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Introductory Information

Contents
1. GENERAL.
1.1 The Society.
1.2 Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union (L&CPU).
1.3 Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB).
1.4 Wirral Photographic Association (WPA) (Disbanded 2015)

2. COMPETITIONS.
2.1 Portfolios.
2.2 Autumn and Spring Competitions.
2.3 Annual Competition and Annual Exhibition.
2.4 Inter-Club Competitions.

3. FACILITIES.
3.1 Store Room.
3.2 Studio Equipment.
3.3 Projection Equipment.
3.4 Digital Photography Equipment.

4. GRADING.
4.1 Novice and Advanced workers.


1. GENERAL.

1.1 The Society.

The Society was formed in 1947 when the first meeting took place on 30th October. The inaugural chairman was Mr F Brice. The Society was originally for employees of Shell at the Stanlow Refinery and Thornton Research Centre in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, with meetings in the Shell Club, Whitby, Ellesmere Port. In 2001, Shell “sold” the Shell Club and it became the Whitby Sports and Social Club. At the same time the photographic society changed its name from the Shell Photographic Society to the Whitby Club Photographic Society.
At the end of the 2011-12 season the name was changed to the “Ellesmere Port Photographic Society”. This would avoid confusion with the town of Whitby in Yorkshire and be a precise name which accurately pin points our location.

Membership is now open to all. Members of the Ellesmere Port PS pay an annual subscription to the Society. In addition, they are required to pay an annual subscription to the Whitby Sports & Social Club, because meetings are held in the WS&SC.
Meetings are held every Monday evening, in the President’s lounge in the Whitby Sports and Social Club, throughout the “season” which lasts from September to the following April/May. The dates and times of the meetings together with other information are given in the Syllabus card and on the website. Informal monthly meetings are held during the summer. The objectives of the society are to promote the use and enjoyment of all aspects of photography for pleasure purposes on an amateur basis. This is achieved, mainly at meetings, by means of talks, demonstrations and competitions of various kinds. In the last few years this includes all aspects of digital photography. The Society is managed by a committee selected by members, comprising a Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and other officers and members. A complete list is given in the Syllabus card. See our web site http://www.ellesmereportphotographicsociety.co.uk

1.2 Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union (L&CPU).

Ellesmere Port PS is a member of the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union (L&CPU). This is an amalgam of about 100 photographic clubs in Lancashire and Cheshire. The Union has the same objectives as the clubs and is operated by a committee elected by the club representatives. A major benefit of belonging to the L&CPU is the availability of a register of members who give lectures and demonstrations or are willing to judge other member’s work via competitions etc.
The Union arranges several events and functions such as:-
The Annual Competition followed by an exhibition of selected prints.
An Annual Audio-Visual Competition for members specialising in this type of event.
An Annual One Day Seminar giving top class tuition or information/demonstrations of photographic subjects.

In addition – folios of Prints and Projected Digital Images selected from the Annual Competition are put together and circulated around participating member clubs each year. This is a good way of seeing the great variety of work from members over a wide area.
See web site http://www.lcpu.org

1.3 Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB).

The L&CPU is a member of the PAGB, which amalgamates all of the unions in the British Isles. Each year the PAGB organises a Competition to which the best work selected by the area Unions / Federations is submitted. Trophies are awarded and selected photographs accepted for the PAGB exhibition are displayed at various venues throughout the country so that interested persons can see the best club photography.

1.4 Wirral Photographic Association (WPA).

Ellesmere Port PS was a member of the WPA which was formed by clubs in the Wirral to promote photographic events in the area. In 2015 there were 6 clubs in the WPA. At the end of 2015 the WPA was wound up and all remaining monies were donated to charity.

2. COMPETITIONS.

Detailed information on Competitions is given in a document “Competition Rules”. However, brief details are given below.

2.1 Portfolios.

The society circulates three portfolios during the season for monochrome prints, colour prints and projected digital images. Each folio has up to four “boxes” and participants submit one entry per box. Each participant comments on the entries from the other participants in each box. The objective of the portfolios is to allow constructive criticism of member’s photos, in order to develop technique and improve the individual’s photography. The folios are circulated a second time so that participants can study the completed comments. Finally, each participant is given the comments on his/her work.

2.2 Autumn and Spring Competitions.

Competitions are held between October and February for Monochrome Prints and Projected Digital Images, Colour Prints and Projected Digital Images and Nature Prints Projected Digital Images.
Entries are handed in about two weeks in advance of the actual competition evening. This allows the judge (normally from the L&CPU) time to consider the entries at leisure.
On the competition evening the judge is a guest at the club where he/she comments on the entries and announces the winners. Merit certificates are presented to the award winners.
Members benefit from the constructive and helpful criticism and comments of the guest judge who is an experienced photographer.

2.3 Annual Competition.

The Annual Competition, held in March, is the main competition of the season. Members are invited to enter prints and digital images into several separate sections in various classes (eg. Open Subjects, People/Portraits, Natural History, Set Subjects). Some of the competitions are for Novices. Guest judges from the L&CPU (or sometimes from the North Wales Federation) assess the merits of the entries, and for each section, select the winner and award merit certificates.
On a special evening, the digital images from the Annual Competition are projected and the trophies and merit certificates are presented.
In addition to members’ entries, the evening includes an inter-club competitions for panels of six projected digital images submitted by invited clubs. A trophy is awarded to the winning club.
All trophies, both club and inter-club are held by the winners for one year.
A complete list of the trophies competed for in the Annual Competition is given in the “Competition Rules” and also in the Syllabus card.
A plaque (held for one year) is awarded to the “Photographer of the Year”. This is the member who gains the most points in the season from competitions and the Annual Competition.
Following the Annual Competition, prints and digital images are selected for submission to the L&CPU Annual Competition, which has a closing date of the last Friday in April.

2.4 Inter-Club Competitions.

The Society engages in inter-club competitions for prints and projected digital images against other local clubs. The dates and venues of inter-club events are given in the Syllabus card. The entries are chosen by the Competition Secretary (with the help of other committee members from prints and digital images retained from the Annual Exhibition – see section 5 of the Competition Rules).

3. FACILITIES.

3.1 Store Room.

The Society has a large store room in the Whitby Club. In the past, the room was used by members to develop films and to produce mono and colour prints, but with the move to digital photography this is no longer available. Due to recent Fire and Safety requirememts, members should minimise the time they spend in the Store Room.

3.2 Studio Equipment.

The Society owns extensive equipment for “Studio” photography. This includes complete lighting set-ups using both tungsten or flash lighting. Various backgrounds are available.
During the season two “Portrait Evenings” are usually included in the programme (see Syllabus card). On these evenings members are given help if required to arrange lighting for portrait photography. Private sessions using the club equipment can be arranged.

3.3 Projection Equipment.

The Society owns two slide projectors together with various screens and projector stands etc. These are normally used on club evenings etc but can be used privately by members by arrangement. The Society also owns a cassette player and a CD player with loud-speakers for use on club evenings.

3.4 Digital Photography Equipment.

In 2006 the Society was awarded a grant to purchase various items of digital photography equipment. This included a laptop computer with software and a digital projector. This allows the Society to project digital images at meetings. It also allows training of members in digital manipulation.

The Society does not own a digital camera. However most if not all members have their own digital cameras (also computers, ink jet printers) so the majority of prints produced in the society are digitally produced.

The Society owns a “Spider” (Gretag Macbeth Eye-One Match 3) for calibrating its laptop monitor because it is important to ensure the monitor displays correct colours. The spider may be borrowed by members, for a small charge, to calibrate their own monitors.


4. GRADING.

4.1 Novice and Advanced workers.

The Society recognises the difficulties experienced by some members in competing against experienced photographers. Accordingly members are graded into Novice and Advanced workers.
Most competitions have a section for Novice workers. All other competitions are “Open” competitions for both Novice and Advanced workers. Novice workers receive additional points (toward promotion to Advanced worker and for Photographer of the Year award) if they achieve an award in an Open competition.
Promotion from Novice to Advanced worker is either by a points system, details of which are given in the “Competition Rules”, or by recommendation of the committee.