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.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

AGM and Prize Giving

Friday 28th April was the evening of the Hoylake Photographic Society AGM and annual competition prize giving. The evening started off with the awarding of the trophies and awards to club members with the serious business of the AGM taking place after the tea break.


Unfortunately some of our members who had done well in the annual competition were away notably Paul Anderson and John and Margaret Sixsmith so they weren't able to receive their trophies but Diane Magor (two trophies), John Bowen (two trophies), Anthony Clarke, Peter Larkin and Carol Tipping were able to pick up their silverware. Well done.

Diana Magor picks up one of her two trophies from President Barry Quatermass
John Bowen picks up one of his two trophies from President Barry Quatermass
Anthony Clarke with President Barry Quatermass
Pete Larkin with President Barry Quatermass
Carol Tipping with President Barry Quatermass
Following the awarding of trophies, club President Barry Quatermass awarded certificates to the club members in attendance who have gained awards and following the tea break we got down to the serious business of the club AGM.

Diana Magor (Comp Sec), Brian Magor Sec), Barry Quatermass (President) and Marie Higgins (Treasurer)
During the AGM, Barry Quatermass gave his Presidential address on the past 12 months and thanked the members who work tirelessly towards the running of the club, Diana Magor gave members her report on the season's competition entries and statistics, Marie Higgins gave us a breakdown of the club finances and finally Brian Magor reported on the 6th Hoylake International Exhibition which he organises and runs on behalf of the club. During the proceedings outgoing President Barry Quatermass passed the baton to our new President Anthony Clarke who will be in office for the next two years. Thank you club officials and our members for your work and participation in making the club a success during the last year.

Next up for club members is the judging of the 6th Hoylake International Exhibition over the weekend of 6th - 7th May at Newton Village Hall. Brian Magor and the committee would appreciate some help with the running of the judging days if only for a few hours during the weekend. The standard of photography on view from across the World is worth the visit. Judging takes place all day during the weekend.

Monday, 24 April 2017

HPS AGM

As the 2016/17 season draws to a close, an important evening in the official program of events is the club's AGM and the awarding of trophies for the Annual Competition on Friday 28th April. An AGM agenda and last year's AGM minutes should have been received by members via e-mail and a statement on the club accounts will be given on the night.

Following the important and formal business of the AGM, the evening will conclude with the informal business of the awarding of trophies to our successful members who entered the Annual Digital Projected Images and Print competitions.

We meet as usual at Newton Village Hall at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. If you're unable to make the AGM then you can catch up with news through this blog, the Hoylake Photographic Society website of our Facebook page.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Annual Competitions

The Hoylake Photographic Society 2016/17 season finishes next weekend 21st /22nd April with the Digital Projected Images and Print finale. During the weekend the six monthly competition titles will be judged again by new judges and, as art is subjective, you can be assured of a different set of results from before.

On Friday 21st April our guest judge Colin Douglas ARPS, AFIAP, DPAGB, BPE4* will be judging the six digital projected images subjects which are, Open / Altered Reality, Landscape, Man-made, People / Portrait, Nature and Illustrative.

On Saturday 22nd April our guest judge Terry Donnelly PAGB, ARPS, FBPE, EFIAP will be judging the prints in those same subjects on the fly without previously seeing the members entries. With all of the prints in each competition subject on display the prints will be discarded one by one until Terry gets down to his award winners. It's brutal and exciting at the same time.

Both competitions take place at Newton Village Hall and members should attend on Friday evening at the normal time of 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. On Saturday morning members should attend the hall at 9am and the judging may go on until midday. Help would be appreciated as it takes a lot of organising on the day.

Good luck to everyone who has images in both competitions.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Wirral Festival of Firsts Photo Competition

The Wirral Festival of Firsts 2017 is an annual arts festival based in Hoylake, West Kirby and the surrounding areas and one of its events is their photo competition the "Stirling Dutton Photography Prize". With a theme of "As seen by a walker" and a first prize of £100 and two runner up prizes of £25 the competition is open to non-professional photographers.

Hoylake Photographic Society are co-ordinating and judging the competition with local professional photographer Marianthus Lainas. Unfortunately, HPS members aren't allowed to enter the competition but as the entry is free, members should encourage family and friends to enter into the spirit of the festival and make it a success.

For the competition terms and conditions and to view their program of live performance, music, arts and poetry taking place during the festival visit the Wirral Festival of Firsts website.



A Program Change

This Friday 7th April we were due to welcome Brian Law ARPS CPAGB to give us his talk entitled "Landscape Photography - Theory and Practice" but unfortunately Brian can't make the evening due to a family bereavement and we wish him well. Instead our own Brian Magor will be entertaining us with a talk on the night.

A reminder that there is no club meeting on the following Friday 14th April as it's Good Friday.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

London Salon / Members Night

This Friday 24th March Hoylake Photographic Society have their next meeting which will be split into to halves. In the first half members will be taking a look at the accepted images to the London Salon. Acceptances to the London Salon are through their artistic rather than purely photographic merits which results in a collection of very different and interesting images. The second half of the evening is a "Members Night" where one member of the club will be giving members a digital presentation of their work. For club members, Friday is also the hand-in for the "Annual Competition"

The evening will take 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. If you can't make the evening you can keep up to date of our activities and events through our Hoylake Photographic Society website or our Facebook page.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

L&CPU Annual Competition

Hoylake Photographic Society is a member of the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union (L&CPU) and we recently took part in their annual competition. With competitions in print and digital images the club put in an entry into the digital section and came a creditable 14th out of 44 North-West clubs.

Much thanks goes to Robert Devenish who collected, selected and managed the images for our entry and to the club members who took part. The list of club images and the competition scores are below. Well done all.


Illustrative Competition Results

Friday 10th March was the judging of our last monthly competition of the season which was "Illustrative". Our guest judge Steve Carr must be the most entertaining judge on the circuit as his constant banter and critique of the images on display were both informative and very amusing helping to make it an enjoyable night.

As usual the competition was split into "Print" and "Digital Projected Images" sections with the "Prints" divided into "Mono" and Colour" sub sections. All members competed on an equal basis regardless of their skills and experience and again many members who would have been classified as "Novice / Intermediate" last season gained very creditable awards competing against our most experienced members.

Print

In the Mono print sub section, Noel George did extremely well taking 1st and 2nd places with "Manoeuvres" and "Old Soldiers Never Die" with Paul Anderson gaining 3rd place with "A Child of Immeasurable Poverty"

In the Colour Print sub section, Ian Chantler took 1st place with "Sunset Samba", Paul Anderson was 2nd with "Dawn Fisherman" and Lynette Ryan came 3rd with "Indian Bean Leaf".

Mono Print 1st "Manoeuvres" by Noel George
Mono Print 2nd "Old Soldiers Never Die" by Noel George
Mono Print 3rd "A Child of Immeasurable Poverty" by Paul Anderson
Colour Print 1st "Sunset Samba" by Ian Chantler
Colour Print 2nd "Dawn Fisherman" by Paul Anderson
Colour Print 3rd "Indian Bean Leaf" by Lynette Ryan
Digital Projected Images

In the Digital Projected Images, Cynthia Sadler took 1st place with "That's My Boy" with John Sixsmith coming 2nd with "In Pursuit" and John Gardner 3rd with "Purple"

Digital Projected Images 1st "That's My Boy" by Cynthia Sadler
Digital Projected Images 2nd "In Pursuit" by John Sixsmith
Digital Projected Images 3rd "Purple" by John Gardner
Commiserations to all of our members who didn't catch the eye of Steve Carr on this occasion. The next competition is the annual print and digital projected images competition where all of the six monthly competitions are judged again with different judges. This always throws up some surprises. The annual competition entry form is available on the Hoylake Photographic Society website. You can also keep up to date with the club by visiting our Facebook page.

Our next Friday meeting is on 17th March with Bob Dennis visiting us to present the accepted images from the Bebington Salon. Bob always puts on a good display of photography so it's well worth attending. To view the Salon, 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.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Illustrative Competition

This Friday is the judging of the final monthly competition of our season which is "Illustrative" I don't know who the guest judge is yet, but you can bet he or she won't like my images. Still there's always the Annual Competition in April to look forward to. If you want to be as disappointed as I'm going to be on Friday then turn up at Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. If you're a non member then you're welcome to share in my disappointment paying only £2 on the door. Always look on the bright side of life.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Warrington PS Lantern Slide Collection 2

This Friday 3rd March the club welcomes Martin Berry LRPS from Warrington as our guest speaker. Martin will be giving a digital presentation, "Warrington PS Lantern Slide Collection 2" to club members. What is a lantern slide? If you're curious then be at Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby. The doors open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Editing Video in Pictures to EXE

The software to go to for many when composing audio / visual videos is "Pictures to EXE" and on Friday 24th February John Smith APAGB CPAGB will be giving instruction on using the software to mix video, images, music and text together to produce your own masterpiece.

For club members Friday is also the hand-in for the final monthly competition of the season which is "Illustrative". This subject offers the widest range of imagery and a definition can be found on the Hoylake Photographic Society website.

To hear John's lecture turn up at Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby. The doors open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. Non members are welcome paying £2 on the door.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

6th Hoylake International Exhibition 2017

Entries are now open to the successful Hoylake International Exhibition 2017. Our very own international photographic competition is now in its 6th year and attracts thousands of high class entries from across the World.

This year there are six sections: Colour Open, Monochrome Open, Landscape (colour or mono), Nature, Photojournalism and Photo Travel ( theme "Places") with a closing date of 23rd April. The judging takes place over the weekend of 6-7th May, notifications via e-mail on 14th May and an online catalogue will go out on 24th July.

Entry to the competition is free for Hoylake Photographic Society members who will compete separately for their own club award and there is an L&CPU award for the best images from affiliated club members.

For more details, entry fees and the section definitions visit the Hoylake Photographic Society website where you will also find the entry form and contact details. You can view the wonderful photography entered into last years competition in the Hoylake International Exhibition 2016 catalogue.


Sunday, 12 February 2017

Nature Competition Results

Last Friday 10th February was the judging of the "Nature" competition by our guest judge Trevor Davenport ARPS. Trevor is a very experienced nature photographer and he was delighted with the quality of the entries from our members in both the print and digital competition. During the judging Trevor gave members valuable advice on how simply they could have turned good images into very good images by simply cropping and framing the shot better.

In this monthly competition, "Nature" was split into print and digital projected images sub sections with the print sub section comprising colour and mono images together in the judging. All members competed against each other regardless of their skill and experience and with several specialist nature photographers as club members it was a difficult subject for our less experienced members to do well in.

Skill and experience in nature photography came to the fore in both the print and digital projected images sub sections with John Sixsmith coming 1st and 2nd in the prints competition. Wife Margaret Sixsmith gained 1st place in the digital competition with John coming 2nd again. Well done both. However Lynette Ryan did very well gaining 3rd place in the print competition getting awards with her two other print entries. In the digital projected image competition, Ken Lewis (another nature specialist) gained 3rd spot and gained two VHC with his other entries. Well done Ken.

Prints

Print 1st - Great Northern Diver - Winter Plumage by John Sixsmith
2nd Print - Four Spotted Chaser by John Sixsmith
3rd Print - Gargoyle Gecko by Lynette Ryan
Digital Projected Images

1st Digital Projected Images - Female Ptarmigan by Margaret Sixsmith
2nd Digital Projected Images - Grey Seal Pup by John Sixsmith
3rd Digital Projected Images - Macaques Grooming by Ken Lewis

Commiserations to those who weren't successful this time around and there is hope for a different result with the end of season Annual Competition.

Our next meeting is on Friday 17th February when guest speaker George Franks will be asking the question, "How Hard Can It Be?" To hear his answer visit us 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. Non members are welcome paying £2 on the door.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Nature Competition

The penultimate monthly competition of the season is being held this Friday 10th February when our guest Trevor Davenport ARPS will by judging the "Nature" competition. There are several club members who specialise in nature but will the judge throw up a few surprises?

To view the best images that Hoylake members can produce visit us at Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby. The doors open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. You can keep up to date with our program through our website or our Facebook page.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Guest Speaker - Graham Curry

This Friday 3rd February 2017 we have a change in the club program. Rather than view the images from the London Salon we have our guest speaker Graham Curry to entertain us. Graham was due to give a talk entitled "Hidden Snowdonia" in November but he had to cancel. Happily he's back on Friday with a more comprehensive lecture featuring all of his work including Snowdonia.

If you wish to see Graham's photography then 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. Non members are welcome paying only £2 on the door.

You can keep up to date with our program of speakers and events through our Hoylake Photographic Society website or our Facebook page.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Pixel Painted Art - Adrian McGarry ARPS

This Friday 27th January, Hoylake Photographic Society welcomes Adrian McGarry ARPS to give a presentation of his work entitled, "Pixel Painted Art". It's always fascinating to see other people's photography and to learn how they produce images in their own style so this is an evening that members should not miss. The evening is also the hand-in for the "Nature" competition.

To see Adrian McGarry's photography visit Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby. The doors open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. Non members are welcome paying only £2 on the door.

Monday, 16 January 2017

People / Portrait Competition Results

One of the most rewarding aspects of photography is photographing people and Friday 13th January 2017 saw the judging of our "People / Portrait" competition judged by our guest Robert Millin DPAGB, EFIAP/s, EPSA, BPE5*.

The monthly competition was split into "Print" and "Digital Projected Images" sections with the "Print" section split into "Colour" and "Mono" sub sections. Members competed in all sections on an equal basis regardless of their skill and experience.

Print

In the "Colour" print sub section, Brian Magor gained 1st place with a composite image "Shopkeeper" using his wife Diana as his model, whilst Paul Anderson came both 2nd and 3rd with two images from his expansive trip to the Far East, "Our Food Stall" and "Brothers in Alms". Well done to both.

In the "Mono" print sub section, Barry Quatermass gained 1st place with a gritty portrait of "Smoking Joe". Anthony Clarke came 2nd with "Concentrating On The Road Ahead" while Noel George came 3rd with "Waiting For The Parade". Congratulations. 

Colour Print 1st - "Shopkeeper" by Brian Magor
Colour Print 2nd - "Our Food Stall" by Paul Anderson
Colour Print 3rd - "Brothers In Alms" by Paul Anderson
Mono Print 1st - "Smokin Joe by Barry Quatermass
Mono Print 2nd - "Concentrating On The Road Ahead" by Anthony Clarke
Mono Print 3rd - "Soldiers On Parade" by Noel George
Digital Projected Images

In the "Digital Projected Images" section Anthony Clarke gained 1st place with "National Socialist Woman", whilst Brian Magor came both 2nd and 3rd with "Buddies" and "En Garde". Well done to both and commiserations to those who didn't catch the judges eye on this occasion. 

Digital Projected Images 1st - "National Socialist Woman" by Anthony Clarke
Digital Projected Images 2nd - "Buddies" by Brian Magor
Digital Projected Images 3rd - "En Garde" by Brian Magor
The full list of award winners are on the spreadsheet below. 


Our next Friday meeting is on 20th January when the club members will be choosing the club images for our battle with Mold CC. 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. You can keep up to date with our program through the Hoylake Photographic Society website or our Facebook page.