Tuesday, 22 May 2018

The 2017/18 Season Ends

The judging of the Hoylake International Exhibition 2018 has now been completed and we eagerly await the report cards and the competition catalogue to see the best images produced by this prestigious competition.

The late decision by our committee to cancel the final club meeting this coming Friday 25th May means that Hoylake Photographic Society has now officially closed for the Summer months leaving our members with the challenge to get out and about with their cameras and capture inspiring photography for when the new season of events, talks and competitions opens again in September 2018.

Enjoy the Summer and your photography.

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Club AGM and Energy Challenge

The club season will soon be closing and the AGM is an important end of season function of the club. Not only is it the mechanism for dealing with the formal business of the club such as electing the committee members but the evening hosts the awarding of the trophies and awards to members who have competed in the Annual Print and DPI competitions. 

Diana Magor, President Anthony Clarke, Marie Higgins

The evening started with a welcome from our club President Anthony Clarke who gave his annual report to the members. The club formalities continued with reports from Diana Magor and our Treasurer Marie Higgins. 

Treasurer Marie Higgins

Once the formal business was completed, Anthony Clarke awarded the trophies and awards gained in the Annual Print and DPI competitions to those members who were in attendance. With the "annuals" being a re-run of the six monthly competitions judged by Adrian and Jane Lines the previous week, there were a lot of awards going to members with some very successful competitors. Some members received numerous trophies with others gaining numerous certificated awards. All in all there was a good spread of success. Below are the successful club members with President Anthony Clarke.

Ian Chantler

Lyn Rostron

Margaret Sixsmith

Carol Tipping

Barry Quatermass

Peter Larkin

Ron Cooper

Steve Lewis

Diana Baddeley

John Gardner

Jonathan Heyes

Peter Lovatt

Diana Magor

Lynette Ryan

Cynthia Sadler

Phil Sadler

Michael Severn

Mike Waring

Peter Watson

And finally Anthony Clarke presented his own award to himself. 

Anthony Clarke

Although the AGM is a sign that the club season is coming to a close, the season is not yet over. Next Friday 11th May, Barry Quatermass is hosting a club members night. Barry's challenge to members is to provide images on the theme of "Energy". It's a fun challenge to see what our members to spot and record and Barry will be going through the entries on the night. 

The doors of Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby will be opening as usual at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Annual DPI Competition Results

Friday 27th April saw the judging of the Annual DPI Competition by Adrian Lines MPAGB ARPS FBPE and Janes Lines MPAGB LRPS BPE5* They had a huge number of images to get through on the night but still managed to carry out a short critique of each image. Judging the monthly competition subjects again gave club members a second chance of gaining awards. Art is subjective of course and with a fresh set of eyes carrying out the judging the monthly competition results were stood on their head.

Congratulations to those members who gained awards on the night. The top three awarded images in each section are shown below. Commiserations to those who didn't gain any awards. Your images still contributed to an enjoyable evening.


Pictorial 1st - Night Fishing by Paul Anderson

Pictorial 2nd - Mouse Play by Lynette Ryan

Pictorial 3rd - Mary's Shell by Peter Larkin


Nature 1st - Young Grey Seal by Margaret Sixsmith

Nature 2nd - Godwit on Button Weed by Carol Tipping

Nature 3rd - Cap Cloud Over Tryfan Just After Sunrise by Peter Lovatt


Street 1st - Grand Day Out by Ron Cooper

Street 2nd - Human Tower by Ian Chantler

Street 3rd - Down But Not Out by Rob Devenish


People 1st - Spark of Creation by Peter Larkin

People 2nd - Canoeist by Peter Lovatt

People 3rd - Farrier at Work by George Evans


Impressions 1st - Dawn Offering by Paul Anderson

Impressions 2nd - Leaving James Street by Anthony Clarke

Impressions 3rd - Ancient Woodland by John Sixsmith


Open 1st - Dawn Light by Margaret Sixsmith

Open 2nd - #outhousemcr remic (Best Altered Reality) by Paul Anderson

Open 3rd - Taking the Bend by Barry Quatermass

Thanks must go to Adrian and Jane Lines for their hard work in judging so many images in the six monthly competition categories. They managed to carry out a short critique of each image and we still finished at 10pm.

Our next meeting is on Friday 4th May. This is our AGM and the awarding of the Annual Competition Print and DPI trophies. We start at Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby at 7.45pm and finish at 10pm. Club news can be viewed on this blog, the Hoylake Photographic Society website or our Facebook page.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Annual DPI Judging

This Friday 27th April is the judging of the Annual DPI Competition. The judging will be carried out by our guests Adrian Lines MPAGB ARPS FBPE and Jane Lines MPAGB LRPS BPE5* The annual competition is a re-run of the monthly competitions entered by our members and gives everyone a second chance of success through the eyes of different judges.

There are a huge number of images for the judges to get through on the night so it is important that the evening starts promptly at 7.45pm. Please try and attend on time so as not to miss or disrupt the judging.

The doors of Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby will open at 7.30pm for the 7.45pm start.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

London Salon

This Friday 20th April is a digital presentation of the prestigious London Salon. Images for the salon are chosen for their artistic merit. The salon is full of beautiful, thought provoking images, expertly commented on by Leigh Preston and Judith Parry. John and Margaret Sixsmith have seen the video presentation and report that the images are inspirational. Many members should take inspiration from what's on display.

On Friday 13th April, Barry Quatermass gave a digital presentation and critique of the Sony World Photography Awards. Barry wants to thank everyone who joined in the debate on the night on the Category Winners in the Sony World Photography Awards.

After much debate and some ruthless judging he can announce our prediction for the overall winner (if the Sony judges follow our marking on the night) will be Mikkel Better of Denmark for his image in the 'Travel' category. We placed Veselina Tanasov of Bulgaria second for her 'Landscape and Nature' entry whilst Andreas Pohl and Klaus Lanzen with their 'Architecture' and 'Enhanced' entries were equal in third place. The actual winners will be announced on the 19th April.

All the winners and commended images can be found at 2018 Open Shortlist Highlights / World Photography Organisation

The doors of Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby will be open this Friday at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. Non members are welcome to attend paying £2 on the door.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Members Night

Due to unforeseen circumstances there's a change to the remaining program of events. This Friday 13th April Barry Quatermass is to present a talk on the Sony Photographic Awards. Brian Major is to advise on how to fill in the Hoylake International entry form. A reminder that the competition entry is free for club members. This will be followed by Mike Waring giving a talk about the Wirral Festival of Firsts. A number of club members are volunteer photographers for the annual arts festival.

As usual the doors of Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish.

Monday, 26 March 2018

Printing With Confidence

There is no club meeting this Friday 30th March due to the Easter Holiday but the club is back at Newton village Hall on 6th April with "Printing With Confidence" presented by Permajet. If you do your printing at home and struggle to get your papers and colours correct then this is a presentation that you shouldn't miss.

Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby opens its doors at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. Non members are welcome paying £2 on the door.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Accepted Images From The Bebington Salon

This Friday 23rd March the club welcomes Bob Dennis with his digital presentation of the accepted images from the Bebington Salon. The salon is a national competition and receives thousands of excellent images from across the UK. You will see a very high standard of photography during the presentation on the night.

For club members Friday is also the hand-in for the Annual Competition. The entry form is on our website.

A reminder that the Hoylake International Exhibition 2018 is open to entries and it's free for club members. Check out the Hoylake Photographic Society website.

Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby will open its doors at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Impressions Competition Results

Hoylake Photographic Society holds several monthly photo competitions during its Winter season and it was decided to throw a curve ball at members in March with the theme of "Impressions". The competition was judged on 9th March by Nick Hilton EFIAP DPAGB BPE5* so the results were very much down to the entrants personal interpretation of the theme matching the judges interpretation. Not an easy task.

As usual the competition took the form of print and digital projected image sections with the prints split into colour and mono sub sections. All members competed on an equal basis regardless of skill and experience. I wasn't able to attend the judging on the night but it's clear from the awards that several members were able to match their interpretation of the theme to that of the judge as the same names keep occur in the awards.


In the colour print sub section Barry Quatermass did extremely well taking 1st and 2nd places and he'll be sore at having missed his successful night. Sue Freeman was also successful taking 3rd place. In the mono print sub section Ian Chantler was again successful in taking 1st place with Steve Lewis gaining 2nd and 3rd place. Well done all.

Colour Print 1st - About to Make An Impression by Barry Quatermass

Colour Print 2nd - Water and Light Through The Fairy Glen by Barry Quatermass

Colour Print 3rd - Impressions of Sunset Walk by Sue Freeman

Mono Print 1st - Going Down by Ian Chantler

Mono Print 2nd - Infrared Impressions of North Uist by Steve Lewis

Mono Print 3rd - Icelandic Impressions by Steve Lewis

Digital Projected Images

In the digital projected images section our travelling member Paul Anderson did extremely well taking 1st and 2nd places with Barbara Singleton gaining 3rd place. Well done both of you.

Digital 1st - Dawn Offering by Paul Anderson

Digital 2nd - Cuenca Espana by Paul Anderson

Digital 3rd - Impressions of Times Square NY by Barbara Singleton
The theme for the competition was very difficult for members to get their head around so it must have been difficult for Nick Hilton to judge. I was one of several members away in Iceland during the judging and I'd have liked to have heard Nick's comments on the entries and his interpretation of the theme but it seems to have been a challenge well met and congratulations to the award winners.

Our next meeting on Friday 16th March is another "Members Night" and if it's as good as the last one then it shouldn't be missed.

The doors of Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. You can view our remaining program of events and speakers on the Hoylake Photographic Society website or catch up with results on our Facebook page.