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Competition results after 3-12-2018

Forthcoming Meetings and Events

Next Meeting:

Monday 12th December 2018: The first meeting back in our old haunt, the Crossfield Community Centre, Cleator Moor. The programme will be a showing of members images taken at any of our practical evenings this season. The author will have the opportunity to explain the techniques used and others can offer critique and help where they can.



Retired Trophies

At our last awards presentation evening. Some new trophies were presented replacing ones that were either full (of winners' names) or damaged. As it would be a shame if the names of those recipients engraved on the trophies were to be lost. They have been photographed, annotated and they appear as a final entry in the GALLERY section of this site. Just click on GALLERY and go to the bottom.


Competition Results Table

This is a new feature which will update throughout the year. All the competitions that contribute to the Print or PDI of the year trophy receive scores that are totalled so that the highest scorer can easily be established. We have preserved your anonymity by just using Competitor Number as the identifier! Click here to see results..

Photographic Exhibition at the Beacon

Hot off the press, the Beacon Museum welcomes the latest edition of the world famous photography competition, with the winners being revealed in October 2018.

This is one of the first touring stops in the UK for Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018 and is one not to miss for residents and visitors in the North West.

The world-renowned exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, will be available to see at the Beacon Museum, Whitehaven from Saturday 10 November to Sunday 13th January 2019. The exhibition features exceptional images which capture fascinating animal behaviour, spectacular species and the breathtaking diversity of the natural world.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases the natural world’s most astonishing and challenging sights for over 50 years. Launching in 1965 and attracting 361 entries, today the competition receives over 45,000 entries from 95 countries highlighting its enduring appeal. This year’s 100 award-winning images will embark on an international tour that will allow them to be seen by over a million people.

Copeland residents can access this wonderful exhibition for free using the Copeland Pass. Bring proof of address to obtain your pass.

Standard admission otherwise applies.

Open 10:00 - 16:30 Tuesdays to Saturdays

Open 11:00 - 16:00 Sundays

visit www.thebeacon-whitehaven.co.uk for more information



A brief log of the meetings held so far this season.


Monday 3rd December 2018: This week we held our Open Mono Image Competition. The judge, Gerald Chamberlain is a regular and welcome visitor to our club and despite being asked to 'crack on a bit', he gave a full and fair assessment of his view of each image.

Monday 26th November 2018.

A really enjoyable evening! We had a return visit from Clive Gidney (our compsec Adrian's brother), he spoke about purchasing a place on photographic holidays - either workshops or just trips facilitating your own photography. He illustrated his talk with some glorious images of building designed by Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona as well as other scenes from that exciting city. Also some great images from a trip he made to Portugal featuring live models. In the second half Adrian gave an illustrated talk on wild camping and the advantages it presents for getting great shots.



Monday 19th November. Our MACRO practical evening. Most members brought their cameras and other equipment and together with a wide variety of 'things to photograph, we had half a dozen tables for members to circulate around.It was a chance to help each other gain experience and expertise and a good productive evening.


Monday 12th November Our 2nd Open Competition was judged by John Tillotson who gave us an entertaining and perceptive march through 65 entries - and still stayed within our time limits. Well done JT


Monday 5th November There was a practical session to try photographing fireworks (or lights). Well, in the event, we did both. Ian Cutts provided the sparklers and Adrian and I twirled lights around. Adrian later moved up to ignited steel wool for a bit more drama!


Monday 27th October

An excellent and enjoyable presentation from Cain Scrimgeour. Cain is a young man fairly newly established in his profession as a film and still nature photographer. He kindly showed some of his images and films and explained the techniques involved in obtaining his shots.


Monday 22nd October

A 'Double Bill' in the form of the Hendren Trophy for 'best PDI of a Lake District landscape' and its print counterpart the Harry Bowness trophy 'for best print of a landscape'.

Monday 15th October

A nightmare for all those who hate creepy crawlies, but joking aside, an amazing presentation of the techniques and examples of Macro Photography by local photographer Alf Branch.


Monday 8th October
We had a Lightroom presentation by Adrian Gidney, of possibilities and options to consider when planning for the Set Subject competition in the new year. The after the tea break there was an opportunity to try taking some shots of moving light patterns.


1st October 2018
Very kindly, Keith Snell returned this week to judge the PDI entries for our 1st Open Competition. Thanks to all members who contributed by submitting entries and congratulation to those who were awarded places.


24th September 2018
Our 1st Open Competition was severely hampered by good old Microsoft insisting on performing a protracted update on the club's computer. This prevented images from being shown on screen. Our visiting judge, Keith Snell rose above this problem and treated us to a detailed scrutiny of the high number of prints that members had submitted. It did mean that the PDI section had to be postponed until next week.


10th September 2018
Presenting images for competitions is in two flavours: print and projected digital image (PDI). Prints need to be mounted on a card matte and techniques for doing that process were explained at this meeting and there was an opportunity to put the techniques into practice.


3rd September 2018
The opening meeting is traditionally an opportunity to meet up after the break and to welcome new members. Additionally a short talk was given by Adrian Gidney on sizing images for submission to our competitions