1st Place images 2015-16

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.

19 Oct 2015

The BPE salons are spread throughout the year and there are peaks and troughs in activity.

Saturday saw three salons all declare results on the same day, and Roger and Ian entered two of them, Shrewsbury and Dingwall (near Inverness)

Ian needed just one more acceptance to reach the 50 required for BPE2*, bur managed 4 at Shrewsbury and 6 at Dingwall, putting him well on the way to the 100 acceptances required for BPE3. Well done!

Roger entered his 'hot' image The Lifter and was rewarded with the Gold medal at Shrewsbury and HC at Dingwall. That's five awards from five entries for this image. Roger also managed a silver medal for Release at Dingwall. (Shown)

With our local salon Bebington now open for entries, if anybody is interested in dipping a toe in the salon waters then make contact with Roger or Ian at one of the meetings.

16 Oct 2015

If you're over the water in Liverpool why not pop into the Museum of Liverpool. 

They are hosting an exhibition of works by some of the biggest names in art and design, curated by photographer Rankin. It's Glam Up North: Curated by Rankin features two pieces of work by Rankin himself, as well as works by artists, filmmakers, graphics and fashion designers.  

25 September to 6 December 2015 Free entry

The exhibition culminates in a charity auction on Saturday 21 November 2015 on behalf of Claire House Children’s Hospice, a Merseyside based charity which provides care, support and choice for families whose children are not expected to live to adulthood. 

1 Oct 2015

Roger is perhaps best known for his sports photography, but some of you will know that he is also interested in natural history, mainly macro work of butterflies and dragonflies.

An unusual shot of three emerald damselflies coupled together (two males and one female!) has won the Meres and Mosses photographic competiton.

Roger's prize is a day workshop with local wildlife expert Mark Sissons.



25 Sep 2015

As an emerging photographer, Shand Kydd became known for capturing the incipient community of YBAs (Young British Artists) during the 1990s. He created hundreds of now iconic black and white images of his artist friends and has continued to track the progress of figures such as Sarah Lucas, Tracey Emin, Gilbert and George and Damien Hirst.


25 Sep 2015

Great Barr Exhibition 2015 is the latest photographic salon to announce its results and two Chester members enjoyed success. Most salons only offer digital entry, but a select few have print sections and Great Barr is one of those. Print salons take a lot more effort to organise so it's great to be able to support them. 

Ian Copley entered eight images into the digital open and digital nature sections and was rewarded with four acceptances. Achieving a 50% acceptance rate in national competions is a great achievement.

10 Sep 2015

Your committee has wanted to encourage new blood to get involved in the running of the society. In response to our request, Peter Turner has offered to assist.

Patrick Faleur has put together our Syllabus for the past ten years, and consistently brings in a variety of worthwhile speakers. We have asked Peter to work with Patrick, partly to lighten his workload, and partly to learn from the 'master'. Thank you Peter.

You might like to consider whether you can contribute some of your time in a similar capacity - you would be welcomed.

18 Aug 2015

Paul Smith has done good work for the society as the Exhibition Secretary, but asked to be relieved as he felt that he could not devote enough time to the task. We are pleased to say that Rob Adams, recent past-President of the society, has stepped up to the plate and agreed to take on the role. Rob has excellent contacts in Chester, and will be able to promote opportunities for us to display what we do.  Thank you Rob.

17 Aug 2015
2nd Chukka

The PAGB run APM assessments twice a year giving club photographers the opportunity to gain accreditations. At last weekends adjudications Sue Champion was successful in gaining her CPAGB. Two of her successful images are included along with a description of the journey by Sue herself.

It was back in November 2013 that I attended a mentoring day for the PAGB awards, which had been organised by the L&CPU. We were asked to take along 10 prints or DPI’s for a mock adjudication by six judges, so I obviously chose my most successful club and L&CPU entries from the previous two seasons. 
The day began with an explanation of the awards, scoring system and example entries from successful submissions. Credit Level images typically do well in club competitions and are used in inter-clubs. Every image is scored individually out of 5 by six judges, and they are displayed randomly as at our club. A total score of 200 from 10 images is required. Seeing the high standard of work was when reality struck, and the self doubt kicked in.
The judging process then began, and the speed of marking made it very obvious that high scoring entries needed immediate impact and appeal. A technically competent “good shot” was just not enough. Surprisingly, only one of my prints scored below the 20 marks required and my total was 210.  
Spurred on by this, I decided to contact Christine Widdall (L&CPU) to take up the offer of a mentor. This is where the hard work started. In December 2013, I was contacted by Gwen and Phil Charnock (formerly Wigan 10 ) and asked to send about 40-50 images on a CD so they could look at my work. Oh boy, what had I done!
I separated out my “Mock” images from the others, and naively thought they would just advise on the best ones to pick, and then maybe I would have to swap one or two for better ones. In reality, I ended up abandoning most of the high scorers from the mock, reworking others, and continually submitting new work. I was totally confused, so set up a folder with thumbnails of images next to e-mail print outs containing feedback. I  re-worked as instructed, and eventually rejected the weaker images. 

14 Aug 2015
SSB's on heather
The Lifter

Beyong group organised their 8th BPE salon and the results have just been announced.

Ian Copley had two images accepted and Roger Evans seven, with two being awarded PAGB silver medals - 'Silver Studded Blues on Heather' and 'The Lifter'. A shot of Danny Cipriani playing for Sale Sharks in the snow in January entitled 'Blizzard Rugby' received a commend.



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