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[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!

2018-2019 Creative DPI Competition

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Many thanks to everyone who submitted images for our third competition of the season which was for digital prints.  The theme was simply ‘Creative’ and the competition was judged by a very experienced local artist and former educator Geoff Archer. 

Geoff was new to photographic competition judging but nevertheless took on the task with enthusiasm and professionalism. Geoff’s feedback was thorough, insightful and scoring was excellent and he had clearly spent significant time really thinking about the images themselves, their meaning and production values, so his viewpoints were refreshing. 

We would like to offer Geoff thanks for his sterling efforts! You can find out more about Geoff and his art over at geoffarcher.co.uk.  

Congratulations go to the Alex White for the highest ranking image which was “Birmingham New Street Steel Reflections” – scoring a maximum 20 points.

A full list of scores can be found here.

The current 2018-19 league table can be found here.

Alex’s winning image can be seen below and the full list of high scoring images can be seen here here

2018-2019 Still Life Print Competition

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Many thanks to everyone who submitted images for our second competition of the season which was for photographic prints.  The theme was ‘Still Life’ and the competition was judged by our very own Brian Law CPAGB ARPS. 

Brian demonstrated an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the theme and provided some great feedback on the submitted images and the club would like to thank Brian for going “above and beyond” once again!

Congratulations go to the Denis Jones for the highest ranking images which were

  • Times Passed – scoring a maximum 20 points.
  • Antiques & Curios – scoring a maximum 20 points.

A full list of scores can be found here.

The current 2018-19 league table can be found here.

Denis’s winning images can be seen below and the full list of high scoring images can be seen here here

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 (http://christinewiddall.co.uk/). 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.

2018-2019 Open Digital Image Competition

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Many thanks to everyone who submitted images for our first competition of the season.  The theme was ‘Open’ and the competition was judged by Bob Dennis APAGB CPAGB AFIAP BPE4 of the Bebington Photographic Society. 

We really benefited from Bob’s considerable experience demonstrated by his direct but constructive comments on the submitted images and the club would like to thank Bob for his efforts and time.

Congratulations go to the authors of the highest ranking images which were

  1. (1st place) Denis Jones – Hoverfly – scoring a maximum 20 points.
  2. (2nd place) Terry Heathcote – Patterns in the Sand – scoring a maximum 20 points.
  3. (3rd place) Terry Heathcote – Hand in Hand – scoring 19 points.

A full list of scores can be found here.

The current 2017-18 league table can be found here.

Denis’s ‘Hoverfly ‘ overall winner of Round 1 can be seen below and the remainder of the top scoring images can be seen here.