Thursday, 27 August 2015

Meet and Greet - 11th September

Hi everyone
Its nearing that time when our new season gets underway, hopefully you have all received your welcoming letter and syllabus.

There is a change with tradition on the opening night with the ‘Meet and Greet’ replacing the usual Presidents night (which now takes place later in the season)
We are hoping the members will not only attend in person on the night but will also bring along with them some friends and neighbours who might be interested in what we do.

You don’t have to invite only those who might be prospective new members, anyone who is curious about what we do, or maybe has a question about their camera or photography in general will be most welcome. (If any of these guests decide to come back then we can consider it a bonus) There are a number of demonstrations lined up which will be of interest to existing members as well as guests so get you thinking caps on – Who will you bring along?

See you on the 11th Sept.

Wirral Festival of Firsts Photographic Competition Results

Wirral Festival of Firsts

As most HPS members know for the last 5 years there has been an arts festival in and around Hoylake - the ‘Festival of Firsts’, which has gradually expanded to be both international and more ‘Wirral-wide’ – see Within the Festival has been a photographic competition, and this year Hoylake Photographic Society ‘co-ordinated’ the competition. See

Open to non-professional photographers, anywhere, with a first prize of £100 and two runners up each getting £25 we expected to be inundated with images. Despite website and newspaper inserts, as well as all photo clubs in the North West being notified, we ended up with only 23 entries (there were 25, but two were from a professional, so ultimately had to be excluded). Whilst a bit disappointing, this did increase all the entrants’ chance of winning quite considerably!

As Hoylake Photographic Society was involved in both documenting the Festival and the competition, we had to be fairly constrained on who, within the club, could enter. So we ruled that none of the members who were photographing the events (such as Barry, George, Ian and Robert) could enter, and all judging was done external to the club. As it turned out only two entries were received from HPS members, both ending up short listed, and one was a prize-winning runner up.

All the entries were reviewed by a panel of housewives, who picked out the ‘top ten’ (reduced to 8 when the ‘professional’ images were excluded). In turn these were passed to the final judge to choose the winner and runners-up. The judge was Paul Heaps, the chief photographer of the Wirral Globe, who commented “…I have to say it was a close call between ‘Only in Liverpool’ and ‘Water Screen’. Thought 1st place for ‘Only in Liverpool’ was well deserved as it showed great imagination and good composition… and  “…I would like to wish all the finalists my congratulations on a high standard of work submitted… ”.

The winning entries were:
1st place-  Only in Liverpool - by Sue Orman
Runner up- Water Screen – by Janice Jones
Runner up-  Shades and Leather – by Anthony Clarke (HPS member)

All the entries can be seen at

The 8 finalist images were printed to A2 and shown at the Festival  ‘opening night’ on July 3rd at the Holiday In Express, Hoylake, where the presentations were also made to the winners (except Anthony who was stuck in Europe!). See

The shortlisted A2 prints were then displayed in Hoylake library for two weeks, and will be available to see at HPS first night of the new season on Friday 11th September 2015, at Newton Village Hall – when EVERYONE is welcome, not just club members. Les Pickstock.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

2015/16 Season Syllabus

The new Hoylake Photographic Society Syllabus for 2015/16 has been printed and is on its way to club members by foot mail and snail mail.  A copy of the syllabus can also be downloaded from the Club’s webpage –  There have had to be some changes made since the syllabus was printed and these changes have been highlighted in red on the on-line copy.
The first Competition of the season is the Open Competition.  Hand-in is on 25th September.  There are also awards within all sections of the Open Competition for the Best Altered Reality and the Best Landscape images, so club members have 5 weeks to get their images ready. Full explanations of all the Competitions can be found on the website. 

If you're not a member of the club but are interested in photography then why not give us a try. You don't have to be a member to attend, instead pay only £2 on the door. We meet at Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby every Friday from 7.30 pm for a 7.45 pm start and a 10 pm finish from September to May. Our first meeting is a "meet and greet" on 11th September 2015.

Our Annual Exhibition is currently on display at the Thurstaston Country Park visitor center for the next month. Some members have a panel of their own on display.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

End of Year Interclub Photo Travel Play-off

The End-of-Year Playoff for the Travel Division Inter-Club was judged on 12 August on the same day and using the same judges as the PSA Travel International. The judges were Peter McCloskey, FRPS, APAGB; Valerie Duncan, MPSA, ARPS, AFIAP, DPAGB, ABPE and Leo Rich, ARPS, EFIAP/g, DPAGB, APAGB, BPE3.

The overall winner and Travel Division Inter-Club Champion 2015 is North Sydney Leagues Photographic Society with 91 points followed in second place by Hoylake Photographic Society with 82 points. Delaware Photographic Society placed third with 80 followed by Grand Photos with 78.

The judges selected three individual awards - 1st place - Kerry Boytell (North Sydney Leagues Photographic Society) for "Novices Reading"; 2nd place - Diana Magor, MPSA (Hoylake Photographic Society) for "Corner of Forbidden City"; 3rd place - Rosslyn Duncan (North Sydney Leagues Photographic Society) for "Balloon over Bagan".

I would like to thank all clubs which participated in the 2014-2015 competitions and congratulate the overall winning club North Sydney Leagues Photographic Society. I look forward to receiving registrations for the 2015-2016 competitions - please see thw web site for details.


Congratulations to Diana Magor of Hoylake Photographic Society on her second place in the competition with "Corner of Forbidden City"

"Corner of Forbidden City" - Diana Magor