It’s coming to that time of the year again we are looking for you to get your images together for the annual club shield competition.

This year we will also be using drop-box to collect the images.  

Dropbox,                ONE WEEK TO ENTER.

USB,                      ONE NIGHT TO ENTER.


Club Shield Rules

  1. Each competitor to present 8 digital images.
  2. Images can be colour or mono or a mixture of both.
  3. No set theme.
  4. Images will not be judged as a panel.
  5. All entrants points to go forward towards Photographer of the Year.
  6. Top five competitors present five of their images in print format on final round.
  7. Cannot use images already used in the league competition.
  8. Members whose images are selected for judging of the final five prints will contest places for the Shield, but no additional distinction points will be gained from the judging of these images.
  9. All images will be marked out of 20 points.
  10. All images to be judged and scored by external adjudicator.
  11. Entry to the Shield is open to all members of CPS, both novice and advanced on an equal footing.
  12. The Shield Trophy will be presented to the winner of the competition.
  13. Closing Date 15-02-2017 22:00h

We wish you all the best of luck in the upcoming shield competition.


David Lawlor

Competition Secretary




Man with Bottle

Man with Bottle

A few years ago I was given an old suitcase, full of old photographs. The suitcase had come from my wife's grandmother's flat, when it was being cleared out after her death, and it was given to me as I am the designated family historian and keeper of old photos. There were hundreds of them in the suitcase, along with a couple of books and some holy pictures. Do you remember holy pictures? Well, the great thing about these holy pictures was that they had dedications on the back, with dates and "love and kisses from Alice".

The photos were a different matter. In all, I think only two had any form of identification, and all the people who might have known those pictured were themselves dead. What is the poor designated family historian to do with them? Sensibly, the only thing is to bin them, but as I am also the designated keeper of old photos, I have put them all carefully back in the box, for some future keeper of old photos to worry about.

Nowadays of course we have thousands of photos – I average 2,000 a year, after deleting rubbish and duplicates – and few of them get printed, so there can be no writing on the back. But they are digital! Your camera will have recorded the date and time that you pressed the shutter, along with all the camera settings that you used, and some cameras will even have recorded the GPS co-ordinates. So all you have to do, to be able to answer "Who is that?" as your memory fades, is use your software to add a caption, which will be stored in the EXIF data with all the other details. You owe it to posterity to do it.