This is only “MY OPINION” and no one needs to heed that or agree with me. It was seeing a photographic exhibition for the very first time in 1958 all monochrome 20×16″s that left me besotted with this wonderful interest of ours–and I was hooked. So and only in my opinion I think that counts for something when considering the merit of photographs which merit entry into the best of club competitions. During my time I have the very close experience of the best of L.C.P.U. the likes of the great Ben Garth F.R.P.S. and Anne Jackson F.R.P.S. As I have frequently expressed my opinion of our success rate and the images selected, I still have no reason to change my mind. Leek P.C. it is said have a large membership , yes it does , it has 50. But within L.C.P.U. THE superb Wigan Ten–had how many?? Ian Whiston would be a very successful club with just one member–his self. The answer to success is there to be seen. Ians”s images are there to be seen- and there is the answer to winning competitions–High class quality photography. Now look at the website of LEEK P.C. and view a selection of the members images– they would blow anyone away. Superb photography. Another very important point which I believe is pertinent to encourage excellent photography. Their internal competitions are segregated into the various classical photo groups and not lumped together in “GEN”. LEEK have OPEN—NAT- HIST—MACRO–SPORT–B/W//INFRA RED ETC and this will encourage to develop expertise in the various subject –add on portraits etc and a higher degree of skill would be attained.There is another aspect that may be worth closer examination. LEEK are in a Midlands federation. I have no idea, but could it be the midlands judges would encourage a higher standard by giving credence only to real high class work???? As I have said “Only my opinion”.
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