Melbourne World War One Centenary Photographic competition


Melbourne World War One Centenary Photographic competition

Theme: Comradeship

To contribute to Melbourne’s remembrance of The Armistice Century, Melbourne Photographic Society have launched a photographic competition with the theme of “Comradeship”.  We are hoping for hundreds of entries, of which the winning and highly commended entries will be selected to be on exhibition on 27th October at Melbourne Assembly Rooms.  There will be a prize of a £50 voucher for the winner to spend at the photographic retailer of their chose.

The competition is open to all local photographers.  We are not looking for photographical technical excellence, just for creativity around the theme of Comradeship.  The theme is open to individual interpretation, but entries must have the Armistice centenary at their heart.

The deadline for submissions will be Friday 12th October 2018, with the winners notified on 19th October 2018.   The winning entry and highly commanded entries will be on display at the Melbourne Assembly Rooms on Melbourne’s Remember day – Saturday 27th October 2018.

Here’s the small print:

  • Entrants can submit up to three prints, in colour or black and white.  Electronic images are not accepted.  Prints should be a maximum size of 210 x 297mm (A4) and a minimum of 148 x 210mm (A5).
  • Each entry should be marked, on the reverse, with your name, address, contract telephone number and email address.
  • Entries should be sent to one of the following options:The competition closes at midnight on Friday 12th October 2018.
    • Posted to Melbourne World War One Centenary Photographic Competition, Competition Sec, Melbourne Photographic Society, The Barns, Jawbone Lane, Kings Newton, Melbourne, DE73 8BW;
    • Handed in to the Melbourne Photographic Society stand at the Melbourne Arts Festival on 15th and 16th September;
    • Handed in to the Melbourne Photographic Society regular meeting on Thursday 11th October at the Thomas Cook hall, between 7-7.30 pm.
  • Entries cannot be returned, and proof of posting is not proof of receipt.  The organisers accept no responsibility for lost entries, damaged or postal delays.
  • All entries must the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party.  The entrants must be the sole owner of the copyright in all photographs entered.
  • Entrants will retain copyright of all photographs entered into the competition.  By entering the competition all entrants grant to Melbourne Photographic Society the right to publish and exhibit their photographs at the Melbourne World War One Centenary exhibition and on the Society’s website.
  • By entering the competition, entrants will be deemed to have agreed to be bound by these rules.  Melbourne Photographic Society reserves the right to exclude any entry from the competition at any time if the competition organisers have reasons to believe that an entrant has broken the rules.
  • If the winner is unable to be contacted after reasonable attempts have been made, the organisers reserve the right to offer the prize to a runner up.
  • Melbourne Photographic Society reserves the right to cancel this competition or alter any of the rules at any stage if deemed necessary in its opinion and if circumstances arise outside of its control.
  • Any members of Melbourne Photographic Society involved in running the competition are excluded from entering photographs.

Calke Abbey Gardens Trip – Thursday July 12th

Hi All a message on behalf of Alan May He as arranged for us to go and take some images of Calke Gardens  on July 12th between 1700-1900hrs after the public have gone home so we will have the gardens to ourselves.

Meet at Home Farm which is the back entrance to Calke around 1645ish.  Calke are are asking for a donation to be able to stay open for us.

Any further details please get in touch with Alan.


Melbourne Carnival – Saturday 14th July – Assistance Required.

We are coming up to the First exhibition of the year – The Melbourne Carnival on Saturday 14th July.

This gives us our chance to promote the club and show off our work, to improve local awareness and to help gain new members.

To make sure this runs smoothly we need club members to volunteer their time (1 – 2 hours) to assist with this exhibition.  In particular we are looking for members to assist between 12:00 and 14:00 when the event is at its busiest.  We have been requested to man the gates . Manning the gates is a worthwhile job, as a club we receive a cash award for doing this role that goes towards our annual fund raising.  We are looking for the following:-

  1. To help set the stand between 9:30 – 11:30hrs.
  2.  To man the stand between 12:00 – 17:00hrs
  3. 3.      To man the Main Gate 12:00 – 14:00hrs
  4. Then dismantle the stand after 17:00hrs and return boards etc to Thomas Cook hall.


We also need you to submit your images to display. We are arranging a collection of your prints at Harpers on Thursday 12th July at 21:00hrs.  If you cannot make it to Harper’s you can please let us know by email and we can make alternative arrangements. If you could also indicate if you are happy for the photos to be sold on the day, it would be appreciated. Can you please let Tony know urgently if you planning to enter prints and if you are available to assist on the day.


Please contact me at the following e-mail address ( or Paul ( with your offers of help so that we can plan the day.


Tony Pedley, Exhibition Secretary

Upcoming Summer Events

Our full programme can be found by clicking on this link

Date Day Title Description Speaker/Judge
14th July 2018 Saturday                Meet at 09.00Hrs for set up at Melbourne Primary School Playing Field Melbourne Fete & Carnival A fun day showing our work at the Melbourne Carnival. Always an interesting and entertaining day. Giving members the chance to exhibit their work, talk to the public and have a go at taking some pictures of the events Tony Pedley, Exhibition Secretary
15th July 2018 Sunday               Meet at Papplewick Photography Trip Visit to Steampunk at Papplewick Pumping Station Looking for someone to facilitate
09th August 2018 Thursday               Meet 16:30 Hrs,Castle Sq, Melbourne Peak District Heather Peak district visit to photograph the heather.  Location to be announced later, depending on weather and bloom Paul Cooper
9th Sept 2018 Sunday               Meet 10.00 Hrs   Castle Sq, Melbourne Street Photography – Matlock Street photography trip to Matlock Bath Looking for someone to facilitate
14th Sept 2018 Friday                      Time to be agreed.              Wisteria House, Church Street, Melbourne Melbourne Arts Festival – Set up  Set up exhibition for the weekend Arts Festival Tony Pedley, Exhibition Secretary
15th & 16th Sept 2018 Saturday / Sunday Melbourne Arts Festival Our premier exhibition of the year. Opportunities to showcase our work and to talk to visitors about the images and our activities Tony Pedley, Exhibition Secretary

Taking the Waters – 30th June 2018

This is a photographic tour from the north of the Peak District  and running south through some of the more distinctive water related features. We will adapt the schedule based on weather,  amount of water that’s around and what people want to point their lenses at.  The plan is start from  Wyming Brook and the Redmire Reservoir, West of Sheffield. Potential stops along the way include, the following:

  • Ladybower & Derwent Reservoirs
  • Fairbrook , off the Snake Pass
  • Padley Gorge, Grindleford
  • Winnats Pass & Cavedale ( Well they were full of water once )
  • Waterfall Swallet, Foolow
  • Water-Cum-Jolly, Millersdale
  • Millers Dale Waterfalls
  • Conksbury Bridge & Lower Lathkill Cascades
  • Lumsdale Valley
  • Belper Water Gardens & Mill Weirs

We may not get to all of them. There are plenty of Watering Holes along the way. Ideally we will need to meet fairly early to make  the most of the day. The plan is to leave the Melbourne area at around 08:00 – 08:15. Car sharing will be best where possible as car parking is either limited or expensive at many of these places. There is no reason to rush for the sunrise or sunset, as they are either very late or very early, and many of the opportunities are in valleys or under trees. Bring your tripod and filters with you.

If you are interested in going, then please let Paul Cooper know by Thursday 28th at 20:00 by email   and if you are planning on taking a car.  This will enable me to plan the logistics and starting point / pickups.