Photographic Society Exhibition Opens This Weekend

The 2014 Lancaster Photography Society Exhibition opens this weekend. This year we Annual Exhibition 2014return to St. Nic’s shopping arcade in the unit facing Next.

The exhibition is open each Saturday and Wednesday from 10am until the 20th of September.

On show this year we a selection of prints showcasing some of the best images taken by members of the society.

Come along and see the photographs. Meet and get advice from the photographers. See how Lancaster Photographic Society can help you take better pictures.

St Nicholas Arcades
Lancaster Gate
LA1 1NB – find this on google maps

August - 23, 27, 30
September – 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20

Summer BBQ

This weekend Mike and Sally hosted the Society Summer BBQ to great success.

It was also a chance to say farewell to our friends Vic and Sheenagh Crumley who will soon be leaving Lancaster for adventures new. Between them the Crumleys have taken on almost all of the committee’s posts over the years. Their efforts and passion and have played a large hand in making the Society the success it is today.

The Lancaster Photographic Society Summer BBQ 2014

The Lancaster Photographic Society Summer BBQ 2014

Stay tuned to the website, facebook or pop an email to us for news of any events, trips and meetups. Our regular Wednesday night photographic meetings will return on September 17th.

Award Winners 2013-14

Elk by Ruth Wood

Elk by Ruth Wood. Winner of this year’s Best Colour Image in the Projected Image Competition

The Society recently held our annual award dinner for the 2013–14 season at NICE in Lancaster.

The President, Sally Anderson, presented trophies to winning members as follows…

Photographer of the Year Competition

The Fred Johnstone Memorial Trophy for Photographer of the Year
Mike Atkinson and Sheenagh Crumley
The Centenary Trophy for runner up Photographer of the Year
Dave Moorhouse

Annual Projected Image Competition

The Anderson Trophy for the Best Colour Image
Ruth Wood
The Past Presidents’ Trophy for the Best Monochrome Image
Allan Hartley

Annual Print Competition

The Syd Cumbus Trophy for the Best Print of the Competition
Sheenagh Crumley
The Bob & Kath Marsh Trophy for the Best Monochrome Print
Sheenagh Crumley
The Ruth Berry Trophy for the Runner-up Best Print and Best Colour Print
John Metcalffe
The Alan Cooper Trophy for the Best Landscape Print
Mike Atkinson

Other Awards

The Ron Atkinson Trophy for the Lancaster and District Competition
Dave Moorhouse
Beginner’s Cup for Most Promising Member
Joe Marshall

Congratulations to all of our winners this year.

It was gratifying to see such a good result for Sheenagh who will be departing for pastures new over the next couple of months and will be sadly leaving the Society.

We have much to be proud of with a bumper crop of competition images this year and many of those from new members.

You can see many of the images from this year’s competitions on our competitions gallery.

Awards Dinner

Lancaster Photographic Society awards dinner 2014This week we end our 2013/14 season with our Annual Awards Dinner.

Trophies will be awarded to this year’s best photographers from this season’s competitions.

We’ll also be awarding the Beginners Cup which goes to this year’s most promising new member.

Meeting details

Please note that we’ll be meeting half-an-hour earlier than usual. Food will be served at 7:30pm

  • Wednesday 30th April; 7:00pm
  • The bar at NICE – directions

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Society was held recently when retiring President, Sally Anderson gave a review of the events of the past year and reported on a successful year for the Society. Christian Cable, Programme Secretary, spoke about the syllabus highlights and Vic Crumley presented a comprehensive report on the competitions held during the year when over 40 members had entered images in both colour and monochrome sections.

Officers elected for the 2014/15 season as follows:-

  • President – Mike Atkinson
  • Vice-President – Stephen Greenhall
  • Hon. Secretary – Chris Thoume
  • Hon. Treasurer – Mandy Foreman
  • Programme Secretary – Sally Anderson
  • Competition Secretary – John Allred
  • Committee Members :-
    • Colin Yates
    • John Metcalfe
    • Hannah Rose

In the summer months the Society will be organising outings to venues with photographic interest.

Annual General Meeting 2014

This week is the Society’s Annual General Meeting.

Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting

It’s the night of the year where we plan what we as a Society will be aiming for over the next 12 months.

The success of the Society is the direct result of the time and passion that our members put into it. Even your questions and ideas can be a great help in making the Society better.

A number of the current committee are stepping down this year so this is an ideal time to get involved and help direct the future of the Society.

If you have any ideas or suggestions as to how the Society can continue to develop please come along.

We’ll also be running a photographic auction with our very own Chris Thome will returning as our ever entertaining auctioneer and master of bargains.

Hope to see you all there.

Meeting details

Everyone is welcome and your first two meetings as a guest to the Society are completely free of charge. Membership is at the reduced rate of £20 for the rest of the season or guests can continue to visit for just £3 per evening.

President’s Evening

Clumber Park Church © Sally Anderson

Clumber Park Church © Sally Anderson

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.

This week it’s Sally’s turn to take centre stage; to entertain, inform and delight!

The content is almost always a total mystery to everyone until the evening itself. However, we are pleased to announce that Sally will be joined by a special guest, Reg Stodden of the former G.L. Robertson’s photographic dealers.

View a selection of Sally’s recent images in our gallery.

Meeting details

Everyone is welcome and your first two meetings as a guest to the Society are completely free of charge. Membership is at the reduced rate of £20 for the rest of the season or guests can continue to visit for just £3 per evening.

Annual Projected Image Competition – The Results!

Fishermen on Inle Lake, Myanmar © Allan Hartley

Fishermen on Inle Lake, Myanmar © Allan Hartley

The Annual Digital Projected Image Competition was judged by Tillman Kleinhans from St. Helens.

Tillman has been a keen photographer and adjudicator for many years and his wealth of photographic knowledge was evident as he analysed members work entered for the annual competition.



Highly Commended
Achatina Fulica on Strawberry Colleen Aldred
Elk Ruth Wood
IIona John Aldred
Jupiter and the Aurora Dave Moorhouse
Peru Joe Marshall
Bluebottle Mike Atkinson
Buttermere Dave Moorhouse
Fulmars Debbie Wright
Gloriosa Superba (Glory Lily) Mike Atkinson
Steam Bath Ruth Wood
The Apple Alan Phillips
The Singing Ringing Tree Christian Cable
Vicky John Aldred
I’ve got my Eye on You Gary Barton
Skye Joe Marshall


Highly Commended
Fishermen on Inle Lake, Myanmar Allan Hartley
Pelican Debbie Wright
Rose John Aldred
Crossing the U-Daine Bridge at Sunset, Myanmar Allan Hartley
Ashton Reflection Nick Dagger
Black Rock Cottage Dave Moorhouse
Linda John Aldred
Mudboat Alan Phillips
Nice Day for a Walk Christian Cable
The Mountain Palette Dave Moorhouse
Cairnholy 2 Neolithic Tomb (IR) Mike Atkinson

Trophies were awarded for the best colour and monochrome images in the competition.

Colour to Ruth Wood for her photograph of an Elk in winter and Monochrome to Allan Hartley for his silhouette picture of the fishermen on Inle Lake in Myanmar.

The vote of thanks to Tillman for his excellent judging was given by Mike Atkinson.

View the commended and highly commended images over in the competition gallery.

Annual Projected Image Competition 2014

Annual Projected Image Competition

Annual Projected Image Competition

This week is the result of our Annual Projected Image Competition.

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

This year Tillman Kleinhans ARPS EFIAP DPAGB of St. Helens Camera Club will be our guest judge for the evening. Longtime members will remember Tillman from his numerous talks at the Society in years past. He is an extremely experienced judge and has judged for the L&CPU since the eighties.

The points awarded from this and our other competitions throughout the year will go towards our annual prize giving evening on April 30th.

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 at the reduced rate of £20 for the rest of the season or guests can continue to visit for just £3 per evening.

Annual Print Competition – The Results!

Annual Print Competition 2014

Annual Print Competition 2014

For many years Syd Cumbus has provided a brief review of the week’s meeting to the Lancaster Guardian for their Social Scene column. We’re now very happy to be able to also present these round ups on the website. Here’s Syd with the results of the Annual Print Competition

The Annual Print Competition was judged by David Bibby from Cleveleys and who is a member of North Fylde Photographic Society. David is a judge with some 30 years experience and he was able to provide members with a good analysis of each print and hints on how it could be improved. Results as follows:



Highly Commended
Early Morning Walker John Metcalffe
Gannet Debbie Wright
Autumn Leaves Sheenagh Crumley
Pdong Lady, Mynmar Allan Hartley
Man Down Graham Hartley
Morecambe Bay Sands Vic Crumley
Wren Debbie Wright
A Winter’s Day Sally Anderson
London Bridge Joe Marshall


Highly Commended
It’s a Dog’s Life Graham Harvey
Tree on Limestone, Malham Mike Atkinson
Escalator Sheenagh Crumley
Fisherman, Myanmar Allan Hartley
Three Megaliths, Avebury Mike Atkinson
Tubes Sally Anderson
Tallships Graham Harvey

Trophies were awarded as follows:

  • Best Print in Colour Section to John Metcalffe for ‘Early Morning Walker’
  • Best Landscape Print to Mike Atkinson for ‘Tree on Limestone, Malham’
  • Best Monochrome Print and also the Best in the Print Competition to Sheenagh Crumley for ‘Escalator’

A worthy vote of thanks to David Bibby was proposed by Mike Atkinson and endorsed by the members.