The latest news from our recent club evenings and events or any other items of interest.

Last Wednesday saw the final round of judging for the Annual Exhibition. Images were judged by Peter Wells ARPS, EFIAP, CPAGB, BPE3* and covered the three remaining print categories of Architecture & Record, Nature and Scapes. All had submitted their images before the lockdown but this had delayed judging.

The standard of images was very high indeed and Peter certainly had his work cut out with a high number of images in both the Architecutre & Record and Nature categories as well as Scapes.

Peter provided entrants with some fair and valuable feedback on the entries and scores were of good range. It was interesting in particular to hear Peter highighting the differences between the DPI images shown on the night over Zoom and the prints he had been supplied with. He made a number of comments on this and called out a few times that the prints he had been presented with in some cases looked darker or with a colour cast when compared to those he could see on screen via Zoom. Certainly food for thought when processing printed images in future.

The club would like to thank Peter for his comments and the work put in to judging the large selection of images. In excess of 30 members joined the meeting and I'm sure all will have learnt a lot from Peter's expertise. Congratulations to all those members who had images held back on the night.

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Paul Campbell, Steven Drew and Richard Fulcher had their Creative print entries to the 2020 Annual Competition held back by Judge Christine Hodgson BA(Photo), ARPS, CPAGB. Seventeen images from club members made up this category; all had submitted their work some time ago but Lockdown delayed judgment.

The club thanks Christine for her hard work and erudite remarks on all the entries. Christine’s holistic approach to the prints’ assessment covered all aspects of image creation, post processing techniques and presentation including the author’s choice of paper and mounts. The Zoom audience of over 30 members will have learnt a lot from Christine’s commentary.

Those held back are:

  • The Trophy Hunter and Dragon Master by Paul Campbell

  • Necromancer by Stephen Drew

  • The Last Goodby by Richard Fulcher

A recording of the judging will be made available to all members shortly and is recommended viewing.

Club stalwart, Alan Stopher, gave two presentations: one on the club’s plans for this year’s exhibition, scheduled for the 5th to 24th October in Unit 35 on the Piazza in Huddersfield, as part of the town's Temporary Contemporary Creative Arts programme – more details will be announced via the club’s website.

The second presentation outlined the plans for 2021: the main points of which are summarised below. For full details please watch the Youtube video when released or read the summary soon to be published on the website. The main proposals are:-

  • Time the submission date to be after the YPU work is submitted.

  • Remove limit on age of images entered as long as not entered before

  • Changes to categories based on popularity

  • Reduce print competition entries per member from 10 to 6

  • Allow an additional non-competitive member’s print panel of up to 4

  • Reduce Experienced PDI entries per member from 5 to 4

  • No change to the number of PDI entries for Intermediate and Beginner members

  • Aim for an increased acceptance rate for PDIs

  • At least one entry per member (Print or PDI) to be accepted for display.

The new categories are:

  • Open Colour - Print & PDI

  • Sport Action Photojournalism - PDI

  • Architecture & Record - Print & PDI

  • People, Portrait & Figure Study - Print & PDI

  • Nature - Print & PDI

  • Scapes - Print & PDI

  • Travel - Print

  • Creative - Print

  • Open Mono - Print & PDI

  • Intermediate - Print & PDI

  • Beginners - PDI

And finally members will notice a fresh new look to the website courtesy of the efforts of the Web Master Kevin Lloyd: More images from a greater diversity of members, an up to date News section and a new addition to the Annual Competition Archives which now show the years 2017, 18 and 19. Well worth a visit.

Tony Renshaw


Before the evening started, a first for HPIC: we gave a warm welcome to Peter, our first overseas member from Stockholm, Sweden. We hope that Peter will enjoy being a member of the club.

Richard’s talk tonight was one based on his own journey into the realms of BPEs, or British Photographic Exhibitions. Richard gave us an insight about the history, how the exhibitions are run by photographic clubs within the UK, where they are based and generally how to enter.

Most exhibitions are digital entries only, with a few being both print and digital. This also came with a caveat from Richard: read the rules and check the size of image to enter, as these can change from exhibition to exhibition. Once the images are judged in an exhibition you are notified if you have any images accepted and acceptances go towards crown awards. There are criteria to gain BPE1* up to BPE 5* and beyond.

So near and yet so far!

Since beginning his journey in December 2018, Richard has found that his knowledge and photography skills have improved. Whilst his first exhibition had no acceptances, Richard persevered and so far has 99 acceptances – he needs one more for BPE3*. Judging by Richard’s standard of photography he will gain that 1 acceptance soon. Richard shared his images that have been both successful and not so successful in exhibitions.

Below is a small selection.

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