Chronicle of the Isle of Man Photographic Society: Our fight against Oldham and Rochdale


At this time of year, photographers often have to battle the elements to pursue their hobby.

The Isle of Man company, like many others, has recently faced a different challenge with the Covid-19 pandemic severely restricting its business.

The company was forced to cancel several meetings this winter due to forced “lockdowns” caused by the pandemic.

Understandably, some of our older members have been nervous about venturing outside and risking infection, but the company has implemented reasonable precautions in our new location (such as hand sanitizer and face coverings are now optional) to minimize risk.

So the bottom line is that we fully intend to complete our revised winter and spring program this year and full details on this can be found on the company’s website, www.iomps.com

In another first for the society, last Wednesday evening we took part in a hotly contested “zoom battle” with the Oldham Photographic Society and the Rochdale and District Camera Club.

During the lockdowns, competitions via Zoom have become almost the norm, but this is probably the first time we’ve participated in this friendly rivalry while being together!

The judge for the evening was Marilyn Roberts DPAGB BPE4*, the current President of the Yorkshire Photographic Union.

She said she looked for certain key elements when judging, namely originality (explained as something “a little different”), atmosphere, dynamism and storytelling.

As a renowned PAGB judge and mentor, Marilyn was able to give all participants a very helpful critique of their work.

She applied her knowledge and experience in finding evidence of technical ability, awarding higher marks for any images that had impact, displayed a pleasing color palette, or were particularly pleasing to the eye.

It was particularly gratifying that she gave the top score – 20 out of 20 – to two of the company’s images but, in the end, the final scores left the company in second place with 400 points, just 45 behind the winners, Rochdale. but 46 ahead of Oldham, third.

The best ‘battle’ picture was judged to be Banded Demoiselle on Grass by Christine Widdall, the current chairman of Oldham and a former judge of the society’s annual competitions at a time when she was chairman of Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union.

The society then meets at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30 at St. John Ambulance headquarters for a competition in memory of former society member Richard Shafto for the awarding of the cup bearing his name.

New members and potential guests (for a small fee) are welcome.

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