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GNPC Newsletter – Nov ’13.
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Mark Edwards is always keen for the Club to progress and to push for World Domination within the Photographic Club Scene. This year with only a six week deadline we decided to enter the FIAP World Club Competition where clubs from around the world enter their best 20 images with no more than 4 images from any single photographer.
Last year there were 147 of the best clubs in the world who entered and the standard is very very high as you would expect for such a prestigious competition.
Our images were submitted and we all waited with baited breathe for the results of our first attempt to be announced.
The results were released and we were all pleased that we had come 31st out of the 160 Clubs that entered. It meant we achieved a placing in the top 20% of the Clubs in the World. We have already started preparing for next year and we hope that the challenge to actually go out and win the title will improve the photographic skills of all of the members.
We are hoping that this will result in the members having to work together to create images rather than just take them and really focus of award winning photography.
It was also great to see the presence of so many British Clubs in the top 10 and the Winner was Wigan10 and having reviewed their images a well deserving winner. http://fiap.net/Rworldcup.php?param=8FWC#AUTRE
A selection of the images entered are shown within this article and the full selection can be found using the link below. http://www.flickr.com/photos/49616228@N06/sets/72157637903191426/
On Friday 8th November, 4 members of the Club travelled in the rain to Clacton Photographic Club who were hosting the 2013 North Essex DPI competition. 12 Clubs participated from the North Essex area and the judging was ably undertaken by EAF Judge Paul Raddon LRPS. Paul’s comments were extremely balanced and provided valuable feedback to any of the photographers that were present to hear them.
The Club had chosen its 6 images and now just had to wait with baited breath as each image was projected, critiqued and scored. After the first round 2 images from the Club were held back by the judge and this mirrored the same from Colchester Photography Society. By the end of the projection of the second round of images we had 4 images held back versus Colchester who had 3. The scoring was hotting up and we knew it was going to be close between the two of us. The final image to be scored was a superb shot of an eagle taken by Roger Bannister from Colchester http://stephenwrobinson.co.uk/Gallery_NE_2013/images/White-Tailed-Eagle-in-a-Snow-Storm—Colchester-PS.html and in an unprecedented move the judge awarded an 11 out of 10. Once the scores were added up we had managed to regain the title, after a years absence, with a half mark gained on Colchester Photographic Society. We look forward to hosting the competition next year and to regaining the trophy.
The images that were put forward by the Club were as follows:
The Committee are sad to announce that Mike Tilmouth passed away yesterday after his battle with brain cancer. His energy, passion and friendship will be sadly missed at Great Notley Photography Club. He was the driving force and heartbeat of the club in his role as the original Chairman of the club only taking a back seat in the past year due to his illness. He will be remembered with great fondness by all who knew him.
Thoughts from some of our members:-
Neil – there was always a welcoming smile and a “Hello” on a Thursday evening when I joined. You could tell he was a man with drive a vision for the club and so I hope his lasting legacy will be the continued success of GNPC.
Lisa – Mike was one of the reasons I came back a second time to the club and decided to join. He was always there to offer a helpful word and to encourage you not to give up when your photography wasn’t quite going to plan.
Tim – Mike was the boss when I first joined GNPC, he was a great front man, and a warm and friendly presence. Had he not have been such a gent, I may not have had the confidence to return for my second week. I owe him a lot for that welcome.
David – Mike was very warm and welcoming when I joined the club. My condolences to his family and those who knew him well.
Paul – He was such an energetic and passionate man. I am thankful for the few years I knew him.
Anji – RIP Mike, you were an inspiration to the club , you will be surely missed
Mike was cared for by Farleigh Hospice and anyone wishing to send a donation in his honour please use the following link.