Hosting the North Cheshire Challenges
The North Cheshire Challenges are two interclub competitions held during the Annual Exhibition of North Cheshire Photographic Society.
North Cheshire Photographic Society
The NCPS logo on the left of each page links to the main website of North Cheshire Photographic Society. The society was created in 1951 as Hazel Grove Photographic Society, then moved to Poynton and changed its name about 30 years later.
It inaugurated the original North Cheshire Challenge in 1981 as a slide knock-out competition, then added the print competition (one of the first interclub competitions specifically for digital prints) in 1999. The slide knock-out was replaced by a projected digital image knock-out in 2008.
The Annual Exhibition
The Annual Exhibition of the Society was first held in 1952. The current schedule is to hold the interclub print competition on the Wednesday of the Exhibition, and the interclub projected image knock-out on the Thursday. (Then to hold a more general entertainment on the Friday).
The main hall of Poynton Civic Hall is an excellent venue for these interclub competitions. It has the usual facilities suitable for an audience of perhaps 200, and the benefit of a large free car park. Projection is onto a 10-foot by 10-foot screen.
The audience for these competitions is surrounded by a display of nearly 150 prints submitted for judging by the members of North Cheshire Photographic Society, and (except during the judging itself) there are displays of projected images also submitted by members. These displays alone are worth the trip!
Running the two competitions
The competitions are judged by top judges from outside the area. North Cheshire Photographic Society uses unique software to keep score and to project the accumulated results during judging.