1st Place images 2015-16

30 Mar 2017

If you're looking for inspiration or just enjoy superb images then look no further than the Sony World Photography awards 2017.

This is the biggest photography competition and attracts some of the top pro and amateur togs from around the world.

There are some great and not so great images depending upon your taste, but the variety and quality is stunning.

If you look carefully at Andreas Hemb, Winner of the Sweden National Award you should recognise where it was taken. Cast your mind back to the wildlife talk given by the Toon's and you may recall the high end facility that they visited with an infinity pool lit by flashlights with all the mod cons for the tog who want's wildlife but doesn't want to slum it. There's a shot of African bison that has obviously been shot there.

Also, there's a breaching whale very similar to Mike Coe's image that won our Nature competition.

Full details can be found here.

16 Mar 2017

To judge or not to judge?

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As part of Roger's committment to judging he worked towards an accreditation scheme developed by Christine Widdall to improve judging standards.

Having been to a judges workshop and been accepted last year, you then need to get positive feedback from six clubs where you have judged and then you go on the accredited list.

Chris runs these judging sessions every couple of years and they are an enjoyable way to meet up with photographers from other clubs.

You'll never please all the people all the time, but it's a great way to see how others view the world.

Why not go along the next time the L&CPU run one?

16 Mar 2017

Hullywood Icons

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You may or may not be aware that Hull is the city of culture this year and they have lots going on to promote this.

I love the idea they came up with called Hullywood Icons where they get locals to recreate still images from famous films. The results are really quite spectacular.

Details from a Telegraph article on the subject here.


14 Mar 2017

Two CPS members entered Evesham and were rewarded with success.

Sue Champion managed two acceptances with 'Fourties Housewife' and a new image 'Summer Blooms'

Roger Evans managed five acceptances including Best Mono image with 'The Lift' and BPE ribbons for 'Behind Bars' and 'Kelly Sibley forehand'

Full results will appear here soon.


14 Mar 2017

Part two of this superb three part series aired last night.

It highlighted the great and the good of British photography from pre first to post second world war with work from Beaton to Brandt.

Tradgedies from Belson to Heysel showed the power of photography and images from Picture Post also showed the mundane and the funny side of the British through the lens.

If you missed it, watch it on catch up here.

Episode synopsis

Eamonn McCabe explores how British photographers responded to the most important events of the first half of the the 20th century and traces the emergence of a new genre of photography - photojournalism. His journey begins at the Daily Mirror's press plant in Watford, which broke new ground with its dynamic coverage of the siege of Sidney Street in 1911, before tracing the footsteps of pioneering female photojournalist Christina Broom and discovering how cheaper cameras enabled British soldiers to become citizen journalists during the First World War.
Eamonn is joined by Mahtab Hussain to discuss the work of Bill Brandt, who in 1937 travelled to the North of England to record landscapes and portraits of working class communities during the Great Depression. Brandt would go on to work for Picture Post, Britain's most popular news magazine, which was launched in 1938. Armed with a period roll film Leica, Eamonn goes on assignment to the fairground to recreate a famous shoot by the magazine that documented almost every aspect of mid-century life in Britain. He also sees how photographers captured the Second World War - from the Blitz to shocking images of concentration camps - celebrates photographers who pursued the medium as an art form in its own right, learns about the printing techniques of celebrity portrait photographer Alvin Langdon Coburn and reflects on Cecil Beaton's glamorous work for Vogue magazine.

13 Mar 2017
The Lifter

The Southampton Camera Club was formed in 1896 and now runs one of the largest and oldest international photographic salons in the United Kingdom. Their International Exhibition attracts in the region of 8000 entries from nearly 60 countries around the world and SIE 2017 is the 104th anniversary of this prestigious event.

Roger entered four prints into each of the Open and Mono sections and was rewarded handsomely with all eight gaining acceptance, five of which gained awards.

He scooped the best mono print with........you guessed it, 'The Lifter', it's 32nd award.


8 Mar 2017

The results of the Basingstoke National were announced yesterday and two CPS members were rewarded with acceptances.

Sue Champion received 4 acceptances and Roger Evans 6.

The image shown is one of Sue's acceptances 'Fourties Housewife'. It also won the AD People competition this week!


7 Mar 2017

Action images

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This months My Memory competition has a theme of action, why not give it a go?

Roger was one of last moths 'architecture' winners and bagged a 128Mb USB3 memory stick, so what have you got to lose?

Click here to enter.



1 Mar 2017

If your interest in photography extents to its history and development then set the recorders for 9:00pm Monday BBC4.

The BBC are airing a three part series in partnership with the National Media Museum in Bradford.

A series in which Eamonn McCabe celebrates Britain's greatest photographers, sees how science allowed their art to develop, and explores how they have captured our changing lives and country.

In the first of three programmes, he goes back to the 19th century to trace the astonishingly rapid rise of the photograph in British life. Eamonn explores the science behind early photography, and shows how innovative photographic techniques made possible the careers of pioneers like Roger Fenton and Julia Margaret Cameron. He sees how great figures of the age such as Queen Victoria and Isambard Kingdom Brunel were captured on camera, and revisits the Victorians' sense of wonder about the 'natural magic' of photography and the role it played in their lives.

Worth a watch!

26 Feb 2017

As we move towards the end of another enjoyable season arrangements have been made to hold the annual dinner at our traditional venue - Eaton Gold Club.

Those who have attended previosly will know that Carol's food is always excellent for both quality and value.

Peter Maskery will again be coordinating the event to be held on Tuesday 18th April and futher details will be provided at future meetings. The cost this year will be £19 pp.

The menu for the night will be


CHILLED MELON with berries

HOMEMADE PATE with warm toast


BAKED FIELD MUSHROOMS with leeks & cheese

PRAWN TWISTER with salad & sweet chilli sauce


BAKED RED MULLET FILLETS with herb & lemon butter garnished with prawns


ROAST LOIN OF PORK with a cream & mushroom sauce

BREAST OF CHICKEN on a bed of roasted peppers with a lemon sauce






GINGER PUDDING served with ice cream





25 Feb 2017

Architectural images

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If you've got any good architectural images from around the world (and I know many of you have!) then enter the free My Memory competition for February that ends on the 28th.


You've a chance to win a large memory stick which is always handy, so give it a go.

Click here to enter.


2 Feb 2017

International Images for Science is calling for images that cover all breadth of science from medicine, forensic science, zoology, engineering, astronomy, all scientific fields. The competition is open to all, RPS members and non-members. There are three age specific categories: Aged 17 and Under, Aged 18 – 25, and Aged 26 and Over. The competition is free to enter and the closing date is Sunday 30th April 2017, Midnight GMT.

If you've got anything appropriate, give it a go. It's FREE to enter!



1 Feb 2017

If you're passionate about capturing the beauty of plants and gardens, why not take part in The RHS newly-relaunched Photographic Competition?

We have a number of members who enjoy photographing plants and flowers and there are different adult sections to have a go at. (including an abstract section for the creative images).


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