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SPC News 2017

High Peak Trophy


The host for this year's High Peak Trophy competition was Macclesfield Camera Club and eight SPC members attended to hear judge Keith Barber speak eloquently about each of the thirty-two prints and similar number of DPIs. After all the marks were combined the results were:

Bramhall Chapel Macclesfield Stalybridge
PDIs 137 132 150 141
Prints 126 134 147 147
TOTALS 263 266 297 288
POSITIONS 4th 3rd 1st 2nd

Our thanks go to Macclesfield for hosting the night and to Keith for sharing his knowledge.

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Battle with Hyde PS


Nineteen members visited Hyde PS to see SPC successfully defend the biannual 'battle'; they heard judge, Toni Pioli discuss each of the DPI and print entries comprehensively before awarding the following marks:

Hyde Stalybridge
PDIs 173 181
Prints 171 181
TOTALS 344 362

Our thanks go to Hyde PS for hosting the night and to Toni for sharing his knowledge.

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AGM – New Committee


The Committee for the next year was elected at the AGM held on 25th September and is as follows:

  • Officers
  • Chairman – Keith Rawsthorne*
  • Secretary – Kevin Gamwell
  • Treasurer – Mike Wheeller*
  • Committee
  • Derek Baker*
  • David Oliver*
  • Stephen Price*
  • Vicky Mansfield

NB * denotes re–elected. Kevin Gamwell was a committee member last year. Ian Boys did not offer himself for re–election.

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Photoshoot – 3rd July

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Another pleasant evening and another successful outdoor photoshoot, this time at Lymefield Visitor Centre, Broadbottom. Lauren was again our model.

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Photoshoot – 26th June

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We took advantage of the warm weather and extended daylight to have a photoshoot on the cricket club car park. We had the use of several 'exotic' cars and asked Lauren to model for us. The result was a very productive session.

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Battle with Oldham Photographic Society


We hosted a battle with Oldham PS, which was judged by Keith Barber from Swinton & District PS. There were sixty PDIs (thirty from each club) and after totalling up the points, SPC was pronounced the creditable runner–up, with 477 points. Congratulations go to the winners, Oldham PS, who amassed the grand total of 492 points.

Thanks to Keith for giving his time and expertise and to Oldham PS for making the evening a success.

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Mobile Phone Night

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We had an interesting evening exploring the possibilities of mobile phone photography. Thanks to Peter Gillooly for the image above, taken on his phone.

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Photographers of the Year 2016

  • Jen Barnes receiving trophy Jen Barnes receiving her DPI Photographer of the Year trophy
  • Charlie Saycell receives his trophy Charlie Saycell receiving his Print Photographer of the Year trophy
  • Mike Wheeller receives his award Mike Wheeller accepting his award

At the Christmas social evening held on 19th December last Keith, our Chairman, announced that the Club's 2016 DPI Photographer of the Year was Jen Barnes and that Charlie Saycell was the Print Photographer of the Year and he duly presented them with their trophies and a bottle of wine each.

Also during the evening Keith presented Mike Wheeller with a glass tankard and some beer to fill it in recognition that Mike has been Treasurer since the inception of the Club in 1979.

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