Photography News 04

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Earl Shilton Camera Club finished 2013 in celebratory mood, after a most successful start to the 2013/14 season. The season started with victory in the external Fosse Co-op Camera Club’s New Fosse Challenge Trophy Competition in October. This was a six-print open competition judged by Bill Hall, DPAGB, AFIAP, BPE4 which attracted entries from 11 Midlands clubs. They pipped Tamworth Photographic Club, who had held the title since 2007, by just one point. They finished for Christmas with another victory, this time in the local inter-club Cedars Trio Challenge. This was a 15-print competition between themselves, Broughton Astley Photographic Society, and Hinckley and District Photographic Society. It was judged by Terry Bickley AFIAP, DPAGB who was impressed by the high standard of entries from all three clubs and as a result awarded ten prints top marks. This image ‘Iwill remember them’ byTrevorWainwon Imageof theYear 2012/13. Successful start Phil Sproson explains how a small band of photographers joining together on Facebook has developed into a new informal photography club with regular meetings in Combs, Derbyshire: “For almost a year I have co-run a Facebook group of local and not so local photographers. It was suggested last summer that since there is a concentration of photographers locally the group should try and meet occasionally in the real world. “From that idea, High Peak Photographic Society now runs from Comb Village Hall (on the outskirts of Chapel-en-le-Frith) and meets every other Wednesday from 8pm to 10pm. It offers an excellent space for a photographic club and is a short distance from Buxton and other outlaying towns and villages.” “A Facebook group was set up in advance of starting the club to gauge interest and on the first meeting 16 people turned up and the Facebook group has swelled to 32 people. The intent going forward will be to have the meets on the Wednesday and also between meetings to get out and about.” High Peak’s next two meetings are 29 January and 12 February. From virtual club to real life meetings, Phil Sproson tells the story of the High Peak Photographic Society’s evolution NewPS in thePeaks π To find out more about the High Peak Photographic Society, phone Phil Sproson on 07966 509726 or email


WILL CHEUNG FRPS ATWARWICK This recently formed club is pleased to announce that PN ’s editor Wll Cheung FRPS will be giving a talk on ‘My Passion for Photography’ at the club on 5 March 2014 at Chase Meadow Community Centre, Warwick CV34 6BT. Tickets are £15 for non-members and include refreshments. It’s £10 for members. Becoming a member costs £20 (per rolling year) and £5 per meeting. www.warwick

Clacton Camera Club’s big annual speaker is Christopher Bradbury. The renowned portrait photographer and winner of four Master Photographers Association Awards presents his lecture, An Evening with Christopher Bradbury, on 14 March when he will talk about surrealist portraiture, the ideas behind his images and some of the best bits in Photoshop. The event takes place at the McGrigor Hall, Frinton-on-Sea CO13 9EB. It starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 each including refreshments and are available by emailing One of the UK’s top portrait photographers is Clacton CC’s main attraction Christopher Bradbury at Clacton

WELL DONE ANGI A member of Reflex Camera Club , A ngi Wallace has just won Amphibian Image of 2013 in a contest run by The Reptile Report website.

Trevor also retained the Photographer of the Year title that he has won seven times. The Earl Shilton CC kicked off the second half of the season on 8 January 2014, but they’ll be waiting until 21 May for the highlight of the season when they welcome professional wildlife and nature photographer Chris Weston to the club. Anyone is welcome to attend but please contact the club beforehand to show your interest in case they need to find a larger venue.

The next issue of Photography News is out 17 February.

Ian Thompson onfriendly clubs Read page 13. Have an opinion? Let us know what you really think.

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