Guidance for New Members

…….. and for old members who have forgotten!!



Meetings are held in the Main Room at Newton Village Hall, West Kirby, Wirral on Fridays from September until June each year.  Parking is available at the Hall or over the road in an unlit car park. The programme is a varied one including illustrated talks, practical advice and club competitions. The programme can be found here. 

Meetings start at 7.45 and members are asked to arrive at 7.30.  Help is always needed to put out the chairs and set up equipment, and to put chairs and equipment away at the end of the meeting.  A refreshment break takes place at about  9.00pm and volunteers to make the tea and coffees are asked for at the beginning of each meeting,

More informal meetings are held fortnightly in the Back Room of the Hall, again from 7.30 for 7.45. This programme can be found here.


Members of the Society are always wiling to give advice.  Much advice is given in the informal Wednesday Night Group meetings.  One to one advice can always be arranged.  If you want specific advice on how your camera works, it is best that you ask in advance.  There may be a member who has a similar camera to yours who can help.  Always bring your camera handbook with you when you seek that advice.  Eight of the 14 Wednesday Night Group meetings are concerned with giving advice upon photography and use of software, and there are 4 practical nights on the Friday programme of meetings


Hoylake PS is a member of the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union (L&CPU) which as its name suggests, is a federation of photographic societies in the Lancashire and Cheshire region, including Merseyside and Greater Manchester. More information on the L&CPU can be found here.  All such federations are part of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB).  More information can be found here.

The Society is also a member of the Photographic Society of America,  Find out more


Some members of our society have Photographic qualifications after their names, such as CPAGB, BPE5*, FBPE, LRPS, FRPS, APSA, EPSA,MPSA, EFIAP/pl.  Judges and lecturers often have qualifications like this.  Find out what they mean here.


There are six internal competitions each season.  There are three sections to each competition – Colour Prints, Monochrome Prints and Projected Images.  Full details of this season’s competitions, the rules  and entry forms can be found here

Mounting Board and Backing Boards can be bought from the club, and members will always give advice at printing, mounting and preparing images for projection.  Just ask!

All members compete in an open classification – members are not graded according to their abilities,.  Members of the club are always willing to give advice on an individual basis and much of the Wednesday Night Group activities are to do with advice and techniques.  In each competition there are awards of 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, Very Highly Commended, Highly Commended and Commended. Certificates are given to those who have won awards and there are trophies for those coming first. At the end of the season, awards are given in each section, Colour Print, Mono Print and Projected Images for those who have scored the most points over the season in the monthly competitions.  Find out more The current running totals can be found here as can  last year’s results

At the end of the season, there is an ANNUAL COMPETITION.   This competition has the same competition titles as the monthly Competitions. and prints and projected images that have been used in the monthly competition may be entered again.  Once an image has been entered in the Annual Competition it may not be entered again in a club competition.  There are also two panel competitions in the Annual.   Full details can be found here. Images from the annual go on display in August at West Kirby Library.  There may be other displays at other venues.  Prints are kept by the Competition Secretary for use in inter-club competitions.


The club takes part in a number of external competitions.  Some are organised by the L&CPU and the PAGB.  Others are competitions against other photographic societies.  In many cases the images used in these competitions are taken from the monthly and annual projected images and from the Annual prints which are kept for one year by the Competition Secretary.

We also take part in a series of international inter club competitions organised by the Photographic Society of America.  Find out more


The Club has organised an international Photographic Exhibition for seven years. It is normally held in May over a weekend. The Competition is recognised by the Global Photographic Union (GPU), the Federation Internationale de l’Art Photographique (FIAP) and the Photographic Society of America (PSA). More about these organisations here.  Planning begins in September, finding judges, applying for recognition/patronage, preparing the Conditions of Entry, setting up the website for entry of images, downloading images etc.  Help is required from members setting up the judging rooms, operating the computers, arranging refreshments.  A sub-committee will be established to organise the  International Exhibition.  The club has benefitted from this Exhibition purchasing three laptops, two projectors, a drop-down screen and subsidies on members’ subscription, as well as subsidies for some club outings.

In 2018, 448 entrants from 55 countries entered 7,172 images for judging in the Hoylake International.  An award is given for the best image in each section from a member of Hoylake PS, and an  award is also given to the most successful member overall. See who it was in 2018

To see the images that were accepted in the 2018 Exhibition click here

The 2018 Catalogue can be found here