Monthly Archives: November 2011

GNPC Winners 2011

The Winners from each division, from April to Dec 2011.



Test for video linking to the new GNPC YouTube Channel.

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Photography Rocks

Rock Stars Wanted - Dead or Alive

Rock Stars Wanted - Dead or Alive

This shot was taken at Madison Square Garden, New York in February this year. I had treated my partner, Diane, for her 40th birthday and booked a backstage tour, dinner with the crew and ‘pit’ tickets. We were three rows from the front and on the centre aisle, so had the best vantage point to get plenty of shots all evening with an unobstructed view. The shot was taken during “Wanted Dead or Alive” when Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora take centre stage at the beginning and end of the song.

At the end of their 2010/11 tour in July, Bon Jovi announced their “2010 & 2011 Tour Photo” contest. The international competition was open to anyone who had been to their gigs within the timeframe. Only one image was allowed per entry and I think this was my strongest image from the evening. A congratulatory email came through to confirm it had come in 2nd place and  I had to sign a release form so it can be used for any publication. To say we were ecstatic is an understatement!

The winning images were posted on to the Bon Jovi website and also on their Facebook site. At midnight on the day the results were posted the picture had received 2,426 ‘likes’, which was 606 more than the winning image, and hundreds more than 3rd and 4th place. It also received numerous comments asking who the photographer was and if they could buy it!

I can safely say that a lot of elements brought together make this picture a personal favourite for me. Having a reliable, good quality bridge camera (Canon G12), excellent viewpoint and location, and obviously good subject matter! Winning 2nd place and receiving recognition has made an unforgettable trip even more memorable. But part of the success is purely down to right place, right time!


Contribution by Paul Daines

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Hot Off The Press

GNPC stalwart, John Parish, has got himself a four-page spread in the current issue of Essex Life.  This showcases John’s talents for taken engaging local images that dovetails perfectly with the magazine’s outlook.  The article includes ten images taken by John and includes a piece outlining how he feels about, and approaches, his photography.

John Parish Essex Life Spread Dec 2011


Earlier in the year the entire club put forward Essex-related images for an article in the magazine, but this is the first time a single member has been showcased.  Well done John.

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Upcoming GNPC Talk


Brian Beaney

Brian Beany Talk

Beyond the Moment of Capture

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GNPC Triumph in the North Essex Digital Projected Image Trophy 2011

Great Notley Photography Club have been very fortunate in the competitions it has entered so far.  Last year saw the fledgling club win the Club Challenge in DLSR User Magazine, and the North Essex Digital Projected Image Trophy 2010.  The penance for winning the NEDPI competition is that the club who wins has to host the event and the GNPC committee and ‘volunteers’ took on this challenge this year.

On Saturday evening 12 Essex photography clubs gathered to have 5 images judged by Barbie Lindsay, EFIAP, MPAGB, FBPE.  There was live music, provided by Logan’s Station and raffle prizes up for grabs but the main event was the pride at stake for the clubs.  Amazingly, GNPC triumphed again, narrowly beating Colchester Photographic Society and Braintree Camera Club.  The penance is that we have to hold the event again next year!

GNPC Images for the NEDPI 2011

GNPC Images for the NEDPI 2011

Thanks go to all the organizers and volunteers that set up and produced a fantastic spread for half-time.  Logan’s Station were great and Barbie is a great judge (obviously).  Onward and upward for the GNPC.

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