Autumn Light

Autumn here in the UK not only signifies the golden glow of the late afternoon sun, but also the welcome return of British Photographic Exhibitions after their summer break.

Autumn Light

Shrewsbury Photographic Society were the first of five National Exhibitions to publish their results. I gained four acceptances at Shrewsbury, which all help towards me gaining myABPE distinction.

Havant Camera Club were next, three acceptances here, plus a much needed Highly Commend for Mud, Sweat & Glee. Awards are a much needed commodity, a minimum of 20 are required for a successful ABPE application.

Mud Sweat & Glee .. Highly Commended image Shrewsbury

Next up was the Dingwall Camera Club Exhibition; another four acceptances, but no awards this time!

However, I did better in the Guernsey Salon; picking up a PAGB Silver Medal for Billy and the Kid! and an Honours Certificate for Forever Friends.

Billy and the Kid! .. PAGB Silver Medal at Guernsey and Commended at Bromsgrove

Forever Friends .. Honours Mention at Guernsey

The Bromsgrove Photographic Society Annual Exhibition was good for me too. Andy Capp was awarded a Judges Medal; Muddy Hell gained a PAGB Ribbon and Billy and the Kid! picked up a Commend.

Andy Capp .. Peter Siviters Medal at Bromsgrove

Muddy Hell .. PAGB Ribbon at Bromsgrove

Newcomers to the BPE circuit; Yardley Photographic Society provided me with my 16th award since gaining my BPE5, this came in the form of  a Commend for Living in the Past. I also managed eleven further acceptances bringing my acceptance tally (towards ABPE) to 91 acceptances (100 required), plus 16 awards (20 required).

Living in the Past .. Commended at Yardley

If the GDPU are planning to stage an exhibition next year I suggest they start preparing for it now! I know for a fact that many UK photographers failed to get their entries in due problems with their website. After numerous attempts to upload my entry I gave up trying and reverted to posting instead.

Anne: A Brief Encounter .. scored: 12 (out of 15)

After an agonising start results have finally arrived, two acceptances from eight entries was hardly worth the wait!

Billy and the Kid! .. Scored: 13

The Bristol International Salon of Photography has been a leading international exhibition of photography since 1946. It is an exhibition of digital images open to amateur and professional photographers from all over the world and encompasses all styles of photography from the traditional to the avante garde.

Too Young To Fly

Bristol Salon Open Section, scored 16

The Salon is conducted under the approved rules of the Photographic Society of America (PSA) and under the patronage of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) and the Federation Internationale de l’Art Photographique (FIAP). As a result of the efficient running of previous Salons these three organisations have awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for presentation to the top entries in the exhibition. Award winners and acceptances count towards the granting of PSA & FIAP ratings.

Wartime Alliance

Bristol Salon Open Section, scored 16

I’m currently working towards my EFIAP/b (bronze) which requires all candidates to achieve a minimum of 75 acceptances from 25 different images. Each candidate must also gain a minimum of 3 awards in 3 different countries. However, before a candidate can apply for a bronze rating they must have held the EFIAP distinction for at least 1 year.

Anne; A Brief Encounter

Bristol Salon Open Section, scored 17

This year I sent four images to the Open Section and had the above three images accepted.

A full list of Authors and Works accepted can be seen here:

http://www.bristolphoto.org.uk/myweb/SALON-2012/index.html

Basingstoke Camera Club is one of four new clubs to join the British Photographic Exhibition (BPE) circuit in 2012, which now brings the total number of British Photographic Exhibition to nineteen. Acceptances gained in these exhibitions count towards BPE Crown Awards or Distinctions depending on what level you’re at.

Not having entered this exhibition before gave me a good opportunity to send out some of my better images, in the hope of bagging a couple of awards, which are vitally important when aiming for BPE distinctions.

There's No Going Back - PAGB Bronze Medal

 

I entered three sections, Open General, Open Monochrome and Portraits, twelve images in total. Of those twelve nine where accepted, including a Bronze Medal for “There’s No Going Back“, two Highly Commended images, A Sign of Life in the mono section and “Ooh! That was Tough” in the portrait section. My fourth award, a commend went to, “Mud, Sweat and Glee“, also in the portrait section.

Mud, Sweat and Glee - Commended Image

 

This now puts me back on track, having set myself a goal of obtaining at least one award from every five acceptances gained.

Ooh! That Was Tough - Highly Commended Image

 

The criteria set by the BPE for gaining their “Associateship” (ABPE) is a minimum of 100 acceptances, including no fewer than 20 awards, from 10 different images.

A Sign of Life - Highly Commended Image

 

These are the nine images that I had accepted. Titles, scores and awarded images can be seen by clicking on the “i” (information) button within the slide show.

Basingstoke

Basingstoke C.C Digital Exhibition, 2012

[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/basingstoke-2012/thumbs/thumbs_a-sign-of-life.jpg]00A Sign of Life, scored 12
John Powell © 2012 All Rights Reserved
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/basingstoke-2012/thumbs/thumbs_days-of-despair.jpg]00Days of Despair, scored 12
John Powell © 2012 All Rights Reserved
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/basingstoke-2012/thumbs/thumbs_mud-sweat-and-glee.jpg]00Mud, Sweat and Glee, scored 14
John Powell © 2012 All Rights Reserved
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/basingstoke-2012/thumbs/thumbs_muddy-water-blues.jpg]10Muddy Water Blues, scored 12
John Powell © 2012 All Rights Reserved
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/basingstoke-2012/thumbs/thumbs_ooh-that-was-tough.jpg]00Ooh! That was Tough, scored 13
John Powell © 2012 All Rights Reserved
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/basingstoke-2012/thumbs/thumbs_theres-no-going-back.jpg]00There's No Going Back, scored 13
John Powell © 2012 All Rights Reserved
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/basingstoke-2012/thumbs/thumbs_urban-existence.jpg]00Urban Existence, scored 12
John Powell © 2012 All Rights Reserved
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/basingstoke-2012/thumbs/thumbs_waiting-in-vain.jpg]10Waiting in Vain, scored 12
John Powell © 2012 All Rights Reserved
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/basingstoke-2012/thumbs/thumbs_we-can-make-it.jpg]00We Can Make It, scored 12
John Powell © 2012 All Rights Reserved

 

To see all the award-winning images log on to the Basingstoke website.

Award Winning Slide Show | Open Winners | Mono Winners | Portrait Winners | Nature Winners | Exhibition Slide Shows | Acceptance List |

Armed with my iPhone, a Samsung NX-100 and my Fuji HS-20 my 2 day visit to Focus at the NEC, Birmingham began bright and early on Tuseday morning.

This year should have been a bit special as DAPA Group (my camera club) had won the Advanced Photographer Magazine Club Challenge competition and part of our prize was to have 10 of our members images printed “Large” and put on display for all to see.

Focus-2012

Focus-on-Imaging, NEC Birmingham,2012

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The first indication that things weren’t going to plan was when we started receiving emails on Sunday evening from fellow friends and photographers informing us that our prints were falling from the display and left lying on the floor! Clearly, this wasn’t what we had expected from a competition, which was sponsored by Epson and organised by Bright Publishing – neither of which could be bothered to display our images anywhere near their stands. It appears our award winning entry was only fit for display in the communal area next to the cafe!

When I arrived to view the prints on Tuesday my heart sank, our “Large” prints turned out to be slightly smaller than A3 and mounted behind beige mounts! Beige Mounts! Although the images had initially been well printed several of them had now become scratched and their mounts damaged due to them falling from the display stand. Definitely not what we expected when told our images were to be shown at Europes largest photography trade fair.

Notwithstanding my disappointment the rest of the show was a great success, I even managed to add to my collection of vintage Tamron lenses with several purchases from the disabled photographer stand.

Even though I couldn’t bring myself to photograph our display I thought the images we entered were amazing and certainly deserving of better treatment.

Nonetheless, these were the 10 award winning images exhibited.

DAPA-Focus

DAPA Group - Advanced Photographer Club Challenge Competition Winning Images

[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/dapa-focus/thumbs/thumbs_the-foolishness-of-youth-harry-wentworth.jpg]00The Foolishness of Youth © Harry Wentworth BPE1*
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[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/dapa-focus/thumbs/thumbs_old-billy-boy-robert-powell.jpg]00Old Billy Boy © Robert Powell DPAGB AFIAP BPE3*
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/dapa-focus/thumbs/thumbs_starry-starry-night-ross-mckelvey.jpg]00Starry Starry Night © Ross McKelvey DPAGB ARPS
[img src=http://dapagroup.com/dotcom/wp-content/flagallery/dapa-focus/thumbs/thumbs_forgotten-scarf-cherry-larcombe.jpg]00Forgotten Scarf © Cherry Larcombe EFIAP DPAGB ARPS BPE3*

© copyright 2012 .. DAPA Group Members .. All Rights Reserved.

 

Since the beginning of 2008, having rekindled my passion for competitive photography, my ambition was to reach the standard required to gain an EFIAP distinction.

For those of you who are reading this an EFIAP is the second distinction awarded by the International Federation for Photographic Art for “Excellence”, their first distinction being an A (Artist), which I gained in March, 2010.

A Sign of Life

A Sign of Life

Abandoned Quarry

Abandoned Quarry

All Lined Up

All Lined Up

Another Place

Another Place

At home in the Sun

At home in the Sun

At Home with Edna

At Home with Edna

Bad Boy

Bad Boy

Billy and the Kid

Billy and the Kid

Birth of a New Day

Birth of a New Day

Cavern Dweller

Cavern Dweller

Common Hawker Dragonfly

Common Hawker Dragonfly

Contemplation

Contemplation

Days of Despair

Days of Despair

Female House Sparrow

Female House Sparrow

Fire Starter

Fire Starter

Forever Friends

Forever Friends

Forging Ahead

Forging Ahead

Mono Print

Mono Print

Ghulab de pattha sot de

Ghulab de pattha sot de

Glasswing Greta oto

Glasswing Greta oto

Griffon Vulture

Griffon Vulture

Heliconius melpomene

Heliconius melpomene

Hill Walkers

Hill Walkers

Hoverfly on Sedium spectabile

Hoverfly on Sedium spectabile

Immersed in Action

Immersed in Action

Impression of Summer

Impression of Summer

Impressions of Autumn

Impressions of Autumn

Impressions of Spring

Impressions of Spring

Lionfish

Lionfish

Living in the Past

Living in the Past

Luftwaffe Aces

Luftwaffe Aces

Modern Life is Rubbish

Modern Life is Rubbish

Monty

Monty

Mr Tough Guy

Mr Tough Guy

Mud Sweat and Glee

Mud Sweat and Glee

Muddy Water Blues

Muddy Water Blues

Muscovy Duck (Drake) in Detail

Muscovy Duck (Drake) in Detail

Nash Point Sunset

Nash Point Sunset

Ooh! That Was Tough

Ooh! That Was Tough

Savage Landscape

Savage Landscape

Sheathed Woodtuft

Sheathed Woodtuft

Solitude

Solitude

Stranger at the Shore

Stranger at the Shore

The Age of Innocense

The Age of Innocense

The Digital Rebel Bites Back

The Digital Rebel Bites Back

The Passage of Time

The Passage of Time

The Spirit of Steam

The Spirit of Steam

Theres No Going Back

Theres No Going Back

True Brit

True Brit

Under the Wire

Under the Wire

Urban Existence

Urban Existence

We Can Make It

We Can Make It

Whose Side You On

Whose Side You On

The minimum requirements for EFIAP, set by FIAP , is as follows:
The candidate must have held a AFIAP distinction for a minimum of 12 months and to have gained a minimum of 150 acceptances in at least 30 FIAP approved exhibitions, using no fewer than 50 different images, in 15 or more countries.

FIAP also require a portfolio of prints, minimum of 5, maximum 10, for their archive in Belgium.

My EFIAP distinction was granted on 14th March, 2011, having gained a total of 206 acceptances, using 53 different images, in 57 salons across 19 different countries. I also gained a total of 22 International awards, including 2 FIAP Gold Medals in Scotland and Argentina.

Applications for any FIAP distinction must be made through your countries FIAP Liaison Officer.

Useful Links: FIAP | PAGB | PSA |

I first supported this British Photographic Exhibition (BPE) as a member of Wallheath Camera Club back in 1991 when I was shooting transparencies with a Nikon FA. My single acceptance then was called, Showing Off, which was my 4th BPE acceptance. I gained another solitary acceptance the following year (1992), which bought my BPE points total to a miserable 10!

Showing Off © 1990 John Powell AFIAP DPAGB

Back then, like today, you had to gain 25 acceptances in order to claim your 1st Crown Award (BPE1). With just 10pts from as many exhibitions I decided enough was enough and I gave up. In fact, I sold all my gear! It would be another 10 years before I picked up a camera again and another 7 years after that before I entered the Southport Open for the third time.

The 61st Southport Open, 2008 was the turning point I’d been waiting for, it was in this exhibition that I gained my very first National Photographic Award, a PAGB Ribbon for, Stranger at the Shore. In fact, I gained 5 acceptances in total, which gave me a complete buzz and the confidence to go and claim my 1st BPE Crown Award just a few weeks later.

Stranger at the Shore .. PAGB Ribbon in 2008

In 2009, the 62nd Southport Open, I gained 7 acceptances, including 2 awards. Similar success followed in 2010 in the 63rd Southport Open, 7 acceptances, including 2 awards.

The 64th Southport Open starts the BPE calendar for 2011, it is my ambition to top 300 BPE acceptances before the year’s out, which means gaining a further 60 acceptances.

Theres No Going Back

Theres No Going Back

Muddy Water Blues

Muddy Water Blues

Contemplation

Contemplation

Monty

Monty

Under the Wire

Under the Wire

Forging Ahead

Forging Ahead

Two's Company

Two's Company

Showing Off

Showing Off

Stranger at the Shore

Stranger at the Shore

My acceptances in Southport this year were:
Colour Prints
Muddy Water Blues (13)
There’s No Going Back (Certificate of Merit)

Mono Prints
Contemplation (12)
Monty (13)
Under the Wire (12)

Colour Digital (DPI)
Forging Ahead (13)
Two’s Company (12).

Images © John Powell, 2011 All Rights Reserved.