Monday, 16 October 2017

Fine Tuning Your Photographs

Hot on the heals of the terrific Terry Donnelly we have "Fine Tune Your Photographs" with Brian Law CPAGB ARPS this Friday 20th October. You never stop learning photography and I've picked up valuable tips from a number of our guest speakers over the years which has helped me to improve my photography. Whether we're a novice or an advanced photographer, Brian promises to pass on something to help us all to produce better images.

This Friday is also the hand-in for the Pictorial competition.

In the pursuit of knowledge, Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby will be opening it's doors from 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. Our future program of talks and events is on our Hoylake Photographic Society website or catch up on our Facebook page.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Open / Altered Reality Competition Results

Last Friday 6th October, our guest Doug Bennison LRPS, CPAGB judged our first monthly competition of the season with the theme "Open / Altered Reality"

The format for this competition was for A4 Unmounted Prints and Digital Projected Images. This format has proved very popular in the past with approximately 60-70 A4 prints entered by our members but with six unmounted A4 prints allowed from each member the number of entries were surprisingly low this year. Nevertheless, the image quality seen in the awarded prints were as high as in previous years. This year we had digital copies of the prints projected to the audience during the judging which proved a success.

A4 Unmounted Prints

This print format was included in the season's program to encourage our less experienced and newer members to take part in the monthly competitions and it proved successful with Bernie Smith taking 1st and 3rd places in the Open section and 1st in the Altered Reality competition. Barry Quatermass took 2nd place in the Open section. Congratulations Bernie.

1st Open "Richmond Capital Sunset" - Bernie Smith
1st Altered Reality ""Within You, Without You" - Bernie Smith

Digital Projected Images

In a complete turnaround from the A4 Unmounted Prints competition, the awards in the Digital Projected Images cometition was dominated by the clubs experienced photographers with Barry Quatermass taking 1st place, Margaret Sixsmith taking 2nd place and husband John Sixsmith coming 3rd. The top place in the Altered Reality competition went to Paul Anderson.

1st Open "Walking on Water" - Barry Quatermass
1st Altered Reality "Serene" - Paul Anderson

Overall the most successful photographers in our first competition of the season were undoubtedly Bernie Smith and Barry Quatermass. Well done both of you and commiserations to those members whose images didn't catch the judges eye on this occasion. The full list of award winners is below.


The evening closed with our guest judge Doug Bennison giving out the awards to the successful photographers who were in attendance.

Ian Chantler
President - Anthony Clarke
Ron Cooper
Judith Dundass
Paul Higgins
Barry Quatermass
Lynn Rostron
Michael Severn
Bernie Smith
Our next meeting is on Friday 13th October with "An Evening With Terry Donnelly" Terry is a very experienced and successful local photographer producing exceptional work so this is an evening not to be missed.

The meeting takes place at Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby with the doors opening at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. None members are welcome to attend paying £2 on the door. We're always open to new membership so why not take the opportunity to view the club with no pressure to join.

You can view our season's program of talks and events on the Hoylake Photographic Society website or catch up on our Facebook page.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Open / Altered Reality Competition

This Friday 6th October is the judging of the Open / Altered Reality competition. This is our first of our monthly competition and it will be judged by Doug Bennison LRPS CPAGB.

The print format for this competition is of A4 unmounted prints with accompanying digital images to display to the club members. There is still a separate digital projected image competition. Altered Reality is always a challenge for photographers wishing to put their creativity and imagination into practise so it will be interesting to see what club members can produce this year.

To view our competition judging we meet at Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby with the doors opening at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish.

To view our program of events and speakers visit the Hoylake Photographic Society website or catch up on our Facebook page.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

L&CPU Folio Night

This Friday 29th September is the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union (L&CPU) Folio Night where we will be looking at the best images produced by club photographers in the north west area.

The event takes place at Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby with the doors opening at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. You don't have to be a member to attend as visitors are welcome paying only £2 on the door.

You can view our program of events on our Hoylake Photographic Society website or keep up to date with our Facebook page.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Hoylake International Exhibition 2017

This Friday 22nd September the club will be taking a look at a selection of accepted and awarded images from this year's successful Hoylake International Exhibition. For a viewing of the very best of international photography we'll be opening the doors at Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. None members are welcome paying £2 on the door.

For club members this is also the hand-in for the first monthly competition of the season with the theme of "Open / Altered Reality" Three digital images can be entered plus a maximum of six A4 unmounted prints. The entry form can be downloaded from the Hoylake Photographic Society website. Also keep up to date through our Facebook page.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Reflections of Blencathra FSC Club Weekend

This Friday 15th September is a retrospective of last May's club weekend at the Blencathra FSC in Cumbria. Those who attended have been asked to provide 10 images taken on the trip so there will be a very broad view of what our club members got up to. The weekend through 16 pairs of eyes.

If you weren't able to make it to Blencathra then you can catch up on Friday at Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby. The doors open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish.

Our new program of events and speakers for the 2017/18 season just started can be viewed on the Hoylake Photographic Society website or catch up on our Facebook page.

We're open to new members regardless of your photographic skills or experience, novice or professional so why not try our taster evenings paying only £2 on the door.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

The New 2017/18 Season Begins

It seems like an eternity since the club's annual competitions in April signalled the end of the club's 2016/17 season. We've since enjoyed the club trip to Blencathra in the Lake District and experienced a decent Summer break where our members have been mostly shooting their own photographic projects but I'm happy to announce that Hoylake Photographic Society is back with a new season of speakers, education, events and competitions on Friday 8th September 2017 with the "Presidents Night".

Under the stewardship of new Club President Anthony Clarke, this friendly club is open to new members whether you're a novice or an advanced photographer. Prospective new members can attend our taster evenings paying only £2 on the door with no pressure to pay a joining fee. If you love photography then club photography may be for you so why not give us a try at your leisure.

We meet every Friday evening from September through to May at Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby with the doors opening at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish.

Our varied 2017/18 program can be viewed on the Hoylake Photographic Society website or visit our Facebook page for news.

Monday, 22 May 2017

PSA Success for Ian Chantler

Hoylake Photographic Society may be closed for the Summer recess but our members are still photographing and entering their work into international competitions. The club is affiliated to the Photographic Society of America (PSA) and takes part in a number of competitions against clubs from across the World. 

Some of our club members are also individual members of the PSA. Ian Chantler has entered Round 3 of the PSA Individual Portrait Competition, Group B and his image "Alicia" has been awarded an Honourable Mention. Ian has only entered four rounds previously and this is his fourth award. That's quite a success rate and well done Ian.

Alicia by Ian Chantler

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Last Night of the Season

Friday 19th May saw the effective 'last night' of our 2017 season. Next Friday 26th May, half the club is in the Lake District for this year's long photographic weekend away, so there is no meeting at the hall.

As in the previous two years, the evening was given over to a photographic challenge. Members had to take just 5 JPG images, in the local Ashton Park, West Kirby, between 7 and 8pm; then rush back to Newton Village Hall where - without any post processing - they were loaded onto the PC and projected in order to be judged.

Eleven members participated in the shoot, providing a wide variety of imagery. Without the benefit of Photoshop or similar, members had to ensure their composition, exposure, focusing and subject dominance were established 'in camera' - quite unusual these days.

Despite the challenges this provided, and with some lovely images - including some "aargh" ones and even one with a staged plastic duck! - choosing the winner was difficult, with 5 top scoring images ultimately competing in a second round of judging. For the second time in 3 years, John Gardner's image was the winner; with Barry Quatermass (our outgoing President) presenting him with a medal.

Flag Iris - John Gardner
A fun-filled evening, ending our season photographically, all attendees enjoyed the challenge and we hope to repeat it next year..... see you there.... Les Pickstock.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Judging 6th Hoylake International Exhibition 2017

Hoylake Photographic Society's "Hoylake International Exhibition 2017" is an international photographic competition attracting several thousand entries from hundreds of photographers from across the World and the judging took place over the weekend of 6th / 7th May at Newton Village Hall.

The Competition Judges
With so many entries into the competition nine guest judges used three projectors and laptops in three rooms of Newton Village Hall over the weekend to sift through the wildly different photographs in the Open Colour, Open Mono, Landscape, Nature, Photojournalism and Photo Travel categories to arrive at their award winners.


An event of this size takes an awful lot of organisation and Exhibition Chairman Brian Magor had the help of his wife Diana and many of the club members over the weekend and special thanks must go to Alison Quatermass for feeding the army of volunteers. The food provided was superb and Lyn Rostron's speciality desert apple and blackcurrent crumble also received special praise.

Alison Quatermass with President Anthony Clarke



The standard of acceptance into the exhibition was pretty high on the day with the judges being tough on the marking so any club member who found their images accepted and in the awards can feel proud of their achievements. Below is the list of our club members accepted images and their awards. When people are given any awards, the software upgrades the marks automatically to 15 so this may not be the mark the judges originally gave. Well done everyone.

To round off a good weekend for the club our President Anthony Clarke awarded the judges with a plaque in thanks for their efforts but the biggest thanks goes to Brian Magor for his tireless work in organising and co-ordinating the Hoylake International Exhibition who's funds helps to secure the future of the club.










Although our official program is now over, we have an in house meeting at Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, next Friday 12th May at the normal time for any members who wish to turn up to this informal evening.