Posted on June 12th, 2014 by Angela Adams
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.
Down and Out by Roger Evans
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.
Posted on May 24th, 2014 by Angela Adams
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.
Neist Point by Roger Evans
Posted on May 4th, 2014 by Angela Adams
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.
Hang a Left by Roger Evans
Shortcut to Heaven by Harry Wentworth
Posted on May 1st, 2014 by Angela Adams
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.
Kayakers by Roger Evans
Speedway Pairs by Roger Evans
Posted on April 26th, 2014 by Angela Adams
Alan Shepherd, along with Barbie and Russel Lindsay had their work cut out judging Neath’s 2014 Exhibition. I wonder how many realise just how difficult it is to award marks to put together a strong exhibition (not a competition… go check out the difference if you aren’t aware, as it can be enlightening with regards acceptances and results). DAPA members achieved 43 acceptances and two awards (from 10 authors who entered). It was good to see Neath adding a different sections too, with Industry, complementing the usual Colour, Monochrome and Nature.
Relatively new (and most welcome) DAPA member Dave Shrubb was awarded the Nature Bronze Medal for Clarkes Anemone Fish with Bubble Coral and Angela Adams was awarded the Alan Shepherd Selectors Award for The Girl Who Waited. Well done to all. Especially those who had new work accepted too.
Clarkes Anemone fish with Bubble Coral by Dave Shrubb
The Girl Who Waited by Angela Adams
Posted on March 14th, 2014 by Angela Adams
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
Chris King on Billy Bounce Roger Evans
Posted on March 11th, 2014 by Angela Adams
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
Mad Dogs by Roger Evans
Splashdown by Roger Evans
Chris King on Billy by Bounce Roger Evans
Posted on March 1st, 2014 by Angela Adams
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
Chris King on Billy Bounce Roger Evans
Wrapped around the bar by Roger Evans
Andy Capp by John Powell
We Can Make It by John Powell
Posted on February 23rd, 2014 by John Powell
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.
Posted on February 20th, 2014 by Angela Adams
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
Emerald Damselfly by Roger Evans