All posts by David Higton

Last post of the season and competition themes for next season

I’ll update the rest of this post with a summary of the AGM soon however the themes for next season are below.

Congratulation to David R for his winning image ‘Colours of the City’ in the Chairman’s challenge. Also to Steve S for 2nd place with ‘Flip’, and to Monica and John for joint 3rd.

Date for your diary – Opening evening 14th September 7:30pm at The Guild for Lifelong learning.  We are thinking of having an evening photowalk on 7th September in Altrincham – more details to follow.

The competition & themes for next season are as follows – dates to be follow.

Comp Part  1 Part 2
1 (DPI) Open Mono Water
2 (Print) Open Colour Wildlife
3 (DPI) Open Mono ‘Scapes (Land/Sea/City)
4 (DPI) Open Colour Low light
5 (Print) Open Mono Perspective
6 (DPI) Open Colour Blur


Informal competition and Chairman’s challenge

Informal Competition – April 27th

This is an open theme, either colour or mono and will be a knockout competition voted for by the people in the hall at the Guild (sorry Zoom attendees).  All the images should be new images, however you will be able to enter them in next year’s competitions.

Please upload 3 images to PhotoEntry before April 25th

Chairman’s challenge – May 25th

The theme for this is “Movement”.  This could be a great action shot, intentional camera movement, a combination of both as I’ve tried to do or whatever else you think fits the theme. Once again, the winner will be decided by popular vote. In case you’re wondering, I’m ineligible so won’t be participating.

Once again, please upload 3 images to PhotoEntry.

Chair’s blog – 24th March including programme changes


Next week 30th March, the speaker is unable to come to the Guild and hence this meeting will be a “Zoom” meeting, and there will not be a meeting in the Guild.  Please check your emails from Monday for the link to the meeting.

Also, we have had to switch a couple of meetings due the speaker having a clash

4th May:        Members evening
18th May:     75th Southport National Open Exhibition Presentation

The online calendar has been updated to reflect this.

Some External Competitions You Might Like to Enter

L&CPU Annual Individual Competition
Our “local” competition & free to enter.  For prints & digital images.  Closes 23rd April.

Edinburgh International Salon
The hardest photographic salon to get an acceptance from, in the world. For unmounted prints.  Closes 1st June.
See:  (when they fix the domain name)

Photographic Society of America PSA Annual Large Print Exhibition
Despite the name it’s being organised and exhibited in that great USA state of ‘The Wirral’, at Hoylake, this year.

For unmounted prints; also despite the name, of the normal competition size.  Closes 6th June.
See: or

Could you be the next Landscape Photographer of the Year?
Entries are currently open for this year’s LPOTY. For the 15th annual awards, we’re looking for images that capture the spirit of Britain and celebrate the wonder and joys of our landscape.
There are over £20,000 worth of prizes, with £10,000 awarded to the overall winner. Runner-up and commended entries will be included in a full-colour book and touring UK exhibition in the UK’s biggest train stations.
Main categories: Classic View, Black and White, Urban Life and Your View.
Special Awards: Coast, Lines in the Landscape, Historic Britain and Landscapes at Night.
Read more about the categories and awards: 
Any photo taken in the last 5 years is eligible. Submit your best landscape images by 5 May 2022 at
Entry fees apply. Any questions, email


An Invitation to Chapel Camera Club’s Exhibition
Twenty  Twenty … and Beyond
Chapel Camera Club is delighted to invite you to
an exhibition of photography in Gallery 2 at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery between 5th March and 2nd May 2022.
Opening times are 10am – 5pm
( Please note the museum is not open on bank holidays)
This award-winning camera club is  featuring  30 self-portraits from its Arts Council’s funded project, ‘Living Through Lockdown -Personal Perspectives in Photographs’ together with photographs of a wide variety of subjects.
Visitors to the exhibition will enjoy viewing:

  • 30 self-portraits from its Arts Council’s funded project,   ‘Living Through Lockdown -Personal Perspectives in Photographs’.
  • 48 members’ framed images of a wide variety of subjects
  • The 3 winning images from our Peoples Summer Photo Competition
  • A 5 min TV presentation of members’ Lockdown quotes, and further members DPIs on a variety of topics
  • 2 cabinets illustrating the club and member’s successes by means of medals, certificates and ribbons
  • A grand total of 112 exhibits

 Each Saturday afternoon, during the exhibition, the club is holding ‘Meet the Photographer’ sessions. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet members to find out more about the club’s weekly events programme, mentoring opportunities, and to talk about their own projects, or just photography.
For further information please contact Ann Carter (Vice Chair)

Royal Geographical Society – The Three Stripes South (a free online talk)

Royal Geographical Society – Three Stripes South: The 1000km thru-hike that inspired the Love Her Wild women’s adventure movement (


Chair’s blog – 27 Feb


At last some sunshine and signs that Spring is on the way – hope you can get out and about with your cameras!  Hopefully, life is getting back to normal and we can all get some great images to share, and discuss.

Next week, we will review images from the PhotoEditing challenge – there’s still time to upload your versions to PhotoEntry if you haven’t already done so

Last week we had the second print competition of the season and it was great to see an increased number of entries including one A4 size.  We will keep the rule change to allow unmounted and mounted prints in the future and look forward to seeing entries from as many of you as possible.  Congratulations to the winners last week, the results mean that there are three points between first and second place, so the last competition will be exciting! You can view all the placings on PhotoEntry. Please get in touch if you don’t have a login

Upcoming meetings

2nd March we will meet in the Guild, and hopefully broadcast the proceedings to those who have elected to join remotely.  As the meeting will involve discussion between members in the Guild, it  may be difficult to hear what’s going on.

9th March – we have a remote speaker and the meeting will be online only, we will not meeting in the Guild

16th & 23rd March we will meet in the Guild, and hopefully broadcast the proceedings to those who have elected to join remotely.

27th April – Informal competition This will take the form of a knockout with member voting. It will be an open theme.  The number of images has yet to be decided.

That’s it for now, take care


Chair’s blog – 6th Feb

Back from Devon, after the first day the weather was good for January- even managed a sunset image and no, I didn’t go for a dip!

Winter sunset

I enjoyed the images and talk on Alternative Yosemite by Dave Wyman.  Here’s the link to his website   and he can be found on Instagram @davewyman if you want to follow his work.

Image editing challenge

The link with the three images for everyone to edit was in my last email and you can upload your finished versions to PhotoEntry in the adhoc section.  There was a wide range of interpretations when we did this last season, so the review evening should be interesting.

Creating a dream winter scene

You may be interesting in this video on how to create a dream winter scene. Creating a Dream Winter Scene with Felix Hernandez

Thanks to Ken for sharing this.

Vivian Maier UK Exhibition

The first ever UK exhibition of the work of legendary street photographerVivian Maier will be held at the MK Gallery in Milton Keynes between June and September. Tickets can be booked on the Gallery website.

Next meeting

This is a three way battle with Melbourn (in Cambridgeshire) and Hebden Bridge.  There won’t be a gathering at the Guild, this will be on-line only.  Let’s hope we do as well as the four way battle last month.

Chair’s blog – 22nd Jan

Last week, we were back in the Guild for the first time in 2022 and it was great to see everyone.  It was the 4th competition of the series, Mono and Geometry PDI.  There was a healthy entry in both sections, with David Royle winning the mono and Mary Dolan winning Geometry – well done to both.

In the POTY, John O’Brien is 7 points in the lead with 4 others in close contention – the last two competitions will be interesting.  If you wish to see the tables, log onto PhotoEntry and select “show series results” – all will be revealed.

Next competition

This will be a print competition, no need to mount the prints this time but you can if you wish.  For the panorama theme, the print can be 600mm wide otherwise normal rules apply.  Don’t forget to upload a PDI  for each print to PhotoEntry.

Also next week is the last week we will be meeting in person at the Guild before the closing date for competition 5 so if you can get your prints ready for hand in then, that would be most helpful.  If not, talk to David to discuss hand in.

Next week, and beyond

As I’ve said above, next week (26th Jan) we are meeting in the Guild. Login details will only be sent to those who have elected to join via Zoom.

2nd Feb, this will be online only as we have a speaker from California, and on the 9th Feb it is a 3 way battle with Melbourn (Cambridgeshire) and Hebden Bridge. Once again, this will be online only.

4 way battle with Knutsford (KPS), Manitoba (MCC) and Winnipeg South (WPSC)

We’ve received the results from this and Canadian judges also placed us first.  The Canadian judging was based on three judges. It’s been an enjoyable battle.  Here are all the scores.                            

  UK judging CDA judging
Colour Knutsford PS-   180 WPS  –  176
  Wilmslow PS-   175 KPS  –  158
  MCC –                171  MCC  –  145
  WSPC  –         171 WSPC- 144
Mono WPS  –                 187  WPS  – 163
  KPS  –                  177  KPS  –  163
  MCC –                  172  MCC  –  143
   WSPC –               165  WSPC – 128
  Totals for UK portion: Totals for CDN. portion:
   WPS – 362  – 1st WPS  –  339  – 1st
  KPS  – 357  – 2nd  KPS   –  321  – 2nd
   MCC – 343  – 3rd MCC  –  288  – 3rd
  WSPC-336 – 4th WSPC-  272  – 4th
  Grand Aggregate Totals: WPS –   701
    KPS –    678
    MCC-    631
    WSPC- 608

Chair’s blog – 15th Jan

Last week, we had another interest talk by Steven Le Prevost, the images he showed certainly fitted the impressionist theme and he gave a lot of useful info on how he produced them – thanks for Michael for organising.  The link to the recording will be sent by email.

Wildlife Photography Exhibition in Wilmslow

Whilst walking off my Sunday brunch today, I passed the ICE art gallery on Water Lane and spotted this notice.

Tim Flach’s website has excellent images, so it may well be worth popping in to take a look.  There isn’t any more information on the ICE galleries website however this also contains some of Tim’s images


Next week, we have competition 5 which is PDI and we will be meeting in the Guild for this, I hope to see you all there. 

Competition 5 will be a print competition and to encourage more people to enter, you don’t need to mount your prints.  Two sections as usual – open colour and panorama theme, and we are allowing the panoramas to be up to 600mm wide.  For those new to printing, a lot of people use ds colorlabs although other options are available.

Upcoming meetings

Just to confirm that the meeting on Jan 26th will be in the Guild, whilst both the speaker on Feb 2nd and the 3 way inter-club battle on Feb 9th will be online meetings.

Other items

As I mentioned on Wednesday, the PAGB Masters of Print 2021 Exhibition is being held at Wilkinson Cameras Liverpool from Jan 15th to 30th.

Take care,



Chair’s blog – 8th Jan

I hope you enjoyed the battle last week, lots of fantastic images and we won! If you missed it, an email has been sent out with a link to the recording – I can see that 32 people across the four clubs have already watched it .  The Canadian judging will take place on Jan 18th at 1am! I will send out the Zoom invite nearer the time for any night owls who wish to watch it live!

Next week We have a remote speaker hence the meeting will be via Zoom for everyone.  If people wish to go into the guild to watch the speaker, please let me know as soon as possible and definitely by 6pm on 11th Jan.  If there is sufficient interest, I will look at organising this.
The closing date for the next competition is 12th Jan. As the competition is the following week, it is unlikely that there will be an extension to this date.
Other items
I recently came across a Youtube video by Robin Whalley entitled “Why you find Affinity Photo confusing”  If you are in that boat, you may want to watch it.  I’m happy to add any recommended videos on Photoshop/Lightroom to future blogs – just email them to me.
All the best, hope to see you on Wednesday

Chairman’s blog – Happy New Year

I hope everyone is well, had a great Christmas and your celebrations weren’t affected by Covid. With the rise of the Omicron variant, I realise that people may be less comfortable with meeting in the Guild.  Fortunately, the programme this year has been designed for more online content in Jan/Feb if necessary and the first few meetings will be available online.

Next meeting 5th Jan – Interclub competition

The entries are in for this four way competition between ourselves, Knutsford, Manitoba and South Winnipeg.  This will be held over Zoom to allow as many Knutsford and Canadian members to attend. For logistical reasons, there will not be a meeting in the Guild for this on the 5th January.

If you haven’t received the zoom link via email by 3rd Jan, please check your junk mail thoroughly and then let me know. It’s better not to leave this till the 5th Jan as I’m unlikely to have time to respond between finishing work and joining the meeting.

Following this, the meetings on the 12th and 19th Jan, these will be available to everyone via Zoom.  If people want to attend in the Guild on these dates, please let me know and we will see this can be arranged.  If I don’t hear from you, I will assume that there isn’t any interest.

Competitions & Judges

We’ve cleaned and adjusted the projector in the guild and hopefully,  images will now project ok. Please bear in mind that the judges do get to view the images at home before the judging so will have seen them on a calibrated monitor.

Whilst I’m on the subject of judges and compeitions, there is always discussion about how judges comment and how to reduce their criticism. I found this judging special newsletter on the PAGB website interesting although I’m not sure I’ve put any of it into practice yet!

52 week project and other ideas

Mary is running the 52 week project this year. If you wish to join in, please get in touch with her.  It’s a relaxed group and the sharing and discussion of images is via a separate Whatsapp group.  Also, many of the photo sites on the web are full of projects for the year.  Here are a few on the ephotozine website.  These are a great way to keep your motivation up, particularly at the moment.


For those of you interesting in entering the Southport Exhibition, the deadline is 14th January. More information can be found here.

The Smethwick International exhibition is judged between the 8th and 16th January. You can book online at their website if you wish to join the judging and the prints can be viewed free of charge on their website from the 8th Jan

Last blog of the year


I’ve sent my weekly email on Friday 3 Dec, if you haven’t received it please check your spam folder.  Here are the link from the email for future reference.

As mentioned previously, entries for the Southport Open Exhibition are now open. We’ve had some success in previous years and this year it is PDI only so it is easy to submit your entries.
The L&CPU are holding a mock PAGB accrediation advisory day on Sunday 16th January. If you are thinking of going for this, use this link to find out more.
Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Chairman’s blog – 26th November

Well, as many of you know, I didn’t make the meeting last week thanks to “Test and Trace”.  My PCR test was negative so I could have come to the meeting but better safe than sorry, hopefully I’ll be there next week! Thanks to Michael and David (and anyone else who helped) who got the technology working so folks at home could watch. I enjoyed listening to the speaker. The link to the recording is in my weekly email.

Next week, it’s a PDI competition evening, and we have a good number of entries.

As today is Black Friday, there are many deals around. Two that have caught my eye are for software.  DXO software is 50% off, this includes the Nik collection and Affinity are giving 30% off.  Adobe have 39% off Creative Cloud.

I’ve missed most of the episodes however caught Episode 5 of “My Greatest Shot” on Sky Arts. Photographers talk about how they produced an image and you may enjoy it. It is repeated on Sunday afternoon, along with with Episode 6 .

That’s it for now, fingers crossed for Wednesday





Chairman’s blog – November 21st


I hope you’ve all been enjoying the autumn colours and have been able to get out and about with your camera.  I’m now back from my travels and like to thank Michael and Dave for hosting previous meetings along with everyone who helped try and get the technology working. Thanks also to the speakers at last week’s meeting.

Next week’s meeting

Looking forward to the next meeting this is a talk by Steve Proctor – ‘Power & Poise’. We will be meeting in the Guild as normal and will try (once again) to share the meeting via Zoom. Let’s hope we have better luck than previous weeks.

Co-op Community Fund – Raising money for the Guild

Ali has sent the following message:

I‘m writing to tell you that The Guild has been selected as one of Co-op’s CommunitIy Fund causes in our area. Co-op membership card holders can raise funds for the Guild every time they shop and swipe their card.
It’s super important to select the Guild as your cause on the App, via their Website or by calling 0800 0686 727 (It doesn’t matter if you live in Wilmslow)
This is our cause page: Co-op (


We are still looking for volunteers to help with the IT for the meetings in the Guild. At the moment, this falls to a very select band so please volunteer to learn and help get everything ready.  We would also like more help on the general committee to share the workload.

That’s it for this week, hope to see you on Wednesday.


Chairman’s blog – November 12th

Hello everyone,

My weekly email sometimes fails to reach everyone so I thought I’d write a weekly blog that contains most of the information.  If you see the blog and haven’t received the email, please check your spam folder to see if it is there.


Next meeting is in the Guild

This is a member’s evening, chaired by Michael as I’m on my travels again.  He is giving a talk on cyanotype, Steve is showing some of the new features of Lightroom and tips on processing.  There will also be a review of the images from the Wyming Brook, and from the Wilmslow Photo walk. Please help Michael set-up the equipment at the start of the meeting, and help put is away again.

17th November is closing date for upload of images for Competition 3 which is PDI and has the Open Colour and Landscape categories. At the end of the season, we will share top PDI photographer, print worker however there won’t be any trophies for these just the overall POTY.


Tim Clinch

On the 3rd of November Tim Clinch entertained and informed us with his Zoom talk on smartphone photography.   He mentioned his new venture, Two Photographers, being himself and Joanna MacLennan. They have free weekly on-line discussions, creative photography workshops, mentoring, consultation and more.  For more information visit


Southport Open Exhibition

Here is a flyer with information for entering the Southport Open Exhibition.  Our members often enter this competition and we have an evening next year when Trevor Davenport from Southport PS will be visiting us to show the winning entries.  This year it is a digital-only competition and entries close on the 14th of January.


“The FIAP Photo Academy – Reza Deghati (free Zoom event)

The Power of Photography for Humanity – Reza Deghati

The FIAP Photo Academy Online Events is very pleased to announce that we will host a presentation from the Paris Based Photographer Reza Deghati on Sunday 28th November 2021 

A philanthropist, idealist, humanist, Reza’s career began with studies in architecture. He has gone on to become a renowned photojournalist who, for the last three decades, has worked all over the world, notably for National Geographic. His assignments have taken him to over a hundred countries as a witness to humanity’s conflicts and catastrophes. His work is featured in the international media (National Geographic, Time Magazine, Stern, Newsweek, El País, Paris Match, Geo…), as well as a series of books, exhibitions and documentaries.

Along with his work as a photographer Reza is also a volunteer, committed to the training of young people from conflict-ridden societies in the language of images, to help them strive for a better world. In 2001 he founded Ainaworld in Afghanistan which trains people in information and communications through the development of educational tools and adapted media.

Reza has exhibited his work Memories of Exile at the Louvre Carousel in 1998; Crossing Destinies on the railings of the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris; One World One Tribe in Washington DC; War+Peace at the Caen Memorial; Hope in Doha; and Windows of the Soul in Corsica. More recently the giant panorama A Dream of Humanity was featured along the banks of the Seine during the summer of 2015, showing portraits of refugees around the world.

He is the author of 30 books and the recipient of many awards.

During his presentation Reza will present an overview of his work and his actions in different regions and topics, including Afghanistan illustrated with the best iconic visuals. 

Paul Stanley

Director, FIAP Photo Academy Online Events”

I’ll send the Zoom link via Email so you can join this meeting.


Other news

We will be having an informal Christmas get together as listed in the programme at a local hostelry, I’ll send details nearer the time.

That’s it for now, see you all on November 24th


Annual Competition – Part 2: Open Mono and nature sections

The second section of the Annual Competition was reviewed by Terry Donnelly

In Open Mono, Pat Sawas took first place with “Alien Nation”, 2nd place was Chris Hills with “Dovercourt Lighthouse” and Adrian Hazeldine taking 3rd place  with “Parked under the street lamp”.

John Dennis took the 1st place honours with “Painted Lady”, 2nd was Mary Dolan with “Squirrel’s Bath Time  and Ian Denby was 3rd with “Early morning on the beach”.

Congratulation to all,

Annual Competition – Part 1: Open Colour and People & Portraits sections

There was a good Zoom audience as the judge reviewed images from the Open Colour and People & Portraits sections of the Annual Competition.  One of the judges, Nick Berentzen gave feedback on behalf the three judges.

In Open Colour, David Higton took first place with his picture of “Loch Ard” with Mary Dolan taking 2nd and 3rd place with “Stormy Seas, Turner Style” and “Winter Golf”.

Michael Hilton took the 1st and 2nd place honours with “Drawn to the Light” and “Spiral Stairs, and Les Stringer’s “Reading the Sunday papers” was 3rd.

Congratulation to all, and roll on the Part 2 review evening next week, Mono and Nature

6th Competition results – Photographer of the year decided

We held our 6th competition on Wednesday wtih two Parts, Mono and Windows. Congratulations to Mary and Pat for their winning entries.  The results are on the website here, the top three images from each section can be found here and the final standings in POTY are here.

Congratulations to John O’Brien for winning photographer of the year. John beat Michael Hilton by a single point at the end, it couldn’t be closer.

Results of the 5th Competition

We held our 5th competition on Wednesday wtih two Parts, Colour and Surrealist. Congratulations to Pat and John for their winning entries.  The results are on the website here, the top three images from each section can be found here and the current standings in POTY are here.

The competition for POTY this year is close  with two more rounds to go – who will emerge as winner? John’s lead has been cut by 2 points with Michael and Dave within touching distance – will he make it over the finish line?  It’s squeaky bum time as Fergie used to say!

Entries for Comp 6 (Open Colour & Surreal) close on 10th March with the judging on 24th March.

Results of the 4th Competition

We held our 4rd competition on Wednesday wtih two Parts, Colour and Seascapes. Congratulations to Monica and Adrian for their winning entries.  The results are on the website here, the top three images from each section can be found here and the current standings in POTY are here.

The competition for POTY this year is close as always with four more rounds to go – who will emerge as winner?  Entries for Comp 5 (Open Colour & Surreal) close on 10th Feb with the judging on 24th Feb.

Image editing sessions

The first image editing sessions went well – 28 people attended via Zoom, with lots of interaction, questions and help on hand. First up David gave an overview of Affinity followed by Bill who gave an introduction to basic adjustments. 

The next session is planned for Monday 14th Dec at 7:30pm

Here are the links to the websites that have more learning – for those who cannot wait.

Robin Whalley’s lenscraft 

Olivio Sarikas

Robin also has a book on Affinity with another on the way. I’ve not seen it so can’t comment on what it’s like (Amazon reviews are good) and the ebook is a good price.

There was a poll of the attendees, the results are here. Note the Photoshop users include Photoshop Elements.

Results of the 3rd Competition & Dec 9th

We held our 3rd competition last night wtih two sections, Mono and Industrial. Congratulations to Gary and John for their winning entries.  The results are on the website here, the top three images from each section can be found here and the current standings in POTY are here.

Next week is our first editing session, we’ll be looking at Affinity as an editing programme, covering basic editing steps and maybe more.  We will also canvas opinion on what topics we should cover in future sessions.

Hope to see you there! If we don’t, have a Happy Christmas!

Image processing challenge

Download the images from the link in the original email by clicking on download or the 3 dots icon.

Please post your edited images to Photoentry under the ad hoc section. There is one “competition” for each image and you are allowed one edit – so pick the one you like the best.

Don’t forget, they need to be uploaded by the end on Tuesday 3rd November!