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L&CPU Annual Novice Cup

Judging for the 2020 L&CPU Interim Annual Novice Cup took place via zoom on Sunday 11th October. It is difficult to define what is a novice photographer, but it is generally considered as somebody who hasn’t competed in a lot of national/international competitions, who doesn’t hold photographic distinctions, or who hasn’t been in a club very long. Many of our members qualify as a novice and I’m delighted to say that several took courage in both hands and entered this regional Federation competition.

There were two sections, open and nature, with each photographer allowed to enter up to 4 images in each section. The Novice Cup is traditionally a Club competition and usually 6-8 images per Club are allowed to be entered, however due to Covid the rules for this year were changed and individuals entered under their own steam although there was still a Club award for both sections.

The nature section was judged first from 10.30am-12.30am and the standard for a novice competition was exceptionally high. I am therefore absolutely thrilled that the Gold medal for best nature PDI went to club member Russell Millner for his image depicting a ‘Family of Bears on Baffin’ 😃. The accolades didn’t stop there, either, as Russell was also awarded a Commended for his image ‘Polar Bear Resting’. Big congratulations to Russell on his success!

Judging for the open section began at 1.30pm and finished at 3.30pm. To those of us watching, the scoring seemed a little lower than in the nature section despite some really strong images so we were thrilled when club member Maureen Smith was Commended for her photograph of the ‘Imperial War Museum, Salford’. This is Maureen’s second award in L&CPU annual competitions this year and a great achievement on her first entry into Federation events 😀.

Everyone who entered the competition should be receiving their scores directly from the L&CPU shortly.

As I mentioned earlier, this is traditionally a Club competition and Kendal PC came 5th overall which is brilliant! Well done to all the members who entered and helped the Club achieve such a great result 😊.

We are a talented Club and I hope members’ successes this year will inspire others to have a go at regional and national competitions and to dip their toe in the water of International Salons, such as those run by FIAP, the PSA and BPE. More details can be found on how to enter salons 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!

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.

Members’ Achievements

There are lots of avenues for our photographic skills outside of Camera Club evenings which I thought it would be nice to share. We all want to encourage our members and celebrate their achievements, plus I hope it will provide information on the varied ways we can use our photographs in the wider world.

I’ll start with offering massive congratulations to Amy Bateman, who has been shortlisted for Landscape Photographer of the Year. LPOTY is Britain’s leading landscape competition and attracts in excess of 30,000 entries each year. There is a £10,000 first prize up for grabs and winning entries are exhibited in Waterloo station, which has a staggering ¼ of a million people passing through it each day. A book is also available of the best entries. I don’t think Amy is allowed to tell us yet which image has been selected, and the winners won’t be announced until October so it’ll be a long wait, but it’s a huge honour to be shortlisted and we wish her lots of luck!

On a totally different theme, Jo Knight’s Lockdown image was chosen for the cover of the May edition of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain’s newsletter. She also had an article included earlier on that month. The PAGB E-news offers a way of seeing other photographer’s work, keeping up with trends, finding inspiration and is a platform for keeping abreast of news from the Camera Club world. E-news welcomes articles written by members and it’s a great way of raising your profile as a photographer. Subscription is via email – click on ‘Sign Up’ on the top right of the home page.


FIAP (Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique) are running a one-off, free international competition called ‘We Stay At Home’ to mark the global Lockdown. Up to 4 colour, or monochrome, images can be submitted but they must have been taken after 15th March in the place where your lockdown occurred, which for most of us will be our homes. FIAP is an international organization of national associations of photography. More than 85 national associations are members, including the PAGB and therefore our Club, which means FIAP comprises nearly one million individual photographers. FIAP is the only international photographic organisation recognised by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and they run the FIAP distinction scheme (more info from the Salons & Distinctions link in the member’s section of our website). The closing date for the We Stay At Home competition is 31st May, so if you want to enter you’ll need to get your skates on.

We’d love to hear about any achievements by our Members! Please email details to the webmaster (contact link is in the Member’s section of the website).