Once again Southport is the focus of some of the best photographers in the country as we host our 69 annual exhibition of prints and digital images.
Entry was hard fought with only around 20% of those submitted selected by the judges to be included in the exhibition. This meant that of the 3000 photographs entered into the competition only the top 218 prints are included the exhibition. These really are top quality photographs in three categories: Colour, Monochrome and Nature.
The Southport Exhibition is a nationally recognised exhibition under the BPE (British Photographic Exhibitions). It is one of the dwindling number of exhibitions that includes prints not just DPI's (digitally projected images).
Alongside the national exhibition we're also hosting the children's and the members exhibition. The Children's exhibition is generously supported by The Rotary Club of Southport Links.
The print exhibition is held in the main concourse of Wayfarer's arcade, Lord Street with the members and children's in an adjoining shop.
Exhibition runs until 3rd April, entry is free.
Mike Pollitt took delivery of his first motorbike on his 16th birthday and over the next year he followed motorcycle racing at Aintree, Oulton Park and other circuits. This lead him to buying his first camera to record the action. He soon became hooked on sports photography, a passion which is with him to this day.
When Mike's wife Anna took up running, fun runs at first, later half then full marathons. Anna ran 10 Marathons, 5 at the London and many half marathons etc. he found another sports photography subject. An image from one such event gained him a runners up award in the 1993 Reebok Sports Photographer of the Year Competition with an all expenses trip to the Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge to collect his award of £250 and a certificate presented by the European Director of Reebok (see right).
The presentation and display of award winning prints were on show around the Ballroom with a selection of ‘other’ prints in an alcove off the ballroom, in there Mike spotted a print by a certain Phil Charnock of Wigan! Mike found this very pleasing to see!!
This rambling is to assure members Mike is experienced enough to know a good sports image and he is pleased to award the very first recipient of the Anna Pollitt Memorial Trophy to KIT ROBINSON for his image ‘The Joy of Football’ (shown above).
A group of nine photographers from the society recently enjoyed a four day stay at Lakeland Photographic Holidays based in Braithwaite in the north Lake District.
Particularly blessed with good weather the group rose bright and early to catch the early
morning light at Friars Cragg, Surprise View, Castlerigg Stone Circle and a local boatyard before breakfast. Later forays included a walk around Buttermere; a circuit of Hallin Fell on the edge of Ullswater and High Street and the Cockpit stone circle from Askham.
On the last day together the group wandered the woods at the south end of Derwentwater with their macro lenses before ending the day at Threlkeld Mining Museum below Blencathra. Possibly, the most
testing challenge of the holiday was for everyone to submit images on suitable medium, i.e. pen drive, for review in the studio after dinner.
The hungry snappers were well catered for; the hostess, Gail, ably assisted by Debbie, provided excellent food throughout the trip: cooked breakfasts, packed lunches and delicious dinners accompanied by fine wines and local beers. Many thanks to everyone at LPH for making our stay most enjoyable.
Southport Photographic Society won the Inter-Mersey competition for the second year running on 26th May 2016 at South Liverpool Photographic Society. Each club submitted images to the competition which was held in separate rounds at each club with different judges marking each image. The final judging was done by Terry Donnelly at South Liverpool PS, a group of Southport PS members.
After 6 rounds, the final scores were:
Southport PS - 1028
South Liverpool PS - 1004
St Helens - 1004
Hoylake - 974
Maghull - 936
Crosby - 875
An excellent result for Southport. The Best Print of the Competition was also won by Southport Member, Brian Tarr, with Heron in the Morning Mist.
Congratulations and well done Brian and all the members whose prints were entered into the competition. Also, many thanks, congratulations and well done to our External Competition Secretary, Christine Wood, for all her hard work in organising entries for the 2015/2016 season.
Success for SPS members included First Prize in the British Natural History section for Trevor Davenport with his shot of Newly Emerged White Male White Satin Moth and a 2nd Prize in both the British Plant Portraits and Creative Digital sections for Sea Milkwort on Ainsdale Beach and Marsh Marigold Seedheads respectively. Pat Parker won Second Prize in the British Landscapes section with Lone Tree on Brimham Rocks and two commended images in the Creative Digital section. Both are pictured below with Stefan Buczacki, the Chief judge.
Kit Robinson picked up First Prize in the Mediterranean section - the theme for this years show and a commended certificate in the British Natural History section for Gannet in Flight, but was not able to attend the awards ceremony.
Both Roy Dorkins and Gary Parker each had an image commended in the Natural History and Plant Portraits sections respectively.
Congratulations, well done everyone.
SPS Hosts the Martin Avery Competition
Hosted at Southport Photographic Society, six clubs from the north west competed in the Martin Avery Competition. The competition has been running for some 15 years ago in memory of Martin Avery, a creative photographer. Each club could enter 12 images, with a maximum of 2 per author and 72 prints were reviewed by the judge, Dave Butler, who did a great job looking for those images with creative input from the photographer.
The final results were:
Chorley Photographic Society - 216 points
North Cheshire Photographic Society - 201 points
South Liverpool Photographic Society - 200 points
St Helens Camera Club - 193 points
South Manchester Camera Club - 184 points
Southport Photographic Society - 177 points.
The Martin Avery trophy which has medals that Martin won embedded within it, was won by Dianne Owen from Chorley Photographic Society with this image entitled Wishes:
A Message from our Treasurer
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Well we made it - our 70th National Exhibition is up and running despite the tragic loss of our wonderfully calm and cheerful exhibition webmaster, David Noble. This is thanks to a huge team effort spearheaded by our ever faithful Exhibition Co-ordinator, Les Auld. A big thank you to everyone involved.
There are approximately 1000 clubs in the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) but only 20 put on an annual exhibition. Of these Southport Photographic Society is one of just five clubs that include prints. Doing so takes a huge amount of work, some of it quite physical. This, and the long history, helps to make it, in the words of the President of the Lancashire & Cheshire Photographic Union (L&CPU) 'a prestigious event'. A sentiment endorsed by Robert Millam from Wigan 10 who chose Southport for his first exhibition entry (and acceptance).
I was one of those who only used to do DPIs and resisted entering print only competitions. Having been over-ruled and pushed into doing prints I now realise they are the ultimate form of photography as they are the only format where you know what the judge sees is exactly what you want him to see. Prints are also what most of us prefer to see as the viewer decides how long to view and in what order. You can't go back & look at a single image in a DPI show quite as easily as you can with a print exhibition. One print gives far more pleasure than a million images languishing on a hard drive.
I am immensely proud to be a member of this club and having just gained my first acceptance in the member's exhibition (which will be on at the Atkinson Art Gallery and Library from 1st April-7th May) I am now encouraged to 'go for it' and enter the Southport National Open Exhibition next year. I hope you'll feel the same and together we can continue enjoying our photography, improving as we go.
The print exhibition is in Wayfarers Arcade until 2nd April and is free to view. The digital images will be projected at the club meeting on Monday 27th March. Bring your family and friends to both and encourage them to join SPS, the more the merrier!
President Southport Photographic Society
Members Exhibition now open at the
Atkinson Art Gallery
The Members Exhibition is now open at the Atkinson Art Gallery as part of the Sefton Open 2017 for artists living or working in Sefton.
Here is our President Elect with the wining image and two of his own.
Southport PS Top in Merseyside for 3rd year running
Southport Photographic Society beat off stiff competition in May to win the Inter-Mersey competition for the 3rd year running. Not only this but our very own Trevor Davenport scooped the award for top image with his Banded Demoiselle on Convolvulus scoring an amazing 119 points out of a total possible of 120. Well done Trevor.
This competition is unusual as each club submits a selection of photos and different judges judge them at each club so the final scores are the total results from all judges.
The final scores were as follows:
Southport - 1067
Hoylake - 1046
St Helens -1031
South Liverpool - 1025
Maghull - 1001
Crosby - 973
Southport PS is a friendly club with a packed programme of formal evenings during the winter season and an interesting and varied itinerary of fun photoshoots through the summer (now) particularly on Monday evenings. Visitors welcome. For more information check out our What's On page. We look forward to seeing you this summer taking lots more photographs to keep the club's winning streak going!
Fine Weather at the Farne Islands
Six years after the last visit to the Farne Islands Trevor Davenport organised a society trip to visit Staple Island and Inner Farne for a full day's bird photography on Saturday, 8th July 2017. Members attending organised their own accommodation and most of the group met for dinner on the Friday evening at The Craster Seafod Restaurant where a delicious meal was enjoyed by everyone.
On the day the weather was fine and sunny, perhaps not the best conditions for nature photographers as the sunshine we enjoyed produces sharp shadows and strong contrasts. However, as a first-timer, the author was mighty glad it wasn't raining as two hours in rain on those open, flat rocks is not her idea of a nice time.
Thank you Trevor for organising a fine trip with fine weather.
Trevor and Michele on BBC Radio Merseyside
The interview on Thursday 31st August 2017 at approx 10:10a.m. is to briefly introduce SPS and to publicise the two ‘sessions’ we have agreed to give on September 18th for the BBC. These sessions will be at 11:00 to 13:00 and 13:30 to 15:30.
The sessions will be SPS talking about hints and tips on taking pictures and getting to know your camera. They will be studio sessions at BBC Radio Merseyside and with invited groups who will be asked to bring their cameras and ask us questions. It will be another opportunity to mention SPS. At present Trevor Davenport & Michele Martin are scheduled for the 18th to represent the Society.
2017 L&CPU Award Winners
Well deserved congratulations to three Southport PS members for their awards in the L&CPU Annual Individuals Competition. This year's President, Tony Howard presented the certificates on President's Night. Well done everyone.
Trevor Davenport received two certificates: Third Nature Digital Worker
and Commended Nature Digital.
Julian Stelling - Commended Colour Digital and Roy Dorkins - Commended Nature Print
2018 North Cheshire Knockout Winners
No-one was more pleased than our External Competitions Secretary, Christine Wood (shown right receiving the cup) when Southport Photographic Society won the Interclub Projected Image Knockout Competition run and held at North Cheshire Photographic Society, last won by Southport PS back in 1999. 17 clubs from all over the north west competed entering five digital images from five workers and images had to be different from those entered in the previous evening’s Print Competition.
Southport Photographic Society's scored 21, 2 clear points above the runner's up The first image to be knocked out went in the second round, three images survived to the fourth with Nick Hilton's Forgotton won the best image of the evening.
Forgotton by Nick Hilton
Three's Company by Brian Tarr Grey Wolf Guarding Carcass by Trevor Davenport
Time for Bed by Pat Parker Out of the Clouds by Alex Anderson
Congratulations Nick, Brian, Trevor, Pat and Alex, and congratulations and thanks to Chris for all the hard work she does as External Competitions Secretary and for selecting the winning images.
Patricia Hey APAGB
At the Annual General Meeting of Southport Photographic Society, on April 30th, 2018, Mrs Patricia Hey, APAGB, was awarded Honorary Life Membership of the Society as a token of appreciation for her long service as Syllabus Secretary and Council Member.
Pat joined the Society in the 1980’s and spent twenty-seven years as Syllabus Secretary bringing a variety of excellent photographic speakers and lecturers to our Monday evening meetings.
Pat was President of the Society in 1996/97 and for many years, together with her husband Vincent, organised and co-ordinated the Southport Photographic Society National Open Exhibition.
On presenting the award, President Mr Tony Howard, LRPS CPAGB, also gave Pat a large bouquet of flowers, and thanked her on behalf of the members for her unstinting hard work and dedication to the Society.
To celebrate the centenary year of women’s suffrage in the UK...
The Royal Photographic Society is running a campaign to honour one hundred photographic Heroines and we’re inviting you to take part. Anyone can nominate heroines, you do not have to be a member of The RPS.
The heroines will be part of a landmark exhibition and receive a specially minted medal – the Margaret F. Harker Medal, Harker being the Society’s first female President and the UK’s first female Professor of Photography.
2018 is being hailed as the Year of the Woman, it marks the centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK and has seen significant steps taken to highlight women’s rights – from the #metoo and Times Up movements to increase awareness of the gender gap and global protests fighting for equality.
Through the Hundred Heroines initiative, The RPS is adding its voice to the global discussion.
You can nominate your photography Heroine via the above link. This could be someone who has inspired you, challenged you, used photography to highlight particular issues or has shown bravery or courage through their photography.
The Royal Photographic Society firmly believes that the campaign will redefine and realign the status of women in photography today. The global reach of the initiative will empower female photographers and showcase talent that might otherwise have been overlooked.
“If my grandmother and great-grandmother were able to come back and look at the world today, I think they would be heartened by much of the progress in women’s rights [ . . . ] . However, they would also be spurring us on, highlighting how much we still have to do – given ongoing levels of gender inequality in almost all spheres.” Helen Pankhurst, Women’s Rights Activist & Great Granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst.
Join the conversation
Eight Club Members Photographic Expedition to Santorini
Eight club members, led by the ever intrepid Alex Anderson, spent a week in Santorini in October discovering a treasure trove of photographic delights.
The group of four men and four women arrived late on Saturday night to find half the twin rooms they’d booked had been upgraded to double beds and reception couldn’t sort it until the following day. With the restaurant threatening to close everyone dashed in for supper and while in dining the waiter let slip that the hotel was only half full. So armed with that information the group went back to reception to try and sort out twin rooms for all. This time the response was completely different and twin rooms miraculously appeared. It may have had something to do with big tall bald Dave standing over the rather diminutive receptionist and smiling.
The following morning everyone was all up at 6.45 - that’s 4.45 UK time - for a dawn shoot down on the beach five minutes walk from the hotel. With little cloud and air pollution the sun slunk over the horizon rather than arrived in a blaze of glory. This was to prove a recurring theme all week. Still it was great view along the beach with no one else but a solitary fisherman bathed in increasingly warm sunshine. One of those glad to be alive moments with the anticipation of a whole week of taking photos without feeling you’re holding up your companions.
At the end of the week the group travelled the length and breadth of the island, climbed cliffs, squeezed into sandstone gullies and walked along long black and red sandy beaches. They’d walked miles up and down steps in towns and villages perched on hills and above the volcanic rim high above the sparkling waters of the caldera. Every day there was a new challenge with the group as a whole judging individual's unedited selected image of the day. Subjects included: doors, knobs and knockers, minimalist, curves, angles and people.
A mountain of Greek salad was consumed and the group discovered the delicious local white wine and beer plus where to buy it cheaply. They’d met local artists and musicians and even a pirate from Cumbria. They’d photographed landscapes, post card pretty, portraits, documentary, night shots with and without light painting and long exposure. The only shot they didn’t manage - for many the No 1 reason for the trip - was the Milky Way - the waxing moon proved too bright.
Above all everyone had loads of laughs and took hundreds of photos. Watch out for them in forthcoming competitions.
If you’ve been inspired, look out for the next Alex’s Adventure Tours, rumour has it he’s planning another trip.
Triangular Trophy Triumph
The Triangular Trophy, the funniest photography competition of the year, was held in Wigan on November 27th. The judge, Adrian Lines, set the tone for a fun night by turning up sporting a mustard yellow tailcoat.
The rules of the game, a photographic version of snap, were explained at the start. The three clubs playing each had a projector, screen and laptop with their own stock of 60 photos. Each club takes it in turn to show an image. Then the other 2 have 30 seconds to show a matching photo. Matching photos get 1 point and the best photo also gets a point.
After tossing a coin to decide order of play Ormskirk Camera Club kicked off followed by Wigan and lastly Southport PS. As the competition progressed the bank of photos dwindled and the claims for a match got ever more tenuous.
Heckling and barracking helped sway the judge occasionally, but not often. At half time there was generous free refreshment with tea, coffee, sandwiches, sausage rolls, quiche, cake and mini mince pies.
At this point the scores were neck and neck between Ormskirk and Southport with Wigan close behind. There were a few mutterings from Southport supporters at the number of Ormskirk images from Southport Photoshoots.
As the competition resumed there was a mini drama as Wigan were forced to switch laptops. This fixed their technical problem but did nothing to help Southport as the Wigan projector remote kept switching off Southport’s so we abandoned the remote and resorted to hiding our images the old fashioned way, using a card to cover the projector lamp.
On the last but one round it was neck and neck between Southport and Ormskirk. Southport matched Wigan’s image putting them one point in the lead. Then it was Southport’s turn to show the very last image which was Trevor Davenport’s 'Lone Tree, Lone Wolf”, a quite superb shot or as Adrian put it, 'Southport have kept their best ‘til last’ before awarding it best image with no other matches.
Final results Southport 43, Ormskirk 39 and Wigan 29.
Well done Southport.
Next year Southport are hosting the competition so look out for the date so you don’t miss it. In the meantime it would be great if members could start collecting unusual photos that may be difficult to match. It would be brilliant if we could keep the trophy on home turf.
72nd National Open Exhibition
The Opening Ceremony and Presentation of awards took place in Christ Church Lord Street Southport On 23rd March 2019.
After welcoming everyone, including Mr Ian Aldcroft, President of the L&CPU, the Club President Mr Tony Howard handed over to the Master of Ceremonies, Mr Trevor Davenport and awards were presented to the Young Photographers. It was encouraging to see that every youngster who had won an award was present to receive their award, some travelling considerable distances to be there. It was also nice to see that they were all supported by family members. The awards were presented by Patricia McCauliffe, President of the Southport Links Rotary Club who sponsor the Young Photographers Competition. It was good to see that she had an encouraging word to say to every one of the award winners.
After this presentation and the youngsters had left, the awards were presented (to those who were present), for the Open and Members’ Exhibitions. with the Club President doing the honours.
Afterwards, Tony gave a vote of thanks to everyone involved in organising the exhibition, with a special mention to Mr Les Auld, the exhibition administrator.
Finally he declared the Exhibition officially open and everyone went to the Wayfarers Arcade to view the prints.
Presentation of Awards for Internal Competitions 2018/2019
Special congratulations to Sue Critchlow and Alex Anderson who have swept the board winning the majority of the silverware. Sincere congratulations to our other award winners, Trevor Davenport, Mike Pollitt and Ann Hall. The awards to these photographers are all richly deserved.
First Place - Sue Critchlow ARPS CPAGB (pictured right)
Second Place - Brian Tarr
Third Place - Chris Wood CPAGB BPE2
First Place - Sue Critchlow ARPS
Second Place - Margaret Powley
Third Place - Trevor Davenport
Best All Round Photographer
Alex Anderson (pictured left)
Winners of the competitions contributing to the Best All Round Photographer
Landscape - Alex Anderson
Chosen Subject - Sue Critchlow
Portrait - Alex Anderson
Natural History - Trevor Davenport (pictured below)
Creative - Alex Anderson
Monochrome - Mike Pollitt
Documentary - Sue Critchlow
Special Competition Winners
Audio Visual - Mike Pollitt (pictured below left)
Sports - Alex Anderson
Theme Panel - Sue Critchlow
Beginners Trophy - Ann Hall (pictured below right)
Margaret Powley, CPAGB
Just two days before becoming President of Southport Photographic Society I achieved my CPAGB. This made me feel doubly honoured, as while CPAGB is something I have aspired to for two years, I have also been aware of how highly SPS is regarded within the photographic community since well before I joined some six years ago.
However, while my cup truly runneth over at this brace of privileges arriving within days of each other, I must admit that they caused me to reflect on the humble beginnings and long journey I have been on to achieve a little competence with a camera.
I first developed an interest in photography while working in Amsterdam in the mid seventies. My camera at the time was a Kodak Instamatic, which I used for taking the occasional amateur snap of that charming city. The results can’t have been too bad though, as they encouraged me to invest in an Olympus OM10 SLR. On returning to the UK, I attended evening classes in photography and took full advantage of the many sights of my new London home. Since then I have owned several Canons, which I still use, together with a Fuji mirrorless camera. I have also had the leisure time since retirement to specialise in travel photography, though I have also recently developed an interest in Nature and Macro photography.
I’d like to think that my pictures have moved on a little since the 70s, but a lot of the thanks for that have to go to my photo buddies in the society, who have played a big part in keeping photography both interesting and enjoyable by sharing their hard-won knowledge with me. The talks by visiting speakers have also been a great inspiration, as has the opportunity to compete against so many talented photographers in our society’s competitions.
For the last two years I have also been privileged to be involved in organising the selection days for the SPS National Open Exhibition. Being involved in the exhibition is a huge task, requiring a lot of commitment from other members of the society. This year the 72nd Annual Exhibition - one of only three BPE exhibitions to feature a Print section - attracted entries of an exceptional standard from leading amateur photographers across the UK and Northern Ireland.
With all this in mind, I am deeply honoured to have been elected to the post of President of Southport Photographic Society and promise to represent the Society and its members to the very best of my ability.
President (from 30th April 2019)
The results for the L&CPU individual competition are now released. Please note, only those who entered a full quota of images will be listed in the overall scores.
Congratulations go to Ian Foster who came 3rd overall in colour PRINTS. That is an amazing achievement. Well done Ian.
Congratulations must also go to Trevor Davenport who came 1st in the Nature PRINTS also gaining a commended for his image Dark Tussock Moth Caterpillar.
It seems we are beginning to get better at printing....maybe our External Competitions Organiser's banging on about prints is starting to pay off.
Congratulations to all entrants.
visits SPS 72nd National Open Exhibition
The society has received a letter from Carlo Giuntini - excerpt: on March 26th during a visit to Southport I visited your beautiful exhibition at Wayfarers Arcade. I was kindly welcomed by one your associates. I hope to meet you next time I am in Southport.
He attached the poster of his modest exhibition: “ faces of women on the walls of Liverpool” which was in the village of San Casino in Val di Pesa.
Southport Photographic Society Winners of the Inter-Mersey May 2019
SPS brought home the Trophy in what proved a close competition.
Not only did we win the Trophy, our member Trevor Davenport ARPS DPAGB BPE5*
brought home the trophy for the best print with Banded Demoiselle on Goatsbeard. Congratulations to Trevor and well deserved. His score was 96 out of a possible 100.
The final scores were:-
Southport PS - 889
South Liverpool PS - 886
Maghull PC - 870
St. Helens CC - 863
Crosby CC - 847
The final was judged at South Liverpool Photographic Society. It was a super night with Terry Donnelly FRPS FSWPP FBPE MPAGB EFIAP judging the final round. SLPS were excellent hosts and made us feel very welcome (as always).