1st Place images 2015-16

19 Jul 2016

Many club members enjoy visits to beautiful gardens and parks, walks through our beautiful landscapes, or pehaps pottering in your own garden.

So why not get the old brain cells going, dust down the camera gear and have a go at the RHS's new competition. There's an amazing top prize of £5000 that would but you the Canon 1DXii or Nikon D5 that you've always wanted AND for the first time its FREE!

What have you got to lose? Treat it like a photographic project or assignment, break down those barriers, think out of the box. You've got plenty of time to get involved and of course the images can then be used in our forthcoming 2016/17 competitions.

If you've got children or grandchildren, get them involved. There are two sections and great prizes for them to win too. Introduce a new generation to the joys of photography.

Full details can be found here.

10 Jul 2016

Back in May, we informed you that Roger's image 'The Lifter' had been one of ten images selected by the PAGB to represent GB in the 33rd FIAP B&W print biennial in Seoul, South Korea.

Last week the results were announced and the UK entry beat 47 other nations with the UK being crowned World Cup winners. Ireland came second and Germany third. Full details will be published on FIAP's websitein due course. 


The ten images will take pride of place in an exhibition when the FIAP Congress meet in South Korea next month.

Aside from this competition, 'The Lifter' continues to enjoy success in international salons. This weekend it received an HM from the Photographic Society of New York and a Photographic Society of America Gold medal from the prestigions Midland Salon. This brings its current total of awards to 22 including 8 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze.

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



6 Jun 2016

Three BPE salons declared their results in the last week and Roger had mixed success in each.There were awards for new images in Robin Hood and Alba and a selectors award for 'The Lifter' at the prestigious Cotswold Monochrome print exhibition. The only down side was the 'The Lifter' lost it's perfect record by not getting an award at Robin Hood, but 17 out of 18 isn't too shabby.

The image on the right, 'Behind Bars' is new and received an award at Alba. It shows Ruby Harrold during her asymmetic bar routine at the Nationals this year. Ruby (along with the Downie sisters, Claudia Fragapane and Gabby Jupp) is part of the sucessful GB squad who took team silver behind Russia in the European Championships last week-end. Watch out for both the GB men and women at the forthcoming Olympics in Rio!

6 Jun 2016

If you need proof of the power of photography to remind us of great moments in our recent history then this Guardian collection should swing it for you. Almost all have been taken using the constraints of film, have all sorts of technical issues, but they tell a powerful story and remind us of the life of a great boxer that touched so many.


Check out the shoes in the promo shot with Ken Norton and possibly one of the best sports photographs ever, by Neil Leifer of Ali flooring Cleveland Williams in 1966.

1 Jun 2016

The €1 Million Potato

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This image was taken by famed fine art photographer Kevin Abosch and was hanging in his apartment in Paris when a wealthy businessman (after a few glasses of wine apparently) offered to buy this now famous Irish Potato.

It took a couple of weeks of negotiation but when the price was agreed it became Kevin Abosch’s most expensive photograph.

Mr Abosch is not unfamiliar in receiving a high price for his work, his commissioned portraits cost at least £200,000. He has a long list of celebrity clients who have been shot by the Irishman, most notably Sheryl Sandberg, the Facebook executive, Johnny Depp and Steven Spielberg.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder ;-)

12 May 2016
The Lifter

Each year FIAP (The world governing body of amateur photography based in Paris) run a nation based competition. These are competitions and exhibitions, each in a particular medium – Colour Prints, Monochrome Prints, Projected Images, Natural History. Within the medium, each country chooses a subject matter theme, and the judging includes an assessment of coherence within the theme. Countries offer to host Biennials which are major events with 500 to 600 photographs exhibited. FIAP Medals and other awards are made to the entrants.

4 May 2016

Off The Hook

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The Rolling Stones by Gered Mankowitz

1st April to 28th May 2016

 In 2016, British music photographer Gered Mankowitz will revisit his legendary Rolling Stones archive for a new exhibition, Off The Hook, and a new signed limited edition book, Backstage. 

2 May 2016

Sydney Harbour International got their results out in double quick time after judging this weekend. Roger entered four images in the open colour section and was rewarded with four acceptances, a FIAP Ribbon for a new image 'Becky Downie' and the FIAP Gold medal for 'Girl Power', another weightlifting image of the GB lifter Sarah Davies.

29 Apr 2016

Two BPE salons declared their results this week, Neath and Rushden. Our new president, Ian Copley, continued his steady progress towards his goal of BPE3* with two acceptances in each salon.

'The Lifter' continued it's unbroken success in BPE's with an HC in Neath and a PAGB Gold in Rushden. That's now 15 salons in a row. A short track skating image 'Edging it' also received a selectors award and 'Dusting Down' an HC.

23 Mar 2016

The PRIZE!!! A Panasonic Lumix GX8 (Silver) Camera complete with 15mm f1.7 Leica DG Summilux Lens WORTH £1098 - (price correct at the time of the competition being announced)
To take part in the competition “Chester Street Life”, we invite you to submit an Image or Images (a maximum of 3 images only per person may be submitted) depicting life and or activity in Chester City Centre or its immediate vicinity.
The competition opening date is Sunday March 20th 2016 with a closing date of midnight on Sunday May 15th 2016.  After which time, all entries and submissions will be judged by our panel of 3 judges. The winning entry will be made known by Tuesday June 14th 2016 after which the winner will be contacted in due course with a date to be arranged for the winner to collect their prize.
The competition is open to all age groups.


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