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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

Open DPI Competition – February 2020

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Many thanks to everyone who submitted images for our fourth competition of the season and also this time around a big thanks thanks also goes to those who participated in the “members-own” judging which made this a very enjoyable competition indeed.

There were 2 images that scored a maximum of 20 points

  • Western Siberian Eagle Owl
  • Harvest Mice

Congratulations go to Steve Gresty for both images, which make a stonking “double top”!

A full list of scores can be found here.

The current 2019-20 league table can be found here.

The two top scoring images can be seen below and the remainder of the top scoring images can be seen here.

Western Siberian Eagle Owl – Steve Gresty
Harvest Mice – Steve Gresty

Mobile Device Competition – January 2020

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Many thanks to everyone who submitted images for our third competition of the season. 

The competition was for mobile device capture, but with no restrictions on post processing methods.

The competition was kindly judged by Darrell Oakden DPAGB BPE4* EFIAP who is an experienced and accredited L&CPU judge. We got some great feedback from Darrell and some insights into the judging process itself. So I would like to extend our thanks to Darrell for taking the time to consider our images and providing some great constructive comments.

There were 3 images that scored a maximum of 20 points

  • Will she make it – by Brian Law
  • Blackpool pier sunset – by Dave Boam
  • Birmingham morning sky ablaze – by Alex White

Congratulations go to all three with some great images!

A full list of scores can be found here.

The current 2019-10 league table can be found here.

The three top scoring images can be seen below and the remainder of the top scoring images can be seen here.

Will she make it – Brian Law
Blackpool pier sunset – Dave Boam
Birmingham morning sky ablaze – Alex White

Open Print Competition – November 2019

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Many thanks to everyone who submitted images for our second competition of the season. 

The theme was ‘Open’ and the competition was judged by Conor Molloy who very kindly stepped in at the last minute! Conor is a very experienced photographer and former MCC club president, so it was great to welcome him back to the club this year … thank you Conor!

We got some great feedback from Conor, and the informal discussion session afterwards was very useful and interesting in sharing our thoughts about the images and how they might be improved.

There were 3 images that scored a maximum of 20 points

  • Starlet – by Dave Boam – overall winner
  • Total abandon – by Dave Boam
  • Long Beach Morning – by Kevin Blake

Congratulations to Dave with a stonking double 20 which puts him at the top of the 2019-2020 internal competition league table (see link below)

A full list of scores can be found here.

The current 2019-10 league table can be found here.

Dave’s ‘Starlet’ overall winner of round 2 can be seen below and the remainder of the top scoring images can be seen here.

October Open DPI 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 Graham Currey who is an L&CPU judge and runs Photo Session Days

Once again we got some great feedback from Graham, who is well known to many members of the club and more widely in the ‘tog scene.

We would like to offer Graham thanks for his time, insights and amusing anecdotes which made the evening very enjoyable indeed.

There were five (yes 5!!!) images that scored a maximum of 20 points which is kind-of amazing, but then there were some kind-of amazing images.

The 5 images scoring 20 were,

  • Dirt Devils – by Steve Gresty – overall winner
  • Tower of power – urban confrontation – by Dave Boam
  • Pool abstract – by Val Lear
  • Church of the Good Shepherd – by Ian Morison
  • Vixen and Cub – by Steve Gresty

A full list of scores can be found here.

The current 2019-10 league table can be found here.

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