Programme of Club and External Events

L&CPU 2019 PAGB Exhibition
Aug 10 @ 10:00 am – Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm

The exhibition is on the second floor of the mill. There is also a cafe.

On Saturdays the Heritage Centre and Engine House are open from 10 – 12

For further details visit their website.

Also open on Saturdauys is Astley Green Colliery, a few miles away on the East Lancs. road. 

New Season Welcome Evening & Social
Sep 2 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
New Season Welcome Evening & Social @ Castle Park Arts Centre

The 2019 – 2020 season starts here, make a note of the date in your diary.
Time to collate all those summer images and come on down to the Arts Centre to rejoin the Society for the exciting new 2019-20 season!
Looking forward to seeing you again then and to hear all about your summertime adventures with your cameras.

After the break, Ian Stanley will introduce “Special Projects” … you have to be here to find out!

Sports Photography – A Photographic Journey
Sep 9 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

A presentation on Sports Photography by Noel Patterson.

Noel shoots live sports action to try and bring the viewer closer to the transitory moments of preparation, action or celebration which are the essence of all sports but which the eye does not always see. 
He uses creative camera techniques to enhance the sense of movement or pattern.
Noel has just published his first book of 140 photographs taken across three British Championship events –  Images from the British Gymnastics Championships 2016-17 which is available from Blurb books or Amazon (free for Kindle Unlimited members)
You can see examples of Noel’s work on his website.

Mix & Match Competition Rehearsal & Folio Review
Sep 16 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Mix & Match Competition Rehearsal & Folio Review @ Castle Park Arts Centre

The first half of the evening will be a rehearsal for our upcoming inter club Mix and Match competition with Ellesmere Port Photographic Society on the 4th of November.

This is a new style of competition to us so this evening will be a trial run between Brian’s team and Tec’s team.

After the break we will be looking at the first L&CPU print folio for this season.

People Power in photography
Sep 20 – Sep 22 all-day

An exhibition of members’ images of people to complement St Laurence’s church celebration of Heritage Week.

Competition 1 – Open – Judge Robert Millin MFIAP, FBPE, EFIAP/p, MPSA, SPSA, DPAGB, GPU Hermes
Sep 23 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Competition 1 - Open - Judge Robert Millin MFIAP, FBPE, EFIAP/p, MPSA, SPSA, DPAGB, GPU Hermes @ Castle Park Arts Centre | England | United Kingdom

Our first competition of the new season is Open subject.

This form must be received by the Competition Secretary by 18:00 on Sunday 15/9/19. 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 16/9/19.

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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Behind the Scenes – Photographing the creative process
Sep 30 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Behind the Scenes - Photographing the creative process @ Castle Park Arts Centre

An exiting opportunity to get tips from professional photographer Josh Tomalin.

This event is linked to our separate invitation to photograph rehearsals of “Hamlet”, so please have plenty of questions ready for Josh.

Doug Allen – Wild Images, Wild Life
Oct 3 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

‘Wildlife cameramen don’t come much more special than Doug Allan’ – Sir David Attenborough

Join multi-award winning wildlife cameraman Doug Allan for an evening of behind the scenes stories for all the family, with highlights from the most challenging assignments of his 35 years filming wildlife in the remotest places on Earth. Find out if snow leopards or leopard seals are the most scary; discover how to get close to the biggest fish in the sea and whether your eyeballs freeze at minus 50.

Born in Fife, Doug Allan spent seven years in Antarctica as a Scientist, research diver and photographer for the British Antarctic Survey, before changing direction to full time freelance filming in 1983.
Since then he has become one of the world’s best known and respected cameramen, specialising in natural history, expeditions and science documentaries. In his 35 year filming career, he’s worked for the BBC, Discovery, National Geographic and many others, filming for series including The Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Human Planet, Frozen Planet, Ocean Giants, Operation Iceberg, Wild Cameramen at Work, and Brian Cox’s Forces of Nature.

This new presentation traces Doug’s personal journey as he discusses how he’s seen pollution and climate change affect the natural world.

Copies of Doug’s book Freeze Frame will be on sale, as well as his colour prints of polar bears, penguins and seals.


Purchase online from the Memorial Court’s ticket agent

Full: £19 + booking fee*
Concessions (Over 60’s, Under 18’s and Registered Disabled): £17 + booking fee*

*A booking fee applies of £0.45 + 6% per ticket

You can avoid any booking fees by booking in person at the venue.

How would I do that?
Oct 7 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
How would I do that? @ Castle Park Arts Centre

Come along and see how different members handle workflow.

Members will show how they have developed a workflow to process images in different situations.

The Northern Eye International Photography Festival 2019
Oct 12 – Oct 13 all-day

Building on the huge success of the inaugural Northern Eye in 2017, the festival returns in October 2019 to bring a new set of outstanding photographers, speakers and exhibitions to the North Wales coastal town of Colwyn Bay.

This honouring of photography is centred around a core speakers weekend, which takes place in Theatr Colwyn on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th October.

A two week fringe festival will run either side of the weekend’s heart. The fringe pops-up across the town will host a diverse range of free exhibitions, workshops and events for all.

Taking your wildlife photography to the next level
Oct 13 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

The October meeting of the RPS Digital Imaging Group features Ann and Steve Toon who are a Northumberland-based husband and wife team of former journalists turned professional wildlife photographers.

Their special area of interest, expertise and passion is the wildlife and wild places of southern Africa which they have been visiting regularly to photograph for the last 20 years. Their work is represented by a number of leading photo libraries, wthey e write features with our images for numerous magazines both in the UK and overseas, have a number of photography awards and have had three books published on photography and natural history. They have a deep interest in conservation, and, where they can, also use their journalism to explore and highlight the many complex issues affecting wildlife today.

Ann and Steve 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 Ann and Steve will be asked to judge.

Once again FDPS members benefit by this RPS Group meeting at Frodsham Community Centre, Lunch will not be provided so bring your own or take the short walk to Frodsham town centre.

Not Quite Light
Oct 14 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Not Quite Light @ Castle Park Arts Centre

A presentation by Simon Buckley

Simon lives in the city of Salford, just across the Irwell from Manchester, and has lived in this area for most of his life. Currently his personal work often explores themes of transition, frequently within the urban environment.

This interest caused Simon to begin his Not Quite Light project, the subject of tonight’s talk, which examines themes of heritage and regeneration at dawn and dusk.

Several commissions have arisen due to this work, archiving the construction of new developments. It also led to a major collaboration with 5 Plus Architects called “You Live With Us, We Live With You”, which resulted in a limited edition book.

Simons work has been published nationally and internationally, and I’ve exhibited in the UK, France, Germany, Hong Kong and China.