Many congratulations to club member Mark Helliwell. For the second year running he has had a commendation in the Landscape Photographer of the Year competition which will see his image below appear in the annual publication of winning entries by AA publishing which is on sale in November. The image will also be on display at the mezzanine level on Waterloo station between 23rd November and 7th February. Mark’s winning image was taken just off the Cat & Fiddle road. Mark is our club’s Learning facilitator and its terrific for us all to be able to learn from someone with who has gained such outstanding recognition.
Around a dozen of us made the trip to Blackpool in four shared cars, most leaving Macc between 2pm and 3pm although a few had driven up the night before. We had around two hours of daylight photography before the night came and the lights were turned on at 6.45pm. Despite the length of the prom we all managed to bump into each other sometime during the night. The weather was extremely kind to us, no wind and no rain and it really wasn’t terribly busy either. The lights are a terrific show with the lit up trams, water reflections from the beach and multiple viewing angles from varying distances of the Tower to help get some good nighttime landscapes. I think everyone managed to get some good and very different shots. We will plan to show the best of these at some future camera club evening. Below is Kevin Blake’s creative slow shutter work of the passing tram.
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.