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
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.
If you are not already signed up here is what you do:
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
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.
A Message from our new President,
Tony Howard CPAGB
Welcome to Southport Photographic Society, a photographic club which was founded way back in 1890. The photographers of yesteryear had a more scientific approach to the art of photography than we do today, whereas now its much easier to create fine photographs using the latest digital cameras, computers and software such as Photoshop. Even your mobile phone can be a wonderful tool.
We meet every Monday evening at 19:45 prompt at New Hall, Emmanuel Church on Cambridge Road, Southport, PR9 9PR from mid-September through to the end of April. Once a month, on a Wednesday and for members only, workshop evenings are held at the Fire Station. During the summer we have a Monday night group where members meet up at an agreed venue to take photographs together and share their knowledge and friendship. Our winter club meetings are quite varied and consist of talks given by visiting photographers on a wide range of subjects. Internal and external competitions take place throughout the season along with the occasional evenings of tuition. Further details can be seen on the WHAT'S ON page.
Our society works closely with Sefton Council to promote photography in the local area and our Members Exhibition is part of the Sefton Open Exhibition in the Atkinson Art Gallery,. The Society also holds an Annual National Open Exhibition, this year will be our 71st, and all accepted entries are displayed in the Wayfarers Arcade, Lord Street, Southport together with the accepted entries of the Young Photographer Competition.
We are also affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) through our membership of the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union (L&CPU). Joining our photo club is very easy, just come along to anyone of our meetings, you will be most welcome.
PS - our first meeting this season is 18th September 2017.
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.
The interview on Thursday approx 10:10a.m. is to briefly introduce SPS and to publicise the two ‘sessions’ we have agreed to give on Sept 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 & Michele are scheduled for the 18th.
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.