We have reason to be very proud of CPS members’ achievements in the 2014 L&CPU Competition, they were exceptional!

Two firsts, one third and 2 commendations plus many good marks that I know have delighted you and I can now add my congratulations too.

Our first places went to Peter Robinson for the mono print “Venetian Blizzard”, our webmaster has already praised this photograph and it was certainly a favourite of mine through 2013-14, and to Ian Whiston for a nature PDI “Cheetah with Tommie Lamb”, another finely crafted work from Ian which we all know from its success this season. Ian also got the third place, for “Juvenile Lion in training hunt”. The commendations were for a third work from Ian “Hyena and Cub” and Bob Brown’s “Emperor Dragonfly and Common Blue Damselfly”.

The maximum score is 15 because the competition has three judges each awarding 5 marks. Getting a 15 is a great achievement, sometimes only one picture in a whole section will get 15. It means all three judges are independently agreeing that the image should get a top award. Ian Whiston achieved this twice, once for his winning image and again for his third place.

12 marks is a very good achievement; meaning that all three judges think that the entry represents the standard of an exhibition made from the entries. Relatively few marks above 12 are normally awarded.We had a good number of “12s”; 28 of the 124 Crewe entries gained a 12 or higher. There were 27 “11s” too!  You can download all the results  [wpfilebase tag=fileurl id=197 linktext=’here’].

In addition to the places in each of the 6 categories there is also an award for the Print Photographer of the Year, PDI Photographer of the Year and (Overall) Photographer of the Year. You need to have entered all the relevant categories to figure on these scoreboards. Wallace Baxter was the only member to make a full entry and he achieved 13th place in the Photographer of the Year Award. Well done Wallace.

Everyone who achieved an 11 or 12 I would say is clearly of a standard to try for the PAGB Awards. These are CPAGB, DPAGB and MPAGB. The new issue of  [wpfilebase tag=fileurl id=198 linktext=’PAGB e-news’] gives the names of those photographers who gained these awards at the April adjudications.You will see the names of two members from Alsager CC; Darrell Oakden and Geoff Reader who gained their “Ds” this time. Congratulations to them. A number of members at Crewe PS have these awards and we can help anyone interested to find out more.

Finally I hope everyone reading this has downloaded the new issue of Photography News referred to earlier and read Ian’s article.