VECC Annual Exhibition – Photo2014

Another week, another set of results.  This one was a somewhat mixed bag for DAPA members with regards results, some tried, tested and awarded images didn’t make the grade with regards acceptances!  However, one only has to look at the standard of work on display to understand why, our images are only as good as the company they travel in with regards exhibition and competition.  A new DAPA member seemed a little saddened by his single acceptance,  until we explained how difficult it is to achieve that one acceptances.  The statisticss aren’t out yet… but if you are one of those who achieved a single acceptance and are a little down-hearted, don’t be.  I’m sure that for every one accepted image, there will be at least 8 or so that weren’t!

DAPA achieved 27 acceptances and 2 awards in VECC 2014.   Roger Evans was Commended for Splashdown and Chris King On Billy Bounce.  Roger was the only DAPA member to achieve awards in this salon.  Well done Roger, especially as I know the time and dedication you give to capturing your sports shots.  Last and definitely not least, we celebrate member Alan Ranger’s 200th acceptances with this exhibition and congratulate him on his BPE4*.  Alan works mainly involves landscapes, and despite it being quite difficult at times to achieve acceptances in this genre, his integrity to achieve in his chosen area of expertise has been richly rewarded.

Splashdown by Roger Evans

Splashdown by Roger Evans

Chris King on Billy Bounce Roger Evans

Chris King on Billy Bounce Roger Evans

 

Basingstoke Open Exhibition of Photography 2014

We’d all just returned from a DAPA meet at The Photography Show in Birmingham, when the results for this exhibition started to filter through.   With 40 acceptances and 4 awards, we’re all more than pleased with the results (apart from me, who missed the entry deadline – so I must try harder!).  New member Darrell Oakden was awarded a Gold Medal in the Portraits Sections for Intensity.  Roger Evans was awarded 2 Commendeds for Splashdown and Chris King on Billy Bounce and a Bronze Medal for Mad Dogs.

Intensity by Darrell Oakden

Intensity by Darrell Oakden

Mad Dogs by Roger Evans

Mad Dogs by Roger Evans

Splashdown by Roger Evans

Splashdown by Roger Evans

Chris King on Billy Bounce Roger Evans

Chris King on Billy by Bounce Roger Evans

 

Clay Cross Open Exhibition 2014

This exhibition saw some new DAPA members join the fold with entries.  We’ve had an influx of new members of late, who I’m sure will keep us all on our toes with regards image creation.   The stats, worked out by member Roger shows this to be a tough exhibition in which to gain entries, let alone awards.   So don’t be disheartened with your results, put them into perspective.  With over 3200 entries from around 360 authors, the acceptances are sure to been around the 15-19% mark, which could equate to just 1-2 acceptances when entering 12 images.  DAPA achieved 34 acceptances and 5 awards.  Roger Evans was Commended for Wrapped Around the Bar and was given a Selectors Award for Chris King on Billy Bounce.  John Powell was Commended for Andy Capp and We Can Make It.  Geoff Reader also achieved a Selectors Awards for The Full Monty.

The Full Monty by Geoff Reader

The Full Monty by Geoff Reader

Chris King on Billy Bounce Roger Evans

Chris King on Billy Bounce Roger Evans

 

Wrapped around the bar by Roger Evans

Wrapped around the bar by Roger Evans

Andy Capp by John Powell

Andy Capp by John Powell

We Can Make It by John Powell

We Can Make It by John Powell

 

Welcome New Member Darrell Oakden.

Darrell’s interest in photography began when he purchased his first digital camera about ten years ago. He very quickly discovered Photoshop and with the help of several photo magazines started to teach himself photography.

Darrell describes his style of photography as “eclectic” because he doesn’t feel he has settled in one particular area of interest at the moment. However, his strongest area is in creative composites. Darrell tells me he gets just as much pleasure by creating images in the computer as he does from behind the camera.

In September, 2011 Darrell joined a photography club near to him in Cheshire and by the end of his first season finished fourth on their leader board.

In 2012 Darrell successfully gained his CPAGB distinction and also began entering his work into British Photographic Exhibitions (BPE) achieving his first BPE Crown that very same year.

Darrell gained his second BPE Crown (BPE2) Award in December, 2013 and at present is putting the finishing touches to his DPAGB panel in time for his adjudication in April, 2014.

I’m sure you’ll all join me in wishing Darrell every success for the future.

 

Southport 67th Annual Open Exhibition of Photography 2014

Many found Southport a tough exhibition in which to gain acceptances – DAPA were no different!  The bar was set high with a rate of around 15% of images entered, being accepted – that’s an 85% non-acceptance rate.  We must remember however, the differences between judging an exhibition and a competition… if you don’t know what they are, go and find out.  It may make you feel a little better if you didn’t achieve many acceptances or drew a blank.  DAPA achieved 32 acceptances and 2 awards, both awarded to Roger Evans who was Third in Colour Prints for Splashdown and Commended for Emerald Damselfly.

Splashdown by Roger Evans

Splashdown by Roger Evans

Emerald Damselfly by Roger Evans

Emerald Damselfly by Roger Evans

 

PAGB GB Cup, 2014

Open GB Cup Results

We at DAPA enjoy entering the Great British Cup!  Why?  It gives us the opportunity to compete as a team rather than against each other, as in other BPE Exhibitions.    So we’re proud to announce a very respectable 4th place.  And also that member, Angela Adams was awarded Best Overall Portrait.  Well done to The Wigan 10 for winning again - we were only 9 points behind, so will endeavour to do better next year.  Our entry can be seen in the slide show below.

The full results can be seen HERE:

PAGB Open Cup 2014

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The scores for the respective images were:

L01 – Being Ernest – Robert Powell – 11
L02 – The Collector – Angela Adams – 14 (Best Portrait)
L03 – Monty – Philip Higgins – 10
L04 – Cook Will be Pleased – Jacqui Jay Grafton – 12
L05 – Meerkats in the Snow – Jacqui Jay Grafton – 12
L06 – Life! Back on the Streets – John Powell – 13
L07 – Savage Landscape – John Powell – 10
L08 – Down and Out – Roger Evans – 11
L09 – Hang a Left – Roger Evans – 11
L10 – Shoulder to Shoulder – Roger Evans – 13
L11 – Splashdown – Roger Evans – 12
L12 – Fredau – Ross McKelvey – 12
L13 – One Black One, One White One – Ross McKelvey – 12
L14 – Moody Hoody – Ross McKelvey – 13
L15 – Subway Muscle – Ross McKelvey – 11

Best Portrait .. The Collector by Angela Adams

Best Portrait .. The Collector by Angela Adams

Nature GB Cup Results

Well done to our nature workers too.  We came 27th, and hope to improve on this for next year.  We have very few nature workers in our group, so well done on the considerable effort needed to put together our entry.

Full results can be seen HERE:

PAGB Nature cup 2014

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The scores for the respective images were:

N01 – Kingfisher with Catch – Philip Higgins – 10
N02 – Lion Fish Pterois antennata – John Powell – 11
N03 – Seagull with Starfish – Cherry Larcombe – 9
N04 – Hoverfly Helophilus trivittatus – Cherry Larcombe – 9
N05 – Brimstone on Scabious – Jacqui Jay Grafton – 11
N06 – Green Sandpiper and Crustacean – Jacqui Jay Grafton – 9
N07 – Masticating Wasp – Jacqui Jay Grafton – 10
N08 – Cheetah Meal – Melanie Jones – 11
N09 – Dawn Flight – Melanie Jones – 10
N10 – Pelican Trio Splash – Melanie Jones – 11
N11 – Mating Silver Studded Blues – Roger Evans – 12
N12 – Mating Meadow Browns – Roger Evans – 13
N13 – Emerald Damselfly Triplet – Roger Evans – 11

All that’s left to say is thank you to those group members who gave their time to selecting the images that formed our entry.  Your time, as always, is much appreciated.

 

Bebington Salon of Photography 2014

Bebington has set a precedent that many hope will continue in future BPE Exhibitions – the creation of a new class for creative photography and montages.   Many feel this is long overdue and have embraced the change, others won’t be too happy if they didn’t read the rules and had their image disqualified.  Well done Bebington, I hope your future exhibitions will also embrace online entry.

On with the results… Dapa members achieved 16 acceptances and three awards in this salon.  Roger Evans was awarded a  Gold Medal for Splashdown, a Silver Medal for Mad Dogs and was Commended for Down and Out.

Splashdown by Roger Evans

Splashdown by Roger Evans

Mad Dogs by Roger Evans

Mad Dogs by Roger Evans

 

Down and Out by Roger Evans

Down and Out by Roger Evans

 

26th Soliull Open Exhibition of Photography 2013

Solihull is our penultimate set of results for 2013, and with some members now only entering competitions that have an online entry, it’ll be their last for 2013.  It’s been an exciting year for the group.  Welcoming new members and watching them flourish.  Distinctions have been gained and many members have won a multitude of awards, far too numerous to mention – as we all know only too well, it takes hard work and dedication to gain these as the quality of work is becoming higher year on year.

We can now announce that DAPA achieved 50 acceptances and 12 awards at Solihull: Jacqui Jay Grafton was Commended for Meerkats in the Snow and A Wasp Masticating, Highly Commended for Cook will be Pleased and was awarded a PAGB Ribbon for Working Girl.  Ross McKelvey was Commended for Snow Queen.  Roger Evans was our star of the show with a Commendeds for  Emma Hyslop on U Zermie 5, Marnie Wells Nicholls, plus Highly Commendeds for Splashdown, Emerald Damsel Fly,  Chris King on Billy Bounce and Mary King on Cavalier Venture and a PAGB Ribbon for Down and Dirty.

Meerkats in the snow by Jacqui Jay Grafton

Meerkats in the snow by Jacqui Jay Grafton

Cook will be pleased! by Jacqui Jay Grafton

Cook will be pleased! by Jacqui Jay Grafton

Snow Queen by Ross McKelvey

Snow Queen by Ross McKelvey

Emma Hyslop on U Zermie by Roger Evans

Emma Hyslop on U Zermie by Roger Evans

Marnie Wells-Nicholls by Roger Evans

Marnie Wells-Nicholls by Roger Evans

Splashdown by Roger Evans

Splashdown by Roger Evans

Emerald Damselfly by Roger Evans

Emerald Damselfly by Roger Evans

Chris King on Billy Bounce Roger Evans

Chris King on Billy Bounce Roger Evans

Down and Dirty by Roger Evans

Down and Dirty by Roger Evans

A Wasp, Masticating by Jacqui Jay Grafton

A Wasp, Masticating by Jacqui Jay Grafton

Working Girl by Jacqui Jay Grafton

Working Girl by Jacqui Jay Grafton

Mary King on Cavalier Venture by Roger Evans

Mary King on Cavalier Venture by Roger Evans

 

 

Frome Wessex Salon 2013

Frome Wessex Camera Club has very much embraced the digital age, not only do they practice traditional processes, but members create superb creative images with Photoshop too.  It’s not only their images that are superb, but the running of the Annual National Exhibition too.  The online entry worked well, something which makes all our lives a little easier i.e. not having to burn CD’s, package up and post.  Results were timely too, so well done Frome Wessex!  DAPA Groups tally for this competition was 30 acceptances and 3 awards.  Ross McKelvey also achieved his BPE4* with acceptances from this salon, so a huge well done to Ross from all at DAPA.

DAPA award winners for this salon are: Harry Wentworth who achieved a Commended for Coniston at Dusk and was awarded a Selectors Medal for Towards the Light.  Roger Evans was also awarded a Selectors Medal for Wrapped Around The Bar.

Wrapped around the bar by Roger Evans

Wrapped around the bar by Roger Evans

Towards the Light by  Harry Wentworth

Towards the Light by Harry Wentworth

Coniston at Dusk by Harry Wentworth

Coniston at Dusk by Harry Wentworth

 

 

Havant 43rd National Open Exhibition 2013

Havant is one of the few exhibitions that still invite prints as well as digitally projected images for entry.    We have a few stalwart DAPA members who love their prints and produce quality photographs that take full advantage of this medium.   I feel more would participate in print entry, if there was a courier system to carry prints from one BPE to another, rather than the to and fro using Royal Mail.  Some salons already have this in place, but it isn’t universal.  I’m not saying this would be an easy task, and it would make more work for each exhibition… but it’s food for thought!  Moving on, DAPA members achieved 26 acceptances and 5 awards… Ross McKelvey won the Monochrome Print Section with Moody Hoody,  recieved a Judges Medal for Subway Muscle and a Highly Commendeds for Ekaterina and London Calling.   Angela Adams was Highly Commended for The Collector.  

Moody Hoody by Ross McKelvey

Moody Hoody by Ross McKelvey

Subway Muscle by Ross McKelvey

Subway Muscle by Ross McKelvey

Mon 1 Ekaterina

Ekaterina

London Calling by Ross McKelvey

London Calling by Ross McKelvey

The Collector by Angela Adams

The Collector by Angela Adams

 
 
 

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