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!
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.
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).