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May 2024 Second Print Competition

Sunday, June 2nd, 2024

We were heading towards the end of May and the weather had been somewhat disappointing for late spring, but moods and expectations were about to be lifted as the excitement of the second print competition was about to get under way this Thursday evening.

The judge for the evening was Dave Hollingsworth (Arnold & District Camera Club) who the Outlaws had met on previous competition evenings. Dave started off the evening by introducing himself and saying a few words about his style of judging. He mentioned that judging photographic images was very subjective and his opinion was not to be taken as the be all and end all, but he would offer detailed critique in a positive manner. Dave also mentioned size and scale, sharpness and detail as points he would look for and he often commented on the proportion of skies appropriate in an image.


A Tribute to Paul Summers

Monday, May 20th, 2024

A Tribute To Paul Summers

Paul Summers was a talented photographer and valued member of Nottingham Outlaws. He was an enthusiastic landscape photographer and in later years explored shooting infrared photographs and producing fabulous images as slides, prints and digital images.

Paul frequently joined the club on the annual trip (KitKat) to a UK location and could always be relied upon to find the best place for us all to enjoy breakfast together.


April 2024 Second PDI Competition

Saturday, May 4th, 2024

The Outlaws photographic competition year is now in full swing and this is the second projected digital image (PDI) competition so far, with a further three to follow. Competitions are held every month and are alternated between PDI’s and mounted Prints.

This month’s competition had fourteen entrants all competing in both the Open and Themed categories.

The current Outlaws PDI league table has Malcolm Nabarro top with 144 points, followed closely by Ray Andrews with 140 and Lester Woodward hot on his heels with 139 points.

The judge for this evening’s competitions was Phil Taylor from Bolsover Camera Club. 


JetSki Racing Derbyshire

Wednesday, April 24th, 2024

Church Wilne reservoir in Derbyshire was the venue for the Jet Ski Racing Association ( British JetSport Championship, round one competition. The event was scheduled for mid April, we had been regularly checking the JRSI website to gleam information on the location, protocols and how to access the venue.


Holi – Festival Nottingham

Monday, March 25th, 2024

The Outlaws visited Nottingham’s Wollaton Park on Sunday (24th March) to celebrate the Hindu festival Holi. Holi is a significant festival in the Hindu calendar celebrating, Colours, Love & Springtime and is held on the 25th March each year. Here is one of the images taken which nicely portrays the celebrations.

This image was taken by Malcolm Nabarro and was promised to the ladies in the picture but unfortunately was undeliverable, hopefully they get to see it when visiting our website.


March 2024 First Print Competition

Monday, March 25th, 2024

March 2024 First Print Competition 

The 1st print competition of 2024 was held on Thursday 21st March at St James church Hall the home of the Nottingham Outlaws. The print competition is run on a bi-monthly basis, through to the final round which is in November of the same year and all rounds contribute to the Outlaw’s print league table. 

The judge for this first round of the competition was Bob Richards who is a member of Nottingham & Notts Photographic Society. There were two categories for Bob to judge, the Open category and the Themed category which in this instance was “Transport”. In total there were 26 entries in the open and 29 in the themed.

The Open competition again attracted a wide variety of genres of photography including sport, nature, portraits (including artistic nude), landscape (including local scenes), sunsets, and several of these images were presented in black & white. The themed competition equally had interesting array of modes of transports and Bob said that there were many images worth holding back for a second look.


February 2024 1st PDI Competition

Tuesday, March 5th, 2024

February see’s the start of the Outlaws league competition year and the first competition is a projected digital image (PDI), over the course of the year there will be a further four PDI’s, these are interwoven with a separate print competition on a bi-monthly basis.

This month’s competition had sixteen entrants (many new entrants) all wanting to take the tittle of Outlaw of the Year off the current holder Lester Woodward.

The judge for the evening was Stephan from Newark Camera Club. 

There were two categories for Stephan to judge, the Open category and the Themed which for February was “Abstract”. In total there were thirty submission entries in the Abstract section and twenty-eight in the Open.


Meet The Outlaws – Sue Jackson

Monday, February 5th, 2024

Apart from a brief fling with a Zenith film camera when I was a teenager, and later taking holiday and family photos, I didn’t really get into photography until I bought my first digital camera which allowed me to see what I had taken instantly, instead of waiting a week or more for prints to come back. I then took a City & Guilds course in photography.  After completing the course I wanted to continue to learn more about photography so I joined NOPS, which gave me the support I needed, and with monthly competitions it also gave me a reason to go out and take images I would not normally have thought about, and a reason to practice my post processing skills (and still does).  


Members Choice 2024

Wednesday, January 31st, 2024

January 2024 – Members Choice Competition

January is traditionally the start of the Outlaws competition year and “Members Choice” is the first competition of the year. It is a stand-alone competition having both PDI and Print sections. It is open to all members and the contributions especially in the DPI format were quite significant with forty-six entries in total. 

The judging is carried out by the attending NOPS membership and the PDI images are projected onto a large screen with several run throughs allowing members to make notes and each can come to their own individual top six entries (members cannot vote for their own image) in order of preference. 

The Print competition takes part in the second part of the evening (after the tea break) with prints being displayed on the bespoke easel allowing all images to be placed side by side for direct comparison and all subject to the same lighting conditions. Again, judging is carried out by the attending members on the same basis as the PDI competition, no voting for your own image and your top six in order of preference.


Lester Achieves CPAGB Accreditation

Wednesday, January 10th, 2024

After a few years of thinking about it and putting it off, I eventually applied for my CPAGB.

I had previously attended a workshop on the awards.  I got the impression from the “judges/Lecturers” on the day that I might get my DPAGB, but almost certainly would get my CPAGB.  The lecturers saw the CPAGB as the most important award as it got you recognition of PAGB patronage.