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.
Di Gage – Young Madagascan Fruit Seller
Helen Whitford – Clearing Floating River Blockage
James Allan – What’s wrong with Social Isolation?
James Allan – Snag in the BBQ Plans
Judy Sara – Enchained Playground
Paul Hughes – Dahab, Sinai, Egypt
Sam Savage – Earning a Euro
Steve Wallace – Loaded Down
Suzie Smith – Drought relief in Gammon Ranges
Helen Whitford – Hope
Judy Sara – Play Suspended
SteveWallace – Floating Vendors
David Hancock – There is always Someone
Helen Whitford – It’s Our Fault
Howard Seaman – East of Java
James Allan – What’s wrong with this World?
Di Gage – Eileen Donon Castle
Judy Sara – Autumn on Vardon Ave
Julie Goulter – Lines & Curves
Paul Hughes – Breakfast at Wittunga
Sam Savage – Toldorol Singer
Sheila Gatehouse – Hazy Sunset
Suzie Smith – Going Up
Di Gage – On the way to Loch Ness
Howard Seaman – The Dolls House
Julie Goulter – Shapes & and Sizes
Howard Seaman – Waddle
Suzie Smith – Pincushion perch
Julie Goulter – Togetherness
Judy Sara – COVID Entanglement
Helen Whitford – Or not…Do what you like….
Paul Hughes – Hong Kong Back Street
Steve Wallace – Grab Sleep Wherever you Can
Suzie Smith – Fancy a Guernsey?
Helen Whitford – Centrelink Queue Day 1
Suzie Smith – Prosperous no More
Di Gage – Hallett Cove
James Allan – Board Walk
Judy Sara – Sinclair Dunes
Helen Whitford – Curious Macaque
Julie Goulter – Bricks vs Nature
Paul Hughes – Infra Red Bintree Mill
Suzie Smith – Alone
Di Gage – KI Salt Lake
James Allan – Sandy Track
Julie Julie Goulter – Illusion
James Allan – Triffids gonna get Me
Sheila Gatehouse – Whoosh
Judy Sara – The Web
Di Gage – Orkney Serenity
Julie Goulter – Travelling through History
Heartfelt thanks to David CG Smith who has kindly learned new technology and got out of his comfort zone to try live judging on Facebook for us! Your efforts are really appreciated David! Unfortunately technology got the better of us and David was unable to judge live but he was able to give scores and write comments which Helen was able to read out live so we were half way there!
There was a pretty good turn out to watch the live feed. For any members who are in the Facebook forum group you can still watch the video and see and comment on all of the images. It would be good to see more comments on images, just as you might have done after a live judging in the hall!
Congratulations to everyone who entered for being part of this brave new world! Well done to those who received top scores!
All of the Top Images can be found here.
What a start to the year. We have undertaken the 31 day challenge in January. This year we have had unprecedented bushfires destroying property and taking lives. The club year started with our first two scheduled competitions and a workshop and now we find ourselves in Covid 19 shutdown. This edition of the newsletter represents all of the activities we undertook before the Covid shut down. We have 2 articles from the double exposure workshop, a photoessay from the 31 day challenge and an original article by Vicki Kramer. I hope you enjoy these articles. Next edition will be the “Stuck at home” edition.
Attention Members: there will be changes to our activities but we will attempt to have something happening online in which you can participate at or around the time of each scheduled meeting.
Details on how each of these activities will run will be emailed to all members shortly.
Peer Review/Critique Sessions will happen using our group pages in Flickr and/or Facebook, starting on April 9th.
Competitions will still be held on the scheduled nights and have the Set Subject as per the programme although the format will be different. Start preparing to enter up to three Colour Digital entries and up to three Monochrome Digital entries (in the usual digital format) for the “Social Documentary” competition on April 23rd. They can be split between Set Subject and Open in the usual way. Competition entry instructions will be emailed to all members.
We will make new plans for other meetings when guest speakers and workshops were scheduled. If you have any suggestions or questions please contact Julie or Judy at firstname.lastname@example.org
In the meantime, let’s view self isolation at home as an opportunity to sort out our disorganised photos or practise our still life, table top, creative, flower, insect, pet and portrait photography! (Self-portraits if you live alone!)
We may not be able to see each other but we can still support one another in these strange and daunting times!
Following our inspiring and educational workshop on Multiple Exposure (thank you James, Judy and Ray) it was great to see the number of members venturing into this creative genre and exciting to see the variety of applications and techniques employed. Although many of us had felt challenged by the idea of creating Multiple Exposure images, Set Subject entries significantly outnumbered Open category images and two thirds of entries were prints! This trend sets BPC apart from many other clubs where prints are giving way to PDI’s (Projected Digital Images).
Here are some of the different interpretations of the subject.
Helen Whitford – Hope
Di Gage – Deep Sea Folklore
Vicki Kramer – Alternate Dimension
James Allan – Sam the Man
Bruce Nankivell – Cosmic Walk
Ray Goulter – Born Again
Judy Sara – Dragonfly
Meredith Retallack – Through the Arch
Paul Hughes – Benjy on the Beach
Steve Wallace – Pnohm Penh Statue
Kerry Malec – Leisurely Walk on Crumpled Paper
Helen Whitford – Goddess of Nature
Vicki Kramer – Double Trouble
James Allan – Cool Gucci
Paul Hughes – Going for a Spin
James Allan – Front and Side
Our judge, Keith Seidel, shared many useful tips and suggestions, carefully explaining the reasons for the scores he gave. He appreciated storytelling, good composition and creativity when well executed. The most common flaws he noted were distracting elements such as bright patches or lines leading the eye away from the subject or out of the frame. It was encouraging to see the awards were spread among 10 of the 17 members who entered the competition.
Come back in a few days to see more of the Top Prints and you can find the Top PDI’s here.