Programme of Club and External Events

Competition 3 – Curves (POY) – Judge: Rob Hockney DPAGB, BPE5*
Nov 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Competition 3 - Curves (POY) - Judge: Rob Hockney DPAGB, BPE5* @ On Line | England | United Kingdom

This will be our third on-line competition for the 2020/21 season.

The competition will be run on-line and therefore as a PDI ONLY competition.

The Closing Date for entries is Sunday 22nd November 11:45pm to allow for the images to be prepared and sent to our judge.

The subject for our third competition for 2020/21 is ‘Curves’, plenty of scope for abstract shots, rivers, bridges ….

Judge – Rob Hockney DPAGB,BPE5*

‘Not Quite Light’ by Simon Buckley
Dec 7 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
'Not Quite Light' by Simon Buckley @ On Line

Simon’s presentation will be delivered as an on-line talk using Zoom.

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, 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.

Simon’s work has been published nationally and internationally, and he has exhibited in the UK, France, Germany, Hong Kong and China.

RPS Webinar – Projects for Lockdown with Mike McNamee FRPS
Dec 13 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Note this is a joint meeting with the RPS North West Region replacing the annual Christmas Lunch so all tickets are free (including non members).

When all the current nonsense started people retreated behind their front doors (those that could!) and set about all those DIY projects that had accumulated over the years. Things have been going on for so long now that new projects are needed, there is only so much drying paint you can put up with!

Two characteristics that are required are that projects should not involve face-to-face contact with strangers and (for many) they should not involve too much expenditure. Within these tight constraints (and they have been tight for many) some surprising ingenuity has been shown and so Mike’s talk is something of a tribute to the work that has been done to record the Covid-19 situation, its effect upon people and also to inspire others to seek their own projects, and learning pathways.

So, we shall talk about some of the moving in-hospital photo essays that have been created but also take the opportunity to teach about creative project development, along with suggestions of some software techniques that you might hone, Photoshop 2021, the new Canon Pro 300 printer and a few other things that have passed across the editorial desk over the last few months. We’ve all become very Zoom savvy of late let’s make use of it!

Mike McNamee FRPS, Editor Professional Imagemaker magazine


Members’ Evening – Image in the Style of an Artist
Dec 14 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Members' Evening - Image in the Style of an Artist @ On Line

An on line members’ evening via Zoom.

Many photographers are interested in and informed by artists working in different mediums.

For this informal competition, members’ will be invited to enter images taken in the style of an artist they admire.

Liz Pearce has arranged for the images to be judged by David Button, a non photographic artist so this will be a real change from our usual format!

Liz has suggested some artists that may be of interest and help you come up with a creation. If you are a member see on the forum

Christmas Quiz
Dec 21 @ 7:30 pm – Dec 22 @ 12:00 am
Christmas Quiz @ On Line

The first half of our 2020/21 season will finish with an on  line Quiz.

This will be our third on-line quiz and the previous two have been great fun so please join in.

This is our last meeting before Christmas so you can guarantee we will have a festive theme, although we haven’t been able to work out a game of virtual skittles … yet

Hopefully the new year will see us returning to some form of ‘physical’ meetings; our first event will be our second Open competition on Monday 4th January.

Competition 4 – Open (POY) – Judge: Keith Barber CPAGB LRPS FIScT
Jan 4 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Competition 4 - Open (POY) - Judge: Keith Barber CPAGB LRPS FIScT @ On Line | England | United Kingdom

This will be the first competition for the second half of the 2020/21 season.


This competition may be run on-line as a PDI only competition.

The Closing Date for entries is Sunday 20th December 2020 11:45pm to allow for the images to be prepared and sent to our judge.

The subject for our fourth competition for 2020/21 is ‘Open’, any type of image is eligible.

Judge – Keith Barber CPAGB LRPS FIScT

Not yet Open for Entries

Welcome Back to the Arts Centre Evening – CANCELLED
Jan 11 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Welcome Back to the Arts Centre Evening - CANCELLED @ Castle Park Arts Centre

We are hoping that this meeting will mark our return to Castle Park Arts Centre for the second half of the season.

Details will remain fluid until nearer the time but we plan to have a fun, socially distanced social evening together with our Print of the Year award held over from last season so mark this date in your diaries.

Watch your in box and this website for further details nearer the time.


Print of the Year – POSTPONED
Jan 11 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Print of the Year - POSTPONED

The first “real life” event of the season our “Print of the Year” competition organised by Miriam.
This will take up the second part of the evening.


‘He Shoots, He Scores ‘ a presentation by Andrew Moss
Jan 18 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Andrew will talk about his action and sports photography.

“How I shoot sports pictures that sometimes do well in competitions. I am a member of Beckenham PS and an accredited sports photographer. The talk covers how I shoot and process my images, using mainly Lightroom. I include a number of nature and landscape images too, in addition to talking about how I have been able to cover everything from croquet and roller derby to international rugby and netball.”

You can see examples of Andrew’s work at his website here.


Jan 25 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

See what the rest of the L&CPU have been up to recently.

‘What we did during lockdown’
Jan 25 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
'What we did during lockdown' @ Castle Park Arts Centre

After the break there will be a presentation by Ian and members of his critique group titled ‘What we did during Lockdown’.

Members’ Favourites
Feb 1 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Members' Favourites @ Online via zoom

This evening we are going to look on the F.D.P.S. web pages and explore some of the fantastic work members have produced over the years.

We would like you to look through and choose three of your favourite images from different members. These of course cannot be your own. To access the work, you need to find the file on the website with all the images in it. Look through them all and send the three you like the best to me. You can send their numbers, names tor location if that is easier. I will gather your choices together and we can discuss why those images stand out from the crowd. The authors can say a few words about their work too. Just contact me if you need any more information.