Saturday, 30 April 2016


The Hoylake Photographic Society club season formally ended on Friday 29th April with our AGM and Annual Competition awards presentation. With Les Pickstock standing in for club President Barry Quatermass, the evening started off with the presentation of certificates and trophies to those members whose photography caught the judges eye in the Digital Projected Images and Print competitions and there was an "Oscars" feel to the night as so many club members were away on holiday. "So and so has won this award but unfortunately they aren't here to collect it themselves, but they send us this message" Of those who were able to attend, Paul Anderson collected his three trophies, Lynette Ryan collected two, and half of the hall walked away with either a trophy or a certificate of awards.

After a break for tea and biscuits it was time for the serious business of the AGM and outgoing Treasurer Neil Carver gave us a glowing report of the club accounts. There was no hint of the accounts winning a trophy in the "Creative" category. Suffice to say that the Hoylake International Exhibition is securing the club's financial future, is helping to keep our membership fees down and buy new equipment and thanks must go to Brian Magor for all of his hard work in running the competition. Thanks must also go to Neil Carver for his years of work as our club Treasurer and he's now passed the baton on to Marie Louise Dempsey who joins the Committee.

There was discussion of a proposal by George Evans asking Novice / Intermediate members whether they wanted to end the splitting of the monthly print competition into Novice / Intermediate and Advanced sub sections and alternatively whether to split the digital competition into Novice / Intermediate and Advanced sub sections instead. His proposal is due to the low number of print entries in the Novice / Intermediate print competitions for judging and the enormous success that Novice / Intermediate members have had against the Advanced members this season in the Digital Projected Images monthly and Annual competitions.

George stressed that this was a decision for Novice / Intermediate members to take and after a long discussion it was decided that there were too few of those members in attendance to take such a decision so a ballot of Novice / Intermediate members will be sought via e-mail with the result discussed by the committee.

The next big occasion on the horizon is the judging of the Hoylake International Exhibition 2016 on the weekend of 7/8th May. This takes a lot of organising and the help of members is needed even if it's only for a few hours. We have judges coming in from China and the USA so take the opportunity to see the live judging of 8,000 terrific photographs from across the World. I guarantee that you'll be surprised and shocked at which images get high scores and those that burn. Will you agree or disagree with the judges?

Although the AGM is the end of our official program, our season continues unofficially for another few weeks as we plan to organise some days, half days and evenings of photography together during the Summer months until the new season starts again in September.

During the close season don't forget to visit the Hoylake Photographic Society website and Facebook page as well as the blog for the latest club news.

I'll leave you with some photographs of our members collecting their awards and trophies from the AGM. Poor Les must have gone home with a permanent grin on his face. Photographs by George Evans and his impressive Sony A7 mk2 camera.

Les Pickstock

Paul Anderson
Lynette Ryan
Noel George
Brian Magor
Diana Magor
John Gardner
George Evans
Anthony Clarke
Pete Larkin
Ian Chantler
Phil Sadler
Cynthia Sadler
And finally Les Pickstock

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Annual Competition Judging

A sign that the club season is drawing to a close is the Annual Print and Digital Projected Images Competitions. On Friday 22nd April our guest judge Bill Preston, ARPS, DPAGB, BPE4* will have the daunting task of taking a fresh look over the six monthly competitions that have taken place since September 2015 to come up with his favourite images to award on the night. He also has the task of awarding the best digital image of the season. I wish him well. A fresh judging of members images always throws up surprises and turns the monthly competition results on their head and gives members fresh hope of success.

The following morning, Saturday 23rd April, our guest Jon Baker, MFIAP, EFIAPp will be doing the same with the Annual Prints but with a difference. While the digital images are judged away from the club, the prints are judged live and previously unseen by Jon, and if you have prints in this competition it can be both exciting and shattering to see you best effort discarded on the fly or kept on display as the prints are whittled down to the winners of the six categories.

Both competitions take place at Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby and the doors open on Friday at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. On Saturday, you need to turn up at 8.30 am and the judging can go on a far as lunchtime. Help is appreciated on the day.

PSA Nature Inter Club Competition No. 3

As club members will know, we're affiliated to the Photographic Society of America (PSA) and take part in many of their inter club competitions competing with clubs around the World. One of those competitions during a season is "Nature" and John Sixsmith has entered a selection of members images into the Inter Club Competition No. 3.

Four Spot Chaser by Margaret Sixsmith
Red Kite feeding by Robert Devenish
Male Black Grouse fighting by John Sixsmith
Mischievous Mandrill By Paul Higgins
Common European Toad by Barry Quatermass
Pacific Golden Plover by Diana Magor

Good luck in this latest round of competition.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Members Night - Match Battle

This Friday 15th April we have a members night which on this occasion is a match battle. A match battle is the equivalent of the card game "Hearts" but played with photographs. Intrigued?

Two teams of club members will go to battle with a selection of 40 images each supplied by their own team. One team will lead with an image and the other team has to match it as closely as possible to gain the points. Lead with an image of a bird and if the other team also has a bird then that's a clear match, but if you happen to have a photograph of a feather duster then you need to "persuade" the judge that a match is possible through "gentle persuasion" or abuse. A further point is awarded by the judge for the best photograph in that round. With twenty rounds to play in turn during the evening there is usually plenty of mayhem and fun. I pity the judge on the night.

If you want to take part in the fun then we meet at Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby with the doors opening at 7.30 pm for a 7.45 pm start and a 10 pm finish. You don't have to be a member to attend as non members are welcome paying only £2 on the door.

If you can't make the evening and wish to keep up with our activities then please visit the Hoylake Photographic Society website or our Facebook page. Both are updated regularly.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Wirral Festival of Firsts Photo Competition

The "Wirral Festival of Firsts 2016" arts festival based around Hoylake on the Wirral Peninsula are again holding a photographic competition hosted by Hoylake Photographic Society who will also be judging the competition.

The competition is free to enter with a first prize of £100 and two runner up prizes of £25 each. Anyone can enter except for members of Hoylake Photographic Society and the festival's volunteer photographers.

There is a theme of "Water" and a closing date of 1st June 2016. This is an online competition and details of how to enter and present your digital images via e-mail can be found on the Festival "Photo Competition" web page.

Each competing photographer can enter up to three images and the ten shortlisted images will be displayed in a slideshow on the Festival website from 4th July. Photographs must be original, unpublished works which must not have won or been runner up in any other competition. The photographs must be family friendly as they will be viewed by children. Please check the website for full entry details.

As Hoylake Photographic Society are hosting and judging the competition, club members are requested to advertise the competition by word of mouth and through social media to aid its success.

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Accepted Images from Bebington Salon

This Friday 8th April Hoylake Photographic Society will be taking a look at a digital presentation of the accepted images from the Bebington Salon hosted by our friend from Bebington Bob Dennis, APAGB, CPAGB, AFIAP, BPE4*.

The Bebington Salon is a major international photographic competition run by Bebington Photographic Society and the standard of images entered into the salon is extremely high. As a result there will be some fantastic photography on show on the night.

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

To keep up to date with what's happening at the club visit the Hoylake Photographic Society website or our Facebook page which are both updated regularly.

Williamson Open 2016

The Williamson Open curated by the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum, is an annual showcase of artistic and photographic talent found on the Wirral Peninsula and this year four members of Hoylake Photographic Society have had work accepted into this year's Open. The Williamson Open is split into art and photography competitions and congratulations go to Noel George who came third with a "commended" in the photo section with one of his trademark still life images. I've visited the exhibition this morning and Noel's work stands out from the rest on display including my own.

The Williamson Open is on display at the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum, Slatey Road, Oxton from 2nd April - 8th May. The gallery is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Take the opportunity to see our members work and consider entering the Williamson Open yourselves next Spring.

To keep up to date with our club activities visit the Hoylake Photographic Society website or our Facebook page which are updated regularly.