Penrith & District Camera Club

social photography group for enthusiasts in Penrith & Eden

Millennium Trophy 2017-18

Wednesday 10th January 2018:

This year’s Millennium Trophy competition was exceptionally interesting and a new challenge for entrants. Submissions were of a panel of three images, and were judged by our own Les Ayres EFIAP, EPSA, MPAGB, APAGB. Merit was not just for the quality of the images, but significant marks were given for the way the three images worked together as a panel.

Les held the evening with constructive criticism, tips and – as he said – his own impressions of the panels. For the audience, it was certainly one of the most interesting judging sessions to witness. Hoping all of the entrants felt that Les was fair – it certainly seemed so.

The top marked entries were give final positions. Coming third with his panel entitled “Strictly Blackpool” was Steve McClellan. Second was Jo Knight with her “Beneath the Waves”. And many congratulations to Millennium Trophy winner Ian Hadley – with his portrait panel “Her Indoors”.

Steve McClellan’s Strictly “Blackpool”
Jo Knight’s “Beneath the Waves”
Millennium Trophy winner: Ian Hadley’s “Her Indoors”.

Competition: PDI 1 2017 Advanced Class

11th October 2017: This competition’s judging was most unusual – but highly enjoyable. Marks were given by the appointed judge – Jo McIntyre MPAGB, but comments on the night were provided by our own John Tillotson ably assisted by Les Ayres and John Williams. This proved to be a constructive evening of enlightened comment and advice, and the club’s thanks go to our “judges”.

Below are the top marked entries in the Advanced Class. Links to the full results are available on the website: competition results

Summer Challenge 2017 Results

The opening competition of the season was judged on Wednesday 27th September by our own Jane Peet and Dawn Stobbart. From a huge entry these were the top marked entries, the trophy winner was John Tillotson with his rust monster …

18 points    Kath Brown            Connection

18 Points    Stuart Edgar            Chain Links

18 points    Russell Bulman        Ready for action

19 points    Fiona Whelan          Gimme Shelter

19 points    Christine Hurford    Anglesey mine abstract

20 points    John Tillotson          Roland the rust monster

Opportunity: Dawn Photo Cruise

Ullswater Steamers have put on a Dawn Photography Cruise with Mark Littlejohn – Thursday Nov 2nd 2017

“A unique opportunity to join local award winning photographer Mark Littlejohn on-board a private charter at dawn. Capture the dawn through the lens with an expert on hand for advice on how to get the best pictures.”

Ticket price £45 per person includes cruise, a complimentary tea/coffee & croissant on-board, places are limited and must be booked in advance, wear suitable clothing. Please note dogs are not permitted at this event. Cruise departs Glenridding at 6.30am, returning at 9.30am.

Book via Ullswater Steamers Website

Panels – for the Millennium Trophy competition 2017/18

by John D Tillotson CPAGB PPSA, P&DCC Secretary

After some requests for information on the panel submission for the Millennium Trophy, here are some details. There will be a more detailed explanation on panels in the meeting on Wednesday 18th October 2017 by Les Ayres, who is to be the judge of the competition.

The panel is to be made up of three unmounted prints – each with a maximum size of A4, either landscape or portrait.

The panel will be judged and assessed as a whole, not as individual prints; as such there should be a single title for the whole triptych of images.

The idea of this panel of prints is to submit a set of images with a common theme, subject, link or story. They should also work together in terms of colour and/or tones and presentation.

One thing to consider might be ‘balance’ – if the left-hand image has a property, perhaps the right-hand one could have the same property – e.g. a dark image, or looking out from the centre of the panel, or landscape format rather than portrait.

As in any other print competition, print quality is important.

The prints should be marked on the back with the usual information – AND with their position WHEN VIEWED FROM THE FRONT (usually ‘left’, ‘centre’ and ‘right’ but can be ‘top’ ‘middle’ and ‘bottom’).

Here are two examples:

Sky Arts Master of Photography – New Series

Series 2 of Sky Arts Master of Photography starts on May 25th.

Twelve photographers from across Europe will be selected to compete in a range of tasks to become the next Master of Photography

If you missed Series 1 – you can watch it on catch up. It was the first televised talent contest for photography.
Over eight weeks, 12 amateur and professional photographers from different photographic disciplines travelled to locations across Europe and tackled a series of challenges testing their ability, skill and instinct across a range of styles. Season one’s winner was … [spoiler deleted]
You can watch the season one trailer here: Master of Photography Trailer

and season two here Master of Photography Season 2 Trailer

Image of the Year Competition 2016-17

We had a very interesting and well organised Image of the Year competition for the last Wednesday meeting of the season.

Congratulations our winners – as voted for by members attending on the 12th of April 2017

League Category Author Title
Advanced Print Mike Hughes Don’t Look Back
Intermediate Print Kath Brown Bodleian Library
Club Print Russell Bulman Frosty Sunrise
Advanced PDI Phil Newport Baltic Sunset
Intermediate PDI Linda Farquhar Strawberry Splash
Club PDI Dawn Stobbart Optical Illusion