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2023 London Photo Trade Show and Convention

Hi Shepshed and District Camera Club

An invitation to everyone who is interested in photography!

Photographers are in for a real treat at the 2023 London Photo Trade Show and Convention – not only will all the latest photographic equipment, products and services be on show, attendees will also be able to attend free demonstrations from leading manufactures on their photo products.

We would like to invite you and your members to attend this prestigious event and join thousands of worldwide photographers who have already pre-registered.

Pre-register now for your FREE trade show tickets!

*Pre-register before 1 February 2023 for FREE and avoid £10 entry fee to Trade Show.

Come and get hands-on advice with the likes of Canon, Sony, Fujifilm, Epson, Tamron, Digitalab to name only a few. Check out all exhibitors here

Full Convention: Wednesday 15th – Saturday 18th March 2023

FREE* Trade Show Dates: Thursday 16th – Saturday 18th March 2023

Venue: Novotel London West, Hammersmith

Further information on the Convention can be found here:

Don’t miss out on the chance to start off the year with inspiration from some of the world’s best photographers. 150 hours of classes have been arranged for the 2023 Convention.

Take a look at the great line-up of speakers

“Another fabulous week at the Convention. Something for everyone from competitions to workshops to qualifications to partying! Privileged to be part of the behind-the-scenes team too. An immense amount of work has gone into creating such a great event! “- Lisa North on Trust Pilot

Pre-register now for your FREE trade show tickets!

Kind Regards
Ben Jones
The Societies of Photographers 
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2023 Annual Photographic Exhibition

Dear Fellow Photographer,

Here is our first announcement of this year’s Leicester and Leicestershire Photographic Society Annual Exhibition.

We shall display prints and projected images in the Exhibition at Christchurch Hall, Clarendon Park Road, Leicester LE2 3AH – our customary venue – from Friday 12th May to Saturday 13th May 2023.

The open categories are open to any individual whether in a photographic society or independent:

the Open Print categories are: Any subject Colour; Any subject Monochrome; Nature; Great Central Railway; and Sport.

the Open Projected Digital Images categories are: Any subject Colour; Any subject Monochrome; Nature; Great Central Railway ; and Sport.

The L&LPS members only categories are (print and PDI): Any subject Colour; Any subject Monochrome; Nature.

This is a great opportunity for photographers to gain a wider audience for their work. If you have not considered entering before, please have a go this year! We are hoping for an increase in entries in the Sport and GCR print sections now that a year has passed without significant restrictions on events due to Covid. We look forward to receiving your entries from Friday 3rd February. The closing date for entries is Saturday 1st April 2023. Entry forms and conditions can be downloaded from the exhibition page of our website: and a poster can be downloaded here: If all goes to plan, there will be an Awards ceremony on the Friday evening and a presentation of the accepted Projected digital Images.

Jean Burbridge
Exhibition Secretary
Leicester & Leicestershire PS
43, Cedar Road, Leicester  LE2 1FG

Competition Secretary Vacancy

I would like to encourage someone to step up to the role of Competition Secretary.

My stint as Comp Sec was rather brief, I have to admit. However, my reason for stepping down was that much of my time is being spent in developing the club’s new website. Besides, with the introduction of PhotoEntry, the task of Comp Sec has become far less onerous and probably the least onerous of all the committee positions (at a guess, as I have not held any other!).

So, please, step up to the mark and offer your services. I’d be happy assist in offering you the smoothest ride possible!

Postscript: Well done, Jamie Humphrey, for taking up the challenge!

SINWP Bird Photographer of the Year 2022 in aid of RSPB

Hi Shepshed and District Camera Club

Just thought that we would drop you a note to let you and your members know that it is your last chance to get your images into this year’s SINWP Bird Photographer of the Year 2022 in aid of RSPB, entry into the competition will close on Monday 31st October.

Enter Here

For the final time, calling all photographers!

Enter your best bird images into this exciting photo competition and help raise vital funds for The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

Colin Jones The Societies Company Director says, “We are really excited to announce the competition is back for 2022. We are asking for a small donation of £1 per image and 100% of this donation goes straight to the RSPB to help them protect wildlife and the wider countryside you love.”

The winner of the competition will win various photographic prizes, as well as the prestigious SINWP 2022 Bird Photographer of the Year Trophy and Certificate.

The competition closes on Monday October 31, 2022. So don’t delay and enter your images today.

Members Only Club Forums are now live!

I am happy to announce that the club has its own Forums where you can share your views in a number of categories such as the “Main Forum”, “Club Website – Your Views” and “Used Photography Gear: for sale or wanted”. Obviously, you can initiate your own topic for discussion, help, etc, under any of these categories.

However, you will need to login to participate as the ‘CLUB FORUMS’ menu item is not visible to the general public – only to club members.

Note: If you continue to use the same device, you only need login once.

There are already a few threads running such as “Thoughts on Printing”, “Flickr” and “Should the Competition League results be published as it progresses?” You might like to express your views or to add further topics for discussion.

There are also topics involving changes in the club you can voice your opinion on, if you wish, and/or cast a vote.

So, do login and take a look. It might be handy if you want to dispose of unused photography gear, for instance!

WordPress for Dummies

The club’s website runs on WordPress, so if you’re one of the club’s website Administrators, or even Editor for that matter, it might benefit you to brush up on WordPress by reading this book. You’ll find a lot more books in a search, including ‘WordPress for Kids’ 11+ years old! So, WordPress must be quite easy to use!

Brush up your WordPress
Start quoting it now
Brush up your WordPress
And the women you will wow…

… adapted from Kiss Me Kate.

Shepton Snowdrops

Enter our 2023 Photography Competition 

Winter in the Piet Oudolf Garden, Hauser and Wirth Gallery, Somerset, by Jason Ingram, our 2023 Photography Competition Judge

Our theme for 2023 is ‘Let Nature Thrive’. Across the world we’ve seen many challenges faced by plants and nature in the light of extreme weather and global environmental challenges. 

Jason Ingram, our judge, is an award-winning photographer. For the last three years (2019-2021) he has won the prestigious Gordon Rae Photographer of the Year Award from the Garden Media Guild. As judge, he’s looking forward to some creative interpretations of the ‘Let Nature Thrive’ theme: “Nature surrounds us all in some shape and form every day so this brief is as wide as you can interpret it. When you really start to look you see elements of nature thriving the moment you walk out of the door. Whether you live in a city, town or the countryside, we are surrounded by it.”

Tips on your photography technique from Jason 

“When you start to shoot for this keep the brief in the back of your mind but do not allow it to take over from what drives your creativity. Although I will be looking for how you tackle the subject matter, I will also be looking at your composition and use of light. I find when I am shooting for a commission I tend to be pushed in the direction of how the light is working for the subject matter as I know that this will help create my image. Really try to interpret the brief as widely as you can  and enjoy the process, remember light is key to good photography.” 

Follow this link to find out how to enter and please share with your photography friends. Last year our entries went global!

Welcome to the Club’s New Website!

The new website was inaugurated on 12 October 2022 and includes many features.

We are looking for membership participation in maintaining and enhancing the club’s web pages. To make user management easier, WordPress has grouped different capabilities together into five ​user roles:

  1. Administrator​ – Has access to all the administration features within a single site.
  2. Editor​ – Can publish and manage posts and pages, including the posts of other users. Can also upload files, manage private posts, edit comments, post categories and modify links.
  3. Author​ – Can publish and manage their own posts and upload files.
  4. Contributor ​- Can write and manage their own posts but cannot publish them.
  5. Subscriber​ – Can only manage their profile. This is the default role for all club members.

If you think you could best contribute in any one of the roles above, please contact us at In particular, we are looking for Editors, Authors and Contributors.