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Open Competition 30th September 2020

Our first Club competition of the new season took place via Zoom on Wednesday 30th September and was judged by North Fylde Photographic Society. The evening was split into colour and monochrome sections with two leagues – Club for beginners & intermediate, and Advanced for more experienced photographers.

Members of North Fylde had previously spent an evening viewing our images and scores were a group consensus. Apparently there had been lively discussions with sometimes polarizing opinions but the Club had been impressed with the quality of our images, particularly in the monochrome section.

Paul King CPAGB and Dave Bibby CPAGB EFIAP BPE3* represented North Fylde and passed along the Club’s comments during an entertaining evening. Critique was positive and helpful with some really good tips on improving our pictures. It was particularly nice to see new members entering their photographs, which we all know from experience is terrifying the first time you do it!

Congratulations to Alvina Labsvirs who received the top score of 20 points for ‘Kingfisher’ in the Club colour section. Alvina also scored 19 points for ‘Night Watchman’, alongside Elaine Elrick’s ‘Passing Through’.


Alvina continued her winning streak in the Club monochrome section, scoring 20 points for ‘Fishing’, with Elaine Elrick’s ‘Night Reflections’ receiving 19 points. There were some cracking images in the club section, well done all!


In the Advanced league, congratulations go to Jo Knight who was awarded the top score of 20 points for two images, ‘Life Behind Bars’ & ‘Painted Lady on Thistle’ in the Colour section, while 19 points were awarded to both Dave Nelson for ‘Fell Ponies’ and Russell Milner for ‘Polar Bear Resting Before The Next Swim’.


In the Advanced Monochrome section, Jo was awarded another 20 points for her ‘Swaledale Sheep’ sharing joint first place with Gavin Lowe’s brilliantly titled ‘The Big Wobbly Thing’, with 19 points being shared by Dave Nelson for ‘Allium Red Mohican’ and Dylan Reynolds for ‘Lambretta in Mono’.


Our next event on Wednesday 7th October is a talk by Stewart Wood on macro photography, in particular jumping spiders. Extreme macro is a difficult technical subject and I’m sure we’ll all learn a lot, even if the arachnophobes amongst us will be watching from behind a cushion 😱

All are welcome to attend this Zoom event. 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.

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!

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.

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!

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.