Let me start by thanking judges Peter Clark FRPS EFIAP/p APASA MPSA, Louise Hill LRPS MPAGB and Bill Preston LRPS DPAGB BPE3* for their time in judging the 21st Shrewsbury Open Exhibition this year. Many DAPA members have been entering BPEs for a number of years now and are taking time out from some exhibitions to gather new works. That said we’d like to congratulate Alan Ranger for his three works that received the following awards: Atlantic Sculptures – Commended. Winter Dusk – Commended. Hartland Dusk – Silver Selector’s Medal. We’d also like to congratulate Dave Shrubb for his two works that received the following awards: Up on the Rings – Commended. Grand Central Terminal – Highly Commended. DAPA members totaled 14 acceptances and 5 awards from the 4 members who entered this exhibition.
The Birmingham Zombie Walk, 2015 was a charitable event in which members of the public could, for a small donation, get themselves made-up as, you’ve guessed it, “Zombies” and in doing so walk the streets of Birmingham with all the funds raised going to the Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
This year’s walk took place on Saturday 8th August in Victoria Square right at the heart of the City Centre. Several DAPA Group members were in attendance, masquerading not as zombies, but as photographers, doing their utmost to capture all the fun of the day.
Due to the hard work and dedication of the event organisers the Birmingham Zombie Walk has grown in popularity each year attracting over 2,000 ‘zombies’. Since 2009, when the event was first staged, over £26,000 has been raised for the Children’s Hospital.
If you happened to have missed this years event it’s still not too late to make a donation. You can donate by text:
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DAPA Group consists of around 20 members. Despite being small on numbers we make up for it in passion. Our members have a broad range of interests and therefore cover several genes of photography.
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The results are in, and as always Beyond proves a tough nut to crack. As the years pass DAPA members don’t always enter all BPEs… some cherry pick their favourites, others take time out to build a portfolio of images, and some of us (me included) simply take a break. That said Beyond has always been a favourite and most consider themselves lucky to achieve an acceptance, let alone an award. Many forget that an exhibition differs somewhat from a competition, as a well-rounded selection of images are needed, from each genre, to produce a balanced exhibition catalogue. Member Alan Ranger was Commended for his work Atlantic Sculptures.
The Winchester National Exhibition is a new digital photographic images exhibition. Organised by Winchester Photographic Society, who are affiliated to the British Photographic Exhibitions (BPE), the exhibition is one of many which photographers wishing to gain BPE Crown distinctions may enter to accrue acceptances. A number of DAPA members gained acceptances at this exhibition with Harry Wentworth being awarded a Certificate of Merit for Foolishness of Youth. Cherry Larcome was also awarded a Certificate of Merit for Snow in Cumbria and Alan Ranger was awarded a Certificate of Merit for Winter Dusk and came 3rd in the Landscapes category with Hartland Fingers.
With some different interpretations of categories in this exhibition, it was interesting to see the images that were accepted and awarded. Five DAPA members entered this competition and achieved 20 acceptances and 7 awards. Alan Ranger was Highly Commended for Desole and Rivers of Snow. Dave Shrub was Highly Commended for Clarkes Anemone Shrimp and Bubble Coral – special congratulations also, to Dave Shrubb who achieved his BPE2*. John Powell was Highly Commended for Andy Capp. Harry Wentworth was Highly Commended for The Foolishness of Youth and Commended for Harvest of The Skies and Devotion.
Well done to all who entered and commiserations to those who weren’t awarded any acceptances – the competition was high! ‘Despite all the awards DAPA members have gained in this exhibition – well done each and everyone of you, all very well deserved, ‘ said John Powell.
DAPA members achieved 18 acceptances and 3 awards. Harry Wentworth received the Peter Yeo Selectors Awards for Working Girl. David Meredith was Highly Commended for Gloucester Cathedral. Dave Shrubb was Commended for Grand Central Terminal. Harry Wentworth was particularly please with an acceptance of his new work: ‘Selling My Soul… got it’s first acceptance this is good news as it is a new image and I spent many hours putting it together!’
We didn’t win, but were just 8 points behind the winners – a superb achievement which included entries from seasoned and new members just learning their craft. Well done to the winners, Amersham Photographic Society and all those who entered. Thanks to Will Cheung for organising and arranging the judging.
I’ve included our highest scoring entries from each of the five rounds below. The competition took place over a number of months and 5 different members were required to enter an image relating to a given theme, over a total of 5 rounds. A list of participants is shown below… you’ll see by the scores that it was a close-run race, with just a single point between first and second place.
The first theme was water, Jon, John and Harry achieved 17/20
The second theme was weather, Jon and Cherry achieved 17/20
The third theme was close-up, Alan achieved 19/20
The fourth theme was travel, Alan achieved 17/20
The fifth theme was trees, Cherry achieved 18/20
The competition was tough in this exhibition with many DAPA members drawing a blank – will it disillusion them? No! They’ll be creating and tweaking as I type and will live to enter another day. DAPA members achieved 11 acceptances and 3 awards. Harry Wentworth received a PAGB Ribbon for Working Girl, Dave Shrubb was Highly Commended for Up on the Rings and Alan Ranger for Front Runner.
Entering panels is a very different animal to selecting single images for an exhibition, as one must ensure that each image works well with the company it travels in. Over the years only a couple of DAPA members have entered this exhibition, so it gives me great pleasure to announce that David Meredith achieved two acceptances, and was awarded Silver for his panel, Dandelions.