Christine Widdall MPAGB EFIAP FBPE
I’m a photographer based in the North West of England in an area called Saddleworth, situated
in the historic County of York, though administered from the Lancashire town of Oldham! Many of my photographs are made around the lovely area of Saddleworth, especially its hills and waterways.
Photography is as familiar as sleeping and eating…in fact I seem to do much more photography related things than I do sleeping and eating these days! I am never happier than when I’m pressing the shutter button, unless it’s being in front of the computer and editing images.
My aim is very simple and straightforward – to try to capture places, people and moments in time and make them as beautiful and interesting as possible. I was brought up taking pictures and learned how to process them in the darkroom from the age of about 5. The excitement of taking and making images has never diminished for me. In common with so many others, I have “gone digital” in recent years and now use a digital SLR for image capture. My pictures have been primarily made for my own pleasure. Some are “competition” pictures, others just an expression of my enjoyment of a day, an area or a subject.
I try to go beyond the objective recording of fact and to use self-expression to provide an interpretation of my subjects. Many of my competition images are composite. I love experimenting to see what I can achieve with blends of images from different times and different places.
Photographic Qualifications and Distinctions
I hold the Excellence Award of the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP). I was very pleased to be awarded the MPAGB Award in April 2012.This is a prestigious award of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain, which just over 100 people in the UK had so far achieved and I am the second woman in the North West to do so. My MPAGB panel is available for viewing here.
In October of 2012, I was awarded the British Photographic Exhibitions 5 Crown Award (BPE5*), which only 75 people had achieved up to September 2012…this was awarded for 300 accepted images in qualifying British Photographic Open Exhibitions. In March 2014, I achieved the Associateship of the British Photographic Exhibitions, which required a further 100 national acceptances after the 5 crown award and an additional 20 awards with a minimum of 10 different pieces of work. Up to August 2013, only 27 people had achieved this award in the UK. In April 2015, I was awarded the Fellowship of the BPE (known as FBPE), the highest award for Photographic Exhibition work in the UK…and this required a minimum of an additional 100 acceptances after the ABPE and an additional 30 new awards with a minimum of fifteen new pieces of work. I am told that only 21 people had achieved this award before me.
Organisations and responsibilities
I am a member of one of the oldest photographic societies in the UK, Oldham Photographic Society, which was founded in 1867 when photography was in its infancy. I have held most offices there over the years. 2016-2017 I am proud to serve my fourth term as President to co-incide with the society’s 150th anniversary. I enjoyed three years with Wigan 10 from March 2013 to March 2016 and am pleased to have been one of the team that won the FIAP World Cup for clubs in 2013 and again in 2014.
Initially a hobby, photography has now become a major part of my life, as an exhibitor and judge. I was appointed to the Photographic Alliance judges list and greatly enjoy judging at national and international level, throughout the UK and have been very fortunate to have also been invited to judge in France, Belgium and Malta, where I have found working with judges of other nationalities to be educating and enjoyable.
I serve on the committee of the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union, where I have also held the offices of Minutes Secretary, General Secretary and as President Feb 2010 to Feb 2012. I am currently Lecturers and Judges Secretary for the Lancashire and Cheshire Federation and organise and take part in the mentoring scheme to help club members to achieve their goals in the PAGB awards.
In 2011, I was accepted as one of 20 Lecturers in the UK who are supported by PermaJet.
Updated 3 June 2015