Any one that’s entered BPE for a few years will know interest waxes and wanes, along with productivity and results. However, within any large group there’s always someone who’s on the up. We seem to take it in turns at DAPA! At the moment Roger Evans ‘managed to keep the flag flying’ for us with two awards at Yardley. Other members achieved 14 acceptances. Roger was Commended for Head in the clouds and Highly Commended for Emerald Damselfly Triplet.
After entering BPE Exhibitions for a few years, it’s great to have the new challenge that comes with a newly themed photography section. This gives niche photographers a chance to shine in their own right too. The addition of the Photo Travel section in Dingwall 2014 did just that, well done Dingwall!
DAPA member Roger Evans was Commended for Splashdown and Spellbinding. Spellbinding is a personal favourite of Roger’s: ‘it’s so great that it got an award with it’s first outing’, he tells me. And great too as the acceptance for the Colour Section was high at 13 points. Alan Ranger was Highly Commended for Poppy Seed Head. Geoff Reader received the Selectors Award chosen by David Hay Hon SPF for Sheena of Corran. ‘Sheena was born in the small village of Corran on the Scottish West Coast’, Geoff tells me. ‘ I cycle from Glenelg each year, a tough ride the rises from sea level to 1200 ft and back down to sea level at the other!… She has a little Tea Hut where back-packers and people seeking the end of the road stop for a cup of tea and home made cake. I believe the image portrays her hard but satisfying life.’
In total 16 acceptances with 4 awards were achieved by DAPA members.
A mixed bag of results for some DAPA members at Shrewsbury. But as with all things BPE we move on to the next exhibition hoping for better results.
That said, congratulations to John Baxter who won a Blue Ribbon, Commended for Rainy Day Sunset and Harry Wentworth who was Highly Commended for Working Girl.
At times we have fallow period in our photography, some at DAPA are experiencing this, as I’m sure many others at camera clubs across the country are. However, when some are in the fallow, there’s always other we can follow… for inspiration. Only 4 DAPA members entered Great Barr this year, but achieved an amazing 39 acceptances and 4 awards. Congratulations to Tony Cluley who achieved his BPE1* with this exhibition. And also to Roger Evans for his 4 awards – Eyeballing the serve and Megan Chant vault were Commended in the DPI section. In the print section Roger was also Commended for Floating Over and won the Gold for Splashdown.
Beyond has always been a tough nut to crack with incredibly high standards, this year hasn’t been any different. That said we wouldn’t have it any other way, as acceptances and awards mean so much more when they’re not easily achievable. DAPA Group members are please to announce we were awarded 41 acceptances and 4 awards. John Powell was Highly Commended for Andy Capp. Roger Evans was Highly Commended for Shoulder to Shoulder and Commended for Silver Studded Blues. Cherry Larcombe was Commended for her print, Copper Underwing Amphipyra Pyramidea.
We all love prints, but not many of us enter print competitions these days. We’re glad however that Darrell, Roger and Jacqui did – with 13 acceptances and 3 awards, they did DAPA proud. Darrell Oakden won Silver with Lost in Music and received a certificate for Psychological Collapse. Roger Evans was Commended for Splashdown.
Not all DAPA members enter prints into exhibition, this isn’t necessarily due to not liking the print process. Time and cost is an element that dissuades many from entering, that said (and I don’t enter personally) I do love to see a good image in print. There’s something rather special about the tangible and the visual that is somehow lost when viewing digitally. Member Roger Evans had 4 of his 5 prints entered accepted, with Down and Out being Commended. And as an added bonus, Roger’s results from Cotswold take him to the lofty heights of ABPE. Well done Roger… some impressive statistics: ‘103 acceptances with 25 awards from 14 different images which gets me my ABPE’. Jacqui Jay Grafton also achieved 2 print acceptances: ‘the start of what seems a very long journey to BPE4*‘, she tells us.
If you love prints, and the arts in general, why not pay a visit to The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, it’s not open and on view until mid August – you might just get some inspiration for your next photograph.
It’s that time of time when competitions are in full swing and results are coming thick and fast. Before we announce our results for Robin Hood, I’d like to take the time to congratulate a two DAPA members on their hard-earned and well-deserved achievements. Firstly we have Jacqui Jay Grafton, who with an acceptance from this exhibition has now achieved her BPE3*, the postman also brought notification this week that Jacqui is now an AFIAP too, so a double round of applause – very well done Jacqui. Harry Wentworth also achieved his EFIAP this week too, so well done again to Harry – no mean feat – I think you all deserve an extra award for completion of the FIAP paperwork!
So for the results… DAPA members achieved 18 acceptances and one award – a Highly Commended for Roger Evans in the Landscape Section for Neist Point.
We all seem to lead such busy lives these days that a few of us are missing deadlines for the BPE Exhibitions. Those that were a little more organised achieved 24 acceptances and 2 awards. Roger Evans was awarded a Selector’s Award for Hang a Left and Harry Wentworth was awarded a Highly Commended for Shortcut to Heaven.
Member Jacqui Jay Grafton just missed getting her BPE3* by one point, so we’re all wishing her well when the next set of result come through. I’m sure we all know how frustrating it gets as we near those last few points needed for that next distinction.
Entering a panel exhibition can be hard work. The author must create a triptych of images that are not only top quality individually, but also work well as a panel.
Just two DAPA members entered this exhibition and both achieved acceptances. Alan Ranger achieved two acceptances and Roger Evans achieved 7 acceptances including a Silver Medal for Speedway Pairs and Commended for Kayakers.