Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Audio / Visual Competition Result

Friday 16th December was the Hoylake Photographic Society social evening and "Audio / Visual Competition" where members put together images or video or both to music or commentary. This is an opportunity for members to flex their creative muscles on a different art form than static images and the evening didn't disappoint. With eleven A/V's on show the range of topics was very broad with titles such as 36 x 12, Doors, Graffiti, Iceland Aurora, Mud, Nature in Mono, Places, Retirement, Star Trekking, Super Freak and Tmoau 2016. The competition was judged by the members in attendance each scoring between 1-5 points for each video.

Club President Barry Quatermass
There was a strong attendance by club members and club President Barry Quatermass opened the social evening by detailing the scoring system to chose the winning A/V.

All eleven video's were viewed and duly scored by the members after each showing and the creativity, skill and humour on show was the best that I can remember in my time as a member of the club. The entertainment on show was superb.

Diana and Brian Magor
While Diana and Brian Magor collected in the score sheets and totted up the inividual scores the member tucked into the buffet. Each member brought along their own contribution to what was once again a very good spread.


With club members watered, fed and refreshed they took to their seats again to receive the results of the competition. Two superb time lapse videos, "Iceland Aurora" and "Tmoau 2016" by Steve Lewis took joint third place. "Mud" by Barry Quatermass took second place, and the hilariously funny "Star Trekking" by Anthony Clarke won the competition. All four videos were excellent in their own way but Anthony's skit at the Star Trek series set to music using prominent club members in the lead roles was a big hit with everyone on the night.

Below are some screenshots of the awarded Audio / Visual's to give you a flavour of the evening.

Joint 3rd "Iceland Aurora" by Steve Lewis
Joint 3rd "Tmoau 2016" by Steve Lewis
2nd "Mud" by Barry Quatermass
1st "Star Trekking" by Anthony Clarke
Anthony Clarke and Barry Quatermass (President)
Congratulations to Anthony on winning the competition. The evening was a fitting end to 2016 and the club will be back after the holidays on 6th January with "ABC" by Andy Polakowski AWPF, BPE2*

The club 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 can keep up to date with our activities through our Hoylake Photographic Society website or our Facebook page.

On behalf of the club may I wish you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Monday, 12 December 2016

A/V Competition and Christmas Social

This Friday 16th December is competition time again, but this time not the static print and digital competition that we're used to. The evening hosts our annual Audio / Visual competition where members set images and video to music or commentary to create short videos to entertain and the range of work never disappoints.

The evening is also our Christmas social evening and there will be a hearty buffet during the break. This is our final club meeting before the holidays, so if you can't make it to the event I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and New Year on behalf of everyone at the club. We will be back with a great guest speaker on 6th January 2017.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Man Made Competition Results

Last Friday 2nd December saw the judging of our "Man Made Competition" by our guest judge Nick Berentzen CPAGB, BPE1. Nick was meticulous with his critique of the print and digital entries explaining what he liked in the images and how they could have been improved. The competition was split into print and digital projected images sections with the prints split into colour and mono images.

All members competed on an equal basis with the bulk of the awards going to our most experienced photographers on this occasion, with Lynette Ryan and new member Sue Lang bucking the trend. The 26 awards given by Nick were shared amongst 11 members out of a membership of some 50.

Print Section

In the "Colour Print" sub section Noel George did well in a strong field of entries coming 1st with Paul Anderson 2nd and Ian Chantler coming 3rd. Paul Anderson did better in the "Mono Print" sub section by coming 1st with Lynette Ryan taking 2nd place and Ian Chantler 3rd.

Colour Print 1st - "Glass Membrane Roof, Sony Centre, Berlin" by Noel George

Colour Print 2nd - "QM2" by Paul Anderson

Colour Print 3rd - "Liverpool Central Library Interior View" by Ian Chantler
Mono Print 1st - " Place de Espana" by Paul Anderson

Mono Print 2nd - "Cathedral View" by Lynette Ryan

Mono Print 3rd - Spiral Staircase by Ian Chantler
Digital Projected Images

In the "Digital Projected Images" section Pete Larkin took 1st place with Paul Anderson again coming 2nd and Barry Quatermass gaining 3rd. With Ian Chantler getting a VHC the remaining awards went to members who didn't figure in the print awards including Sue Lang, a new member with two commends. Well done Sue.

Digital Projected Images 1st - "Man Made Man" by Pete Larkin

Digital Projected Images 2nd - "Serenity" by Paul Anderson

Digital Projected Images 3rd - "Biplanes and Turbines" by Barry Quatermass


 Congratulations to those who gained awards and commiserations to everyone who failed to impress the judge on this occasion. There's always the annual competition in April 2017 for a second bite of the cherry with a different judge.

Our next meeting is on Friday 9th December which is a "Members Night" when members will be entertaining us with their own images. The LCPU folio will be on display and it is also the hand-in for the Christmas A/V competition. 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. Visitors are welcome paying £2 on the door.

If you can't make the meeting then catch up with our program of events and talks through the Hoylake Photographic Society website or our Facebook page.