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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Landscape Competition results 2018

morning mist at llyn crafnant

Our judge for the evening was Darrel Oakden, his first time at the club.. Unusually there were significantly more entries in the Advanced category than the Intermediate. I think that this is the first time this has happened. The winner of the Landscape of the year competition was Alastair Gorton with Dunstanburgh Castle. Intermediate 1st Dunstanburgh Castle Alastair Gorton 2nd Ancient mariner Alastair Gorton 3rd Havana peddle taxi Ian Smith Highly commended Uluru sunrise Graham Salt Highly commended Beagle channel daybreak Graham Salt Commended Talacre…

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Landscape competition and AV competition 2018

Just a reminder that we restart on January 8th 2018. The Landscape / Seascape competition is the following week so entries need to be in on the 8th. The AV competition is on 29th January so finishing touches, or, in my case, earnest creation, needs to be underway. One of mine has the working title of ‘Merlin to broomsticks via St Petersburg’. Another involves me doing some cooking !. WillChairman and ‘Webmaster’ with a preference for photography involving drama, stories and people. http://www.willsphotoimaging.co.uk

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Open Print competition – 20th November 2017

Brighton Pier

Our judge for the evening was David Venables DPAGB BPE4, someone who is quite used to knowing what a good competition image requires. His critique was focused and forward moving for each photographer who entered. Thank you David. This was the first competition of the year for new prints. The two previous competitions were ‘Best of the rest’ for last season’s prints that were not placed in the top three and a PDI competition. It was refreshing to see that all of the images were,…

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