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!
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.
Below is a gallery of all of the images entered.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
We were transported to a new era with some relatively new members flashing past the old guard in our Transport competition. With 100 entries we made a great start to the year and I’m pleased to see that we are one club in which Prints are thriving, comprising 60% of entries in this competition.
Judy Sara was not outdone, with many stunning images among the tops including Air Warfare, Turning and Duke of Edinburgh. Paul Hughes, Wayne Carruthers and Vicki Kramer also impressed with Ready to Go, Tucker’s Schooner and Vibrant Vespa.
Di Gage made a cruise liner look small in Dwarfed, James Allan captured the splendour of a day on the water with Kayak, Eric Budworth made the mundane spectacular in Any Seat and Suzie Smith captured beautiful symmetry and detail in Moskova.
Our judge, David Rowlands, gave carefully considered comments on all images, providing many hints and tips along the way. Thanks David!
Bruce Nankivell demonstrated his talent for beautiful landscapes in the Open section of PDIs with Out There and Open Spaces.
The BPC Annual Exhibition and awards night was opened by Hon. Sam Duluk, our local MP.
The Annual Exhibition entries were judged by Peter Maystrenko AFIAP FAPS, Tim Newbery AFIAP AAPS Hon EFIAP Hon FAPS and Brenda Rocklyn ESFIAP.
The Bill Templer Award for service to the club was awarded to Judy Sara who has given her time as Secretary – always a demanding role – and in collating the 2020 Calendar along with Di Gage and Bruce Nankivell.
Other Awards were as follows.
1st – Hutt Street Photos Award – Helen Whitford Oyster Catcher Treasure Hunt
2nd – Helen Whitford Preening Tern
3rd – James Allan Breakaways
– Kerry Malec Angle of the Sun
– Suzie Smith Insignificant
WEA Australiana Landscape Award – James Allan Breakaways
Monochrome Print Division
1st – I’ve Been Framed Award – Helen Whitford Red Throat
2nd – Helen Whitford Curious Macaque
3rd – Duart McLean Iceberg Swirls
– James Allan Redbanks
– Paul Hughes Snowstorm at Snowshill, Gloucestershire
– Judy Sara Gelada
Colour Print Division
1st – Fotoswift Award – Helen Whitford Wipe your Beak
2nd – Helen Whitford Got any more Mum?
3rd – Judy Sara Caught You!
– James Allan Reed Warbler
– Glenn Langley Scoop
– Helen Whitford Que?
Album Print Division
1st – Edge Malpas Award – Helen Whitford Greet the Morning
2nd – Di Gage Picking Flowers
3rd – Helen Whitford Hey Baby!
A sample of 2019 work from each place winner is shown.
1st – Photographic Wholesalers Award – James Allan
2nd – Judy Sara
3rd – Helen Whitford
Projected Images – Novice
1st – Glenn Langley
2nd – Trent Riddle
Monochrome Print Division
1st – Blackwood Times Award – James Allan
2nd – Mark Pedlar
3rd – Judy Sara
Colour Print Division
1st – Blackwood Photographic Club Award – Helen Whitford
2nd – James Allan
3rd – Jenny Pedlar and Judy Sara
Album Print Division
1st – JV Spick Award – James Allan
2nd – Bev Langley
3rd – Gordon Lindqvist
Thank you to all club members who entered regular competitions and the Annual Exhibition. By entering you challenge and inspire one another and everyone wins by gaining experience and insight into how others see our work. Congratulations to all award winners!
A video slideshow of all of the Projected Digital Image entries in the Annual Exhibition 2019 can be found here.