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.


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.