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PAGB Nature Photographer 2014 Award to Austin Thomas

Article by Ed Roper and Austin Thomas

Austin Thomas receiving the PAGB Nature Photographer Trophy from Leo Rich, PAGB President at the PAGB Inter Club DPI Championship at Warwick University.

This trophy was presented to the PAGB in memory of Colin Smith, a dear friend and fellow Wigan 10 nature photographer.

It was the first time that anyone from Wigan 10 had won the trophy.

PAGB Nature Photographer 2014

Austin Thomas receiving the Colin Smith Trophy from Leo Rich

Austin says:-

I am absolutely delighted to be the current holder of The Colin Smith Trophy.

Colin was a real inspiration to me and helped me find my feet as a wildlife photographer, even before I joined Wigan 10.
Colin would spend time with me in the field and was always willing to offer friendly advice and support. To be one of the names on his Trophy is an honour for me personally and something I am sure Colin would be proud of too.

Thanks to the PAGB for awarding me PAGB Nature Photographer of the Year,  2014.

Colin Smith

Colin Smith

PAGB Inter Club Championships (Warwick)

Many congratulations to the winning club Smethwick who presented a very impressive set of images. The images from the clubs who competed were of a very high standard, it was a pleasure to take part in the competition and Wigan 10 would like to give thanks to all the other clubs, judges and organisers. On a social level it was a great opportunity to see so many friendly faces and catch up with friends and acquaintances from across the United Kingdom.

Amateur Photography Club PAGB PDI Championships 2014

Ed Roper receiving the Silver PAGB medal from Leo Rich for the runner up club

Warwick 2014

Wigan 10 at the PAGB Inter Club Championships 2014

If you would like to view our Warwick 2014 images, our images from all rounds can be seen here (or click on achievements from the main menu):

Wigan 10 Celebration Meal

Article by Robert Millin

Following a great week in February when we won 10 trophies as a club we decided that a celebration meal was required and last night we headed out to a restaurant in Lymm, recommended by Christine. We had a great meal with lots of laughs and just a little bit of photography talk thrown in. Not everyone was able to make it, as is always the case, but we all had such a good time that we can’t wait to go out again!!


Amatuer Photography Photo Club

Photograph: Ed Roper

FIAP World Cup 2013 Paris Presentation

Article by Joan Blease

Going to Paris is exciting at the best of times but going to Paris to be presented with the FIAP World Cup has to be off the excitement scale !

Four members KT Allen, Kitty and Geoff Walsh and Joan Blease, travelled over to Paris and enjoyed the sights and sounds of that beautiful city. After enjoying a morning sight seeing the group made their way over to the FIAP headquarters where they were given the warmest of welcome by the President and various high ranking officials of FIAP. Many speeches were made in various languages but all spoke warmly about Wigan 10 and how everyone was thrilled that some of the group were able to be at the presentation.

The presentation of the trophies then took place and Joan was asked by her fellow members to give the acceptance speech – which she did. The speech was short (and in English) and was dedicated to the memory of Maurice Jones the much loved member of Wigan 10 who sadly lost his brave battle with cancer in late December 2013. Most of the people had met Maurice on a number of occasions and were saddened by the news of his passing.

In the evening the group attended a fantastic Gala Dinner in a very beautiful restaurant in the centre of Paris. Again the group could not have been made more welcome and the wine and conversation flowed once more.

Regretfully the long weekend came to a close – but the group had travelled around Paris seeing the various sights – but always having time to sit down and have a lovely coffee or bowl of French onion soup.

All in all it was a wonderful occasion and it is hoped that the club will be fortunate enough to travel over again next year.


Amatuer Photography FIAP World Cup 2013

Amatuer Photography FIAP World Cup 2013

Amatuer Photography FIAP World Cup 2013

Amatuer Photography FIAP World Cup 2013

Amatuer Photography FIAP World Cup 2013

The North Cheshire Challenges 2014

The North Cheshire Challenges 2014 galleries have now been added to the achievements pages.





Kathryn Scorah gives her synopsis of the evening:

All the ingredients were assembled. Five images from each of the 27 competing clubs, a packed hall and a judge whose job it would be to sift and sort the pictures so that the cream would rise to the top.

The heat was certainly on at North Cheshire Photographic Society’s annual DPI Challenge which took place on Thursday 13th February.

Malcolm Kus ARPS DPAGB EFIAP/b travelled down from deepest Northumberland to judge this competition, bringing with him the usual Midlands sense of fun we have come to expect from one of the top judges on the circuit.

His task was a difficult one with so many first class images. Throughout each round he seemed to be cooking on gas as images were dropped from the mixture.

After five rounds two clubs were in equal first place: Chorley and Wigan 10 Foto Club. Now only 5 images remained.

The cherry on the cake came Wigan 10’s way when Malcolm picked Edwardian Era as the top image of night. Thus securing a win for us.

Sincere thanks must go to North Cheshire for their hospitality and flawless organisation. And, of course, to Malcolm – we’ll send you a celebratory slice of cake!

L&CPU Inter-Club PDI and Print Championships

This weekend saw the L&CPU Inter-Club PDI and Print Championships and it was a hotly contested event. All six sections were very close with Chorley pushing us very hard and North Cheshire showing their nature pedigree too. There were many great images on display and a team of excellent experienced judges sorted out the marks. All who were present enjoyed a feast of photography. When the dust settled we (Wigan 10) won 5 of the 6 competitions and were awarded the prize for best club overall. Chorley and North Cheshire were not far behind and the competition in the L&CPU is healthy and strong and that has got to be good news for the L&CPU.  All the clubs mentioned (Wigan 10, Chorley & North Cheshire with the addition of Poulton in PDI) will represent the L&CPU at national PAGB events later in the year. An excellent weekend of high achievement for our club.

by Robert Millin

The images can be viewed on the following links or by clicking Achievements from the main navigation menu.  There are also new galleries for the GB Cups, with the PSA galleries on its way!

Amatuer Photography Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union 2014

Photo by Terry Donnelly

With Deepest Regrets

Maurice Jones ARPS MPAGB

1945 – 2013

Maurice Jones

As some of you may be aware Maurice has been battling stomach cancer since April this year.

He passed away at home, surrounded by the love of his family at 11.15am this morning.

Our condolences go out to Vi , his wife, and Laura and Gemma, his daughters at this sad time.

Maurice will be greatly missed.  He was a true gentleman and held in high regard by many.  May he rest in peace and be held in our hearts forever.

We realise that many of you live many miles away but we do thank those who have sent messages of support during the past few weeks.  Please feel free to pass on your condolences, cards can be sent to 11 Berkeley Close, Leigh.  WN7 3QJ and addressed to c/o Vi Jones.  Or messages maybe sent via

Funeral Details

Friday 10th Janruary 2014 at 2.00 pm

Radcliffe Crematorium, Cemetery Road, M26 4EU

Reception at:-

Bolton Municipal Golf Club, Links Road, BL2 9XX

Flowers are being provided by the family only.

Donations would be appreciated to:-

The Christie

There are several ways of donating:

Postal donations:-

The Christie charity

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
Wilmslow Road
M20 4BX

Cheques should be made payable to The Christie.

Please do not put cash in the post.

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