Annual Print Competition

Annual Print Competition 2015

Annual Print Competition 2015

This week we’ll see the results of our Annual Print Competition.

This is one of the largest of our competitions and the only one to feature prints. It showcases some of the very best of the Society’s work.

This year Harry Emmett, Vice President, of Accrington Camera Club will be our judge. Harry has judged many of our competitions in the past and has always given good and fair advice.

The points awarded from this and our other competitions throughout the year will go towards our annual prize giving evening on April 15th.

Meeting details

Everyone is welcome and your first two meetings as a guest to the Society are completely free of charge. Membership is £30 for the entire year or guests can continue to visit for just £3 per evening.

President’s Evening with Mike Atkinson

Mike Atkinson - image by JBC Media

Mike Atkinson – image by JBC Media

We’re coming up to the end of this year’s season of the Society and this week’s meeting is a very special one. It is the President’s Evening.

Towards the end of each year the President of the Society takes it upon themselves to entertain us for the evening. Whether this is by bringing in special guest speakers, lecturing about one of their interests or by showcasing their own work; it is completely up to them. The content is almost always a total mystery to everyone until the evening itself.

This year that honour falls upon Mike Atkinson.

View a selection of Mike’s recent competition award winners.

Meeting details

Everyone is welcome and your first two meetings as a guest to the Society are completely free of charge. Membership is £30 for the entire year or guests can continue to visit for just £3 per evening.

An Evening with Morecambe Bay Movie Makers

Wind Farm © Christian Cable

Morecambe Bay

This week we’ll be once again joined by our friends from the Morecambe Bay Movie Makers. We’re holding a joint evening of photographic and film-making delights featuring presentations, films and slideshows from both clubs.

The Morecambe Movie Makers are a group of independent local film-makers with interests and experience in a wide range of film-making techniques, from cine-photography and animation through to digital editing, image manipulation and post processing.

As the worlds of photography and film-making grow closer and closer we find that we’ve got much to learn from each other. We hold a shared evening every year with each club taking a turn to host. This year is our turn to host the evening. If you can help with laying out the room for the evening or with the tea and coffees it would be much appreciated.

Entries for the Annual Print Competition

This week is also the hand-in date for our Annual Print Competition. You can enter in 2 colour and 2 monochrome prints of any subject. The maximum size of print and mount is 50 x 40cm.

View more details about the Competition Rules.

Meeting details

Everyone is welcome and your first two meetings as a guest to the Society are completely free of charge. Membership is £30 for the entire year or guests can continue to visit for just £3 per evening.

Members of the Morecambe Bay Movies Makers join us for free this week. You might not know but we’ve moved since our last joint meeting in Lancaster, view a map and directions.

Helen Herbert – “Black and White Sheer Delight”

Join us for our final guest speaker of the season, Helen Herbert with Black and White Sheer Delight.

Helen is an accomplished photographer with a real passion for monochrome which she describes as her ‘favourite medium’. She has a particular interest in landscapes and can be found frequently roaming Cumbrian countryside trying to capture the beauty of the Lakes and Fells.

She was SLR Photography’s 1987 Photographer of the Year and has gone on to gain a Fellowship with the Royal Photographic Society as well as earn the distinctions EFIAP and PPSA from the Federation Internationale de l’Art Photographique and Photographic Society of America.

Helen joins us this week she share with us her passion for monochrome photography and to help us get the most out of monochrome in our own work.

You can view a selection of Helen’s monochrome on her Mono Gallery

Meeting details

Everyone is welcome and your first two meetings as a guest to the Society are completely free of charge. Membership is £30 for the entire year or guests can continue to visit for just £3 per evening.

Annual Projected Image Competition

Annual Projected Image Competition

Annual Projected Image Competition

This week we’ll see the results of our Annual Projected Image Competition.

This is the largest our competitions of the year and showcases some of the very best of the Society’s work.

This year Kathryn Scorah of Wigan 10 Foto Club will be our guest judge for the evening. Many members will remember Kathryn from her extremely popular Changing Perspectives talk last year.

The points awarded from this and our other competitions throughout the year will go towards our annual prize giving evening on April 15th.

View a selection of award winning images from last year’s Annual Projected Image Competition.

Meeting details

Everyone is welcome and your first two meetings as a guest to the Society are completely free of charge. Membership is £30 for the entire year or guests can continue to visit for just £3 per evening.

Getting the best photographically from your Travels

Getting the best photographically from your Travels with Alan and Julie WalkerThis week’s topic is presented by the husband and wife team of Alan and Julie Walker.

This is not a travelogue but rather an illustrated talk about the planning and execution of successful photographic trips.

Alan is a judge for the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain and they use this inside knowledge to serve as a guide on how to make the most of your travels. This will help you come back with competition images rather than holiday snaps!

See more of Alan and Julie’s images.

Meeting details

Everyone is welcome and your first two meetings as a guest to the Society are completely free of charge. Membership is £30 for the entire year or guests can continue to visit for just £3 per evening.

Astrophotography and Italian Churches

this picture seemed like a good idea at the timeThis week we have two topics; Astrophotography and Italian Churches.

Brian Dootson will join us to speak about his passion for Astrophotography. Astrophotography might seem intimidating but with a little planning, equipment and luck you can capture images of the Moon, the planets and even the Milky Way. Brian will share his images and his techniques on how he creates his astronomical images.

For the second half we will focus on one of our own; John Metcalfe. John will share with us his enthusiasm for Italian Churches. This is an excellent chance to learn a little bit about one of our fellow members as well as see some of the beautiful architecture of Italy.

Meeting details

Everyone is welcome and your first two meetings as a guest to the Society are completely free of charge. Membership is £30 for the entire year or guests can continue to visit for just £3 per evening.

L&CPU Portfolio – You be the Judge!

The Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union logo

The Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union

This week is our final Lancashire & Cheshire Photographic Union (L&CPU) portfolio of the season. These portfolios are made up of images taken from across the many photographic societies that make up the L&CPU and are a good way of seeing what work is currently taking place across the region.

Rather than our usual critique we’ll be putting you in the judge’s chair. If you’ve ever wanted to know what goes into judging a competition then this week is bound to be a lot of fun.

Our print competition of the year is almost upon us and Mike will lead a session on how you can mount your images. If you have any odd pieces of mounting card that you don’t need, please bring them so that people can have a go of using the mount cutter if they wish. One note, don’t bring actual prints as these cannot be done at the evening, but you can go home with the skills to do it yourself and the mount cutter can be borrowed by any members for a payment of £1 for 3 blades.

Mike will also be explaining the themed competition for this time next year – Movement. Be prepared well in advance, so you have opportunities to try this genre of photography if it is new to you.

Meeting details

Everyone is welcome and your first two meetings as a guest to the Society are completely free of charge. Membership is £30 for the entire year or guests can continue to visit for just £3 per evening.

Twelve Months of Nature – Peter Smith

12-months-of-nature-webThis week’s guest speaker is self taught naturalist with a camera Peter Smith.

Peter joins us with with a talk detailing the different photographic subjects you can find in nature throughout the year. From birds of prey, mammals, insects to flora; Peter will show which subjects you can find each month and how you can best include them in your own photographic portfolio.

Peter has a long standing passion for wildlife and has been enjoying recording the natural world for over fifty years; man and boy, slide to digital.

Peter has a real passion for natural history and as well as giving talks he also runs North West Wild Images photographic workshops with Roy Rimmer. Peter and Roy were recently featured in Lancashire Life.

This looks like the perfect evening for anyone who enjoys natural history or who wants to improve their wildlife images.

Meeting details

Everyone is welcome and your first two meetings as a guest to the Society are completely free of charge. Membership is £30 for the entire year or guests can continue to visit for just £3 per evening.