Friday 2nd February sees the first outing of our new six-way Interclub competition, this year hosted by South Birmingham PS at the Billesley Ark Community Centre, 725 Yardley Wood Road, Birmingham, B13 0PT.
Our Straight out of the Camera Competition, judged by Mike Sharples, opened the New Year. Our Monochrome Competition, judged by Darron Matthews proved to be very popular and a return visit by Paul Hassell was enjoyed by all. Our new competition software PhotoShow24 made its debut and is making life somewhat easier for the Competition Secretary.
Our calendar year concluded with another successful Christmas Knockout, with the audience whittling down 442 images until we reached our final two images. With members generously paying to enter pictures, and the contribution of our raffle, the Knockout is a popular evening and a great fund-raiser for the club. Certainly, the Treasurer's favourite evening! Congratulations to David Venables whose 'Red Squirrel' took first place, and Jolanta B Axon who took second place with 'Ashness Bridge':
Congratulations to Mick Schilling who recently received the prestigious award of DPAGB (Distinction, Photographic Alliance of Great Britain). DPAGB requires a high level of photographic skill with images of a standard likely to be accepted into National and International competitions. Mick's set of 15 prints met the required standard with ease. Here are some of the shots:
Congratulations to Sue Pearmain, whose image 'Cheetah Stare' recently won the UPP (United Photographic Portfolios) Overall Digital Trophy, and featured on the front cover of the Annual Programme. In addition, Dave Venables won the Trophy for the Best Natural History Print with his 'Red Squirrel'. The UPP comprises a number of circles, each with 10 - 12 members, each with a different theme. There are circles for prints, darkroom work, colour, mono, mobile phone and even AV. For more information visit the UPP website at: https://uppofgb.com/
Congratulations to David Venables DPAGB CPAGB BPE4*, who was recently inducted into the MCPF's Roll of Honour, recognising his outstanding contributions to the MCPF and Midland Photography. In his recommendation, Mike Sharples, President of the MCPF acknowledged Dave's dedication:
David joined Wythall Photographic Society c1987. He became a very active member straight away and was soon elected to the Committee, on which he served for many years, making a great contribution to the club. Some years later he also joined Shirley Photographic Society where he still is very active. Over the years he has taken on committee work and has been President on 2 occasions. David is currently also a member of Solihull Photographic Society.
Some years ago he also took up judging and rapidly advanced from the B-List to the A-List serving well over 10 years as an MCPF approved Judge. Having judged many club and national competitions he became a highly respected judge who received many accolades from fellow judges
A very well-respected photographer in his own right, David has entered local and national competitions and has received many awards.
He served on the MCPF Council continuously for more than 10 years and from 2011 to 2017 in the role of Awards for Photographic Merit Secretary. He has carried out all his roles at whatever level with great zeal and for all the work and dedication that he has given to Federation Clubs, the MCPF and Midlands Photography in general. The MCPF Council has no hesitation in adding David Venables to the MCPF Roll of Honour.
Our new season kicked-off on Thursday 7th September 2023, celebrating the photography of our own members in both digital and print formats. Our Bring Two Prints challenge was very well-supported, with over 70 entries. Congratulations to Jane Roby (First), Mike McShane and Sue Pearmain (Second =) and Ian Cooke (Fourth) whose prints proved to be most popular with the audience.
This month we look forward to talks by Carl Wright 'How to get the most out of your digital camera', and Bob and Sue Moore with their presentation 'The Good Old Days', as well as our First Projected Competition.
Congratulations to Mick Schilling whose image Gull Rock Sunset was awarded the prestigious Global Photographic Union (GPU) Gold Medal at the Midland Salon of International Photography in July. The exhibition opens on Saturday 12th August, at The Old School House, Churchbridge, Oldbury. Full details can be found at: http://www.midland-salon.com/
Congratulations to Dave Venables whose print Red Squirrel was awarded the UPP's prestigious AQS Natural History Trophy and Plaque, for 2023. The UPP (United Photographic Portfolio) is a nationwide photographic club that comes to you via post or online, and you will find more details at: https://www.uppofgb.com/.
On Sunday 25th June, The Recreation Ground in Stratford-upon-Avon, welcomed 21 members of SPS with a day of glorious sunshine for this year’s President’s Picnic. Members enjoyed the opportunity to explore the local attractions, including the Butterfly Farm, the chain-ferry crossing to the Church, walks along the river, the canal basin, or just the opportunity to sit in the park and have a chat. Stratford in the summer always enjoys a real holiday atmosphere, but add some picnic food, a drink and an ice-cream, the chance to catch-up with good friends, and the day is complete. Not to mention the delicious sausage rolls provided by Graham! Legendary! *
* Legendary used to mean you had once pulled a sword out of a stone. As it turns out, bringing sausage rolls to a party also qualifies!
Congratulations to Jolanta B Axon, who recently achieved the distinction of BPE2* in recognition of her acceptances in British Photographic Exhibitions. Details of forthcoming exhibitions and the requirements for BPE distinctions can be found at: britishphotographicexhibitions.org.uk.
On Saturday 22nd April, we enjoyed considerable success at the MCPF Print & DPi Championships, held in Braunstone, Leicester. Shirley PS qualified for the second round in both the Prints and the Digitals. In the Digitals, we finished in 8th position, just 3 points behind the 5th placed club and in the Prints, we missed out on second place (and the chance to represent the Midlands in the National competition) by a very small margin. A splendid result!
Our season of presentations concluded on Thursday 13th April with our President, Jenny Ladbrooke, celebrating the photography of Shirley Photographic Society, and how our pictures have inspired her own work... have to say, we were all sitting there thinking 'The feeling is entirely mutual!'
On Friday 14th April, we host our Annual Awards Dinner, at Fulford Heath Golf Club, 7.0pm for 7.30pm.
1 April 2023, Canon have announced the introduction of the World's first left-handed camera. The 7D Mark L fully addresses the needs of left-handed users, and features the 20.9 MP sensor, customisable autofocus system, state-of-the-art metering and HD video recording. Why has nobody thought of this before?
In March, we host our Annual Digital Competition and our Annual Print Competition, the finale to our formal competition season. We also look forward to presentations from visiting speakers Steve Le Prevost and Dr Charles Ashton. Our Annual Awards Dinner will soon be upon us, with Fulford Heath Golf Club welcoming us again on Friday 14th April. Remember to send payment and menu choices to Sue Pearmain, as soon as possible.
Competition entries: please remember to send your competition entries to the email address:
Our season continues on Thursday 16th February with one of the highlights of our year, The Natural History Competition, judged by Peter Siviter. On Sunday 12th February, a number of our members enjoyed a photographic walk at Kingsbury Water Park.
You may notice a new 'look' to our website. Once again, in early February our website had been hacked, rendering it useless to visitors. Nothing for members to worry about. Not a virus that could infect visitors to the site, just poor security offered by our old hosting service. A lot of midnight oil burned, and the site has now been migrated to a new hosting service. More secure, faster access and cheaper too!
A first outing for our Straight out of the Camera Competition, judged by Steve Clifford, proved to be a great success. Our People Competition, judged by Peter Gennard, was very well-supported by our members. We also enjoyed a welcome return with Duncan Armour giving his presentation 'North', via Zoom.