External Competitions, Lectures, Exhibitions, Holidays and Workshops


Close-up Photographer of the Year competition opens for entries

Photographing a trooping funnel mushroom or grizzled skipper butterfly could win you £1,000 cash and more than £1,200 worth of SIGMA camera equipment in the first ever Close-up Photographer of the Year competition (CUPOTY), which is now open for entries.

There are five categories to enter: Animals, Plants & fungi, Intimate landscape, Manmade and Micro (for images captured with a microscope), as well as Young CUPOTY (for entrants aged 17 and under). The competition is open to all, and entrants have until 23.59 (GMT) on 10 February 2019 to submit their pictures via the competition website www.cupoty.com.

CUPOTY is a celebration of close-up, macro and micro photography, but its scope is far greater than that. The ultimate aim is to encourage photographers to slow down, enjoy their craft, and make connections with others who are passionate about the world up close.

As such, the competition will be supported by a blog and newsletter covering everything from where to find perfect flower specimens to how to light macro subjects, and what to add to your kit bag. There will also be regular meet-ups and workshops.  

CUPOTY co-founder, and former editor of Outdoor Photographymagazine, Tracy Calder says, “close-up photography allows us to explore intimate details, encouraging us to see the world anew. When we stop to notice the curved bands of a snail shell or jagged thorns of a rose stem we create a lasting connection with your environment.”

This year’s judges include award-winning photographers Ross Hoddinott, Sue Bishop, David Maitland, Robert Thompson and Keith Wilson. Judging will take place in February 2019, with the results announced soon after.




We are two professional photographers based in the UK running a small number of photography holidays abroad. The trips are in small groups (between 5-10) and include unlimited coaching and tuition for any participant requiring advice. We would be grateful if you would share this with your members, should you think it is of interest.

We have availability for the upcoming Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos trips in May 2019 and these can be taken as separate trips or combined. For participant photographers who want to come along accompanied by a non-photographer partner, they can bring them along at no extra accommodation cost, and for photographer couples sharing a room we are offering buy-one-get-one-half-price at the moment. 

We would be grateful if you could share with your members and also, subject to geographical location of your club (we are based in Kent) we would be delighted to prepare and give a talk on travel photography including tips for making the best of images while traveling, no matter the weather or equipment available.