August 2017 has seen him achieve a BPE1 in just seven months after submitting images to National Exhibitions in the UK. The BPE1 is awarded for 25 acceptances into National Exhibitions throughout the UK, he also picked up two selectors Medals in the process, these are awarded by judges for images of outstanding quality, composition and creativity. A BPE2 is next in his sights, and he will need fifty Exhibition Acceptances to obtain the BPE2 Crown Award.
Feeling rather stoked! - I had an excellent time down at Bolton Camera Club tonight which was as usual, a very well turned out event. It was our Presentation Evening for all the 8 competitions I was eligible to enter which were held during 2016. The Trophies were presented by the current President of the L&CPU Garth Tighe CPAGB.
Many of the club members in the Advanced level regularly compete against each other and consistently produce some fantastic images; they never fail to astound me with their incredible images be it street photography, landscape and wildlife work, and I start every competition night after running through the images wondering if I’m ever going to be up there with a chance of a winning shot. The judges on the whole last year were a pretty well chosen lot by our competition secretary Richard; I consider between them they made some great decisions and also some very questionable ones too!
Anyway this is how it panned out. I won for the second year running the Trophy for the ‘Themed’ Competition. I also won the trophy for the (PDI) Projected Digital Image Competition. Also, I won the Trophy for The Best PDI image taken on a Club Day Out competition. (I only went on one to New Brighton, mainly to offer other members help and assistance in their own photography). And to top it all off, out of a total of 96 club members, I also won the Bolton Camera Club ‘Photographer of the year’ Trophy having scored the most club points in all the competitions throughout 2016, so all in all I’ve bagged four trophies of which I am immensely proud of. Congratulations must also go to all the other club members who were runners up and those who also won the other sections.
Thanks too to my wonderful wife Eileen who constantly wonders what the hell I’m doing most nights in front of that computer screen! Now I hope you realise it’s all been worth it! (I have some new and exciting gear in mind too for my next birthday in a week or so xxx)
2017 will be a bigger challenge as the club has now 3 sections with, beginner, intermediate and advanced workers and there are just 10 of us in the advanced section. Good luck to everyone in 2017.
A final mention must go to John Durkin who won the ‘Club Level Print Competition' trophy along with the 'Club Level PDI Competition' Trophy, well done John, you’ve come a very long way in a short space of time, keep it up.
Here is a selection of some of the winning images that have earned me the points and trophies.
Tony Duffey had a formidable task on his hands when he came to judge our final theme competition of 2015 for the themed competition. I was 7 points ahead and it was all down to the last competition which had the theme of 'Textures' I submitted 1 print of Caldy Beach and a 2 Projected images, one was of Bark Street East on a rainy evening showing off the cobbles and the other was of a scene from Croatia of a man sat on a set of steps in the old town. All images did well coming 2nd, 4th and 5th. All in all I managed to beat the whole club with a comfortable lead of 5 point over Richard Towel winning the Roy Williamson trophy which will be engraved with my name and presented in January 2016
BCC Competition - 24th September 2015
I submitted three images for the penultimate round in the 'Natural Frames' Theme Section last Thursday at Bolton Camera Club and managed to get them in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place!, not bad considering the waterfall image was taken using my Smart phone!
With just one more theme left next month for 'textures' I am in 1st place and 5 point ahead of the other members! Just hope I can do well!
In recent months, in fact a year come to think of it I have been preparing my work in order to attain a Credit with the PAGB (Photographic Alliance Of Great Britain) From a selection of some 40 or so images I worked along side my mentor Christine Widdall MPAGB EFIAP ABPE using the L&CPU mentoring scheme, this gives the photographer a good grounding as to the required standard of image needed to gain the Credit. After several emails and exchanges of critique I finally submitted my 10 images in March 2015.
The date came for the day of the adjudication on the 25th April and we flew to Southampton to attend the event. After seeing the 'Distinction' images go though in the morning it was time for the C's to go through. 6 judges can give a maximum of 5 points, 5 is seldom awarded however. There were 16 entrants making a total of 160 images to score, so each of your images comes up every 16th image, the judge has no idea of the author, each image is show for around 3-4 seconds and the judges who are all very qualified, score the image, you need 200 points to gain the accreditation, any less and its a fail! so effectively 20 points per image.
My portfolio started off well with the first 3 images scoring 23, so 9 ahead at this stage, a good feeling but I cant get complacent, 22 points next then my highest score a 24 for DLR London, 23, 22, 21 ,18 and a 19 gave me a total of 218 and a comfortable pass meaning I had gained the CPAGB. I am the 5th member at Bolton Camera Club to receive such a merit and will be looking to improve my skills behind the camera further in order to chase the Distinction some time in the future.
Below are my 10 submitted images
Thursday 27th March 2015 saw our first theme competition of the year 'Within The Boundaries Of Bolton' Each member can enter up to 3 images, either two in the prints section and 1 in the PDI or visa versa. Mike Lawrence was the judge for the evening.
I entered two into the PDI section 'Bolton One' and 'New Classic Car In Wood Street' 39 images were submitted and there were many excellent images my club members, Bolton One was awarded 4th place but the Wood Street image of my friends car managed to secure the top score with 20 points.
Next up after the break were the printed section, 21 images were submitted and the judge Mike Lawrence had the job of sifting through each one giving critique were appropriate. Again another good result with an image of Denzel my niece's dog, the picture was named 'Obedience Test' which was taken in Januarywith snow on the ground using my new Canon 5D Mk3 on its first outing. It managed a 2nd place with David Hawkins taking the first place with en excellent street shot.
I entered 2 images into the PDI Competition for March 2015 in the advanced section. We had guest judge Bill Edwards CPAGB to view and critique the work. Out of some 42 images 16 were held back for further consideration. Both images taken earlier that month from Wast Water in The Lake District were amongst the held images. Wast Water came a credible 4th place and my other image Neither Beck came second, came a credible second place with 19 points. This placement positioned me joint first so far this year in the PDI competition against the other members so looking good but there is some fierce competition to contend with!
Our judge for the evening was George Steele from our neighbouring camera club 'Bury Photographic Society'. George gave useful tips as well as marking our images and he had a tough job in deciding which images were the best on the evening. I entered the maximum allowed number of two images to give myself a chance at a trophy for 2014 as this was the last PDI competition for the year.
My 1st image was 'Montserrat Basilica' which was taken in Barcelona on my summer holiday with the family. A visit up the cable car to the top of a mountain found this outstanding basilica, I took a low vantage point to capture and frame the scene with the archway above, this low take also gives the isle a different view point.
My second image below was also taken on the same Spanish holiday and was captured whilst travelling on the Metro system between stations on the outskirts of Barcelona, I named it 'The Proverbial Light' as that's what came to mind when I played the image back on the camera after checking the histogram had confirmed a good exposure.
Anyway George went through the images and I sadly missed out on first place with my tunnel shot 'The Proverbial Light' on the right, it was awarded 18 points and came a credible 3rd place out of 33 images. However the judge as always saves the best images until last and gave 1st place to my 'Montserrat Basilica' above, a superb result.
After all 5 rounds of the PDI section for advanced workers I came a credible second place, just missed out by two points to the worthy winner for this section Richard Towell. I still am in with a chance in the printed competition and that will be decided on the 16th October 2014 were i am currently lying in 3rd place from the top being just 3 points behind the leader a Mr Richard Towell!
Pamela Vose from the Leigh Club came to visit the Bolton Camera Club on 21st August and took on the challenging task of judging approximately 60 images submitted by members of the Club.
I submitted the maximum three images for the advanced workers and yet again managed to catch the eye of the Judge. The image of Canary Wharf named 'Running Late' scored the maximum 20 points coming 1st place.
My next two images both came second and were awarded 19 points each, (only one image can take club points though) 'Intimidation' and 'Thornton Cleveleys Sunset'
With just 3 club points separates me from the highest scoring author in the advanced section, the last Printed image in October 2014 will be the deciding round where I need maximum points to be in with a chance of a trophy!
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