Dr John Law UPI ZEUS UPI 4 CROWN FRPS MFIAP
was on fine form last night for our print competition. He describes himself as a “Counter Conformist” and he certainly lived up to his own handle. When faced with a themed competition, he looks for “Hard Bits”. That is the actual foreground, background and in between ground. Then he looks at the “Soft Bits”. Lighting and treatment. But, most of all, he looks for the “Wow Factor!”.
He is a very entertaining judge who has critiqued more than a million images in his time.
I found him to be fairly harsh with some images. Beautiful scenes were rewarded with a lowly 15 for no apparent reason. Anything that didn’t seem like a landscape to him ended up with a 12. Dr John seems very enthusiastic and passionate about photography. He touches and caresses the prints as he looks for their finer points to talk about.
He found his winners.
Andy’s volcanoes exploded with Wow Factor!
Andre scored an amazing 21/20 for his print which was deemed to be “Print of the Night”. Andre is also a genius who needs to be nurtured and encouraged. Dr John pointed out that there is a very thin line btween genius and madness, as if we needed telling. Andre’s picture was reminiscent of a Jackson Pollock masterpiece and the judge was actually speechless as he admired it. Remarkable. Some people thought that Andre had simple snapped a picture of someone else’s art, but what do they know?
The other 20 was won by Alan Brown who chose not to attend again. What could be more important than seeing your pictures win 20’s? Alan is becoming The Invisible Man.
Very well done to everyone who entered. A very good quantity of prints with excellent quality. Presentation was very, very good across the board, too. No one was marked down for poor mounting or scruffy entries. Sara and Andy worked well together. (How come I never thought of getting someone else to call out the titles? Doh!)
A great competitive night. Those scores will be getting exciting now.
Alan Brown receiving his certificate from judge Paul de Silva
Jo Sowden was another worthy winner.
Cormorants on the Thames by Jo Sowden
Hold Tight by Alan Brown
Power by Tom Couch
There were 90 entries on Monday for the attention of judge, Paul de Silva.
Portrait Photographer of the Year & Photographer of the Year 2013
Will now be held on the same night. Monday May 13th. We will have Russell and Barbie Lindsay to assist in the task of choosing the winners. Let no one be under the illusion that this will be easy. There will be a lot of work to do on that night and we will need an army of volunteers. I need you all there at 7:30, please. We’ll get out tables, print stands, the 35mm projector for lighting and the large print stand. We have the portraits there so they can be put up straight away. We will start judging at 8pm on the dot. We may not be finished until 10:30.
The portraits will be put up first. Bring your POTY entries with you and keep them to one side ready for the switch over at the break. Make sure that your name is on each and every print. Russell will judge the portraits and award the slips and cup before the break. As soon as we break, you will need to grab your portraits and take them away. If you are entering Photographer of the Year, you will need to put up your six prints as you want to see them displayed. Do this before you get your coffee or tea so that the judge can check them out before we start part two. You can see that, if you are entering either of these comps, you will need to be there in person if possible.
Tea break will be no more than ten minutes, depending on the number of POTY entries. Like Russell, Barbie will not get much more than two or three minutes on each entry by my estimate. It should be enough. These guys are good and don’t waste words. They know what they are talking about and their constructive criticism is worth it’s weight in gold.
Some members have been asking about the entry conditions for the photographer of the year competition. I have attached a copy of the up to date rules for you to print out and keep for future reference. Your entry will consist of your six best prints. The judge is looking for technical excellence as well as variety and versatility from the author. Your entry does NOT have to be arranged as a panel, like the Arthur Ash Trophy Competition, but some entrants prefer to show their work like a panel anyway. That is their choice, but you will not lose points if you have different coloured mounts or different sized prints within the mounts. The mounts will have to measure 50cm x 40cm as this is the standard size for all of our club comps and the EAF.
Barbie will also be asked to choose the best single image from the POTY for the Jim Lucas Trophy. This can be from any of the sets and does not have to be part of the winning set. Here are the entries from last year to give you an idea of what is required.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me on this address. firstname.lastname@example.org
In July we have an exhibition at what used to be the Boxfield Gallery in the Gordon Craig Theatre. It is now called Pi Bistro. The exhibition will be on the restaurant walls, so it will get even more attantion than usual. We will require your best prints for this exhibition directly after the POTY Competition. We would like to have at least one from everyone in the club if possible. A maximum of three, please. You can add portraits as well. I will have Arthur at the back table by the window to collect them from you.
An Evening with Henry O’Dwyer
Henry is a good friend of Ron Pickford. I’m afraid I don’t know much else about him. He has agreed to come and talk to us. I’m sure it will be an entertaining and informative evening. Come down on Monday April 29th and find out for yourself.
Portrait Photographer of the Year
was a total disaster this year due to not having a judge. There seems to have been some sort of mix up and the judge, Russell Lindsay, thought he was coming to Stevenage next Monday. Russell and his wife, Barbie, live in Suffolk and it would have taken too long even if they had set out as soon as they realised. Clearly, we need to ensure that our speakers and judges are reminded by email and that we have contact details for them on the night. It doesn’t happen very often, but it is a real nuisance when it does. I do apologise to everyone who came down to the club expecting an exciting competition. Also to all who entered. We had more entries than ever before. The entries have been boxed up and we are going to try and judge them on the evening of May 13th with the Photographer of the Year Competition. Some members asked if they could add their portrait images to this competition. I have to say no, as it wouldn’t be fair to all those that had their sets ready for last Monday. I would like to thank Gary for going through the programme for next year and explaining what we have to look forward to. David made a collection of “Portrait Cakes”. He was going to send me a picture of them, but I haven’t received anything yet. They were very tasty if the one I had is anything to go by.
Eric Saul ARPS, EFIAP, DPAGB, APAGB
Congratulations to all those below who had images accepted by the EAF Exhibition. Good work, Team!
EAF Exhibition 2013
Stevenage PS acceptances
Chris Thurston – Lone Tree – 12
Chris Thurston – An Alternative Fashion – 11.5
Adele Gibson – Rydal Water Tree – 12
Elliot Hook – Still Waters – 12
Elliot Hook – The Second Severn Crossing – 12 (Selected to represent EAF in National PAGB Comp)
Gary Nicholls – Lombok Street Carver – 13 (Selected to represent EAF in National PAGB Comp)
Chris Thurston – Walking the Dogs -12
Chris Thurston – Frosty Teasels -12
Adele Gibson – Symmetry – 13
Adele Gibson – Luskentyre Beach – 12 (Selected to represent EAF in National PAGB Comp)
Lynne Owen – On a Spin Cycle – 11.5
Gary Nicholls – Storm over Bamburgh – 12
Elliot Hook – Brown Hare – 13 – Highly Commended – (Selected to represent EAF in National PAGB Comp)
Jeff Owen – Waiting and Wondering – 12 (Selected to represent EAF in National PAGB Comp)
Tanya Warren – Surface Tension – 12 (Selected to represent EAF in National PAGB Comp)
Gary Nicholls – Saved from her Reverie – 11
Paul Langshaw – Iranian Protester – 12 (Selected to represent EAF in National PAGB Comp)
Chris Thurston – Macabre Night – 12 (Selected to represent EAF in National PAGB Comp)
Chris Thurston – Walking in the Snow – 11
We had twelve wonderful entries for the Arthur Ash panel competition this year.
We will be going through the motions on Monday with the delightful Daphne Hanson DPAGB CPAGB judging our work in this, the 6th and final monthly competition of the 2012/2013 season. It will be projected and marked out of 20 with winners of 20’s getting a certificate and scratchcard for their trouble. The deadline for your entries is tonight at midnight. Thursday March 14th. Don’t be a Cinderella. Get your work in NOW!
The theme is “Motion” and I am looking forward to your interpretations of this challenging theme. I’ve posted the one that I didn’t use above. One of my panning shots taken outside the Arts Centre. I shall probably regret not using it on Monday when I get a 12 or something ridiculous for one of the others.
It’s very close at the top. Gary has posted the results so far. I don’t think I am troubling anyone.
Good luck everyone!
Eleven entries for the Holiday Snaps Competition last night.
I just wanted to let you know about a photography competition that’s just been launched by Friends of the Earth, with some fantastic prizes available.
The theme is renewable energy, which can be interpreted as creatively or imaginatively as you like. The winning and shortlisted photos will appear in an exhibition to be held in the autumn.
And there are prizes available for winning photos including a year’s free electricity.
Full details are available here: http://www.foe.co.uk/living/competitions/cbe_photo_competition_36350.html
The closing date for entries is 17 August, and photos should be emailed to: email@example.com
I would be very grateful if you could let your members know about this competition.
Friends of the Earth
Don’t forget that the next competition is Portrait Photographer of the year on the 23rd of April. The entries need to be:
Entries should all be in by now.
It’s often difficult to find the right entry for an open comp.
Our first competition went very well with a healthy number of entries from the Advanced Section.