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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. {Just a note, some of the images in the top level of the gallery are currently showing up as black. You can however see the image by drilling down into the image}

Photographic Challenge - Time

2020/21 November Open DPI competition results

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Many thanks to everyone who submitted images for our first competition of the season this was an open themed competition and we were thrilled to receive 41 images for 14 entrants – given the size of the club that is a brilliant effort so thanks and well done .

Congratulations go to Steve Gresty who was the overall winner with a score of 20 points for his image “Carmine bee eater after a quick dip”.

A full list of scores can be found here.

The current 2020-21 league table can be found here.

Steve’s top scoring image can be seen below and the remainder of the top scoring images can be seen here.

Carmine bee eater after a quick dip – Steve Gresty

2019/2020 Internal Competition Update

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Due to Covid-19 interrupting the season mid flow our final competition of last season was cancelled meaning that we only managed four of the planned five internal competitions.

After some deliberation on whether to roll the 2019/20 competition league into the current season we have decided that the 2019/20 season will be closed and the 2020/2021 league will consist of the three competitions as described in the Programme.

So I would like to announce that congratulations go to Dave Boam who in 2019/2020 topped the leader board with the highest accumulated score overall.

We would like to thank Dave for his continued, consistently very high quality contributions to both our internal competitions and external competitions – we value this greatly.

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