1st Place images 2015-16

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!

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).

6 Dec 2016

If like many of us, you invested in Adobe Photoshop pre CC then you may be a little upset to find that Adobe no longer provide Camera RAW updates for these products. That's not a major issue until you decide to upgrade to a new camera body and then it becomes one. In effect, Adobe have frozen support for bodies forcing most people to consider moving to their CC product which is based on a monthly/annual subscription model. It's not overly expensive in the scheme of things at around £8 per month, but as someone who paid for a full product I resent being forced into this model of software payment and I know I'm not alone with those feelings.

There are lots of alternatives which you can use to get around this, but none of them currently offer the ability to keep exactly the same workflow as before. 

You can use your own camera manufacturers bespoke software (In the case of Canon thats DPP, Nikon's NX-D, Fuji's Silkypix) and that will convert the RAW file to TIFF, PSD or DNG from which you can then resume your normal workflow.

You can use a RAW to TIFF batch converter such as Easy2Convert RAW to TIFF Pro ($20). That will convert all your shoot to TIFF's and again you can then resume your normal workflow.

You can buy Photoshop Elements 15 (About £85) and that uses the latest RAW converter, but you don't get the catalogue/lightbox facility of Bridge or Lightroom, you don't get curves adjustments and you can't batch process in the RAW converter like you can in PS.

There's also a new kid on the block that's well worth a look called Affinity Photo.

30 Nov 2016


Congratulations must go to John Wild who took the brave step of venturing into the salon photography world by entering his first international salon. And John went for one of the biggest and best, The Smethwick International, which regularly attraches over 12000 entries.John had his beautiful shot of wild redpolls accepted into this prestigious exhibition.Well done John, but watch out, it's more addictive than Class A drugs (As Bob Dennis often tells us!)

John said that the online entry system made it so easy to enter, so no excuses for the rest of you, get some great images and get them into the salons.

2 Nov 2016

Fifteen clubs contested our annual print battle with Warrington PS coming out the worthy winners with images from Christine Willis, Gordon Mills, Dave Cowsill and Joan Blease, a montage of which is included.

The overall colour print winner went to Andrew Williams of Frodsham PS with ' Wensleydale Portrait'. The overall winner in the monochrome went to Ray Girling of Mid Cheshire CC with 'On Target'. Both authors receive engraved gold medals.

25 Oct 2016

The BPE circuit's latest salon to declare their results if Dingwall, North of Inverness. Sue Champion was rewarded with two acceptances for 'Yellow Daisies' and 'Magnolia Still Life'. (Shown right).

Roger received two HC awards for new images 'Sam Oldham battles the rings' and 'The Lift'.

If you are interested in seeing the full acceptance and awarded images then they provide an online gallery here.

6 Aug 2016

You may recall,back in March, seeing an article for this exhibition in London. Well now you don't have to go all that way because it's now at the Manchester Art Gallery until 30th October and its FREE.

Direct from the National Portrait Gallery, London, Vogue 100: A Century of Style is a major exhibition celebrating 100 years of cutting-edge fashion, beauty and portrait photography by British Vogue
Manchester Art Gallery
Friday 24 June 2016–Sunday 30 October 2016

Vogue 100: A Century of Style showcases the remarkable range of photography that has been commissioned by British Vogue since it was founded in 1916, with over 280 prints from the Condé Nast archive and international collections being brought together for the first time to tell the story of one of the most influential fashion magazines in the world.

Featuring iconic images of many of the faces that have shaped the cultural landscape of the twentieth century, from Henri Matisse to Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and Damien Hirst; Marlene Dietrich to Gwyneth Paltrow; Lady Diana Cooper to Lady Diana Spencer; and Fred Astaire to David Beckham. Also featured in the exhibition are the fashion designers that defined the looks of the century, including Dior, Saint Laurent and McQueen.

The exhibition brings together vintage prints from the early twentieth century, ground-breaking photographs from renowned fashion shoots, unpublished work and original magazines. Images by leading twentieth-century photographers, including Cecil Beaton, Lee Miller, Irving Penn and Snowdon will feature alongside more recent work by David Bailey, Corinne Day, Patrick Demarchelier, Nick Knight, Herb Ritts and Mario Testino.

Full details of the exhibition can be found here.


26 Jul 2016

Well done to Keith Fitzpatrick who took a scarey step by entering his first nation exhibition and was rewarded not just by an aceptance, but with an award!

His pictorialy powerful image 'Alice Cooper Struts His Stuff' scooped a Certificate of Merit.

In the highly competitive atmosphere of salon photography it's difficult enough to get an acceptance never mind an award, so very well done to Keith.


26 Jul 2016

For longer than most members can remember, the Centurion pub near the United Reform Church has been a venue where Chester Photographic members can retreat after their Tuesday meeting, to review the judge's awards, or analyse the speaker's performance, or just put the world to rights. In January, the pub company closed the Centurion and applied to build a care home (perhaps mistakenly thinking that a Care Home was more fitting for CPS members than a pub?).

10 Jul 2016

If, like me, you're interested in both photography and recent local history then you might like to visit the exhibition currently on at St Michaels Church, Bridge Street Row, Chester.

'In these days of ordering our Prosecco and Parmesan with our online shopping it’s not
always easy to remember the days when, clutching a few coins and a scribbled message,
we raced around to the corner shop for our mum’s purchases – always hoping that there
would be change enough for a treat from the penny tray.  This evocative display looks back
at those small shops that were the mainstay of our lives before the unstoppable wave of the supermarkets and online deliveries took over.'

The exhibition runs from the 11th July until the 16th December




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