Science Photographer of the Year Competition

Remember that fascinating image ‘Diffraction on an iPad Screen’ by TPS member Peter O’Hare in our Creative Cup’ competition earlier this season?
Well the image must have intrigued our judge that evening, as he suggested it might be worth entering in the Science Photographer of the Year competition run jointly by the RPS and the Science Museum.  Peter followed this up and entered,  and has just heard that his image has been short-listed!  The final selections  will also be in the Exhibition  of Science festival and the Exhibition next year in Manchester at the Museum of Science and Industry – hopefully accessible online too!  So congratulations, Peter, and fingers crossed for those final selections.

Not Out & About

Even in semi-lockdown, hardy TPS photographers have been hard at work tackling photographic challenges in our latest Virtual Out & About event. While a few ventured outside into the wintry monsoon conditions, most chose to stay at home in the warm. But the resulting images were equally fascinating!

This month’s challenge was to take three photos aligned to any of the following themes:

  • Vintage
  • Winter
  • Three of a kind
  • Intentional camera movement

The catch? Photos had to be taken and uploaded to Flickr between 9am and 3pm. And no editing was allowed, the photos had to come straight out of the camera. Trickier than it sounds…

All of the photos can be enjoyed on our TPS Out & About Flickr Group. Here’s a small selection to whet your appetite. I’ll leave you to decide which category each image belongs to. Enjoy, and remember, none of these images have been edited, just straight from the camera:

Well done to everyone who took part. Creative and imaginative as always 👍

TPS PDI Competition – Final Round

I missed last night’s TPS meeting so find myself at a distinct disadvantage when tasked with the write-up of the night. Dominic tells me the evening passed without incident. So, with no major dramas, glitches, or even streakers on the pitch to report, I’ll stick to sharing the cold hard facts of the scores, the overall winners, and your wonderful images.

There were some gorgeous photos on display for our guest judge, Peter Merry, to review. I’m constantly impressed by the quality and variety of images we produce at our special little club. Congratulations to everyone who had a go and I hope our judge gave you some constructive feedback to inspire your next photographic adventure.

And so to the scores… There are plenty of big numbers on the scoresheets, including eight, yes eight!, perfect tens. Susan Potter and Andrea Watson hit the high note in Club Class, Tim Baugh, Chris Fenton and Jeff Vianna reached perfection in Intermediate Class, and in Advanced Class the clever clogs were Sarah Bedwell, Marie-Ange Bouchard, and Jon Cowdock. Give yourselves a Covid-secure pat on the back!

The individual image scores are available here.

But this was also the final round in our 3-stage PDI competition so we also have some overall winners to announce:

CLUB CLASS
Winner: Sheila Tattershaw (28.0 points)
Joint Runners up: Chris Cumming and Rehana Uddin (27.0 points)

INTERMEDIATE CLASS
Winner: Jeff Vianna (30.0 points)
Joint Runners up: Chris Fenton (27.5 points)

ADVANCED CLASS
Winner: Peter O’Hare (29.5 points)
Joint Runners up: Jon Cowdock (29.0 points)

And a special mention must go to Jeff Vianna in Intermediate Class for achieving the stunning feat of getting a perfect score in every round. That’s a pretty special achievement, well done Jeff!

The final league tables are available here.

But I know you’re really here for the photos. So here are the judge’s favourite images from last night. All of these photos scored 9 or more out of 10. You can see their individual scores by hovering over each image. Or click to enlarge to take a closer look. You won’t be disappointed!

Club Class

Intermediate Class

Advanced Class

FAB-U-LOUS! Thanks to everyone for sharing their talent and inspiring so many others to get out and capture some photographic magic. Our next competition will be a welcome return to colour prints on 21st January. Dust off that printer, it will be submission time before you know it.


Next week at TPS things look set to get a little festive with our annual quiz. The word on the street is that this could be the most ambitious, dramatic and exciting quiz we’ve ever hosted, or I might have just made that up to build some tension! Either way, dig out your festive sweater and Santa hat, and we’ll look forward to seeing you all on Thursday 17th December at 8pm for our Big Christmas Quiz!

PS Jeff will be buying the first (virtual) round 😉

TPS Print Competitions Are Back!

Print competitions will resume in the New Year. Nearly two-thirds of members responding to the survey said they would – or were likely to – submit prints. Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey and sent in comments.

You should by now have received an email setting out details of how the competitions will be run in this season’s difficult circumstances, with supplementary guidance on how to enter. We’ll get this material up on the website too.

There will be two rounds of Colour Prints and two rounds of Monochrome prints, with 2 prints per round. The first Print Competition with be Colour Prints Round 1 on January 21st.

So dust off that printer and check your ink levels (or find yourself a commercial print service – either is acceptable)!

‘In and About’ Photo Challenge Day

Despite the dire weather forecast, 25 TPS members rose to the ‘In and About’ challenge on Sunday.  Participants had 4 themes to choose from:
    • Reflection
    • Taken at noon
    • A long exposure
    • I’ve never tried this before
Choosing 3 themes from 4 offered, they took pictures which had to be uploaded the same afternoon with no post-processing allowed.
We then got together via Zoom in the evening to see and discuss the images people had uploaded.  It was great to have so many members trying out genres or techniques that were new to them,  Some even dusted off their camera manuals to see what clever effects they could achieve.
Participants also enjoyed the informal discussion of images and how they had been taken – a great learning opportunity as well as a fun day of photography.  Here’s just a sample of the images taken, but you can see them all on the TPS Out and About Flickr Group – https://www.flickr.com/groups/tpsoutings/pool/