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27 May 2017

The latest BPE exhibition declared its results this week.

Robin Hood is run by Nottingham and Notts PS and attracted over 4500 entries.

Sue Champion gained two acceptances and Roger Evans eight including the gold medal in the open colour class with 'Love the High Bar' on it's very first outing. It then went up against the other class winners and went on to win 'Best in Exhibition' as well.

If you're interested in seeing the standard of salon photography, then the online results and galleries are available to peruse here.

18 May 2017

Hong Kong architecture

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If you're up in Manchester between now and 18th June why not pop in to see the exhibition of Michael Wolf's work 'A Private Public' at the Centre for Chinese Contempory Art in the Northern Quarter of the city.

For over twenty years German photographer Michael Wolf has captured the hyper-density of the city of Hong Kong through his large-scale photographs. A Private Public presents Hong Kong’s seemingly endless industrial facades contrasted with an intimate perspective from within its hidden network of back alleys.

Since his arrival in the city in 1994, Wolf has been absorbed in an alternative urban culture, condensed and preserved within Hong Kong’s ‘laneways’. Somewhere between public and private spaces, these alleys are utilized by the population in a myriad of ways; forming shortcuts between the main thoroughfares, they also provide quiet resting places or much-needed storage space for residents.

Full details can be found here.
13 May 2017

This months My Memory competition has a theme of landscapes and I'm sure many of us in the club have great images that fit this category.

The competition is free, with the chance to win one of two 240Gb SSD drives that can be added to your existing PC to provide fast storage or backup.

What have you got to lose?

Images just need to be between 400 and 1000px on the longest side, 72dpi and less than 2Mb in size.

You can enter here.


11 May 2017

Hoylake International 2017

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This year the Hoylake International salon attracted nearly 8000 images from over 500 photographers from around the world.

Hoylake has six sections, Open Colour, Open Mono, Landscape, Nature, Photojournalism and Phototravel. For the purists amongst us the last four sections do not allow other than basic manipulation (Cropping, sharpening, dodging and burning in effect).

Your can just enter one section, but the pricing structure encourages photographers who have suitable images to enter all as the price for three sections is the same as that for six.

Luckily, Roger's images slot quite well into these categories and he entered the maximum of 24 images. His rewards were, 19 acceptances and 7 awards winners (including a FIAP gold for 'Waller stretches out' and a PSA gold for 'Sam Oldham battles the rings').

In addition to this he was also awarded the FIAP blue badge for 'Best Author', his second within a year following on from a similar feat in the Fotosport Salon.

Brian Magor, the salon chairman, will be visiting CPS early next year to talk about the salon.


26 Apr 2017

The latest BPE exhibition declared its results this week and two members were rewarded with success.

Sue champion gained 2 acceptances with 'Fourties Housewife' and 'Wisteria'. Both are doing well and gaining regular acceptances.

Roger gained 4/4 acceptances with new images and received selectors awards for 'Laura Massaro forehand' and 'Louis Smith dismount'. 



24 Apr 2017

Many members enjoyed the landscape lecture given to the club by Colin Prior back in 2016.

For those interested in his work, you might like to see a programme currently available on the BBC iplayer

The Adventure Show special following landscape photographer Colin Prior as he sets out to capture a definitive record of three iconic mountains of the north west Highlands.

Colin Prior is one of the world's most acclaimed landscape photographers, someone who made his name with a set of panoramic images that defined wild Scotland for a generation. But, using the latest digital technology, he is attempting to capture a definitive record of three iconic mountains in the northwest Highlands. These include what many regard as our finest summit, An Teallach.
We've been following his progress, between the winter and spring equinoxes, and discover that the result of six months of work is just a handful of images.

It's available until mid May by clicking here.


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.


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