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.

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

Season 2018 – 2019 to Kick Off

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Our new season is about to kick off after the summer break and we will be back at Macclesfield Library on Monday 10th September at the usual time from 8pm, until 10pm. We will have some catching up to do with old friends and new. We’re straight into business as it’s not long before we will be defending the Robertshaw Trophy which we regained last season. There’s new faces on the committee and I’m sure new members in the club. We have a full programme once again, so please come along and let us know what you’ve been up to over the summer break.