1st Place images 2015-16

22 Mar 2016

Cheshire Life competition

Submitted by mikec

The magazine 'Cheshire LIfe' is hosting a competition sponsored by Wilkinson Cameras. The only rules are that professionals may not enter, and that the images must be taken in Cheshire. There is no limitation on the subject matter. First prize is a FujiFilm X100T.

Full details at:


Entries have to be in by 23rd September, and are to be downloaded to http://www.cheshirelife.co.uk/photos/upload-a-photo where you will need to register (for free) before uploading your image.

17 Mar 2016

London calling!

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If you are interested in the history of photography and want to see over 280 stunning prints by photographic icons such as David Bailey, Terry Donovan, Richard Avedon, Norman Parkinson to name but a few then grab yourself a cheap train ticket down to London and head for the National Portrait Gallery to see their current exhibition Vogue 100: A century of style. 

These are original prints from both the Conde Naste and private collections being shown together for the first time to tell the story of one of the most influential fashion magazines in the world. The collection may never be shown together again, so it's well worth planning a trip, or combining it with other activities in the capital. 

The exhibition is on now and finishes on 22nd May.


Click on the link for more details


9 Mar 2016

APOY 2016

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Do yo fancy challenging yourself and your photography over the summer? Looking for themes to shoot?

Then why not have a go at AP's Photographer of the Year competition which begins this month.

There are 8 themes , all of which can be entered individually and the best score cumulatively gets crowned APOY 2016.

2 Mar 2016

The latest British photographic salon (BPE) to declare its results is Clay Cross in Derbyshire. Ian Copley managed a 'magnificent seven' and Roger managed to scoop first place in both the colour and mono sections with 'Ellie Downie' and of course 'The Lifter'. He also managed a selectors award in mono for the rings gymnast image 'Dusting down' which was successful in our internal mono competition recently.

1 Feb 2016

Double Gold for The Lifter

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Roger's 'hot' image 'The Lifter' scooped gold at the BPE national exhibition at Solihull last week and 'Release' scooped a silver selectors medal.

Roger also entered a FIAP  international exhibition in Maitland Australia (100 miles north of Sydney) and today won a FIAP gold medal, again for 'The Lifter'

That's 5 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze and 3 HC's in it's 10 outings.

It seems to be an image with both impact and universal appeal.

14 Dec 2015

If, like me, you're interested in the history of photography then you might like to read an article I came across recently on the construction of the statue of liberty. 

Poignantly apt after the recent atrocities in France to look back at their gracious gift to America over 125 years ago to celebrate libery and friendship between nations.


4 Dec 2015

External success for Roger

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Roger's popular image 'The Lifter' received more acclaim by finishing 4th in APOY's 'Shades of Grey' competition and appears in this weeks Amateur Photographer.


He has also been shortlisted in EEF's manufacturing competitiion. He has been invited down to the House of Commons next Thursday where all the shortlisted images will be exhibited before the announcement of the winners. The image is 'The autoclave operator', a rare selfie!


4 Dec 2015

Derek Meredith, our Competitions Secretary, has been looking at the number of entries into our competitions during the current season, as compared to the previous three years. The results show a healthy increase.

Looking at the Open competitions, there has been a 39% increase in group A workers submitting prints, and a 35% increase in projected image entries. Furthermore, the B category, aimed at less experienced members, has seen a jump of 24% in their submissions. This is very encouraging.

The very process of putting up your work to be evaluated by a judge is a learning exercise that helps you to improve. And most of the feedback is sympathetic and helpful. And it does add a bit of 'buzz' when you see your images progressing through the 'knockout' stages during the judging of the competition

19 Nov 2015
The Lifter scoops gold yet again

Frome Wessex is the latest salon to declare its results and the Chester duo of Ian and Roger were successful.

Ian managed 3 acceptances and Roger 6 with 'The Lifter' scooping up another gold medal in the monochrome section - It's second gold and six awards from six outings maintaining it's unblemished record.

9 Nov 2015

If you enjoy travel photography, nature and or B&W then feast your eyes on the short documentary and image gallery of the work of Sebastiao Salgado now showing on the Canon Professional Network Website.

I was lucky enough to see his exhibition last year at the sciene museum in London and some of the prints were stunning.

Another ex Magnum photographer whose style is unique and inspiring.


5 Nov 2015
Left: Damian - a regular Norman sitter. Right: Mal

Norman Riley was well known to many in the photography fraternity in the North West. Past President of Chester Photographic Society in 2010 and 2011, a notable portrait photographer, an associate of the RPS.

Norman sadly passed away in late October, having suffered from respiratory problems for some time. He devoted his efforts to raising money for respiratory-related charities and being practically engaged in helping those with similar problems.

But Norman will be best remembered for his character. He was a very engaging personality, able to relate comfortably to anyone. He was a colourful character too, and many will recall his 'country-and-western' performances - having been a professional musician.

At least we can recall some fond memories and continue to enjoy his images and his music.

5 Nov 2015
Roger Evans and Dennis Smith celebrate medals
Winning selection from Chester P.S.

Chester Photographic Society came out clear winners in their Inter-Club print battle, with Warrington runners up.

Some 14 local clubs competed, and judge Tony Pioli stated that the general quality of club photography was getting ever better. However, he thought the monochrome images were not quite up to the standard of the coloured prints.

The 'Best Colour Print' medal went to Dennis Smith of Chester, for his portrayal of ladies football action 'Powerplay', beating Ian Copley's 'Sanderlings' by a narrow margin. The monochrome medal was taken by Roger Evans, also of Chester with his weightlifting image 'The Lifter'. 

The Chester Museum lecture theatre venue was packed, and the event is clearly a popular meeting point for photographic friends.


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