Welcome to Your New NOPS Membership

The Club Committee and members welcome you into NOPS. This is the members club and we are here to provide you with the club we can all be proud of.

NOPS held its inaugural meeting in January of 1987 at the Flying Horse on Front Street in Arnold. We still have one of the founder members in the club, Steve Roper CPAGB (NOPS honorary lifetime President).

We now meet 50 week a year except for Christmas at the Church Hall at “St James Church”, Marshall Hill Dr, Mapperley, Nottingham NG3 6FY, unless we have an outside event planned. Please check our program on the website or in the newsletter before you travel to meet us. After most of the Club Meeting some members go to The Punch Bowl, 214 Porchester Rd., Nottingham NG3 6HG for a drink, ALL members are welcome to join us for a drink.

We are a people focused societies, catering for young or old. Encourage beginners, enthusiasts, amateurs & professionals We encourage everyone to participate in our full program of events, which include; Lectures, Displays, Practical events, Outside events, Inter-club, International and Internal competitions, Social evenings.

The club runs 10 monthly competitions February to November, which alternate between printed (3 images max per category per competition) and projected digital images (2 images max per category per competition), each competition is divided into two halves: an open half where there are no restrictions on the subject of the photograph and a themed half where the subject of the photograph must conform to the set theme for that month, more details are on the club website. We have an external judge who gives critiques and decides on the winning image on the night for both the themed and open sections. The scores from these monthly competitions are accumulated for the ‘Outlaw of the Year’ Trophy.

In January we run the Members Choice competition, this is an open competition restricted to images that have not been entered in any previous NOPS competition. All the members attending on the competition evening score the photographs.

In December we run the David Cawthan Memorial Trophy, held in memory of one of our founder members. The aim of this competition is to show your overall competence in different genres of photography.

The closing date for entering any competition is one week before the compertition.

  • For all the compertition Rules see “Here”
  • For a Competition Guide on how to Prepare Your Images see “Here”
  • For Instructions For Using The Photo Entry System To Enter Club Competitions see “Here”
  • The Photo Entry System To Enter Club Competitions can be found “Here”

The Competition Secretary will have registered you on The Photo Entry System, any issues let him know.

Sometimes we have competitions where the entrants must be anonymous, so you use your NOPS membership number in place of your name. If you haven’t got your NOPS membership number contact the Membership Secretary

The club also runs Club Mentors and Special Interest Groups, the club also encourages and provides guidance to members to achieve Awards For Photographic Merit. See the newsletter for information or ask one of the Committee Members.

The members area of the website is password protected for copyright reasons. This password is reset every year in May.

You should have been added to the NOPS email mailing list for the newsletter etc. alongside this we have two WhatsApp groups which you should have had invited for. The first group is a general chat about the club, a place to show your images amongst other members, get advice, guidance, sell and buy kit, arrange outings etc. The second is the fringe for a bit of light-hearted fun. How much cheese can you stand !!!

You will know about the club website, and for your information the image slideshow on the front page is made up from Winning and Held images from the competitions, as new images are added, the oldest images are removed.
Everyone in the club can display their images on the website by creating your own Meet the Outlaws Page. This allows people to find out a bit about your interests and see your images.
Just prepare what text you want along with an image of yourself, and provide a selection of your images, telling us if you want an image gallery or slideshow then just contact Nigel or myself. Your Meet the Outlaws page can be updated on a regular basis.

We also have a Facebook page which you can have admin rights to enable you to post, if you would like to have rights just let Nigel or myself know. The Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/NottinghamOutlawsPS/ you are welcome to follow the page.

We also have a Flickr page at https://www.flickr.com/groups/nops/ again you are welcome to post on here, so speak with Nigel if you would like information on this.

We also have an Instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/nottmoutlawsphotosoc/?hl=en you are welcome to post on here, but you need to speak to Lester if you would like information on this.

You have probably heard members talking about KitKat, which is a short photography break with other members in various parts of the UK, usually in September each year. Lois compiles us a printed/pdf guide and map giving a wide array of photo opportunities. If this is something you would like more information about, please ask.

You should have received an email from the NOPS Website WordPress Account with a username and password that can be changed which sets you up with Subscribe rights to the website so you can comment on pages etc.

Any other questions please ask ?