Hello to all the new Club members. I’m sorry that I couldn’t be there on 30 Aug to meet you all. The first round of the SMALL PRINT Competition will be on 4th October. This competition requires no uploading of images, just printing. It is open to all Club Class members and is really easy to enter. All you have to do is to let me, or my partner in crime, Guy Partington, have a maximum of three 7”x 5” (or smaller) unmounted prints by the start of the meeting on 27 September so that they be displayed on a board (anonymously).
The rules are simple:
No set theme;
Prints can be straight from the camera – you can print your own or have them done commercially;
A small amount of digital manipulation is allowed but only minimal cropping and the use of tools such as colour correction and exposure compensation (it didn’t mean anything to me when I first started either!);
You need to put your name and a title for the image on the reverse, but be careful as some pens can transfer ink to other prints so best to stick a small label on the back;
Three winners will be chosen and a brief written feedback from the judges will be given. These images will be held back for the final competition in March when the final three winners will be chosen. Those three prints will be eligible for automatic entry into the Annual Exhibition in August and there is a small cup for the winner.
One word of warning, if you have a wonderful print that you think you would like to enter into the main club competition then do not enter it into the Small Print competition as an image can only be used once in any competition in the season.
This competition (which is not open to previous winners, Intermediate or Advanced members) gives you a chance to measure your work against others in an anonymous setting, without marks or comments. However, if you’d like feedback or advice there are plenty of experts in the club who will be willing, on the day, to have a chat. (We’re all very happy to talk about photography). Just ask me or Guy and we’ll point you in the right direction.
I’m delighted to be able to tell you that both Lynne Owen and Tony Baverstock have achieved their Associateships with the Royal Photographic Society, a real accomplishment.
They will both admit that one of the hardest parts of gaining and ARPS is that the panel – of 15 images – has to have a theme. That the highest standards of photography are required is a given, but finding and delivering a themed panel is a real challenge.
Tony had considered all sorts of projects, and then one day was just crushing a drinks bottle for the recycling when he saw how beautifully the light played on the plastic. From that, he created a superb panel of black and white abstract images, as you can see from the examples below.
Lynne too had tried out a few ideas – and you might have seen something of her eventual successful panel at North Mundham earlier this year. A truly creative idea around windows that really open to reveal the interior – and again you can see a couple of these below.
It’s congratulations to both Lynne and Tony, both awarded ARPS in the Fine Art category. One with a deceptively simple idea, that required first rate mono photography and printing skills; the other with a more complicated concept that also took some construction skills!
It’s warm congratulations to Mike Harris who won last night’s PDI of the Year with The Worker’s Hand. John Howe’s had an excellent result with second and third places, with Curious and Judging Sheep respectively. Also commended were Stephen Marsh with Estuary; Andy Dulson’s Vashti Cunningham USA; Nigel Hayes with Bognor in May; Sarah Nichol’s Feeding Frenzy; Jeff Owen’s Please Come In; Lynne Owen with Love in the Mist and Paul Williams with Venus Ann.
Our judge for the night was John Tilsley, another change to the original programme, and gave us a very illuminating and entertaining evening of first class judging, followed by a presentation of his own images. John , who is based near Dorchester, is a very experienced photographer, a past President of the Western Counties Photographic Federation and chair of its judging panel which trains new judges. His skill in that area was evident, with a very warm, positive take on images. He has a very acute eye, and a wide ranging knowledge, and very open in his own tastes. He was most complementary about our images, praising the breadth of photographic styles we presented to him and his top picks also represented a good wide range of work.
This was our last photographic evening of the season, but we certainly go out with a bang next week with PAGB on Monday, Digital on Tuesday, Multi Media on Wednesday on Thursday and the AGM on Thursday!
In the background, work has now started on processing all the entries for the Annual Exhibition, and to look ahead, the Members’ Pre Meeting is on Thursday 2nd August at Tangmere as usual and the Preview evening for Members and guests on Friday 10th August.
Very many congratulations to Andrew Vance who was awarded a LRPS at the recent adjudication at the Royal Photography Society. This is a very desirable distinction which demands a high standard of photography. Below is one of the images from Andrew’s panel of ten images.
We are rapidly nearing the end of the 2017 – 2018 Season with a few important dates in May.
After our week off, we meet again on the 10th May for an evening with Southampton International PDI Show. A special opportunity to see the pick of this world renown photographic salon with our good friend Sue Dunham.
Thursday 10th May is very busy withthe deadline for Annual Exhibition entries, including uploading print and PDI entries, as well as the deadline for the Selection Committee’s request for PDIs for the forthcoming PDI national competition in which we are representing the Southern Counties, and the PDI of the Year deadline.
Our AGM is on the 24th May this year – do please attend this important evening, which not only reports back on the current year but looks ahead to next. Papers will be distributed via the Club’s Newsletter next week, on or before the 10th May. Please download them and read them in advance of the meeting.
The PDI of the Year competition is on the 17th May, with judge John Tilsley replacing Chris Neill-Griffin. This is likely to be the last stand alone PDI of the Year, as at last year’s AGM it was agreed to trial three PDI competitions in the 2018 – 2019 season. If the trial is successful, it will require a formal proposal to change the Club’s Competition Rules at next year’s AGM.
John Tilsley, our judge at the PDI of the Year on Thursday 17th May
I’m delighted to announce that there were two more distinctions for the club at the PAGBAwards for Photographic Merit Adjudication in Chorley recently. Two members of the PAGB group were successful in gaining their PAGB Awards.
JEFF OWEN was awarded a CPAGB
PETER ROCCHICCIOLI was awarded a DPAGB
These are very highly desired distinctions and very difficult to achieve indeed, requiring a very high standard of photography. Congratulations to these two talented photographers. Below are some sample images from their successful panels.
Above is Jeff’s panel for his CPAGB. He achieved high marks in the adjudication and gained his distinction with plenty to spare!