Nov 2nd Martin Avery Inter-Club Competition for Creative Prints – open from 6.45pm for visiting clubs, starting at 8pm Judge, Joan Blease

Review and photos by Mal Holmes

Thursday 02/11/17

Tonight’s Society Meeting welcomed Clubs and Societies, from the local area, for the annual ‘Martin Avery’ inter-club competition. The clubs joining us for the evenings ‘battle’ were… Chorley, North Cheshire, South Manchester and Southport. The subject was to be… ‘Creative’

Each Society/Club submitted 12 prints, and DPI’s of the prints were shown on the large screen for those attending… Judging the competition was the very experienced, Photographic Artist… Joan Blease you can view Joan’s superb artistry below at her site…

The format for this hotly contested competition, was… the prints were randomly selected, to be viewed by Joan, and each print was anonymous of both photographer and club identity, and as such, Joan could only mark them on merit, with a score of 15 to 20 marks for each print entry… When all prints were shown, the adjudicators, totted up each individual print score, and assigned the score to the relevant Society/Club. The highest score, would win the competition. However, Joan would pick one image, as the ‘image’ of the night… with a runner-up image.

When all marks were added up… Chorley Photographic Society, claimed the accolade as 2017 champions. Joan also decided, the the overall winning image on the night, would be awarded to Adrian Lines MPAGB FBPE EFIAP ARPS also from Chorley PS, for an astounding and truly fantastic composite image, titled ‘Marooned’ a stunner to say the least !!! Joan also awarded the runner-up as Adrian’s wife… Jane Lines LRPS, MPAGB, BPE5*, for a her great Gothic composite.

Chorley 221

North Cheshire 213

South Liverpool 202

Southport 200

South Manchester 199


Click this link  for all individual print scores – Martin Avery Scoresheet

This has set an extremely high standard for next years battle, and given the membership of all the Societies a goal to aim for, in their own creative imagery endeavours and styles.

Chorley Photographic Society’s website can be found below…

Many of Jane’s fabulous images can be viewed on her website

Adrian’s website link is

Our SLPS backroom boys, Mike Les and Bert

Our SLPS backroom boys, Mike Les and Bert

Adrian receives the martin Avery plate for Best Image of the night.

Adrian receives the Martin Avery plate for Best Image of the night.

"Marooned" by Adrian Lines MPAGB FBPE EFIAP ARPS

“Marooned” by Adrian Lines MPAGB FBPE EFIAP ARPS


Half time and Alan claiming his raffle prize

Half time and Phil claiming his raffle prize