Club evening: Open Competition

Club member Jo Knight treated us to a “brilliant”, “fun”, “inspiring” and “thoroughly enjoyable” evening via Zoom on Wednesday 23rd September. She kicked off with advice on how to use layers and masks in Photoshop, then went on to demonstrate two popular plug-ins, the results of which impressively took 30 years off her age – if only we could all do that in real life!

Our next club evening on Wednesday 30th September is our first competition of the new season, with an Open theme. Our images have already been assessed by North Fylde Photographic Society and representatives from North Fylde will give us their verdict and scores live via Zoom.

This is a great opportunity to see over 80 images in both colour and monochrome produced by club members with skills ranging from beginner, through intermediate to more advanced workers.

All are welcome to attend. It’s never too late to become a member of the club, or if you’d like to be a guest just for the evening you will find details on our membership page.

We look forward to seeing everyone next Wednesday for what promises to be an interesting and entertaining night!

Club Event: Photoshop & Plug-ins

Our 2020/21 season kicked off on 16th September with an inspiring Zoom talk from Laurie Campbell. Laurie is a fine art nature photographer based in Northern Ireland and a member of the successful Catchlight Camera Club.

Laurie turns ordinary images into stunning fine art pictures with her use of textures which she says “covers up a multitude of sins!”. Despite admitting to lacking confidence and being incredibly self effacing, Laurie presented a wonderful evening of creative images which left us eager to try her techniques on our own photographs.

Our thanks go to Laurie, and also to Keswick Photographic Society with whom we shared the night.

Our next Club event is via Zoom on Wednesday 23rd September, with member Jo Knight AFIAP DPAGB BPE1* QPSA discussing layers and masks in Photoshop and her favourite editing tips and tricks.

Responding to requests from our recent members’ questionnaire, she will also demonstrate two popular plug-ins and the ways in which they can be used to dramatically, but simply, enhance our images.

Non members are welcome to join us for the evening as a guest for a small fee. Please visit the Membership page of our website to register. We look forward to seeing everyone next week!

New Season

After we had to abruptly end our last Club season early due to lockdown, we are delighted to announce that our new season starts on Wednesday 16th September, running through until 28th April 2021. We meet at 7.30pm each Wednesday, with a 4 week break in December for Christmas & New Year. Unfortunately for now, however, due to Covid-19 restrictions we will not be meeting in person at our usual Castle Street venue. This situation will be reviewed at the end of the year.

Instead, members have been meeting via Zoom as a trial during our summer break which has proved to be popular and successful so we will be continuing our programme of events online. This includes speakers, competitions, workshops, editing advice, terrible lighting, dodgy backgrounds and plenty of banter! Here are a few of the motley crew on one of our summer Zoom meetings:


There is the opportunity to ask questions or have a chat with other members at the beginning and end of each Zoom meeting. During competitions and demonstrations, however, members’ sound will be automatically muted so as not to distract the judge or speaker if your doorbell rings or your dog starts barking 😉.

If you are thinking of joining Kendal Photography Club we realize it can be daunting to come along to a club where you don’t know anyone, and even more so to join in a Zoom meeting. But we were all new once too and are confident that whatever your area of photographic interest, experience or level of skill, the club will provide a great focus for your photography.

Don’t worry if you’ve never used Zoom before – it’s been a learning curve for most of us. You will need either a phone, tablet, ipad, laptop or computer with a webcam and microphone (they usually come built-in). Download either the FREE Zoom app from the play store on your phone/tablet, or download Zoom for laptops and desktops here (choose Zoom Client for Meetings). The software will install automatically. Each week, you will receive an email from the Club with a link to our meeting – simply click the link, making sure you choose to share your video and audio when prompted.

Please either email a committee member, comment on this blog post, get in touch via Facebook or use our website Contact form if you have any problems or questions. If you’re interested in joining Kendal Photography Club, either as a member or guest, visit our Membership page for details.

We look forward to seeing old and new members alike 😊.

Open Competition, 19th August

Back to a fun competition night this Wednesday after a few weeks break doing other things. We initially only had 7 images for this competition, but after a chivvy up from Dave we ended up with a more respectable 15.

Jo’s recent evening on textures was in evidence with various members having a go at something new and creative. It paid off for Gavin who came joint 1st with his image ‘Pollution’, sharing the top spot with Jo’s image of ‘Rutter Force’.

The evening wasn’t without skulduggery however! Dave’s image ‘A Different View’ was actually the highest scorer, but as it was his 2nd image in a 1 image competition he was locked in a cupboard and his cries of “I was only trying to get the numbers up!” were ignored 😂.

There is no zoom meeting next week. Instead there will be an evening out photographing, details to follow.

Annual Members’ Evening Results

The yearly results for our Members’ Evening Competitions are now in!

The Mono Print section was won by Simon Raven. In second place was Maureen Smith and in third was Dave Nelson. Well done Simon on your fab images over the year and congrats to Maureen and Dave.

The Colour Print section was won by Dave Nelson. Second place was awarded to Amy Bateman and third to Jeff Bagnall.

The PDI section mirrored the Colour Print with Dave first, Amy second and third Jeff. Big congratulations to Dave, a worthy winner, and well done to Amy and Jeff. Below is a selection of images from the PDI league and the winning authors: Tyan by Amy Bateman, Grand Central Station by Jeff Bagnall and Dawn from my camp by Dave Nelson.

Everyone’s scores over the year are available in the members’ section of our website.

L&CPU Annual & FIAP Success

Each year, The Lancashire & Cheshire Photographic Union (L&CPU) hold a print & PDI competition to find the best photographers in our region. The most successful images are then used by the Federation in national competitions against other Federations.

This year, due to Covid restrictions, the competition was PDI only and cleverly live streamed on Zoom so that any L&CPU member could log on and watch. The judging process is very different from that of a Camera Club competition, with no opportunity to study an image closely and marks being almost instantaneously given, which is how International Salons are also judged. It’s therefore important for images to have immediate impact and to stand out from the crowd.

There were 3 sections: Colour, Mono & Nature and judging the 2000+ images took a mammoth 8 hours! Slideshows of images from each section are available on the links below:

I am delighted to announce that 2 of our Members received awards in the Open Colour Section 😃. Both Maureen and Jo were first time entrants into the Annual and had images which were Commended. This is a brilliant achievement considering the exceptionally high standard of the entries – well done girls!

Jo’s image depicting the Covid pandemic was also amongst the winning entries in a global competition run by FIAP, an international organization of national associations of photography. FIAP wanted to mark this important moment in history with images taken in our homes during lockdown and chose 10 winning images submitted by thousands of photographers from 90 countries across 5 continents. The overall winner will be announced in a Zoom ceremony in September, the prize for which is a trip to Oman in 2021 for the next FIAP summit. FIAP have also donated €30,000 to Covid research. Congratulations to Jo and good luck!

Open Competition, 1st July

The club hosted another lively and fun Zoom competition on Wednesday 1st July, with an open subject. Attendance was slightly down on previous weeks but there was still a good selection of images and a wide variety of themes.

Before scoring began we discussed recording the Zoom meeting so that a video could be placed online, accessible to Club members only via a password for those unable to join in with the meeting. It was agreed we’d give this a go and will let members know via email if/when the video is available to view.

Congratulations to our winner Dylan, with his creative and technically difficult shot ‘Rainbow Drops’. Second place went to Jeff’s painterly and timeless photograph ‘On The Struggle’, and third place to Graham’s tack sharp and well captured ‘Nature In Perfect Harmony’. Well done guys!

Next week is the Club’s Annual General Meeting, with Gavin dressing up as a spaceman and Jo in a ballgown and wig (at least I’m sure that’s what was agreed, or maybe we’d all had a swig of Russell’s psychedelic elixor 😄). All joking aside, it’s an important night, albeit maybe not quite as exciting as our usual meetings, and I hope as many members join in as possible. See you then!

Annual Competition 2019-20

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we had a reduced annual competition this year, with PDIs only and no prints. There were two leagues, beginners & advanced, and three categories in the form of nature, people/portraits and open which incorporated both mono and colour.

Our competition was held via Zoom and judged by Alan Walker MPAGB, ARPS, EFIAP, MPSA. Fifteen members submitted up to six images each, which made for a diverse and interesting night.

Big congratulations to Alvina who won both the People/Portraits & Nature categories in the beginners league, and to Kim who won the beginners Open category. Well done both on your cracking photos!


The Advanced league was hard fought with some excellent images. Maureen and Jo both scored 20 points in the Open category, with Jo’s ‘Disobedient’ image eventually being chosen as the overall winner. She also scooped 20 points in both the Nature and People/Portrait categories.


I think we all enjoyed Alan’s positive judging style and really helpful comments on how to improve our images, even if we finished late and for some it was well past their bedtime 😉. I’m not sure Russell would agree, however, as his stunning dragonfly picture was assumed to be a composite, and had the judge known it was actually a perfectly legitimate wildlife picture the winner of the the advanced Nature category might have been very different!

Thanks as always to Dave for organizing the competition and to Gavin for hosting Zoom.

This Wednesday we are going for something a little bit different with an evening on editing. Dylan will be looking at how to edit images to produce a good monochrome, while Jo will be putting together a very simple composite in Photoshop. Hope to see you then!

Open Competition, 11th June

The Club had its second Zoom competition on Wednesday 10th June. Sixteen members joined in a fun and interesting night and it was great to see such a wide variety of subjects in the images submitted.

The thing which always strikes me on competition nights is how varied everyone’s perception of an image is. They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it’s perfectly true – we all like different things. All we can do is take the photographs we enjoy and if other people enjoy them too it’s a bonus.

The best part of competition nights for me, however, are the suggestions on how an image can be improved, whether that’s keeping an eye out for dust spots on your lens, removing cromatic aberations, cropping to improve composition or removing distracting objects we hadn’t spotted ourselves. We often get so involved in our photographs we miss things and when we see our image through someone else’s eyes it gives us a fresh perspective. Listening to the constructive critique of our own, and other members’, images is a great learning tool.

Congratulations to our winner Jo Knight, with her image of ‘Mongolian Man’, though she took huge offence to everyone thinking it was a selfie and she’d just let herself go during lockdown 😄. Second place went to Russell’s beautifully toned image ‘Wing Walking’, and third to Dylan’s brilliantly imaginative ‘DandylEYEon seed’.

Thanks to Gavin for hosting the meeting and Dave for his hard work in putting the competition together.

Next week is our Annual PDI competition judged by Alan Walker MPAGB, ARPS, EFIAP, MPSA. I hope as many members as possible will join in on the night to hear Alan’s thoughts on our images.

Achievements + the L&CPU Annual

The BBC celebrates our obsession with the British weather in its Weather Watchers pictures, which are sent in from photographers around the country. During each of the four seasons, the organization chooses its favourite weather-related pictures and the public votes for their ‘Pic of the Season’. Ann Dallaway’s fabulous image The ‘flower’ supermoon rising in Haile, Cumbria has been chosen as one of the BBC’s favourite 2020 Spring pics and voting begins today – simply click on Ann’s photo then press ‘vote now’ before this Sunday, 7th June. Well done Ann and good luck!

Congratulations to Phil Drayton, who won our recent Design a Poster competition! Phil’s poster will be used to promote the Club in the local area.


Our Federation, the L&CPU, hold an Annual Individual competition for both prints & PDIs each Spring. Due to the pandemic, this year’s competition was initially cancelled, however it’s now been decided to hold an interim PDI only event and Club members received an email containing details from Dave this week. Entry is made by individual club members through the L&CPU website and the closing date is Sunday 28th June. More information is available on the Federation website.