Valley photographers snap up a silver medal

The Peak District with its continually changing weather, is blessed with superb countryside and iconic English villages; offering almost unrivalled scope for photographers. But few photographers can lay claim to wining a Royal Photographic Society medal. However, judges were so impressed with Keith & Kate Brown’s ‘Grease Gaskets & Gears’ entry in the 2014 Audio Visual competition, that the Royal Society awarded the couple a prestigious silver medal.

The compilation of competition images were first snapped last year when Keith & Kate, Stephen Elliott, Ray Fowler and others from Hope Valley’s Photographic Society, set up their cameras in a vintage car enthusiast’s garage. Stephen Elliott’s superb photo of a vintage Bugatti car was used in the opening sequence, when Keith & Kate used their skills to turn hundreds of photographs into the silver medal winning audio visual compilation.

You have an opportunity to see this award winning presentation, along with a range of Keith & Kate’s prize winning ‘audio visuals’ at St Edmund’s Church, Castleton at on Friday August 22nd. Tickets can be purchased at the door: £4 – adults, £2 – 18 & under.

Bugatti - Stephen Elliott

Notices for July & August

Hello CHVPS members
Ian has asked for the following information to be passed onto you  all.
Connie Brown Many members will have met Connie Brown, who’s Keith’s mother and a resident of Hope for quite a number of years. Connie, who had had a heart of gold and was full of fun,  died on Wednesday 9th July. A celebration of Connie’s life will be held at St Peter’s Church, Hope at 1430 on Thursday 31st of July. Connie was a football fan and I understand that Keith & Kate would like all those who attend the celebration of Connie’s life to wear football club coloured ties or bright colours.
C&HVPS and Hathersage’s Gala  I’d like to thank everyone who attended the gala, or helped Jason & Erica, or donated raffle prizes. Many gala attendees were interested in the images which were displayed in the gazebo, with some expressing interest in joining C&HVPS. Some visitors wanted to buy the images on display! I’d particularly like to thank Jason & Erica. They spent many hours planning our part in Hathersage’s Gala, coming up with the brilliant idea of ordering a large and colourful C&HVPS  banner. We’ll be able to use this banner many times in the future, starting with the exhibition of our 2014 competition images at St Edmund’s Church.
Our annual exhibition and AV at St Edmund’s Church
All of this year’s competition images will be displayed between 16th to 25th August (1400 to 1630) at St Edmund’s Church, Castleton.
Don’t forget that Keith & Kate are presenting their AV’s on August 22nd, also at St Edmund’s Church. The presentation starts at 1930 and finishes at 2130. Admission for paid up members of C&HVPS will be free. Why don’t you bring partners and friends to this event? Adults £4, children £2. Ray will be taking bookings and issuing tickets, which can also be bought at our next meeting on August 14th. All being well, Denis Thorpe will present the trophy to Nick Chalkley, who won the monochrome section of this year’s competition.
Kind regards

Our web server

 This is our new web servers its an Intel NUC energy efficient PC with some pretty neat specs

its running Turnkey Lamp a special version of Linux



Intel® Celeron® processor N2820
(up to 2.4 GHz dual-core, 1MB cache, 7.5 W TDP)


  • 1 x 4GB DDR3L SODIMM
  • 1.35V, 1333/1600 MHz (down clocked to 1066 MHz), 8 GB maximum


  • Intel® HD Graphics (up to 756 MHz)
  • 1 x HDMI* 1.4a


  • Up to 7.1 surround audio via HDMI interface
  • Back panel headphone/microphone jack

Peripheral connectivity

  • 1 x USB 3.0 port on the front panel
  • 2 x USB 2.0 ports on the back panel
  • Front panel consumer IR sensor


  • Internal support for 2.5-inch HDD or SSD 300GB hard drive installed


  • 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet port
  • Intel® Wireless-N 7260BN pre-installed, including wireless antennas
    (IEEE 802.11bgn, Bluetooth*  4.0, Intel® Wireless Display built-in)


Results for 2014 Annual competition

And here are the results of the 2014 Castleton and Hope Valley Photographic Society annual  competition as judges by Toni Pioli, with the Denis Thorpe award being judged by Denis Thorpe.  Well done to one and all, and thank you to all that put entries in.
See you all next month
Best wishes for Sunny snaps till then

 Close up

  •  1st Preying for Matins          Ian Ord
  •  2nd Colchicum Stigmata     Kate Brown
  •  3rd Harvest Mouse                Susan Hughes


  •  Highly commended    Orchid              Richard Clemons
  •  Highly commended    Old Key hole   Susan Hughes


  •  Commended    Wool gathering              Cath Allwood
  •  Commended    Powdered in pollen      Erica Dietsch
  •  Commended    In the field                       David Nicklin
  •  Commended    Tulip                                   Hazel Watson

 General Category

  •  1st Winter express                                    Les Nixon
  •  2nd Young Photographer                      Nick Chalkley
  •  3rd Get me to the church on time      Alan Hinchcliffe


  •  Highly commended  Sunrise over Higger Tor    Stephen Elliott
  •  Highly commended  Salty seaside sisal                Christine Ord
  •  Highly commended  Claws                                         David Allwood
  •  Highly commended  Fabulous fireplace               Pat Fowler
  •  Highly commended  The Bouncer’s Lair              Keith Brown
  •  Highly commended  Low tide                                  Kate Brown


  •  Commended    Wispy clouds save saturation     Christine Ord
  •  Commended    Autumn                                                Richard Clemons
  •  Commended    Walkies                                                 Nick Chalkley
  •  Commended    Passing by                                           Ray Fowler
  •  Commended    Buxton bubbles                                Ray Fowler
  •  Commended    Harvest mouse 1                              Susan Hughes
  •  Commended    Suspended chords                          Keith Brown
  •  Commended    Watery impression                         Keith Brown
  •  Commended    Levels of learning                            Kate Brown     (City of Birmingham Library)
  •  Commended    Please give generously                  Sandra Marshall
  •  Commended    Misty morning over the valley  Hazel Watson

 Denis Thorpe trophy (Best overall monochrome)

  •  Walkies  Nick Chalkley

2015 CHVPS Annual competition

 Just to confirm (and inform those not able to attend last nights meeting)  Ian announced at last nights meeting the theme for the 2015 exhibition.
  You can enter a maximum of 3 images in total. (They can be entered in  any mix into the  3 categories)
  2015 will have the following 3 categories
   General with 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions
   Architecture with 1st 2nd and 3rd positions
   Monochrome with just 1st place for the Dennis Thorpe  award
   Architecture can be –
   internal or external
   part or whole structure
   man-made or natural
Any questions please let me or one of the committee member know.
So lets get snapping!