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Success for Alison in “Women Behind the Lens” Competition

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Congratulations to Alison Lomax who had an image shortlisted in Picfair’s “Women Behind the Lens” competition.  The competition was open to all women photographers and attracted over 4,000 entries from more than 40 countries.  The aim was to raise the profile of female photographers as currently only 2% of photographers on the books of major commercial agencies are female.

Images were entered into four categories – Portrait, Nature, Street Level and Architecture – with five images being shortlisted in each category.  Alison’s entry, “Sunflower Close-Up”, was entered and shortlisted in the Nature category.

All shortlisted images were displayed in the entrance gallery of The Guardian’s offices in London.

A selection of images which didn’t quite make the shortlist were displayed electronically in the gallery.  Congratulations also go to Louise Acton for having one of her images in this selection.

Alison’s image and all other shortlisted images can be viewed here.

“Sunflower Close-Up” by Alison Lomax

Camera Club Members Exhibit at Barnaby

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Congratulations to three of our members for putting on two great exhibitions as part of the Barnaby Festival.

Val Lear and Mark Helliwell, in conjunction with Rachael King, have an exhibition following the life of a hoarder with OCD through the medium of photography, video and personal writing.  It’s on at the Gateway gallery on Prestbury Road up to and including Sunday 26th June. There will also be a presentation on OCD/hoarding on Saturday 25th from 1-3pm, followed by a mindfulness session to 4pm.

David Tolliday is showcasing his fantastic astro-photography skills with a number of his images on display at Brewtique, 8 Market place, until 26th June. You can also choose from a great selection of beers here if you’re that way inclined.

Please get along to both if you can, they are well worth a visit.

Macclesfield win the Robertshaw Trophy

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An excellent night in Holmes Chapel saw our Camera Club lift the Robertshaw trophy for the first time in 15 years. Five clubs complete for this trophy and the overall scores on the night were :  Macclesfield 180 points, Crewe 172, Leek 171, Blythe Bridge 159 and Holmes Chapel 159. The event was well attended by all clubs with Macc being represented by Paul Scott, Anthony Gosling, Keith Parker, Kevin Blake, Peter Thomasson and Conor Molloy. Thank you to our new External Competition secretary Chris Aggersbury for co-ordinating the submission and selection of our 10 images. Our individual image scores were :

Kissing Beeeaters by Conor Molloy (19 points) ,  Focus by Steve Gresty (18 points) ,  Quarter inch Jack by Antony Gosling (19 points),  Mia by Paul Scott (20 points)

Battle of the Hurdles by Alison Lomax (16 points),  Nature Red in Tooth and claw by Leonie Sellars (16 points),  Polo player by David Tolliday (18 points), One Angel Square, Manchester by Anthony Gosling (16 points)

Arctic Tern Feeding Time by David Tolliday (18 points), Hunting Great Grey Owl by Conor Molloy (20 points).

All of the images can be viewed under the Competitions tab on the website. The judge was Robert Millin from Stockport. Well done to everyone.

Mia by Paul Scott

Mia by Paul Scott



David Tolliday Wins The Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer in Astrophotography

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Longstanding Macclesfield Camera Club member, David Tolliday, has won The Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2015 competition organised by the Royal Observatory, Greenwich.  The results were announced on 17th September.  David’s image had already been included in a book of winning and shortlisted images.

The image was taken during David’s first serious attempt at astrophotography from a dark sky site in mid-Wales in November 2014.

Chris Bramley, one of the judges, commented ‘To capture such a delicate image of this region in Orion is impressive, but to do it on a first night imaging under the stars is remarkable! A worthy winner’.

More details of the image and award can be found here.