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2021 PDI Club Knockout Competition

The L&CPU will be holding their PDI Club Knockout Competition on Saturday13th November 2021 at the Elm-Bank Banqueting & Conference Centre, Eccles commencing at 7pm.  This is a fun competition night with a serious side.  The winning club and author of the…

Novice Cup Results

As L&CPU President James Hardy remarked in his welcome address at the start of the event yesterday, it was good to see people getting back together again after the more than a year and a half we’ve endured with the…

Arthur Bower ARPS 12th August 1932 – 25th August 2021

 It is with great sadness that I have to inform you off the passing of Arthur Bower ARPS

Arthur joined Heswall Photographic Society in 1964, together with Marjorie his wife of many years. This was just after the Society was formed in 1963 and Arthur had been an ardent supporter ever since – “like the bedrock of the Society” as a fellow member said recently. He was a regular attender at meetings and noted for his enthusiasm for the prize draws which he very generously supported. He was twice President of the Society, the first time in 1968 – 1969, and then for a further two seasons in 2004 – 2005, and 2005 – 2006. For many years Arthur had been the auditor of the Society’s accounts and very kindly had agreed to continue in that role for a further season.

Such was Arthur’s expertise as a photographer that he readily aquired Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society. He had a passion for monochrome film photography and darkroom work, though in later years he became skilful in digital photography too. He produced outstanding prints, mainly of architectural record images or of mountain peaks, with a distinctive style that fellow members came to recognise and applaud. His images would always stand him in good stead in the Society’s competitions leading to many awards including as recently as last season with one of his innovative digital images.

Tickets now on sale for the L&CPU Novice Cup

Tickets are now on sale for the L&CPU Novice Cup event, Sunday 10th October 2021, Elmbank Conference Centre, Eccles. Online tickets priced at £10 are now available at for the L&CPU Novice Cup.  Payment is via PayPal.  The ticket price…

Chester PS continuing on Zoom

Chester PS are continuing to hold meetings online using zoom on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm. Guests are welcome to book tickets for individual events via Eventbrite for £3 and links can be found on the Programme page of our website The 2021-22 season resumes on Tuesday 7th September with David Garthwaite explaining his workflow for creating Fine Art Images. On 14th Sept we have African Wildlife with Alison Mees and October brings lots of creativity with John Bermingham’s Conceptual Photography, Colin Harrison and Elizabeth Lazenby. Visit the website for the full programme and more details.


“Sidecar No 3” by Martin Malies of South Manchester C.C. Winner of Best Print in the 2019 Mono Print Comp

Last year Oldham Camera Club cancelled it’s Monochrome Print Comp due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
This year we are holding a Monochrome PDI Comp via Zooom rather than a print comp and all L&CPU clubs
are invited to enter. Please let us know to the email below by Friday 10th September if you intend to compete.
That way we can estimate the number of PDIs needed per club for the night. At the moment it is
7 PDIs from a minimum of 3 workers, full set of rules will be sent out with entry form.


L&CPU Novice Cup 2021

We cordially invite you and your club to take part in the L&CPU 5th Novice Cup Event which is taking place on Sunday 10th October 2021 at the Elmbank Conference Centre, Half Edge Lane, Eccles, M30 9BA commencing at 10.00am. 2012(Doors open from 9.30am).

This event is designed to promote competitions and distinctions to club members who might not normally get involved in the Union’s annual competitions. Everyone is welcome to attend this event, but only club members who currently do not have any photographic qualifications or accreditations are eligible to enter the competition via their club Competition Secretary.
It is hoped that authors will attend to support their club entry and be inspired by the talks to be given by L&CPU members who have recently been through the L&CPU or PAGB mentoring service to help them achieve their CPAGB or DPAGB awards.

Lytham St Annes Virtual Photoshow

“Once again due to the Covid situation The Lytham St Annes Photographic Society has been compelled to abandon its physical Photoshow but we are delighted to invite you to visit our Virtual Photoshow instead.

There was a limited print entry and members were asked to supply prints as unmounted A4s. These were judged by Rod Wheelans MPAGB, MFIAP, FRPS, FIPF, HonPAGB, HonSPF  from the Dumfries Camera Club and he made 35 awards from the 88 submitted prints.

Digital copies of all 88 prints are presented in the virtual show.

Pauric McGroder ARPS, AIPPVA, FIPF of the Dublin Camera Club judged our Digital Sections and he made 37 awards from the 227 PDIs. All the 227 images are presented in the virtual show.

Both the prints and the PDIs were competitively entered into the usual five categories of Mono, Nature, Open, Portraits (People) and Scapes.

The Virtual Photoshow is available to view now at – simply scroll down the page and click on “To the Photoshow Galleries”.

Please feel free to visit as often as you like – the link will be active until at least the end of September – and feel free to share the link with your friends and colleagues.