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


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.