Members Exhibition now open
Southport PS Top in Merseyside - for 3rd year running!
Fine Weather for a fine trip
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.
My first pocket money purchase was a camera. None of those first snaps survived the frequent family moves, probably because like most beginners, the results were pretty poor, but then I was only 6.
Over the years my interest in photography has waxed and waned - usually depending on time and other hobbies. Like skydiving (compatible with photography) and acting on murder weekends (not compatible).
When I finally found roots in Southport and joined Southport Photographic Society it opened up a whole new world of different sorts of photography - sport, studio, portraiture, street ... and as I went to weekly meetings and listened to judges critiquing competitions I discovered some of the stepping stones to get from holiday snapper to photographer. Being a member has improved my photography, though there's still lots to learn. Luckily there are lots of knowledgeable people at the club willing to share tips, ideas and a sense of humour.
In recent years members have started organising studio shoots, workshops on Photoshop and general photography trips. We've photographed punks on the pier, butterflies at Rixton Clay Pits and l'heure bleu' night shots at Media City in Salford. Also model shoots with a ballerina, fire-eater and steam punk model - not all at the same time.
Whatever sort of photography you are into, Southport Photographic Society can inspire, challenge and support you as it has me. Whether you're a beginner or have years of experience you'll find lots to interest you in our events (if not suggest one!) as well as great people to share ideas with.
Together we can explore the world of photography and add to club's long and successful reputation for excellent photography.
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
Black Friday is here and this year it’s bigger and better than ever! Don’t forget to use easyfundraising to collect free donations as you bag bargains to help Southport Photographic Society.
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Head to http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/southportps, either click on the link or on the button on the main header, and sign up for free.
Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first, pick the retailer you want and start shopping.
After you’ve checked out, that retailer will make a donation to us and it won’t cost you a penny extra!
Please help us when you’re shopping online for Black Friday deals and for your Christmas presents - there are no catches or hidden charges and SPS will be really grateful for your donations.
A Message from Upcoming Speaker, Dave Halton
I was asked last year to come and do a presentation on my work as a HeliCam pilot. I am scheduled for the end of this month (Jan 2017) and wondered if there are any specific topics you would like me to cover. I will be bringing along my Camera op and a French avionics intern so I think we should be able to cover everything. I will also bring a couple of aircraft and some camera gimbals.
Would it be possible to come along next Monday (9th) to see the space and discuss how I can show media
Best and looking forward to meeting you all
Colin Hill, chair of Brooklands PS in Sutton, Hull in East Yorkshire is using the club network to try and find a Southport member who would perhaps be interested in photographing his wedding in Southport in October.
He is to be married at the Ramada Plaza in Southport on Thursday, October 12th. The couple will, of course need a local photographer and Colin is wondering if any of our club contact form on the website or directly on a club night so your details can be forwarded to Colin. He will be back in Southport in March and could meet up with any potential photographer then.
Local Solicitor Offering
Breens Solicitors of Houghton Street, Southport are to have a new website which will be launched in the next couple of months. But they're stuck. They can't decide on what type of photographs to have representing their firm. All they know is, they don't like stock photos. They have hit upon the idea of inviting local photography clubs to enter a prize competition to come up with some images that represent Southport and the surrounding area.
Details of the competition can be found on the Documentation page under the Downloadable PDFs
Dave died on the 6th February 2017 after a very short illness.
He was a great friend of the Society although he never attended an evening meeting!
If you have entered the Exhibition or the club competitions of recent years, then you will have used his contribution, in small print it says ‘Site design Dave Noble’.
Dave was my eldest daughter Sheena’s partner. When I became Exhibition co ordinator about 10 years ago, I asked Dave to make me a database to record the entries and results (1500 prints, 1000 slides and 1000 DPI’s). The next suggestion was an exhibition website to save us transcribing paper entries, then the innovation was to use PayPal instead of around 500 cheques. Innovation followed nearly every year, wireless scoring pads could transmit direct to the computer, avoiding transcription errors and saving time; then ‘Hazel’ voice recognition announced the scores and finally barcodes could be used to scan and recognise the prints.
Selection days became very slick when all his work came to fruition. They were Dave’s day. The results could be emailed to entrants, saving posting 500 cards, the core information for the catalogue produced. The Southport Open led the way.
Dave produced similar facilities for the Southport Flower Show, The Owl Trust and the Anthony Nolan Trust all on a voluntary basis.
Unfortunately, there is no one in the Society who has Dave’s programming skills and it seems that all this effort will be lost.
His cremation will be at:-
Vale Royal Crematorium, Shurlach Lane, NORTHWICH CW9 8RP
13:00 Monday 20th February 2017
Finger Buffet afterwards at Hartford Hall Hotel, 81 School Lane CW8 1PW
Both venues are just off the A556, a dual carriageway from J19 on the M6.
The Crematorium is new, if it doesn’t appear on your satnav use CW9 7RQ, this will take you to Roberts Bakery which is situated a couple of hundred yards up the road from the Crematorium. When you have arrived at the traffic lights with Roberts Bakery on your left please do not turn left on to the business park but continue along the A556 and the Crematorium is the next left.
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.