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First 2021 Competition Results

We held our first monthly competition of the 2021/22 season last week.  Congratulations to Pat Sawas for winning the Open Colour DPI section with ‘Not your run of the mill mannequin’, and to John O’Brien for his winning entry in the Double Exposure DPI section with ‘Cracked Actor’.

This year we are simplifying things by not publishing all the entries on the website; members will have received emails from the Photoentry system with all the results and images.

Not your run of the mill mannequin
Not your run of the mill mannequin
Cracked Actor
Cracked Actor

The Calendar is Now Available

You can now see the full 2021 – 2022 calendar and sync it with your phone calendar etc. if you wish.

For an overview of the year, you can also download a PDF of the printed programme.  Members can also collect a printed programme at a Wednesday meeting.

Results of Annual PRINT Competitions

Following the Judge’s review yesterday the results of the Annual DPI competitions are available here

Special congratulations to Barbara Cook for a magnificent sweep across Colour, Mono and Portraits with some stunning images.

Success at Southport Exhibition

Three members of the Wilmslow Guild Photographic Society, had their prints accepted in the Members Exhibition of the 72nd Southport National Open Exhibition of Photography and displayed in the beautiful setting of Wayfarers Arcade in Southport.  Southport has long been a leading National Photographic Exhibition and the overall quality of entry was very high, with 504 entrants submitting over 4000 entries in total this year.

The Photographic Society was especially pleased that Barbara Cook’s print ‘Together’ came first in the Open Colour print section, winning the Golden Jubilee Trophy. Her print ‘Snow Urchin’ did very well in the exhibition and won a Ribbon award. Barbara also had her print ‘Marta’ accepted.

The two other successful members with print acceptances were Les Stringer, with his print ‘Young Monks’ and Margaret Green with ‘Mont Blanc’.  The Society thanked Margaret for co-ordinating our entries and also organising a Society visit to Southport to view the exhibition.

left to right: Margaret Green, Les Stringer and Barbara Cook

Together by Barbara Cook
Snow Urchin by Barbara Cook
Mont Blanc by Margaret Green
Young Monk by Les Stringer
Marta by Barbara Cook






2018 -19 Comp #6 Results PRINT

Results from this and previous competitions are available here

Another enjoyable evening viewing another set of top notch images.

Hold your breath for the results of the Photographer of the Year Competition to be announced at our next meeting – the final scores are VERY tight – reflecting the high quality of entries in all this years comps.

Project Group – next meeting Friday 26 April

We have Peter R to thank for suggesting the next two themes, as usual you can enter images for either or both  themes. Resizing the images to 1600 x 1200 pixels is not critical for the Project Group but necessary if you want to use them for club competition purposes.

The interpretation is up to you, both subjects lend themselves to using either observed or contrived (sorry created) pictures.

1. Broken

2. Clashing Colour

Bill Salkeld

Project Group – next meeting Friday 15 March

The Themes!

  1. Illustrate a favourite photographic tip or technique.   As much as an exercise for yourself in before/after or with/without or ?? The idea of this is to show others something which they may not normally consider doing. It might consist of several frames outlining a photographic process or include some screen grabs if post processing forms part of it.
  2. Looking Up. (or a View from Below, in the same spirit, and the opposite of, the theme from last November). This should get us all out and about!

Bill Salkeld.

Project Group – next meeting Friday 15 February

Next meeting, Friday 15th February 2019 at 7.30pm.

The themes are:

  1.  ’Smoke’  or something similar commonly referred to as smoke be it water vapour, a smoker vaping, a car exhaust or whatever. It doesn’t need to be the main subject as long as ‘smoke’ is clearly visible within the picture. 

2. We had to resort to the cards for this,  ‘Photograph a watch or other gadget the style of a glossy magazine  advert’.

This is a good one for a wet day, lighting, impact and sharpness being key requirements to consider. 

As ever the interpretation is up to you.

Bill Salkeld

WGPS – next theme for the Project Group

Following the shoot and show night, for the next meeting we will go back to the conventional format.  The date has yet to be fixed but hopefully it will be mid-late January.

For anyone who has shot images on the Edward Weston pepper theme and was unable to get to the meeting, or for those who did attend and have reprocessed any images, if you bring them along, we should be able to find time to show them.

In the meantime, we have two new themes for the next meeting.

  1. High key
  2. Natural history, macro

The interpretation is down to you!

Merry Christmas

Bill Salkeld

Project Group – next meeting Friday 14 December

The next meeting will be on Friday 14 December at 7:30pm

For this meeting the plan is to do something a little different and have a practical ‘Shoot and Show’ evening.


The theme will be based on the well known 1927 image by Edward Weston ‘Pepper No 30’.

The aim will be to produce pictures similar to, or in the style/spirit of the one linked below attached during the first half of the evening and then process and show them in the second half.

It’s not a competition, it’s about learning and enjoying your photography.

Ideally you will need to bring:

  1.  A misshapen fruit or vegetable (the first challenge). If not available bring anything else photographically interesting which is within the spirit of the evening.
  2. Camera with suitable lenses etc.
  3. Tripod
  4.  Some form of lighting, e.g. flash, table lamps, LED torches  or ? Reflectors will be useful.
  5. Laptop and suitable software.

Do not worry if you cannot bring all on the list, the club has a laptop and some table lamps available and I’m sure that members will be happy to help each other out.  

Bill Salkeld

Link to wikipedia   Pepper no 30

Project Group – next meeting Friday 16th November

The next meeting will be on Friday, 16th November 2018 at 7.30pm.

The chosen subjects are-

  1. Autumn’.   Deliberately vague so as to include all the usual wonderful colours or any other interpretation you wish to put on it. 
  2. ‘A view from above’. Your own interpretation.

As before,  you can enter either or both sections  with the aim to have enough material to do about a five minute presentation.

If you have any general photographic queries or problems bring them along and we should be able to discuss them.

Bill Salkeld

Photographer of the Year

Congratulations to David Royle on winning the Photographer of the Year award for 2017-18.  David has had a number of very close near misses in the competition over the last few years, so it was good to see him win it this year. The trophy was dedicated to the memory of Dave Griffiths, our former chairman and excellent photographer.  We were very pleased to have Geraldine presenting the trophy in Dave’s memory.

RPS talks on Sunday 16 Sep

The Digital Imaging Group of the RPS is hosting 2 talks on Sunday 16th September in Frodsham.  There is a charge for the talks which can be found through the link below.


  • Paul Gallagher – The B&W Digital Darkroom
  • Michael Pilkington – Successful Colour Printing Every Time

For more info click here: RPS talks


Project Group – Summer holiday homework!

WGPS Project Group – Theme for the Summer Break

Rather than set a Summer theme, and bearing in mind that we have several ‘Genres’ to concentrate on for the next seasons club competitions (i.e. Industrial heritage, Portrait, long exposure, Conceptual/fine art(??), A day in the life, Food/product) I thought that we have enough to concentrate on already.

However, taking the Genres, holidays, day trips, personal projects etc all into consideration we could open the new seasons first meeting with the theme,

  May to September, my dozen favourite images.

The mix and match, or not, as the case may be, as usual is up to you.

Have a good Summer

Bill Salkeld

Project Group. Next meeting  Friday 18th May at 7.30 pm

Last Friday’s meeting  saw a wide variety of images from those present and others who were unable to attend. The Multiple Exposure theme was most interesting with in camera double and multiple exposures (depends on the camera model), post processing overlays, panorama stitches and photo stacking all appearing. The long term unusual and humorous themes also had us laughing. Amusing images are welcome at any time.

The next themes are,

  1. Gritty Monochrome. Interpret this as gritty/grainy/noisy images made in camera or PP. They will lack fine detail therefore rely on shape and form, they could easily be, as in film days a tiny portion of an image which has been greatly enlarged. Monochrome does not necessarily mean Black and white, it can be any colour (and white?)
  2. ‘Take a self portrait in the style of a well-known photographer’.  (Drawn from the theme card pack)   Time now to study the books or the internet to find something suitable to recreate. You don’t have to stop at one attempt but please include a copy of the original to add to the interest.  

Its up to you now. 

Bill Salkeld