Nobody can take pictures like yours!

We have just spent two days at the Artsfest at All Saints Church, Stewart Street, Crewe. What a pleasure it was to be part of a wonderful community of musicians and artists. We also talked to many people about our photographs and I remember one conversation in particular which centred round our present theme of our photographs being unique to us and an expression of us as much as the subject. The picture in question at the time was the one above, taken in the Yorkshire Dales.

On Thursday night we hosted the Robertshaw Inter-club competition and the members from 5 clubs gathered to see how their submissions fared. We witnessed some of the very best of club photography, such an entertainment! Macclesfield CC won, but it was a close thing with a small span or marks covering the whole field.

If you enjoy good imaging, talking photography, looking for inspiration – why not come along on Thursday evening. 

You will get an idea of the range of work by looking at our rolling gallery


There are more galleries available by clicking the tab above, but they feature winning images predominately. Try looking at our Flickr site or Forum for a more general view.

So, being in a club brings you into contact with a wide range of people and you look at photographs in their company and hear them talk about what makes a picture special. Don’t worry too much about technicalities – of course they can matter (a great deal in some types of work) but they don’t make the picture: you do.

Our next meeting sees a change of venue. On 12 October we are at the Crewe Vagrants for a major item in our calendar, the Robertshaw Trophy.  We return to the Lifestyle Centre the following week, 19 October.

TRY US:      Just come along to a meeting. You can come to three before deciding whether to join.

or WYPROBUJ NAS: Po prostu przyjdz na spotkanie. Mozesz przyjsc na trzy spotkania zanim zdecydujesz sie dolaczyc do Stowarzyszenia

Crewe PS successes in LCPU Big Day Cup: 3rd in colour prints, 6th overall.....results for our prints.


 19 October 7:30 for 7:45pm

A Retrospective with Ian Stewart ARPS DPAGB

back at our usual venue –  Lifestyle Centre, Moss Sq., Crewe

Parking CW1 2DH

The postcode for the centre is CW1 2BB but may not work on your satnav, use CW1 2DH for the car park (Civic Centre)
You are welcome to join us at any meeting, meanwhile please explore the website by clicking the tabs above.
and visit our Flickr site, Facebook page 


This year the L&CPU featured a small prints competition specifically for those who do not usually enter competitions. For this reason it was called the NOVICE CUP – novices to competitions, not photography.

The event took place today (15 October) and we did well. Bob Brown’ gained a commendation in both mono and colour helping to gain us 3rd place in the colour prints overall and 6th place in the competition overall.


ROBERTSHAW TROPHY held 12 October 2017


♦ RPS International 2017 – WinnersAll entries – Forum comments

♦ Mark Sheeky interviewed our chairman, John Royle, on his Artslab programme on Redshift Radio on 2 October – . Listen here.

♦  Documentary Photography Exhibition on at Middleport Pottery – Burslem  – “Our Heritage – Your Future” until 22 October.
Also in conjunction with the Exhibition, there is a Heritage Photo Walk around the Middleport area, with Andy Perkin (Potteries Heritage Society) and
Janey Devine FRPS on the photography side, on Saturday 14th October. (see flyer at foot of this page)

♦ PAGB e-News 192 is HERE. and, it seems, the Great British Trophy for PRINTS is still on, so the MASTERS OF PRINT is a separate competition
you can also order tickets for the PAGB Print Championships taking place on Oct 29.

 ♦ See all your MAGNUM heroes in this excellent programme – Cinema through the Eye of Magnum  (until 17 October)

♦ Nantwich CC have their exhibition at the Nantwich Museum until 11 November

♦ New Photo Tour company launched –

♦ You can see the section winners of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year – HERE

♦ Tickets for the PAGB Print Championships October 29 – HERE

♦ International Landscape Photographer of the Year – Entries by 12 November

♦ Fujifilm – You all know about the XE3, 80mm macro etc but what about this – new Fuji software!

♦ Experiment with colouration – here

♦ Warrington Arts Fest – Exhibitions until 28 Oct at the Museum and Art Gallery

  ♦  Masters of Print PAGB Competition: Looking like an upgraded Great British Trophy this exciting new competition opens for entries soon: Rules 
There will be an exhibition of the selected prints at a prestigious venue and the competition should raise the profile of club photography.

♦ Tips for photographing Eventing by Jeff Carter HERE

On the FORUM

The Monthly Forum Theme for October is BALANCE Make the subject stronger by thoughtful composition.
 NEW – A wonderful array of classic work can be found here.
Plenty of interesting discussion too – take a look.

On The Web
Mark Luscombe-Whyte – Collodion process prints –  See also our Forum entry
Niall McDiarmid

Niall’s engaging street portraits of people he meets on his travels round Britain are not just a social record. He brings great skill into composing these shots; colour harmony especially is astonishing. His personable approach to his subjects, who he does not know, is part of his secret, not just in getting their cooperation but in achieving just that right look. His work is bound for classic status. Website


 Here is a selection of photographs from our 2016 Season


 • “Be Careful What You Wish For” is a personal account of art photography since 1970 by Ian McNab.
Ian writes with authority and clarity and we expect the article to be of wide interest. 




For our full listing, see EVENTS 





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