Jump In With Both Feet

So, you have finally taken the plunge and joined LBPC. So now what?

The single biggest step is to enter your images into our club competitions. “What! No way, I’m not good enough, everyone will laugh” I hear you scream.

Not true, we have all been there. Opposite are a few images from members who were just as intimidated. But they plucked up the courage and were pleasantly surprised.

  • Open 1 2018-19: 1st – “Inquisitive” by Wendy Taylor – 20 marks

  • Open 2 2018-19: 2nd – “Pensive” by Wendy Taylor – 19 marks

  • Open 2 2018-19: 2nd – “Room With A View” by Wendy Taylor – 19 marks

  • Open 1 2018-19: 1st – “Porth Nanven” by Keith Weil – 20 marks

  • Open 2 2018-19: 1st – “Storm Clouds Over Ladybower” by Keith Weil – 20 marks

  • Open 2 2018-19: 1st – “Cauldron Falls In The Yorkshire Dales” by Keith Weil – 20 marks

So take a deep breath and submit that first image. See below for details.

What Previous New Members Say

I joined the club because I wanted to learn more about photography and that is exactly what I am doing. I entered my first competition not really knowing what was required. To my delight, I got top marks for one and 18/20 for the other. However, for me, the mark is not as important as the critique and feedback from the judge and other members of the club which is the most valuable – all of which is done in the most encouraging way. I have continued to enter my pictures into competitions and events, but it takes longer to choose now that I have so much information whirling around my ageing brain. Add to this, I am making some good, very helpful, friends as well. A win-win!!

Wendy Taylor, First Season 2018-19
I find the benefits of competing in the club competitions to be invaluable. It gives a great sense of achievement and conference. As well as benefiting from listening to the judge’s comments and critique not just on my own images but those of others.
Phil Pope, First Season 2016-17
“I was very nervous entering my first picture into a club competition as the picture was taken on a mobile phone so I wasn’t sure how well it would be received but was very pleasantly surprised as it scored very highly for a first attempt. The images that are entered by all the members and the feedback/critique from the judges is very inspirational”
Carol Saint, First Season 2017-18
I find the benefits of competing in the club competitions to be invaluable. It gives a great sense of achievement and conference. As well as benefiting from listening to the judge’s comments and critique not just on my own images but those of others.
Lynette MacNicol, First Season 2017-18

Featured New Member – Wendy Taylor

Featured New Member – Keith Weil

Colour Space

When creating your final image for submission convert the colour space to sRGB

To ensure all images are judged equally, the standard colour space adopted by the PAGB, CACC and other governing bodies is sRGB (standard Red Green Blue)

Image Size Requirements

Images must be 1400 px wide x 1050 px high and in landscape format

1400 px wide x 1050 px high

Images must be 1400 wide x 1050 high pixels and in landscape format. If necessary, the surrounding area must be filled with a pure black background to meet these dimensions. Images sized differently may be distorted by the projector.


The image File Type

Saving at maximum jpg quality is recommended

The image File Type must be ‘jpg’

The image file type must be ‘jpg’ (not ‘jpeg’, ‘tif’ or ‘tiff’)

File Naming

TITLE IN CAPITALS + 'by' + Author Name in mixed case + 'S1' or 'S2'to denote which section + '.jpg'

Image File Name

Files must be named according to the following convention:
SLEEPING TIGER by John Smith S1.jpg
ie. TITLE IN CAPITALS + ‘by’ + Author Name in mixed case + ‘S1’ or ‘S2’to denote which section + ‘.jpg’

Which Section?

Section One is for advanced photographers, and Section Two is for beginners and improvers

Choose Which Section To Compete In

The club runs “league” style competitions for prints and digital Images. There are two classes of entry: Section One is for advanced photographers, and Section Two is for beginners and improvers.

How to Enter

Use Dropbox to submit your images

Submitting Your Image

PDIs must be submitted by midnight of the Sunday before the competition. Submission is only via upload service, (currently Dropbox, links are on the website & programme calendar). In exceptional circumstances and by prior agreement, entries may be submitted via email to lbpcpics@gmail.com

Club Competitions

All members of the club are encouraged to enter their work for our internal competitions, which are spread throughout the season.

Twelve Club Trophies are presented to the competition winners at the end of the Season:

  • Print Championship (Sections One and Two)
  • Digital Image Championship (Sections One and Two)
  • Print and Digital Image Portfolios (NO Sections)
  • Print and Digital Image of the Season (NO Sections)
  • Audio-Visual Presentation
  • Landscape*
  • Howard Morris Memorial*

*presented alternate years

There are six League Competition evenings, held through the season, for both PDI (Projected Digital Image) and Prints.

Three of the competitions have set subjects (published in the programme and the Club online calendar (see the website) and the other three are “open” meaning any subject.

“Set Subjects” for 2020-2021 are:

  • At Home or Garden – This set subject competition can depict any subject in which the predominant / Focal interest of the image was taken in the authors Home or Garden during 2020.
  • Pairs – Any photograph in which the predominant/focal interest of the image is a ‘PAIR’. The subject of the image must show two things of the same appearance and size that are intended to be used together, or something that consists of two parts joined together. It MUST NOT contain a subject where PAIR is used to describe a single object, such as a pair of scissors, glasses, shoes, gloves etc.
  • Reflections – Any photograph in which the predominant/focal interest of the image is a Reflection.

Do I need to use a DSLR to become a good photographer?

You definitely don’t. So don’t be intimidated if you don’t have a big fancy DLSR camera. Using a mobile phone is OK.

Just take a look at some of the Flickr photos rated “Interesting” for a few non-DSLR cameras e.g. the small Canon PowerShot S95, which isn’t even one of the most advanced compacts (not all of those photos are great, but some of them show what can be done).

Enter our Mobile Photography Challenge competition. SEE HERE for details

Check out the photos from The iPhone Photography Awards

  • Don’t go crazy buying the most expensive equipment right away
  •  Make a list of shots you’d like to get
  • Don’t overlook mundane subjects for photography
  • Enjoy the learning process
  • Take advantage of free resources to learn
  •  Aperture Priority for Outside, Shutter Priority for Inside
  • Shoot in RAW as Much as Possible
  • Limit Your Use of Auto-ISO
  • Turn the Viewfinder Grid On
  • Have Fun with Cropping
  • Go Easy on the Clarity Bar when processing
A photo a day keeps the staleness away. Staleness and boredom with a hobby like photography is a killer. Before you know it, you’re advertising your gear on eBay. A simple way to keep the pot boiling on the stove.

There are two ways to approach this:

The simple photo a day challenge. By this, we mean that you allocate yourself a few minutes a day to shoot one image that you like or even dislike for that matter. Just shoot an image at some point during your day. Carrying your camera with you every day would help. Whatever you do, make sure that you take one photo every day. Even if it is the clock on the wall before you go to bed. Of course, it would help if you make your subjects different each day.

The best photo of the day challenge. This is a variation of the challenge and gives you more leeway, meaning that you shoot as many images as you want but that at the end of the day you will select the best one, the one with most meaning or just a random choice if they are all good.

In order to make this interesting, you can add a touch of variety to it by choosing a theme or using a common thread. One photographer takes a small toy cow (yes a cow, like the MK Concrete Cows, just a lot smaller) with him wherever he goes and this cow is featured somewhere in every photograph. Choose something and add it as a common thread to all 365 days.

With the advent of Facebook, blogs, and Flickr you can really make this interesting and even generate regular interest in your images. Change your Facebook profile every day replacing it with your daily 365 Challenge shot. Or upload to Instagram. People will eagerly log in every day to see what photo you have loaded. Not only will this make you more enthusiastic but will generate an interest in your images.

The same goes for your blog. Upload a daily image and makes some comments on it. This way you can keep a record of the how, when, why and who of each image. This could actually turn into a form of photo journal in which you document your life over 365 days. Kathy Chantler’s ARPS recently spoke of her experience as a member of the blipfoto community (see blipfoto.com ), Kathy recorded the progress of her ARPS journey in her blipfoto photo journal.

This could be the beginnings of a really fun experience. The bottom line is that you will keep your creativity, inspiration, and enthusiasm alive and at the same time learning and entertaining others. If you can find a way to make your photography fun and inspiring, it will never die. You will continually shoot photos throughout the year.

One more tip before we go. It is great to sit down and write down ideas and thoughts about what you will do, what themes to shoot, and how you will display the images, BUT unless you get out there and just do it you will get nowhere. If you will run with the idea I can guarantee you that in 365 days time, you won’t believe the improvement and progress you’ve made as you learn digital photography. What the 365 photos show you is just how you have improved; they become your timeline of growth in creativity and skill.