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A  Letter from LPS  President President: Martin Sumner

To all Members

I hope this message finds you all in good health – to quote an extremely well-used phrase – during these uncertain times.
So, to update you all on the future plans for LPS, the committee has held Zoom meetings the latest of which was yesterday evening, July 29th . We discussed the current situation and, although the RAFA Club has re-opened with meetings limited to 30 people, we took the decision to delay restarting meetings until January next year at the earliest. It was also agreed that the committee would remain unchanged until the end of next season and as a result of this we agreed to accept the role of host for the ICPA until their AGM in October 2021.
The decision not to restart in September was not taken lightly but we hope you will all understand that we do not want to put any of you, or your families, at unnecessary risk. The Committee will meet again early/mid September and at that time we hope to be able to announce the start of digital competitions for members and to confirm dates.

Earlier in the year I asked members to suggest topics for our themed competitions and from the ideas submitted I have chosen the following:
Trees and Forests

While on the topic of competitions I am delighted to be able to publish the results of our 2019/20 Annual Competition. Congratulations to all mentioned and thanks to Jane Lines for judging the competition. Jane has agreed to come to a meeting once we restart to offer comments and to present awards and certificates.

Stay safe and best wishes,
30th July 2020

L&CPU Knockout 2020

The L&CPU knockout competition took place on Saturday 21st November with an online competiton judged live.

The competition used a judging system based on how many rounds an image survived, and all clubs were limited to 4 entries.

Attached are the images which were used by Leyland PS for the competition.
The Barge Captain [Peter King] and Chasing Shadows [Chris Ellison] were knocked out in round one and gained one point each. Twisleton Scar [Rob Hume] went out in round four and gained four points. White Cosmos [Sandra Eastham] went through to round six and gained six points.

The top image from Chorley gained seven points. Our total points awarded were twelve and this gained us 7th place out of 41 clubs.

Many thanks to all the participants and a good result too for the club.

For more details please view the full details on the L&CPU or Focal Points website (Opens in a new Tab):
L&CPU Web Page

Focal Points Newsletter

2020-21 Season and Monthly Competitions (1 – 5 are via Zoom)

The latest details of our 2020 September to December programme are now on our Programme Page.
The monthly competitions for the 2020-21 season will open on our first meeting date of Wednesday 9th September 2020. Entries are to be submitted using the Online entry system as normal. Click the “Online Entry” link at the top of this page to access the competition entry system.
For the Zoom competitions there are no Print entries just PDI entries.
Entries are limited to 4 per member in the Open PDI competition and 2 per member in the Theme Competition. The usual image size rules apply.

Themes for the 2020-2021 Season are as follows:
Monthly Competiton 1: Trees/Forests
Monthly Competiton 2: Food
Monthly Competiton 3: Sunset
Monthly Competiton 4: Monochrome
Monthly Competiton 5: Flowers

March 2021 – 3 way PDI battle

Preston vs Chorley vs Leyland
Preston PS held a 3 way “battle” with 2 local photographic societies on the night of the 4th March 2021.

This year there were no prints as the images were restricted to PDIs only and the competition was held using Zoom conferencing.

Overall Result
1st   Preston : 381
2nd  Leyland : 376
3rd   Chorley : 364

Congratulations to Preston on their win and thanks to all 3 clubs for their entries as the resulting evening showed a very high standard of work.

The next “battle” will be held, hopefully in person, at Chorley on Monday March 14th 2022.

2019-20 Monthly Competition Results

Monthly Competitions
The Final League table for 2019-2020 is available – click here

Leyland Photographic Society
RAFA Club, Golden Hill Lane, Leyland PR25 3NN
Affiliated to the Photographic Association of Great Britain
through the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union
16th March 2020

To all Members

Over the weekend a few members have expressed concern about the continuing state of the country with regards to Coronavirus. I have today been in contact with the committee with regards to this issue and proposed that we suspend the rest of this season.
All these discussions took place before the Prime Minister announced ”everyone in the UK should avoid “non-essential” travel and contact with others to curb coronavirus – as the country’s death toll hit 55.”
As a result of this I must regrettably advise you all that with immediate effect the committee has agreed that the remaining meetings this season, including the AGM, will be suspended.
We will reschedule the AGM for the start of next season and will hopefully be able to carry on as normal by then.
We are in contact with the judge for our Annual Competition and hope to ask her to judge the competition and to offer comments on each entry, the results of this will be announced at our first meeting after the AGM.
During the coming weeks I hope, with the help of the committee, to arrange some on-line activities to allow members to remain in contact until September although we will probably have to rethink the Summer Comp. We will keep posting on our Facebook page and Paul will send out occasional updates by e-mail.

On behalf of the committee may I thank you for your understanding and wish you well over the coming months

Kind regards

Martin Sumner

February 2020 – 3 way battle

Chorley vs Preston vs Leyland
The club held a 3 way battle with 2 local photographic societies on the night of the 19th Feb.

Congratulations to all 3 clubs as the result showed a very high standard as remarked on by the judge. It is amazing how close the end result was.

1=Leyland : 205       1=Preston : 205       3=Chorley : 204
1=Chorley : 210       1=Leyland : 210       3=Preston : 207

Overall Result
1st   Leyland : 415
2nd  Chorley : 414
3rd   Preston : 412

2019 LPS Annual Exhibition Images

Images which were commended or higher from this year’s LPS Annual Exhibition Competition are now online and can bee seen in the Gallery section of the club website.
Click links to go to the pages:
Annual Exhibiton Print Gallery
Annual Exhibition PDI Gallery

24th Leyland Invitation Photographic Exhibition
Sponsored by Wilkinson Cameras
Judged by Richard Speirs APAGB DPAGB

For Catalogue & Results click here

The Exhibition takes place at The South Ribble Museum and Exhibition Centre
The Old Grammar School, Church Road, Leyland PR25 3FJ
Presentations and official opening on Saturday 30th November at 11am.
The exhibition runs from Tuesday 26th November to Friday 20th December 2019

For opening hours please see the Musuem website here

18/10 & 27/11 Print & PDI Battle

Leyland Photographic Society took on Accrington Camera Club in a 2 part battle
on Friday 18th October and Wednesday 27th November.
The scores were as follows:
18th October
PDI: Accrington 239 Leyland 261
Prints: Accrington 244 Leyland 259
27th November
PDI: Leyland 253 Accrington 238
Prints: Leyland 253 Accrington 231

Overall scores were:
Leyland Prints 512 PDI 514
Accrington Prints 475 PDI 477

Thanks to all the club members, it was a very entertaining 2 nights

2019 L&CPU Individual Results

The results of the 2019 L&CPU individual competition are now available on the club website in the members section. Please navigate to the documents section of the members area or click the Documents link to view the PDF

Tony Pioli Visit

“Insect Talk”
Tony provided us with a very entertaining and educational evening on insect photography.

For more information and to view Tony’s work please visit his website at

A recent club Evening was enjoyed with Robert Millin 


“Confessions of a competition addict”

During the interval many of his prints were on show for members to have a closer look.


Robert's prints being closely examined by members
Robert with members
Members enjoying looking at the prints

SRGB Competition 2018

CONGRATULATIONS  to CHRIS ELLISON and FRED PARKINSON who were both awarded ribbons in this competition.

Chris with Sara , a Wilkinson Photographic Senior Manager
Fred with Adam , the Southport Wilkinson store manager.
Fred & Chris with Wilkinson Photographic managers

Robin Hood Open

Congratulations to Chris Ellison on gaining a Gold Medal in the Robin Hood Open Exhibition for her image “White Stupa”

White Stupa v2

L&CPU 2018 Individual Competition

The results for the above competition can be found in the members section under documents.

The 2018 Leyland Invitation was open at the South Ribble Museum and Exhibition Centre 

until the 21st of December 2018.

These are some images from the opening ceremony.