Solihull Photographic Society was established in 1936 and is a member of the Midland Counties Photographic Federation (MCPF) with affiliation to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB).

For the last 35 years they have successfully organised the Solihull National Open Exhibition of Photography. The Solihull Open is a member of the British Photographic Exhibitions (BPE) which means acceptances gain in this exhibition count towards BPE Crown Awards and Distinctions.

This year the exhibition was judged by:
John Cartlidge EFIAP
Don Byatt MPAGB
Mike Edwards ARPS

The four images I had accepted were all in the monochrome digital section were:

Dogs of War

Feldgendarmerie

Best Monochrome - 2nd Fotogrupo 30/40 Salon - Argentina, 2010

Under the Wire

Waiting in Vain

The exhibition will be held on Saturday 16th June, 2012 at the Old School House, Churchbridge, Oldbury, B69 2AS.
Doors open at 2pm.

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
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[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
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[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
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[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
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[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 |

Photo2012.net is an on-line photographic exhibition organised by the Vale of Evesham Camera Club, a member of the British Photographic Exhibition (BPE) circuit.

Acceptances in this exhibition count towards BPE Crown Awards and Distinctions.

 

Having gained my 5th Crown Award in October, 2011 I am now working towards my Associateship (ABPE) distinction.

Although I didn’t figure amongst the award winners this year I did manage to gain 5 acceptances.

The exhibition is now showing at: www.photo2012.net

The London Salon of Photography 100th Annual
Exhibition, 2011.
The London Salon was founded in
1910, but before that it existed as the Brotherhood of the Linked
Ring, a photographic society that was established in 1892. The
original Linked Ring members were a breakaway organization from the
(Royal) Photographic Society, who at that time placed more emphasis
on the science of photography than photography as a form of art.
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© 2010  John Powell EFIAP DPAGB BPE4*
Today, like back then, the aim of the London Salon is to exhibit
only that class of photographic work in which there is distinct
evidence of artistic feeling and execution. Membership to the
London Salon is still by invitation only. However, their annual
exhibition is open to all photographers. You can also lend your
support in the form of an annual subscription (friend of the London
Salon). Friends receive a personal invitation to a private viewing
of the exhibition along with a free colour illustrated exhibition
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© 2011  John Powell EFIAP DPAGB BPE4* I
received confirmation today that 2 of my
prints have been accepted, these are: Days of Despair and Waiting
in Vain. The exhibition will be showing at two venues. The first at
The Mark Mason Hall, 86 St James’s Street London SW1A 1PL on
Saturday July 30th (doors open at 2pm). The second venue is a the
Old School House, Churchbridge, Oldbury, West Midlands on Saturday
August 20th (doors open at 1pm). All accepted images will be on
display on the Salon website shortly. Useful links relating to this
post: The London
Salon
| href="http://www.rleggat.com/photohistory/history/linked_r.htm">Brotherhood
of the Linked Ring | href="http://www.rleggat.com/photohistory/history/photo_se.htm">Photo-Secession
| Royal Photographic
Society
Images © John Powell, 2011 All Rights
Reserved.

For some strange reason the Rushden organizers posted the statistics for their 29th Open Exhibition on their web site ahead of sending out individual results. Maybe this was there way of warning photographers to expect a poor set of results, who knows?

The statistics didn’t make very good reading. Out of a total of 3613 entries, only 518 made it into the final exhibition, just 14.3%, which for a digital only exhibition is a bit on the mean side, but that’s just my opinion!

Judges for this exhibition were:
General & Creative
Les Nixon DPAGB
Malcolm Ranieri FRPS MPAGB
David Steel

Nature & Monochrome
John Lacy ARPS CPAGB
Barbara Lawson FRPS DPAGB
Tony Wharton FRPS AFIAP

My entry consisted of 4 colour images (general section) and 4 monochrome. The score given by the judges are in brackets.

Muddy Hell

Muddy Hell

Muddy Water Blues

Muddy Water Blues

Theres No Going Back

Theres No Going Back

Time Gone By

Time Gone By

Living in the Past (10)
Muddy Hell! (11) accepted
Muddy Water Blues (11) accepted
There’s No Going Back (11) accepted

A Time Gone By (12) accepted
Contemplation (10)
Foot Loose (9)
Monty (9)

The exhibition is being held in the village hall at Irchester, Wellingborough on Sat, 7th May, 2011 at 6pm and can be seen at the following venues through out May, June and September.

Peterborough PS – 3rd May
Desborough & Rothwell PS – 13th May
New City PS – 26th May
Kettering & Dist. PS – 20th June
Burton Latimer & Dist. PS – 14th Sept, 2011

 

Damson Blossom, originally uploaded by dotcomjohnny.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The damson or damson plum (Prunus domestica subsp. insititia, or sometimes Prunus insititia) is an edible drupaceous fruit, a subspecies of the plum tree. Sometimes called the Damask plum, damsons are commonly used in the preparation of jams and jellies. The plum spirit slivovitz is made from fermented damson fruit. The tree blossoms with small, white flowers in early April in the Northern hemisphere and fruit is harvested in late August or early September.

The name damson derives from the Latin prunum damascenum, “plum of Damascus”. Damsons were first cultivated in antiquity in the area around the ancient city of Damascus, capital of modern-day Syria, and were introduced into England by the Romans. Remnants of damsons are often found during archaeological digs of ancient Roman camps across England, and ancient writings describe the use of damson skins in the manufacture of purple dye. Prugne damaschine figure in the long list of comestibles enjoyed by the Milanese given by Bonvesin de la Riva in his Marvels of Milan (1288).

The damson was introduced into the American colonies by English settlers before the American Revolution and are regarded as thriving better in the eastern United States than other European plum varieties.

The term “damson” is often used to describe red wines with rich yet acidic plummy flavors.

Nikon D2Hs/Tamron 70-150mm f2.8 (varisoft) lens @ 1/640 sec – f4.0

Tamron’s fast 70-150 F/2.8 constant aperture zoom lens was specifically designed for portrait photography, and was the first compact telephoto zoom lens ever produced by any manufacturer which featured a built-in softness control. This lens is extremely sharp at all focal lengths when not using the softness control since a total of six lens elements are used in the variator and compensator groups to reduce zoom dependent aberrations to their absolute minimum. Although the optical performance is somewhat optimized for 105mm (the ideal portrait focal length), this lens’s optical performance nevertheless is very good throughout the entire zoom range.

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 |

The London Salon of Photography invites you to submit prints to their 100th Annual Exhibition, 2011.

The London Salon was founded in 1910, but before that it existed as the Brotherhood of the Linked Ring, a photographic society that was established in 1892. The original Linked Ring members were a breakaway organization from the (Royal) Photographic Society, who at that time placed more emphasis on the science of photography than photography as a form of art.

Today, like back then, the aim of the London Salon is to exhibit only that class of photographic work in which there is distinct evidence of artistic feeling and execution.

Membership to the London Salon is still by invitation only. However, their annual exhibition is open to all photographers. You can also lend your support in the form of an annual subscription (friend of the London Salon). Friends receive a personal invitation to a private viewing of the exhibition along with a free colour illustrated exhibition catalogue.

My entry into this years salon is:

Days of Despair

Days of Despair

Urban Existence

Urban Existence

Waiting in Vain

Waiting in Vain

Savage Landscape

Savage Landscape

Days of Despair, Urban Existence, Waiting in Vain and Savage Landscape. The closing date for all entries is: Monday 25th April, 2011 – see the London Salon website for more details.

Useful links relating to this post: The London Salon | Brotherhood of the Linked Ring | Photo-Secession | Royal Photographic Society

Images © John Powell, 2011 All Rights Reserved.

Photo2011 – www.photo2011.net is the 13th National Open Exhibition hosted by the Vale of Evesham camera club.

Each year the exhibition grows, this year it attracted over 3,370 digital entries.

The Judges; Sandy Leland FRPS, Peter Gennard MFIAP EFIAP/p, Graham Hodgkiss MPAGB and Colin Smith FRPS were supported by the VECC team to create another spectacular on-line digital exhibition featuring no fewer than 670 breathtaking images.

My acceptances for this year were:

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There’s No Going Back .. PAGB Ribbon
Muddy Water Blues
Contemplation
Monty
Foot Loose.

This now brings my total BPE acceptances too: 245.

Images © John Powell, 2011 All Rights Reserved.

The 3rd GBISPC is an International Photographic Exhibition for un-mounted prints up to a maximum size of A4.

The competition comprises of four exhibitions, known as a circuit, these being; Arddangosfa International (Wales), Carlisle International (Scotland), Hoylake and West Cumbria Internationals (Great Britain).

Muddy Hell

Photographers, both amateur and professional, from all around the world are invited to submit their work.
No fewer than 36 judges took on the task of selecting the best prints from each section.

Two’s Company

Having competed the criteria required for EFIAP this exhibition started my journey towards EFIAP Bronze (75 further acceptances from 25 new works with 3 awards gained from 3 different countries).

Remember Them

I entered just 2 sections, Open Colour and Monochrome and gained the following 15 acceptances:
Arddangosfa International (Wales)
Colour Prints: Muddy Hell & Remember Them
Mono Prints: Wychbury Heights

Foot Loose

Carlisle International (Scotland)
Colour Prints: Muddy Hell
Mono Prints: The Lightening Tree & Wychbury Heights

The Lightening Tree

Hoylake International (GB)
Colour Prints: Muddy Hell & Two’s Company
Mono Prints: Foot Loose, The Lightening Tree & Wychbury Heights

Wychbury Heights

West Cumbria International (GB)
Colour Prints: Muddy Hell & Two’s Company
Mono Prints: The Lightening Tree & Wychbury Heights

Images © John Powell, 2011 All Rights Reserved.