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Treacle Market - Cheshire Cheese 2 by Vince Sparks

Macclesfield Treacle Market

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Macclesfield Treacle Market

Each month in Macclesfield and on the last Sunday of the month Macclesfield holds the Treacle Market and it has recently been able to return to a more active event following the easing of Covid restrictions. The most recent Treacle Market at the end of September turned out to be a very well attended with both lots of stalls containing a great of many varieties of goods from food to fauna, apples to zebras as well as lots of happy purchasers and browsers

Prior to the market Vince was able to get very positive encouragement from the market’s organisers for us to come down and photograph it. They were very keen that we take part and help them capture the atmosphere of the market in order to help publicise the event. It also has to be said that all the stall holders were very happy for us to come down and take photographs which made the daunting task of street photography a pleasure rather than a challenge!

So a hardy group of us from the club ventured forth on Sunday with various types of cameras taking various types of images to try and capture the day. The above is just a selection of the many images we managed to capture. The above is just a small selection of the images captured. Thanks to Vince, Sarah, Martin and Kevin for the images.

A big thanks also to Vince for organising this and encouraging us to take part.

L&CPU Natural History – 2021

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We decided to enter the L&CPU Competition this season at late notice and were able to submit our entry into the Natural History section. Due to the high standard of the images, particularly from Steve Gresty and David Tolliday we came third out of 40 clubs tying with North Cheshire. Congratulations in particular goes to Steve for receiving maximum scores of 20 for both his images and equally to Dave for receiving top marks and a 17 for his images. All of our submitted images can be found in the competitions images section on the web site.

White Tailed Eagle Tussle - Steve Gresty - 20 pts
White Tailed Eagle Tussle – Steve Gresty – 20 pts

Photographic Challenge – March 2021 – Time

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To get our mental juices flowing and delve into the wonders of new technology we set ourselves a challenge to capture an image (or three) and process them solely using our mobile devices or tablets. To further push the challenge our images had to relate to the subject of time.

7 of our members rose to the challenge and submitted a total of 17 images with a wide variety of subjects captured. We then presented the images at our Photographic Challenge evening and allowed our members to select their favourite images.

Congratulations to Vince Sparks our resident mobile phone guru for walking away with the most popular image: ‘Dimensions in Time’ which was not only a great image but also demonstrated what was possible using Snapseed. Vince also had the second favoured image (‘Looking Back in Time’) with the third going to Denis Jones for his image ‘Ravaged by Time’.

Congratulations and thanks for all those who took part either in the competition or at the evening where a lot of discussion on the images and also what is possible on mobile devices. Thanks also to Denis for pulling this all together.

Dimensions In Time
Dimensions In Time

All the images can be found below.

Photographic Challenge - Time

Macclesfield Regain the High Peak Trophy

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Macclesfield Camera Club have regained the High Peak Trophy which they last won in 2017. The High Peak Trophy is a local photography competition run annually between 4 clubs: Macclesfield Camera Club, Stalybridge Photographic Club, Chapel Camera Club and Bramhall Photographic Society.

The High Peak Trophy is a team competition which is normally run over two rounds, the first usually being the Printed Images round followed by the Digital Projected Image (DPI) round. There are 8 entries per club in each round with a maximum of 2 entries per photographer per club. This year, because of Covid restrictions the competition was run on line, with each of the clubs submitting 16 digital images with a maximum of 3 images per photographer. All of the entries were scored out 20, the club with the highest cumulative score after both rounds winning.

The result wasn’t certain until the very end as, because of the high quality of the field, the judge held back over a third of the images for a “second look”. In the end Macclesfield came out winners by 11 points with a magnificent score of 303 points (from a possible maximum of 320). In addition Steve Gresty’s image of two fighting White Tailed Eagles was judged to be the best image in the competition. All 3 of the images submitted by Steve and by David Tolliday received maximum scores of 20 points – a fantastic and very unusual achievement.

If you are interested in coming along to the club for photographic help, advice or to share your images or indeed just like photography, the club currently meets on alternate Monday nights 8pm by Zoom.

Submission by Steve Gresty
Submission by Steve Gresty

The Sentinel - Winner Landscape - Best overall Print

Annual Exhibition 2019

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Our 2019 Annual Exhibition kicked off last night with the official opening at Macclesfield Library. In total we had 43 prints and 91 PDIs. This was lower than last season in terms of the number of prints and a little lower in the number of PDI’s, but we had a similar number of authors entering. However the standard of the entries was as high as ever so well done everyone who won and well done to all those who entered. A big thank you to Alan Towse our judge for his expert judging on the evening.

The winning prints and images, as well as prints and images from across the competition, can be viewed in the gallery at Macclesfield Library. The full list of classified prints and images can be found here:


The full set of PDI’s entered is also available to view on the Monitor.

The Winning Prints

The Winning PDI’s

All the scoring entries can be found on our competitions images page under Annual Exhibition for 2018/2019. I hope you enjoy them all.