Recent News.

November 25th 2021.
Frome BPE exhibition have just published their results. Peter J had 3 images accepted with a Highly Commended for his superb image of a hare; Alison was delighted with 4 acceptances.

November 15th 2021
Peter Jackson has had 4 images accepted into the Smethwick International Exhibition, ‘Dewy morning’, ‘River of red’, ‘Queen of the Nile’ and ‘One more push ought to do it’,  they are shown on this Gallery.  Alison Dean’s composition ‘Red letter day’  has been used as the banner image for the 2022 MidPhot competition.

October 13th 2021.
Peter J & Alison continue to enter images into the BPE exhibitions. Peter recently had 1 acceptance into Shrewsbury & 2 in Dingwall whilst Alison had just the 1 acceptance into the latter. It’s a slow process!

August 17th 2021.
Peter Jackson had 4 of his images accepted into the recent Beyond BPE exhibition. 3 of them were old favourites: Katelyn, Ella in blue, Osprey fishing and a 4th new stunning photo called ‘Gyr peregrine & Tegan’. He’s on his way for a BPE 2 award!

August 5th 2021
Gt Barr hosted the annual battle against us this year. 22 SPS members Zoomed in to watch the proceedings. Each team supplied 20 DPIs and the judge, Anne Sutcliffe, had a difficult task as the standard was high. Eventually, Stourbridge emerged victorious with a score of 315 points compared with Gt Barr’s total of 294. All to play for next year.

July 8th 2021
Peter J has had more successs with his classic images Princess Claudia, Sea eagle with mackerel & Osprey fishing. These 3 fabulous photos were accepted into the local Midland Salon. More congratulations Peter.

July 1st 2021
Stouport joined us last night for the annual interclub battle via video link. Both teams supplied 20 DPI images for judge Peter Cheetham to scrutinise. There was an excellent selection of work from both clubs which made Peter’s job quite difficult. A close fought battle from which Stourport emerged the winners by a mere 4 points. Stourport 339, Stourbridge 335. Same again next year.

June 25th 2021
Last night 18 Stourbridge members enjoyed a socially distanced walk with cameras at Kinver edge as our summer social event.  The rain held off & there was plently of chat & even some picture taking!

June 19th 2021.
Peter Jackson’s hard work has now been rewarded as he has acheived a BPE 1 (25 acceptances). He has just received his certificate & ribbon in the post. Congratulations Peter from us all.

May 13th 2021
Quality shines though yet again. 😉   Our judge Steve Clifford thought the work presented by the Gents was 17 points better than the images shown by the Ladies. ( written by one of the Gents 🙂 ). You can see all the Ladies entries and the Gents entries by clicking on the links.

April 28th 2021
More BPE results have just landed. For the Neath exhibition, Peter J had 3 acceptances & Alison 2. Rushden awarded Peter with 1 acceptance & Alison 4. The good news is Peter now has the 25 points required to apply for his BPE 1.

April 6th 2021.
Wolverhampton were the hosts for this year’s annual battle which is always very closely fought. This one was no exception. Each team supplied 30 DPIs which were judged by Dave McGuire. Stourbridge were very happy to be declared the winners with a total of 500 points with Wolverhampton finishing just a whisker behind with 496 marks.

March 21st 2021.
South Birmingham have just published the acceptances for their BPE exhibition & Peter & Alison have both had more success. Peter had 3 images accepted: ‘One giant leap’, ‘Osprey fishing’ & ‘Princess Claudia’; Alison’s 2 acceptances were  ‘Rainy day bike ride’ & ‘Holy cross’. Good news for Stourbridge too.

March 18th 2021
This is the time of year for a glut of BPE exhibitions. Vale of Evesham & Basingstoke have recently published their acceptances. Peter Jackson was pleased to get 4 images accepted into Evesham & ‘Sea eagle with mackerel’ scored an impressive 14 points. Alison Dean managed to get 1 in Evesham but fared better in Basingstoke with 5 making the grade.

March 5th 2021.
Last night Stourbridge hosted the annual 5 a-side battle vs Droitwich, Wall Heath, Kidderminster & Bromsgrove. The judge, Roger Evans, gave us great feedback on all the images. The competition was very tight with Droitwich emerging victorious with 177 points closely followed by Stourbridge with 175 marks. Bromsgrove had 170, Kidderminster 169 & Wall Heath 165. We’ll all be back again-hopefully in person-on March 3rd next year.

March 2nd 2021.
Midphot results are in & we were very pleased to receive an excellent set of results. 10 of our members had images accepted: Peter Jackson 2, John Freeman 3, Dave Tomlinson 1, Jo Allan 3, Pauline Franks 3, Stuart Hancox 3, Phil Turner 5, Heather Woodhams 6, Alison Dean 8 & Brian Dean 10. Special congratulations go to Heather who received a commended and MCPF ribbon for ‘Work of a bygone era’; Alison was awarded a first & PAGB gold medal for ‘Seeds that fly’, an MCPF medal for ‘Red sand beach’, a highly commended for ‘Flowers and feathers’ & a commended & MCPF ribbon for ‘Bearded Iris beauty’.

As well as these results both Peter Jackson & Alison Dean had an image accepted into Southport BPE. The photographs were ‘Princess Claudia’ & ‘All lined up’ respectively. What a great week for SPS.

February 25th 2021.
Peter Jackson’s image ‘White tailed sea eagle’ continues to perform well as it was accepted into the Clay Cross BPE exhibition. Well done Peter.

February 8th 2021.
Our first interclub battle took place….on-line of course. The 4 way battle hosted by Dudley included Hagley & Wall Heath too. 13 of our members joined in to view the fun. We were pleased to tuck another win under our belts; a good start for the new year. Final scores were: 1st Stourbridge 274, 2nd Wall Heath 243, 3rd Hagley 242 and Dudley 230. Very close contest for 2nd & 3rd places. The judge was Vittorio Silvestri from Northern Ireland.

December 3rd 2020.
More good news in this dire year! One of our newest members, Sophie Craven, has had one of her images accepted into Digital Camera magazine. The stunning photograph ‘Chinese lanterns’ (which was taken using small bulbs inside them to give a lovely glow) will be published in the issue available on January 8th. We look forward to seeing Sophie’s work in print.

November 18th 2020.
We all send our congratulations to Peter Jackson who continues to do well with his images. Peter had 2 acceptances in the recent Frome BPE exhibition: ‘Osprey fishing’ & ‘Sea Eagle with mackerel’. He also had 5 pictures included in the prestigious Smethwick International Exhibition. The 2 images from Frome together with ‘Ella in blue’, ‘Princess Claudia’ & ‘Osprey’ made up the collection. Keep going Peter!

October 21st 2020
Peter Jackson continues to do well in the BPE exhibitions. He acheived 4 acceptances in the Shrewsbury Open. The images were: ‘Ella in blue’, ‘Sea eagle with mackerel’ & ‘White tailed sea eagle’. Even better, he received a PAGB ribbon for ‘Osprey fishing’. Some good news in these strange times.

August 22nd 2020
Peter Jackson has had more success with his wonderful wildlife images  ‘White tailed sea eagle’ & ‘White tailed sea eagle with mackerel’ in the Neath BPE exhibition. Alison Dean also had ‘Hellnar Rainbow’ accepted into the Beyond Group. Congrats to both.

July 30th 2020
Stourbridge battled against Great Barr last night with each club providing 20 DPIs. Claire Carter judged the battle for us & did a great job using video technology. The final score was Great Barr 328, Stourbridge 345. We were pleased to win.

July 3rd 2020
There was good news recently for Stourbridge member Peter Jackson who had 3 of his images accepted into the Robin Hood BPE exhibition. They were 2 of his fabulous wildlife shots: ‘White tailed sea eagle’; ‘White tailed sea eagle with mackerel’ together with a portrait image ‘Princess Claudia’. Congrats Peter from us all.

July 2nd 2020
Our annual battle took place on-line between ouselves & Stourport. John Haines was the judge. There was a good variety of photographic styles from both clubs. It was level pegging for much of the battle but in the end Stourbridge triumphed with a score of 330 points against Stourport’s 314. All will be repeated July 1st ’21.

May 28th 2020
Our 2nd ‘Knockout style’ competition judged in-house by members. The challenge was ‘Lockdown images’ & all photos had to have been taken after March 1st this year. Tanya Skelding won the General group with her clever image ‘Whoops’; Alison Dean won the Advanced section with ‘Musical spoons’.

May 21st 2020
The annual Ladies vs Gents battle took place judged by Terry Livesey. In view of Lockdown restrictions the competition was held using a video link & each team entered 20 DPIs. The Ladies run of luck was overthrown with the Gents winning by a mere 6 points (336 vs 330).

March 28th 2020
In these strange times it is great to have some good news. Dave Tomlinson has recently had his dramtic image ‘Storm at Blackpool’ accepted into the South Birmingham BPE exhibition. Congratulations Dave.

March 5th 2020.
The annual 5 a-side battle took place at the Bonded with Stourbridge up against Droitwich, Kidderminster, Wall Heath & Bromsgrove. Graham Heywood was in charge of judging so there were plenty of smiles. Yet again Droitwich were victorious with a total of 166 points. Kidderminster came in 2nd with 159, Bromsgrove & Stourbridge both had 157 & Wall Heath finished with 148. We have to admit that Droitwich were worthy winners with some superb images. Back again March 4th next year.

February 26th 2020.
The results for Midphot 2020 are in. We are pleased to report that Stourbridge did very well acheiving a 35% acceptance rate from images submitted. 6 members had images accepted: Paul Robinson 2, Brian Dean 3, Alison Dean 3, Jo Allen 3 with a PAGB Silver medal for ‘My Hat’ & an MCPF ribbon for ‘Still Life in Blue’. Peter Jackson had 6 accepted & Heather Woodhams a stupendous 9 acceptances with 2 of her entries ‘Architectural Figures’ & ‘High Tide, Bude’ Highly commended. What a set of results!! 🙂

February 20th 2020.
Our annual battle vs Wolverhampton took place at our venue. It is always a very close affair & last night was no exception. We made judge Terry Livesey’s job very difficult. Stourbridge finally emerged the winners with a total score of 343 with Wolverhampton just a whisker behind with 335. Everyone enjoyed the high quality of the images. Wolverhampton will be hosting in 2021.

February 3rd 2020.
11 SPS members travelled to Dudley for the annual 4 way battle involving ourselves, Dudley, Hagley & Wall Heath. Each club supplied a variety of prints & DPIs. As expected all of the pictures were of a high standard. We were pleased to be the overall winners with a total score of 288. Wall Heath were 2nd with 262 with Hagley on 260 & Dudley 254. The judge was John Haines. Same time next year.

January 31st 2020.
We recently entered the GB cup which is a national competition run by the PAGB. Clubs submit images (DPI format) & enter either as small clubs (10 pictures) or large clubs (15 pictures). We chose the latter with work from 6 club members. Images are scored (out of 15) and a league table is produced. We are delighted to report that we came 19th out of 71!! This is an excellent acheivement. 6 of the images were also accepted to be included in a downloadable slide show.

December 19th 2019.
Our annual Christmas social event was held at the Bonded Warehouse. There was a choice of food with most members opting for fish & chips whilst others enjoyed a cold buffet. We only managed 2 rounds of the quiz as the evening flew by. The Christmas questions went down well & the music round of popular TV theme tunes delighted some & foxed others!! More of this next year.

The victorious team consisted of John, Julie, Eric, Elaine, Nigel & Jackie who obviously watch lots of telly!!

December 2nd 2019.
7 members enjoyed a trip to Birmingham at dusk to take images of the German market & view the Christmas festivities outside the Birmingham library. The Ferris wheel, skating rink & lights looked spectacular from the library terraces. More trips are planned for the next 2 weeks. Contact Dave for more details.

November 28th 2019.
Our last practical night of the year was all about water. We had a go at photographing abstracts using oil & water, ink trails in a fish tank (beautiful patterns) & soap bubbles. The latter proved quite difficult but was great fun.

November 24th 2019.
6 members went for a leisurely stroll at Kinver edge. The morning was dry with some mist & we were surprised to find that there was still autumn colour in abundance & quite a lot of fungi about.  There was also plenty of opportunity to photograph hundreds of cute pooches all out for their Sunday walk.  🙂

November 7th 2019.
Chris Palmer presented his lecture ‘What makes a competition judge happy’ to us and what an eye opener it was! He started by asking what we didn’t like about judges (plenty of answers to that question!) & then explained some of the things he is looking for when judging. After tea 8 volunteers (some arm twisting) had a go at critiquing  sets of 3 images & we were asked to pick out the best image. It was much harder than we all thought.

Overall a really entertaining evening with plenty of audience participation.

October 31st 2019.
Our annual ‘Match an Image Battle’ vs Hagley & Web Heath took place with judge Peter Gennard. There was a variety of images-most of them not matching anything else!! Scores were close. Web Heath were the winners with 15 points; Hagley & Stourbridge were joint 2nd with 14 points each. See you all again next year on Thursday November 12th.:-)

October 24th 2019.
This year is turning out to be one of ‘firsts’. We had our first print panel competition. 14 members submitted images on a range of subjects with each panel comprised of between 3-5 photos. 1st place was ‘Iris study’, 2nd ‘Trees of sand’ both by Alison Dean. Dave Allen was 3rd with his imaginative panel called ‘5 a day’. It was a great night-worth doing again next year. 🙂

September 26th 2019.
Our first ever ‘Knockout competition’. 48 images were submitted & whittled down by members’ votes to a final choice of 2. The winner was Dave Tomlinson with his atmospheric image ‘Misty Kinver gate’. The photographic quiz got folks scratching their heads with joint winners being Phil Turner & Dave Allen. A very enjoyable evening which would be good to do again.

September 23rd 2019.
We had our annual battle vs Web Heath digital camera club at their venue. The judge was again Ken Hudson (he’ll be sick of seeing us so much…………!!) Each club provided 25 DPIs & we are pleased to say that we won the battle this year with a score of 440 points to Web Heath’s 412. Similar time next year at the Bonded for a re-match. 🙂

September 5th 2019
The practical session featured a model shoot at the warehouse. We welcomed experienced model Kat who was dressed in her steampunk outfit. We had 2 lighting set ups and although there was only a small group of photographers we all enjoyed the session made so much easier by Kat ‘knowing how to pose’. All participants came away with some great shots.

Alison Dean has finally caught up with Brian & achieved a BPE 2. Onward & upward!

July 25th 2019
Our annual battle vs Great Barr PS took place at their new venue in Great Barr. A small cohort of members attended. Ken Hudson was the local judge in charge of proceedings. In the print section we scored 181 points to GBs 167 & for the DPIs it was 179 vs 173 respectively. This meant Stourbridge was the overall winner with a total of 360 points to Great Barr’s 340. 🙂

Similar time next year with Stourbridge hosting.

July 20th 2019
A group of SPS members travelled to Clay Mills Victorian Pumping Station (nr Burton On Trent). This was the first of 2 visits arranged through John Freeman who volunteers there. After a welcome coffee in the café we were treated to a tour (> 1 hour) with John who gave us a personal introduction around the site including access to a couple of hidden places. The visit was really interesting & very informative. We were then free to wander at leisure with our cameras to capture shots of these atmospheric buildings. Highly recommend the home made cake & delicious pasties in the café too!

The next visit is arranged for Saturday August 17th. Anyone who would like to go & hasn’t yet put their name on the list see John Freeman on a club night. Any difficulty you can also contact Alison.

July 4th 2019
Our annual battle vs Stourport took place at our venue. The judge Steve Clifford was impressed by the quality of the images from both clubs who each provided 10 prints & 10 DPIs. There were many excellent nature shots in the work. Stourbridge won the print round (176 vs 167) & it was a draw for the DPIs (171 each). This meant that Stourbridge was the eventual winner with 347 points against Stourport’s 338. A close match. 🙂 Steve’s contribution made for a very relaxed evening. Re-match same time next year at Stourport.

June 13th 2019
We had a very pleasant evening at The Squirrel at Alveley playing skittles. In the elimination competition Tanya was first, Zac 2nd & Brian 3rd. A great evening with plenty of time for chat.

May 16th 2019
The annual battle of the sexes took place & was judged by Jon Baker (he likes a challenge!). Each team (a minimum of 10 members) supplied 13 DPIs & 13 prints. It looks like the ladies are currently a bit invincible! The final score was Ladies 429 vs Gents 405. We will do it all again same time next year. 🙂

April 13th 2019
Last Saturday we were privileged to welcome fine art landscape photographer Rachael Talibart to Stourbridge. She travelled from the South East to be with us & presented her lecture ‘Tides & tempests’. We were joined by many guests & friends & we were all totally captivated by her stunning images of the coast. Not only was Rachael’s work superb; her delivery was very professional & relaxed. She also shared with us many hints & tips relating to her work. It was a very successful evening & hopefully Rachael will return in the future with more of her inspirational photographs.

Rachael Talibart

March 19th 2019
Jo Allen entered her first BPE exhibition recently (Vale of Evesham) & was delighted to have 3 acceptances. The successful images were: ‘Striding out’, ‘Sailing in the blue’ & ‘Fantasia in Blue’. Brian Dean, Alison Dean & Paul Robinson also had work accepted.

Brian Dean’s successful image ‘Senja Aurora’ continues to do well & was awarded the Selectors silver medal in the Landscape section of the Basingstoke BPE event. 🙂

March 14th 2019
The annual 5 a-side battle took place at Stourbridge vs Kidderminster, Wall Heath, Bromsgrove & Droitwich. Each team presented 5 prints & 5 DPIs. As expected the standard was very high. The result was very close with Droitwich winning AGAIN……..They retain the shield for another year. Final scores were: Droitwich 184, Stourbridge 178, Bromsgrove 175, Wall Heath 170 & Kidderminster 169. Phil Cooling was our judge for the evening. The re-match will be March 5th 2020! 🙂

February 23rd 2019
The 2019 Midphot results have just been announced & SPS has done well. 6 members had a total of 25 images accepted. Paul Robinson & Dave Tomlinson had 1 acceptance each; Jo Allen had 2 acceptances; Brian Dean & Alison Dean each had 5 acceptances with Brian gaining an MCPF medal for ‘Senja Aurora’. Finally Heather Woodhams did brilliantly well with 11 acceptances; ‘Wollescote winter’ was highly commended & ‘Kids’ play’ was awarded an MCPF ribbon.

February 17th 2019
Dave Tomlinson continues to be successful with his wonderful  image ‘Stormy lighthouse’ which was accepted into the Clay Cross BPE exhibition. Paul Robinson also had an acceptance with ‘Going Up’. Brian Dean was the 3rd successful SPS member with 2 acceptances: ‘Pingvellir’ & a commended for ‘Senja Aurora’.

February 7th 2019
SPS are delighted to hear that one of our newly promoted Advanced members-Dave Tomlinson-has had his first acceptance into a BPE exhibition. His powerful image ‘Storm Brian’ was accepted into the Solihull exhibition. Congratulations Dave.

February 4th 2019
Our annual 4 way battle vs Dudley, Hagley & Wall Heath took place at Dudley’s venue. This competition is a mix of prints & DPIs. We were pleased to be the winners with a total score of 279 points. Wall Heath scored 250, Dudley 239 & Hagley 228. Peter Siviter was the judge. Thanks to the 10 SPS members who supported the cause!

January 22nd 2019
A small group of hardy SPS members braved the cold weather & travelled to Wolverhampton to attend the annual battle. The standard of images from both clubs was very good. Sadly Stourbridge were defeated by ONLY 2 points (349 vs 347). Congratulations to Wolverhampton. Until the next time……….!

2019

December 13th 2018.
Our AGM was held at the Bonded Warehouse. The committee was re-elected & we are pleased to have a new President for 2019 – Jo Allen. Many certificates were awarded for work that has been submitted throughout the year. 3 members of the General group have been promoted to the Advanced section; they are Paul Robinson, Dave Tomlinson & Stuart Hancox. Tanya Skelding also received the ‘most improved photographer award. Congratulations to them all.

November 8th 2018
We had a very successful evening playing ‘Match an Image’ against Hagley & newcomers Web Heath. Due to a mix up with the rules for scoring a draw was declared! It was great fun & especially successful thanks to the sense of humour of our judge Steve Clifford. See you all on October 31st next year.

November 7th 2018
We are very pleased to hear that one of our younger members Paul Robinson has been shortlisted in the British Photography Awards. He has entered a drone image from his recent trip to Iceland. Good luck Paul.

Also Phil Turner has been successful in the Birmingham Photography Festival competition. People were asked to submit images taken around the city. He was one of the 8 winners and his prize is 3 hours in the penthouse apartment in the Rotunda this weekend where he can take sunset shots (hopefully) of the city. Fantastic prize.

September 27th 2018
Our annual battle versus Web Heath Digital camera club took place. There was a very strong set of images from both clubs & sadly for us Web Heath emerged victorious! Final score was Stourbridge 358, Web Heath 369. Thanks to Terry Livesey for judging.

August 16th 2018
Our first ‘Question Time’ evening involved a panel of our 6 Advanced members answering questions on anything photographic. The evening went well & we all picked up some useful information.

July 26th 2018
A ‘bit too close for comfort’ win in the battle against Great Barr, ( by 2 points ). Stourbridge needs more portrait images in its portfolio.

July 12th 2018
12 Stourbridge supporters travelled to Stourport to attend the annual inter-club battle. The contest was judged by Mike Sharples. Each club won one round but the final score was a victory for Stourbridge with 341 points vs 328 for Stourport.  🙂 We will welcome them to our venue for the return match next year.

June 7th 2018
A very pleasant evening was spent at ‘The Squirrel’ in Alveley with good food, good company & skittles. The first round was won (by a complete fluke throw) by Brian; the ‘knockout’ round was very close between Shaun & Simon – Simon was the eventual winner!

May 11th 2018
More Stourbridge members’ success. Alison Dean has just gained her BPE 1 crown award whilst Brian Dean is racing ahead & now has a BPE 2.

May 4th 2018
The Ladies of Stourbridge Photographic were very pleased to have been successful again in the annual battle against the Gents. Images from both teams were excellent but the final score was Ladies 472, Gents 443. Our thanks go to Ralph Duckett for great judging.

May 3rd 2018.
We are very pleased to hear the news that Heather Woodhams has recently enjoyed success in the prestigious London Salon. She has had 2 prints accepted: ‘Wayside Flowers’ & ‘The Pink Coat’. Only 177 images were accepted. Even better: ‘Wayside Flowers’ was also awarded A London Salon medal-one of only 9 awarded.  Congratulations Heather-well deserved.

March 8th 2018.
Our winning streak was a little dented last night when we finished in 4th place at the annual 5 a-side battle. Droitwich were the worthy winners with Bromsgrove 2nd, Wall Heath 3rd, Stourbridge 4th & Kidderminster 5th. Congratulations to Droitwich & we’ll see you all next year.

February 22nd 2018.
We have just received our Midphot results and were delighted to find out that 9 of our members had submitted images that were accepted.

Phil Turner, Sue Taylor, Pauline Franks, Isabelle Johnson and Jo Allan all had 1 image accepted. Pauline’s picture ‘Lincoln cathedral knave’ was highly commended. David Tomlinson had 2 acceptances; Clare Chamberlain had 4 accepted. Alison Dean had 5 accepted with ‘The harbour’ receiving an MCPF ribbon. Finally Brian Dean had 7 acceptances with ‘Blue farm’ being also highly commended.

It was especially good that 2 members had acceptances on their 1st time of entering.

Onwards and upwards!

February 6th 2018.
We had our first battle of the year last night at Dudley Camera Club’s venue. This annual battle involves Stourbridge vs Dudley, Wall Heath & Hagley. It was very close but we managed to win with a score of 286 points. Wall Heath were second with 281; just one point behind with 280 were Dudley and Hagley finished with 243 points.

Our thanks go to Dudley for hosting & to  Ralph Duckett for his judging.

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