intermediate 1st Abandoned Ian Smith 2nd All Clear Ian Smith 3rd Get off my food David Bourne Highly commended Rob Collard British Touring Championship David Bourne Highly commended Hollywood glamour David Hulme Highly commended Mercaderes meeting Ian Smith Commended Steps in time Chris Lord Commended Well balanced David Hulme Advanced 1st Lighting the way Alastair Gorton 2nd Grebe feeding chick 2 Paul Way 3rd Flowers on the bar Wendy Irwin Highly commended Ogwen Valley Paul Way Highly…

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Best of the rest competition – 17th September 2018

Judge: Jeff Reader Intermediate Category Place Title Photographer 1st Graceful Alastair Gorton 2nd Cotswold hunt Gordon Clayton 3rd Packhorse bridge at Three Shires Head Alastair Gorton Highly Commended Abandoned workshop Alan Lovatt Highly Commended Parga old town Ian Smith Commended Roadside kill Ian Smith Commended The Mill Inn Gordon Clayton Advanced Category Place Title Photographer 1st Slightly creepy clowns Wendy Irwin 2nd Eastbourne pier David Slade 3rd Wildboarclough Paul Way Highly Commended Beacon off Anglesey David Slade Highly Commended Grebe with chick Paul Way Commended Tallulah…

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Possible changes to the internal club competitions for September 2019

Concern has been raised about the relatively low total number of entries ( as opposed to the number of images not previously been entered ) in one of the competition rounds this season. This, along with some other factors, led to some discussion amongst committee members about the internal club competitions. Some of this was then shared with members at the AGM. Some of the possible options, but not the reasoning, are given later in this post. We need members to discuss this during the coming…

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Print of the year competition – April 2018


The judge this year was Ralph Duckett MPAGB APAGB EFIAP who, as ever, gave an informative and interesting commentary on each image.   Intermediate 1st Bella Ian Smith 2nd Stonechat Alastair Gorton 3rd Mayan Indian guide Ian Smith Highly commended Heacham Groynes Alastair Gorton Highly commended I have seen my future Erin Smallbone Commended Orange Jellyfish, open ocean Steve Copeland Commended Grey Heron Alastair Gorton   Advanced 1st Calm sea Irene Stupples 2nd Private eye Jim Stupples 3rd A rose and two bottles Wendy Irwin…

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Open print competition March 2018


After the ‘Beast from the East’ postponed the March Open Competition, the rearranged event has now happened. The judge was Peter Clark FRPS, EFIAP/p, APSA, MPSA. Peter’s comments and general advice are always worth listening to. His long list of awards is based on knowing how to get quality images across a broad variety of media. The Intermediate competition was won by a member who is in their first year of entering competitions. He has rolled with the punches of judges and come through the…

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People – Portrait competition 16th April 2018


The judge for this year’s People / Portrait competition was John Cartlidge EFIAP/p BPE5 APAGB. We therefore knew that we would be in for an amusing, informative and enriching evening. His on-point critique and side comments did not disappoint. I did find the number of entries disappointing, only 39 in total. Blists Hill was the most popular outdoor location for entries. The Village Hall was the most popular indoor location, courtesy of the studio evening a few months ago. In the final ‘face off’ between…

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Open PDI competition – February 2018

Blea Tarn outfall (3)

Our judge for the evening was Graham Walton DPAGB. Intermediate 1st Stonechat Alastair Gorton 2nd Coniston Pier Ian Smith 3rd Three Shires Head Alastair Gorton Highly commended Crested Grebe David Hulme Highly commended Packhorse bridge at Three Shires Head Alastair Gorton Highly commended Mercaderes meeting Ian Smith Commended Old Havana rooftops Ian Smith Commended Hovering Gannett Alastair Gorton Advanced 1st  Blea Tarn outfall David Slade 2nd Alone with a friend Jim Stupples 3rd Cottons Wendy Irwin Highly commended Morning mist at Llyn Crafnant Paul Way…

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AV competition – 29/01/18

For a few years the number of entries for this competition had been disappointing. This year the number of entries were up, 12 in total, although there were only 5 entrants. The scope of the entry ranged from slideshows of photographs to music through to full audio-visual presentations with narration and a story. Some of the entries were about a ‘day out’, some about inspirations and some reminiscing. There was even a sing-a-long entry !. I didn’t know if ‘audience participation’ was within the remit…

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Mount board and other art supplies

After Webberley’s closure getting small quantities of Mount board in Stoke-on-Trent has been somewhat more difficult. ‘The Range’ at the Stoke end of the road from Fenton has some art supplies. Normally when I go ‘up-anley’ I’m dashing around to get back to the train station within the hour. Last Saturday I had more time and on my way from Piccadilly down to that red logoed supermarket I came across ‘The Art Department‘ in the location of the old Sk8er shop. Dahler and foamcore in…

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