We started the 2014-15 season last night with a talk by a good friend of the society, Ian Stewart ARPS DPAGB. Ian has judged for us many times but last night he entertained us with his talk on wedding photography. As I said in my introduction you did not have to be contemplating “doing” a wedding to appreciate the things Ian talked about. Thanks Ian for getting us started so well.
We were very pleased to welcome some potential new members last night, perhaps a result of our publicity drive just before the season started; a stand in the Market Arcade, articles in the local papers and some clarion calls here on the website. Whether these things get us new members or not they make people aware of us locally. We are planning further publicity ventures for later in the year. In any event we sincerely hope our new people will stay with us and enjoy their membership.
At regional level, among the other 96 members of the L&CPU I think we can say that we count among the top dozen for our successes in the competitions and last night we had the pleasure of seeing Ian Whiston, our most successful wildlife photographer presented with the awards he gained in the last L&CPU competition. As we have announced and illustrated before he gained a first, a third and a “commended” from his four entries in the projections and with performance like that it is not surprising that he also gained a medal as digital Nature Photographer of the Year. This is a remarkable performance because the competition, especially in the Nature class is very hot indeed with many entries of World class. Congratulations Ian and here’s to you making it a hat-trick this season. Ian is gaining a worldwide reputation now with his success in many international competitions and is well on his way to the higher level FIAP award of EFIAP, having gained his AFIAP this year. FIAP is the international body controlling competitions and it runs this award scheme which requires a gruelling pathway of successes to be followed, it is not for the feint-hearted!
Next week we have one of the L&CPU Folios to view. The folios are made up of 500 photographs selected from the entries in the last competition. The prints are split up into batches of 50-60 and circulated round the clubs in Lancashire and Cheshire. They are a great way of giving the top work of 2014 a close look under the guidance of two L&CPU Judges and other experienced club photographers. We will also find time to tell new members (and remind established ones) about various club routines.