Prize Giving 2013

After the AGM on Monday we presented the trophies and certificates to the worthy winners.

Paul Munns presented the monthly awards

Gary Nicholls got joint 2nd place Advanced Prints
Ron Pickford got joint 2nd place Advanced Prints
Elliot Hook 1st place Advanced Prints

 

Anita Hoyle – 3rd place Novice Prints
Brian Hunt – 2nd place – Novice Prints

 

Alan Brown – Winner – Novice Prints

 

Paul Langshaw – Winner – Advanced Projected
Anita Hoyle – 3rd place – Novice Projected

 

Alan Brown – 2nd Place – Novice Projected

The President’s Shield was presented by President, Don King

Alan Brown – Winner – President’s Shield – Novice
Paul Langshaw – Winner – President’s Shield – Advanced

Of course, Arthur Ash presented the Ashes Awards

Clare Hancock – Commended – Arthur Ash Trophy
Wasi Sid Siddiqi – Highly Commended – Arthur Ash Trophy
Mick Grayson – Highly Commended – Arthur Ash Trophy

 

John Poxon – 3rd place- Arthur Ash Trophy

 

Anita Hoyle – 2nd place – Arthur Ash Trophy

Elliot Hook presented the awards for Portrait Photographer of the Year 2013

Paul Langshaw – Commended – Portrait Photographer of the Year
Sara Holmes – Commended – Portrait Photographer of the Year
John Poxon – Highly Commended – Portrait Photographer of the Year
Gary Nicholls – 3rd place – Portrait Photographer of the Year

 

Paul Munns – Winner – Portrait Photographer of the Year

Paul Langshaw presented the awards for Photographer of the Year 2013

Ron Pickford -Commended – Photographer of the Year 2013
Wasi Sid Siddiqi – Highly Commended – Photographer of the Year 2013
Elliot Hook – 3rd place – Photographer of the Year 2013
Gary Nicholls – 2nd place – Photographer of the Year 2013

The Chairman’s Medal was awarded to the member showing the greatest enthusiasm and promise within the club.

Henry O'Dwyer

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.
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Eric Saul ARPS, EFIAP, DPAGB, APAGB

We are very sad to announce the death of local photographer, judge, speaker and friend of many of our club members, Eric Saul.  Eric has been suffering with his mobility for some years now, but has bravely battled on, visiting camera clubs with his wife, Naomi to judge images or speak about photography.  Together they have played a pivotal role in the running of the East Anglian Federation, where Eric was Treasurer for many years.  They were regular members at Shillington Camera Club and were passionate about their photography and encouraging young photographers.  We extend our condolences to his family.

 
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EAF Exhibition

Congratulations to all those below who had images accepted by the EAF Exhibition.  Good work, Team!

 

EAF Exhibition 2013

 

Stevenage PS acceptances

 

Monochrome Prints

 

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)

 

Colour Prints

 

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

 

Digital

 

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

 

 

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The Cambridge Inter Club Competition

Chris Palmer ARPS AFIAP APAGB DPAGB
Today was the day of the Cambridge Inter-Club Competition. http://www.cambcc.org.uk/digital/
A digital battle between 36 camera clubs from all over the south east area. Our judge was Chris Palmer ARPS AFIAP DPAGB APAGB who was very harsh with his marking, but he justified his scoring with his critique. Our first slide up was one of Ronnie‘s called St Pauls City Scape. The judge commented on the sky and various artifacts that possibly remained after cloning or manipulation. He enjoyed the view from the old wobbly bridge, but marked it at 14. Jeff Owen‘s Caroline was next in the People catagory and did quite well. The judge liked the angle of her head and the framing of her face. The eyes were as sharp as it was possible to be. 17. Up next before the break was Elliot Hook‘s 60 Seconds of Sunrise. Chris loved the sky, but felt that the tree could have been better placed. Had the tree been silhouetted against that sky, then Elliot would have been celebrating a 20. As it was, he will have to be happy with a 15.
We had a break for tea and cakes which was spoilt by not having anywhere to set down your cup or plate so that you could enjoy it. We were herded back into the hall and expected to eat at our seats. Disgraceful. Lovely home made cakes. Several people went back for seconds. I was good. Just one slice of Victoria sponge. I also went for a walk round the block afterwards with my camera to see if there was anything in Whittlesford worth capturing. (There was!)
Back to the competition with Natural History and Stacey Purkiss predictably scored a 20 for Biggleswade with his gruesome Flesh Fly. Ugh. *shudders* We replied with Elliot’s Brown Hare and got 18 for our trouble. That should have been a 20 in my opinion. On to the next Open round and we steamed in with Gary Nicholls‘ Storm. The judge was very critical of the sky in Gary’s masterpiece and thought it was over worked and the lightning was unnecessary. I don’t think he even noticed the hands as trees. It ended up with a 17.
So all the scores were totted up and we got 81. The overall winner only got 87, so we weren’t far off the mark at all. Most important of all was the FACT that we got 4 points more than Ware & District PS! Interestingly, we also got the same score as Bigglewade & District CC who we face next month in the Melbourn Trophy.
Winners today Benfleet Camera Club. 2nd PeterboroughPS. Joint 3rd – Cambridge CC and Norfolk PG. Best Image was by Mark Edwards of Notley PC.
Well done to our External Comp Sec, Ron Pickford and all who entered their images for selection. It was good to see so many members from our club there today as well. I enjoy this event as it’s good to see so many old and new faces from the world of photography.
The day was sponsored by John Lewis today. Chris Thurston suggested that we get Poundland or Primark to sponsor us… Whatever does he mean?

Photo Editing Tutorial

Gary and Elliott – Top Team

Monday November 5th is a workshop/tutorial night with Gary Nicholls and Elliot Hook, the
guys who fired us up about long exposure photography. They will begin with RAW
processing and hope to also cover layers and layer masks in depth.

I’m really looking forward to this one.

Tutorial Workshop

Gary and Elliot thrilled the audience on Monday night.

Monday night’s tutorial really was something special. Gary Nicholls and Elliot Hook put together a lecture on using ND filters and polarisers that was out of this world. Well planned, well prepared and well executed. Nothing left to chance. All questions were answered and even some that we didn’t even think to ask. Who knew that dogs liked tripods so much?

I felt sorry for Elliot struggling through it despite suffering from a horrible cold. If this is him when he is under the weather, we just have to see him when he is on top form! Gary was enthusiastic, humorous and inspirational. His lead in was a work of art. I’ve got a strong feeling that we are going to see quite a lot of these boys. They won’t be allowed to walk away now. I loved it. I hope you did too. (I just want to get out there with my ND filter and tripod now!)

We have had many favourable reviews of Monday’s lecture.

Extraordinary General Meeting – Monday 3rd September 2012, 8pm

 

Extraordinary General Meeting – Monday 3rd September 2012, 8pm

 

Proposals for changes to Competition Rules

 

Proposal 1:

 

Proposed by Wasi Siddiqi, seconded by Elliot Hook

 

Addition of the following statement to the general rules:

‘Subjective interpretation of themes (including the Portrait Photographer Of The Year) is permitted’.

 

Proposal 2:

 

Proposed by Ron Pickford, seconded by Gary Nicholls

 

In addition to the statement above, a definition of ‘Monochrome’ is given in the rules.

This is thought to be necessary as from the following season a constant set theme of ‘Monochrome’ prints is to be introduced.  A definition of ‘Monochrome’ is given by the PAGB (our governing body) and therefore it makes sense to adopt this definition.

Definition of Monochrome:

A black and white image or one which has been modified by the addition of a single tone to the entire image.  All other images are defined as colour images.  A black and white image that has been modified by the addition of partial toning or the addition of one colour to any part of the image is a colour image.

In the event of a Natural History theme being selected, the PAGB also have a strict definition of this theme.

Definition of Natural History:

Nature photography depicts living, untamed animals and uncultivated plants in a natural habitat, geology and the wide diversity of natural phenomena, from insects to icebergs.

Photographs of animals which are domesticated, caged or under any form of restraint, as well as photographs of cultivated plants are ineligible.

Minimal evidence of humans is acceptable for nature subjects, such as barn owls or storks, adapting to an environment modified by humans, or natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves, reclaiming it.

Any manipulation or modification to the original image is limited to minor retouching of blemishes and must not alter the content of the original scene.

After satisfying the above requirement, every effort should be made to use the highest level of artistic skill in all nature photographs.

 

 

 

 

Currently these are the only 2 themes given a definition by the PAGB.

This could be introduced now or wait until the event of a Natural History theme being selected.

If introduced now then the ‘Proposal 1’ statement could read:

‘Subjective interpretation of themes (including the Portrait Photographer Of The Year) is permitted, with the exception of themes defined by the PAGB (see Appendix)’.

Appendix

Definition of Monochrome:

A black and white image or one which has been modified by the addition of a single tone to the entire image.  All other images are defined as colour images.  A black and white image that has been modified by the addition of partial toning or the addition of one colour to any part of the image is a colour image.

Definition of Natural History:

Nature photography depicts living, untamed animals and uncultivated plants in a natural habitat, geology and the wide diversity of natural phenomena, from insects to icebergs.

Photographs of animals which are domesticated, caged or under any form of restraint, as well as photographs of cultivated plants are ineligible.

Minimal evidence of humans is acceptable for nature subjects, such as barn owls or storks, adapting to an environment modified by humans, or natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves, reclaiming it.

Any manipulation or modification to the original image is limited to minor retouching of blemishes and must not alter the content of the original scene.

After satisfying the above requirement, every effort should be made to use the highest level of artistic skill in all nature photographs.

 

Proposal 3:

 

Proposed by Mike Kersley, seconded by Paul Munns

 

In addition to the above proposals the club adopts the age limit ruling currently in use by the EAF for the EAF exhibition (see below).  This would replace the current club age limit of 24 months for all competitions with the exception of the Arthur Ash Trophy which carries no age limit.

‘Prints and projected digital images must not be more than 4 years old. (This does not refer to the date the image was captured)’.

 

These proposals are to be discussed and voted on at the EGM on the date above.

 

 

Adele Gibson

General Secretary

EAF exhibition entry success!

Some details on our EAF success for this year! Congratulations to all who entered.

Digital:

  • The Goth – Paul Munns – scored 12
  • Lincoln Cathedral – Wasi Siddiqi – scored 12
  • Jack’s Eye – Paul Langshaw – scored 12
  • Thunderbird’s are Go – Paul Langshaw – scored 12
  • Gothic Oxford – Tanya Warren – scored 12

Colour Prints:

  • Hawker Hind XV Squadron in Afghan Airforce Colours – Ronnie Pickford – scored 12.5
  • The Lifesaver – Lynne Owen – scored 12.5
  • The Girl at the 8 Ball Diner – Lynne Owen – scored 12.5
  • Leg Room – Jeff Owen – scored 12.5
  • Storm – Gary Nicholls – scored