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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.

Out of Bounds by Anthony Gosling

PAGB 2019

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The PAGB Cup was judged over the weekend of the 19th January. The images are scored out of 15, by 3 judges who see the images for about 5 seconds.

The GB Cup for Small Clubs

Congratulations to Anthony for being awarded a bronze medal for his image ‘Out of Bounds’, Best Long Exposure Image. In the PAGB GB Cup – Small Clubs we tied for 10th (out of 56) with Dunsten and Mosley clubs. Once again a very creditable result.

  • Steve Gresty, ‘Sidecar Racers’,12       
  • Paul Scott,’Solitude’,11       
  • Paul Scott,’Alter Ego’,12       
  • Anthony Gosling,’Boat in the Bay’,9       
  • Anthony Gosling,’Out of Bounds’,13,Bronze Medal   
  • Steve Gresty,’Supermarine Spitfire PRX1′,9       
  • Terry Heathcote,’Flower’,9       
  • Irene Lea,’Cig Break’,9       
  • David Tolliday,’Milky Way over La Palma’,10       
  • David Tolliday,’A Snowy Celebration’,12

The GB Cup for Nature

Congratulations to Steve Gresty for a perfect score of 15 marks for his image ‘White Tailed Eagle Confrontation’. In the PAGB GB Cup – Nature we tied a very creditable 25th (out of 86) with Edinburgh, Cannock, Dundee and Southampton and we were only a couple of points behind North Cheshire and knocking on the door of some of the biggest clubs in the PAGB.

  • Tom Tyler,’Young Leopard’,9
  • Kevin Blake,’Longhorn Beetle’,10        
  • Mark Stephens,’White Rhino’ ,9        
  • Mark Stephens,’North Atlantic Grey Seal Emerging’,10
  • Steve Gresty,’Sprit Bear with Salmon’,11
  • Kevin Blake,’Hoverfly on Buttercup’,10
  • Kevin Blake,’Small Burrowing Owl on Guard’,10
  • Denis Jones,’Mini Beast’,10
  • Steve Gresty,’Black Bear British Columbia’,9
  • Steve Gresty,’White tailed eagle confrontation’,15        
  • David Tolliday,’Ringed Plover’,12        
  • David Tolliday,’Red Fox’,12        
  • David Tolliday,’Jumping Red Fox’,12

Thank you to all those who supplied images. A big thank you to Tom for pulling it all together and to Steve and David T for acting as the selection committee.

[Non-]Disposable Camera Challenge

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Following on from last season’s disposable challenge we decided to up the ante this season with a non-disposable camera challenge but still holding back from using modern cameras. Instead Vince kindly lent us some of his film cameras from the 80’s. So the same rules applied, it’s all about getting the image right in the camera. Having learnt about horizons, sticking your thumps over the lens, etc., it was time to use cameras with a little bit more control, aperture setting, distance setting etc. There was a choice of cameras available. This season we had the choice of shooting up to 6 film images, but still not being able to see the outcome until all the film had been processed.

There were some technology issues on some of the cameras but we still had a healthy set of images to review and vote on. So the winners are in gallery below… enjoy, remember this is 80’s technology!

High Peak Trophy – 2018 – Silver Lining for Macclesfield

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We were defending the High Peak trophy at Stalybridge last night (26th November) which was being judged by Christine Widdal ( This is an annual competition contested between Macclesfield Camera Club, Chapel Camera Club, Bramhall Photographic Society and Stalybridge Photographic Club. It was a well contested competition with 8 PDI’s and 8 prints from each of the clubs with a maximum of two entries per photographers per club. 

At the end of the first round (PDI Images) Macclesfield held a slight lead over Chapel. We managed to get 3 images held back with eventually 2 top scores of 20 points for David Tolliday’s Bearded Reedling with Nest Material and Paul Scott’s Solitude both gaining the top mark and Steve Gresty’s Coyote in the Snow scoring 19.  Chemical Beach By Anthony Gosling scoring 17, Flow by Dave Boam 17, Riga National Library by Vince Sparks, 14, Wet Rocks by Kevin Blake 14 and Zig Zag by Val Lear 17. 

The second round of judging saw Chapel have 5 of their prints held back reflecting the quality of their entry, so they were able to sneak past Macclesfield and pip us at the post by 3 points. Macclesfield had one image held back which was one of only 3 images to score top marks in the print round and this was David Tolliday’s Red Fox with 20 points. Barn Owl in Winter Meadow by Steve Gresty scoring 17, Shield Maiden by Irene Lea 16, Still Afloat by Paul Scott 17, Hotel Cannobio 4 Stars By Kevin Blake 16, Sweep by Dave Boam 17, Grace by Anthony Gosling 18 and Derwentwater by Denis Jones 17. 

The final scores were Bramhall 240, Stalybridge 272, Macclesfield 276 and Chapel 279, so it was so close, but we’ll take the silver medal.

Robertshaw – 2018 – Macclesfield Retain the Trophy

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Well it’s been an hectic start to the season, so this is the first news item I’ve managed to post, but a good one to post none the less. On Thursday last (11th October) we were defending the Robertshaw Trophy at Leek Photographic Club. As ever there were the 5 clubs represented: Macclesfield Camera Club; Leek Photographic Club; Holmes Chapel Photographic Society; Blythe Bridge Camera Club and Crewe Photographic Society. The trophy was judged by Mike Sharples ARPS MPAGB AFIAP from Smethwick Photographic Society.  

This was also the 50th year of the running of the competition so some honour was there to be defended. 

The trophy is an Open PDI competition requiring 12 images with at most 3 images per author per club making 60 images in total. The standard of images as ever was very high which was reflected in the fact that the judge held back 38 images after the first round. Due to the range of subjects and the quality of the images judging was not an easy task. Macclesfield were well represented by 7 members (details below). It was a very tight scoring evening with only 10 points separating the clubs. Macclesfield had a very good number held back but we were slightly behind going into the final judging, but I am please to say we were able to claw back our deficit in the final round. In the end we tied with Leek on 206 points with 2 top scoring (20 point) images from Paul Scott -Alter Ego and Steve Gresty – Velocipede. The final 20 point image going to Paul Matthews of Leek.  The full set of scores can be found here: 50th Robertshaw Trophy 11th October 2018 Results

Alter Ego - Paul Scott

Alter Ego – Paul Scott

Velocipede - Steve Gresty

Velocipede – Steve Gresty

The remaining images are below