Programme of Club and External Events

The Creative Power of the Monochrome Image talk at Mid-Cheshire CC
Oct 16 @ 7:45 pm – 10:00 pm

On the 16th October MCCC is proud to announce that Simon Watkinson will be revisiting our club with a new presentation entitled; ‘The Creative Power of the Monochrome Image’ This talk by Simon will cover all aspects of shooting black and white from start to finish. He will talk in-depth about light that creates the mood suitable for monochrome subject matter in regards to Landscape and Portrait photography. He will show in his own images examples of this light, which is suitable and the impact that black and white images have. There will be time spent on how to process black and white images using Lightroom or Photoshop and how to create consistent toning using Lightroom. Images included in the talk to be discussed will include landscapes, portraits, travel images and reportage – showing that by removing colour the focus on the subject is concentrated.

All members and outside visitors are welcome. Please note, visitors to the club will be charged a £5 fee on the door.

Please inform Liz Pearce or Liz Kenny if you intend to go.

L&CPU Big Day Out and Novice Cup
Oct 20 all-day
Competition 2 (POY) – Performance – Judge Daryl Oakden DPAGB BPE4* EFIAP
Oct 21 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Competition 2 (POY) - Performance - Judge Daryl Oakden DPAGB BPE4* EFIAP @ Castle Park Arts Centre | England | United Kingdom

Our second competition of the new season takes the subject “Performance”. Interpret that how you wish.

This competition counts towards our Photographer of the Year award.

Judge Daryl Oakden DPAGB BPE4* EFIAP

Taking your wildlife photography to the next level
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

The RPS Digital Imaging Group presents a talk by wildlife photographers Ann and Steve Toon.

NOTE: You do not have to be a member of the RPS to attend, but you save on the ticket price if you are.

“We are a Northumberland-based, husband and wife team of former journalists turned professional wildlife photographers. Our special area of interest, expertise and our passion is the wildlife and wild places of southern Africa which we’ve been visiting regularly to photograph for the last 20 years. Our work is represented by a number of leading photo libraries, we write features with our images for numerous magazines both in the UK and overseas, we have a number of photography awards and have had three books published on photography and natural history. We have a deep interest in conservation, and, where we can, also use our journalism to explore and highlight the many complex issues affecting wildlife today. We run photo workshops in the UK and have recently embarked on a successful new venture leading photographic safaris to some of Africa’s most exciting photographic wildlife destinations.”

There will be the usual ‘Bring a print’ compettion which we will ask Ann and Steve to judge.Once again we are at Frodsham community centre, lunch will not be provided so bring your own or Frodsham town centre is only a short walk away.

Book on line here.

Ten Years of Barrie and Ian
Oct 28 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Ten Years of Barrie and Ian @ Castle Park Arts Centre

Members Barrie Howarth and Ian Stanley present an evening showing examples of their photography from the last decade.

Inter Club Print Battle at Chester P.S.
Oct 29 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

This ever popular inter club competition involves clubs from all over Cheshire, The Wirral and North Wales including ours. If you haven’t been before the judging is fast and furious with prints eliminated at each round, the more rounds our prints survive, the more points we gain.

This year’s judge is Paul Williamson LRPS.

The event starts at 7:30pm but be there in good time if you want a seat!

Inter-Club Battle with Ellesmere Port PS
Nov 4 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Inter-Club Battle with Ellesmere Port PS @ Whitby Sports & Social Club

A new inter-club competition for this season. We are travelling to Ellesmere Port to take part in a “Mix and Match” competition. Please come along and support your club at what should be a very entertaining evening.

NOTE: There will be no meeting at Frodsham Arts Centre this week.

Street Photography by Claire Armitage
Nov 11 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Street Photography by Claire Armitage @ Castle Park Arts Centre

Claire Armitage is a professional photographer. Her imagination is sparked by so many things – geometry and lines, order and symmetry and things that flow; emotions and reactions; details and textures. She likes to try and capture the intangible, make it tangible and release its story. 

Claire will be talking to us and showing examples of her street photography, get some tips for our competition later in the season.

Competition 3 (POY) – Metal – Judge John Thomson
Nov 18 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Competition 3 (POY) - Metal - Judge John Thomson @ Castle Park Arts Centre | England | United Kingdom

Our third competition of the new season takes the subject Metal which should allow for plenty of various interpretations.

This form must be received by the Competition Secretary by 18:00 on Sunday 10/11/19. It should be submitted electronically when completed by clicking the ‘Submit’ button at the bottom of the page. Your entry can be edited up until the closing date.

For Print entries submit the form as above with PDI’s for display and bring your print(s) to the meeting on Monday 11/11/19.

We would like to display all the entries on this website. We will use our judgement to omit ‘sensitive’ images, if you want to decide for yourself tick the ‘Refuse Permission’ box against the relevant entry.

For the 2019/20 season you may enter a maximum of 5 images in any mix of Print or PDI provided that you can only enter a maximum of 4 of each type (e.g. 4 PDI’s plus 1 print).

In the event of over subscription and entry may be excluded. If you enter 5 images please tick which one you would prefer to drop.

Full competition rules can be found here.

NOTE: If you get an error message when submitting your images it is probably caused by either

  • A slow internet connection so that the process times out before completing
  • The total size of your images is greater than the limit of 8Mb

To get around this upload fewer images at a time. Select and upload 1 or 2 images, submit these and see if that works. If so click the Edit button and you can upload more images. If this doesn’t fix things email

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Lightroom Q&A & Folio 2
Nov 25 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Lightroom Q&A & Folio 2 @ Castle Park Arts Centre

Adobe Lightroom (LR) is widely used but can be confusing even to log term users. I have been using LR since Version 1 and will be talking and demonstrating some of the darker corners of the software and time saving tips. To make the most out of this session I would like members to email me at andrew@ with any queries you may have about LR and I will do my best to answer them.

For the second half of the evening Ian will be presenting the second L&CPU Portfolio for the season. This is a great chance to see prints which have scored well in competition, much better than looking at them on line.

Intentional Camera Movement fun “Competition”
Dec 2 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Intentional Camera Movement fun "Competition" @ Castle Park Arts Centre

Following on from the talk last season by Mark Reeves LRPS when he showed examples of his Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) photography; we will be holding a fun competitor on this subject. The competition is not part of our regular competitor series and won’t count to any prizes.

So get your creative juices flowing and shake that camera!

Mark has kindly agreed to act as judge for the evening.

Working with Wildlife
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Working with Wildlife @ Castle Park Arts Centre

A presentation by Tesni Ward, wildlife photographer. Tesni is a full time wildlife photographer based in Sheffield.