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Head & Shoulders Portrait Competition – June 3rd 2021

Members embraced the Set Subject of Head and Shoulders Portraiture with more than two thirds of entries being portraits. There was some stretching of the Head and Shoulders definition though which gave judge Brad Hodge a few headaches.

Brad gave thoughtful comments and clearly explained his thinking, taking a casual and amiable approach which put members at ease. Sheila Gatehouse’s strength emerged in this Set Subject,

She was joined “on the podium” by Judy Sara and Vicki Kramer.

It was great to see a good number of prints and an increase in monochrome photographs.

Other high scoring images can be seen here.

Click the links for Top Prints and Top Projected Images

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Blue Hour – Competition May 6th 2021

Thursday night saw us feeling blue, but not in a bad way! Finding lovely Blue Hour light can be quite a challenge, requiring you to be in the right place at the right time, and to have a bit of luck, so in this competition our Set Subject images were significantly outnumbered by Open section photographs.

Helen Whitford’s Double Bolt got a “Wow!” and Judy Sara’s Ghost Mushrooms impressed judge, Peter Phillips, in both the image and the degree of difficulty, while Vicki Kramer’s Melbourne Blue and Judy Sara’s Brisbane River were seen as classic Blue Hour shots.

In Open Subject a number of images caught Peter’s eye. Top Print images will be added as they are received.

NOTE: Apologies – the Top Images Gallery and Top Prints and PDI pages will be updated later. WordPress has completely revamped the way it is used. The easy “Classic Editor” which I always loved using seems to have disappeared and I am stumbling my way through trying to work out where to find things in the new system, when I really don’t have time. Not happy, WordPress!

Helen

 

In the meantime, the Top Open PDIs are here.

 

 


What a Load of Rubbish! – Competition April 8th 2021

Thursday was a rubbish night with our Set Subject being Rubbish/Trash.  Being just after Easter it was in danger of being all over very quickly with very few entries but we rallied and had just enough to make a competition.  (Yes, we’ve learned a lesson – no comp just after Easter!)  Few members were willing to commit to printing their Rubbish photos, with only six prints in Set Subject, while 23 were in Open.

The challenge was to “capture the subject artistically”, which proved difficult for some.  The only photograph which convinced judge David Rowlands that it had done so was Jenny Pedlar’s Elsehul Wilderness.

Jenny Pedlar – Elsehul Wilderness

Some others seemed to achieve the goal to a lesser degree.

In Open subject Jenny and Mark Pedlar impressed with Sea Ice, Drive Safe and Survival! along with Vicki Kramer’s The Orphan and Helen Whitford’s MY Grevillea!

In projected images these were also of interest.

For Top Prints and Top Projected Images from this and other 2021 competitions click the links.


A Surreal Evening – Competition March 11th 2021

Our Surreal competition was a challenge to everyone – entrants, viewing members and the judge!  Members came up with  a wide variety of interpretations of this set subject which stretched our imagination. Here is a selection of the more creative entries.

Judge, Tim Newberry, seemed to get caught up in the “dream” part of our definition “Surreal – Seeming like a dream or Fantasy” but he appreciated the creativity in images, as long as they didn’t include a cat!

It was great to see the top scores spread around a bit, including to new members.  View Top Prints and Top PDIs here.


Landscape/Seascape Competition February 11th 2021

“If at first you don’t succeed, read the instructions.”

This was a “meme” before anyone had heard of memes and I have to admit it popped into my head a number of times during preparation for this competition.  I don’t usually do these write-ups from a personal perspective but I feel the need this time as so many of the members who entered had issues with their entries – “out of category”, too big, incorrect file names, titles provided not matching title on print/file, category not nominated etc., almost all of which could have been avoided by carefully reading the subject definition and the entry instructions.
At the risk of sounding like a teacher, I do ask that everyone please take care to avoid these mistakes because each one of them makes the task of putting the competition together take that bit longer.  Gordon and I are very happy to manage the competitions but it is frustrating when it takes twice as long as it should.  OK, whinge over.  Thanks for “listening” – Helen

Now to the competition!  We had a good number of entries, with 82 photographs from 14 different members, and the entries in the Set Subject of Landscape/Seascape well outnumbered the Open category.

Despite photographing a spot which is becoming an iconic location, James Allan made an impact with From the Clifftop.  Jenny Pedlar’s daring Impressionist Hay Plains did impress judge Keith Seidel, who was in his element judging Landscapes, and Helen Whitford’s panoramic Parachilna also caught his eye.
(Click on any image to see it at full size.)

 

In the Print sections, Vicki Kramer’s El Capitan’s Fluffy Hat, Mark Pedlar’s 69 Degrees South, James Allan’s Remarkable and Judy Sara’s At Horizontal Falls were the most successful entries in Set Subject. (Photos coming soon!)

 

In Open category Keith commended Vicki Kramer on “breaking with convention” in baby photography with Baby Liam and he admired the simplicity of Judy Sara’s The Curl.

Keith gave thoughtful, constructive comments and offered useful tips on ways to improve technical aspects of the photographs.  It was a great start to our competitions for the year!

For more Top Prints come back in a few days for an update.  Top Projected Images are available for viewing now.

 


BPC Annual Exhibition and Presentation of Awards December 3rd 2020

2020 has been an extraordinary year, full of twists and turns and surprises, including the postponement of our Annual Exhibition due to the brief Covid 19 lockdown two weeks ago.  Happily, we were able to hold the event live on December 3rd with 25 members present.

As our 2020 competitions were revamped to include only Projected Digital Images the evening took a slightly different format, with no prints on the walls, but with twenty members entering a total of 163 images we had a strong competition and a fabulous display of the talents of our members.

Congratulations to Suzie Smith and Frances Allan who emerged to challenge the regular strong performers, James Allan, Judy Sara and Helen Whitford and it was great to see the awards spread between 8 members.

We introduced two new award categories this year – Nature and Portrait.  The images were all judged in Open category but the highest scoring image nominated in each of these categories (and the existing WEA Australian Landscape category) won the award.

Nature was won by Suzie Smith with her exquisite Pink Robin.

Portrait was won by Frances Allan with Surfing Pondalowie.

The WEA Australian Landscape Award went to James Allan for Last Light on Rawnsley Bluff

 

 

 

Colour Projected Digital Images

In the Colour PDI section Suzie Smith’s Pink Robin was First.

Helen Whitford’s Feather came Second

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Allan’s Last Light on Rawnsley Bluff was Third

 

 

 

 

Merits were awarded to:

Frances Allan for Pied Kingfisher and Shaped by Prevailing Wind

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Allan for Mist on the Water

 

Mark Pedlar for I Beg your Pardon

 

Jenny Pedlar for King Penguins

Steve Wallace for Ever Watchful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and Helen Whitford for Pearls and Bonney Light

 

 

Monochrome Projected Digital Images

In the Monochrome PDI section Suzie Smith’s First Train of the Season was First

Frances Allan’s Surfing Pondalowie was Second

and Helen Whitford’s White Cheeked Gibbon was Third

 

Merits were awarded to:

James Allan for Hooded Robin

 

Di Gage for Had Better Days

 

Suzie Smith for Reynisfjaara

 

 

 

and Helen Whitford for Timid

 

 

Aggregates 2020
The Aggregate Awards for competitions throughout the year were also different in 2020.  As Print categories were not possible we ran just two sections – Colour PDI and Monochrome PDI.

Colour PDI Aggregate 2020

First – Helen Whitford
Second – Judy Sara
Third – James Allan

 

Monochrome PDI Aggregate 2020

First – Judy Sara
Second – James Allan
Third – Helen Whitford

Thank You to our judges Peter Phillips SSAPS, Brad Hodge and Sandra Goulter.

 

The Bill Templer Award for Service to Blackwood Photographic Club over the past 12 months was presented to Helen Whitford

 

See below for the slideshow of all entries and awards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Character Study – Competition October 22nd 2020

The Set Subject of Character Study was embraced by the 12 members who entered, with about 60% of entries in the category.  The inclusion of Animals in the definition surprised judge, Geoff Smith, but he embraced the concept, appreciating that animals can indeed display character in their expressions and actions.

Geoff was impressed with Huli Wigman by Judy Sara and Helen Whitford’s Quizzical.

In Open category he liked new member Frances Allan’s In the Moment and Heather Connolly’s Painted Lady.

Rounding out the high scores were James Allan’s Climbing Boy, Duart McLean’s Linked Pair, Paul Hughes Love at First Sight and Judy Sara’s Elle.

 

As an Editor’s Choice I select Frances Allan’s Playing with Light, which I saw as a beautiful serene scene, although it perhaps didn’t display as well on the large screen as on a computer.

Frances Allan_Playing with Light

That’s it for regular competitions in this unusual COVID year! All that’s left is the Annual Exhibition and I would encourage EVERY MEMBER to ENTER!  Even if you don’t feel “competitive” this is your opportunity to share your work and and have it seen in a public space! We anticipate showing a slideshow of images in a public display after the Annual Exhibition and Awards night and all images will be displayed on this website.  Why not join in and perhaps put yourself in the running for one of the special 2020 trophies for Portrait and Nature images!  Entries are due by 7pm Monday November 2nd.

 

Here is a slideshow of ALL of the images in this competition and you can look back over the best images throughout the year here.

 

 


BPC Annual Exhibition 2020

 

Hi BPC Members


It’s that time of year!  Time to hunt through your best images, or go out again with your camera, and get your entries in for the Blackwood Photographic Club Annual Exhibition 2020!  You have until 7pm Monday November 2nd to enter.

This year has been like no other and if you’ve never entered our “Annual” before now is the chance to take the plunge.  It would be wonderful to have at least one or two entries from every member and, as the entire competition is digital, there’s no cost involved.  Entries may have been entered in competitions throughout the year, shared in Peer Review or on social media or never seen by us before!  The only restriction is that they must not have been in a previous BPC Annual Exhibition.  The competition will be judged by a panel of three experienced photographers from outside of the club.  If you’re not heavily into competition think of it instead as an opportunity to showcase your work and celebrate your photography with your fellow members.  We hope to display the digital exhibition in a public format later in the year.


This year brings more opportunities with new awards for Portrait and Nature and most of this year’s awards will be individual “keepers” as our perpetual trophies will hibernate until 2021.


Here is the BPC ENTRY FORM Annual Exhibition 2020  which includes important entry information.  Email the completed form, along with your digital image files to bpcdigitalentries@gmail.com  by 7pm Monday November 2nd.


Go for it!
Helen

BPC Competition Secretary


Product Photography – Competition September 24th

We had fewer images than usual but a small, enthusiastic audience enjoyed those that were on show with our judge, Susie Lipert, providing thoughtful comments.
The Set Subject, Product Photography, may have been a little daunting for some members – perhaps part of the reason for the low number of entries – and in fact the most common criticism from the judge was the lack of contextual detail in the images to help “sell” the product.

The most “advert-like” images were probably Judy Sara’s Bluetooth Earphones and Helen Whitford’s DeLonghi….for Living.  Meredith Retallack’s Bake your Own made quite a strong Product image though it could have benefitted from contextual elements.

Although perhaps not seen as a strong Product image Susie was intrigued and impressed by Vicki Kramer’s The Handbag – an interesting and quirky composition.

Vicki Kramer_The Handbag

The Open section entries were quite varied in subject matter but it was a couple of nature shots which most impressed Susie.

All of the images from this competition appear below and the Top Images from all of the 2020 competitions can be found here.

 

 

We have one regular competition remaining, “Character Study” October 22nd, before our Annual Exhibition competition which will be judged off-site on November 7th.

Like everything else the Annual will be different this year with a digital-only competition.  Members will be able to enter up to 6 Colour images and 6 Monochrome images.  Within these 12 images members can nominate any number to be in contention for the WEA Australian Landscape, Portrait or Nature trophies.  Colour, Monochrome, Nature and Portrait winners will receive a one-off individual award while the WEA Australian Landscape trophy is a perpetual shield.  The other perpetual competition shields will not be awarded for 2020 as those competitions were cancelled.
So start preparinging your entries and take a chance on bringing home one of these unique COVID year awards!

Details of the competition and Entry Forms will be emailed to all members soon.


Wind Powered – Competition August 13th

A competition with a difference!  As our scheduled judge was reluctant to meet online we took the opportunity to try community judging on Thursday night.  James and Duart found a way to make it work and although only a dozen members joined in it was an interesting and empowering exercise for all.

Entry numbers were down but interestingly monochrome images were up, particularly in the Open section.  All of the entries were available for  preview on our members’ Facebook forum and indeed are still available fpr view and comment.

James Allan’s Southern Cross in Action was acclaimed as the image which best captured the power of the wind with real impact and Judy Sara’s The Old and the New made the biggest impression in Monochrome Set Subject.  There were quite a few windmill shots!

In Open, Helen Whitford’s Feather and David Hancock’s Happy Wash appealed to the majority of member judges.

It was an interesting experience having everyone participate in picking the best images and listening to the reasons why certain images held appeal for different people.  It was generally agreed that the results were probably similar to what they would have been with a single, experienced judge.

Here are all of the images.

The Top Images can be found here and members can visit our Facebook Forum to see what others had to say and to add your own comments.


Letters and Numbers – July 16th Competition

No, not the TV Show (although I did consider taking a photo of my galah watching the show on the TV.)  The Set Subject was quite well subscribed, providing more than half of the entries.

There was a variety of interpretations including a couple of obscure  entries from James Allan and Helen Whitford.  (When collating the images I googled Ascii 1 to check that it was what I thought it was!)  Our judge, Robert Dettman, was impressed with both the creativity and technical skill in Splash of Lemon.  I knew I was taking a risk with an image about numbers which actually showed no numbers!

Sheila Gatehouse impressed with Welcoming and Heart of the Festival State.

Although our numbers were down a little, both in terms of images and participants in the meeting, it was a great night.  Robert gave thoughtful comments on every image and we thank him for his efforts!

Below are all of the entries and the Top images can be found here.

 

 


The Colour Black – Competition June 4th 2020

This was our second online competition, this time using Zoom which was well-accepted by all participants.  Our judge, Peter Barrien from Adelaide Camera Club, was very comfortable with the format and gave serious consideration to, and thoughtful comments on, every image.  There were 63 images, evenly divided between Set Subject – The Colour Black – and Open.  While it was apparent that there was some variation in interpretation of the definition it was good to see the range of styles.

In Set Subject Peter was most impressed by James’ Bella and Suzie’s Reynisfjaara.

In Open the following images gained a 10.  James Allan’s Sheep made a real impression on Facebook with several comments about the sheep appearing powerful or menacing – unusual attributes for sheep.

Meredith’s Drought -stricken took the judge by surprise but was very popular in post competition discussion.  I’ve never seen sand look so much like trees!

Meredith Retallack-Drought Stricken

And my Editor’s Choice is this beautiful Pink Robin (who knew they existed?) by Suzie Smith.  The wispy moss complements the exquisite little bird and the knotty bough balances him perfectly.

Suzie Smith_Pink Robin

 

Below is a gallery of all of the images entered.

 

All of the Top Images can be found here.
For those still sitting around with time on your hands you may be interested to view the galleries of Top Images from recent years

It was great to see a good number of members entering this month’s competition and good to know that going online has not dampened our enthusiasm!  Our next competition is Letters and Numbers so it’s time to start thinking outside the box and looking at things around us in an innovative way!  Keep enjoying your photography whether you’re home or starting to venture out and about!


Social Documentary Competition April 23rd 2020

Well this is our first competition amid COVID 19 restrictions but I’m pleased to say that we had around the same number of entrants as in the previous two competitions!

Our competition structure has been completely revised as we obviously cannot hold a print section.  Aggregates for the normal sections have been abandoned and tonight we begin special new aggregates for 2020 only.  Members can now enter three colour images and three Monochrome images, spread across Set Subject and Open in the usual way.

The Set Subject is Social Documentary, defined for this competition as “A Social Documentary Image can be described as one that captures the brutal reality of life around us.  Closely aligned to Street Photography, SD is more ‘edgy’ or ‘gritty’, generally showing pathos.  See how you interpret this subject.”

Below are all entries in the order of judging.