John Buckley Tuscon Icons
Peter Warne Long Eared Owl
David Roberts o4o
Peter Tachaeur – An invitation to sit
Jackie Bale – Chrysanthemum
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:
Mark Edwards – Where we Live
Richard Orme – On the Square
Mark Edwards – Peter is Homeless
Geraint Nicholas – Cage Fighter
Lisa Potter – Comtemplation
Dave Greenwood – Saharan Sands
GNPC Place Second Overall in UK Camera Club Challenge
The Advanced Photographer Club Competition awards ceremony was another where GNPC was one of the front runners for the title. There were nine rounds clubs could enter throughout the year with GNPC winning the first round and going straight into the final. As Clacton won two rounds there were only eight clubs present at the ceremony held at Epson’s HQ in Hemel Hempstead.
The GNPC sent a delegation of the not-so-great-or-good and the day started with a buffet (that I was first in line for!), then an interesting talk on Black and White processing that had Mark Edwards scribbling notes for his talk next week. Afterwards there was a presentation on printing and colour representation that was very technical with a few handy hints for us but in the main aimed at clubs that print rather than project.
Finally it came down to the judging and it has to be said the panel of three judges (all FRPSs) worked very well. The decision to print out the images onto A4 for judging was curious as the audience struggled to see (except us, we were at the front, and Robbo had a better view than the judges) and the interpretation of some of the categories was open to question. As usual Mark Edward’s did very well and my own Heron in Flight pic held it’s own in tough company.
The final standings were:
1 DAPA Group 277 pts
2 Great Notley PC 260pts
3 Conwy CC 258pts
4 POTN SE UK 254pts
5 = Newton Abbot PC 248pts
5 = Parkwood CC 248pts
7 Halstead & District PS 246pts
8 Clacton CC 234pts
DAPA won with images that have been tested in competition many times before. I think it behoves us to strive to produce better images for next year, with more members contributing and the results from the GNPC themed and open competitions so far would suggest we are on target to do that. Every club went home with Epson paper, Epson mug and a free copy of Advanced Photographer!! Many thanks go to Epson for hosting and Advanced Photographer for organising.
The club’s selection committee is swinging into action again for the final round of the Advanced Photographer’s Camera Club Championship 2012. Having won the first round of the competition the club went straight through to the finals. The images for the final are being chosen this week, some of which may be on the thread here.
By David Robbo Roberts
It is testament to the talent and dedication of the club members and committee that we seem to be able to produce a number of high quality images in all categories. Here’s hoping that in the next few months we are celebrating more national club success.
By Paul Daines
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
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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In The Wake Of Alzheimer′s
GNPC has been entering the 12-month Battle of the Clubs 2010, run by Digital SLR User magazine. This is highly competitive, with clubs from across the UK taking part. We were very encouraged, as each round’s results were announced, that we were holding our own against tough opposition such as DAPA. In the end, GNPC won by two points ahead of DAPA, and once again, it was our club member, Mark Edwards, who came away with the prize for Best Individual Shot, with his powerful photo of his mother, entitled In The Wake Of Alzheimers [right].
Congratulations go to the whole club for this victory but especially to the photographers for each of the entries submitted and to selection panel who made a very good choice.
This is a fantastic acheivement for our first year of entry and roll on 2011 where I am sure we will all be battling to retain our title.
As a result the Club wins £3,000 worth of Canon Vouchers. You can see the club members proudly posing with the winning “cheque”:
GNPC members with their winning cheque
Final Turn by David Ian Roberts
Despite being a very new club, having been formed less than 3 years ago, GNPC have recently been very successful in external competitions. At the end of November, we won the North Essex DPI Trophy, coming top out of 12 clubs, with our 5 images scoring a total of 95/100. Club member David Ian Roberts also won the best image of the competition, with his great shot of a diving gannet [left].