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Members’ Achievements: FAPA

Our congratulations this week goes to Jo Knight who has been awarded in the Fine Art Photography Awards. FAPA is a global competition whose “mission is to celebrate fine art photography and to discover emerging talent from around the world”. They “seek to find artists and unique souls who breathe and live for creativity, providing a platform for promotion and support in their pursuit of self-realization and development” and this year’s competition attracted 4929 entries from 92 countries.

This was Jo’s first entry into such a large competition as FAPA and all the more special as she was awarded for her first ever Series. A Series is usually a collection of between 3 and 10 pictures with one title and a cohesive theme and feel which is accompanied by a descriptive contextual statement. Jo’s awarded Series was on the theme of Solitary Confinement, but not as one might expect due to Covid. Her images were, instead, a reflection on the solitary lives of many pets.

SOLITARY CONFINEMENT

“We keep pets in order to assuage our own loneliness, then keep them in sterile artificial environments, separated from their families and members of their own species, in solitary confinement and we call this “love”. I wonder if we ever think about life from their point of view?”

Jo wasn’t the overall winner so annoyingly didn’t walk away with the prize money or the first round of end-of-lockdown drinks could have been on her, but as the Series was 2 months in the making it was still a huge honour to be recognized in her chosen field of Fine Art photography.

Several members of Kendal PC have done well this year in terms of achievements, and the Club as a whole has also ventured out and taken part in new competitions. It’s a credit to us that we are all so genuinely encouraging and supportive of each other and definitely leads to a stronger and happier Club about which we should be rightly proud 🙂.

Members’ Achievements: LRPS

I am delighted to announce that, this week, two of our members achieved their first photographic distinction. Maureen Smith and Russell Millner have been working hard for some months and both have been awarded the Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS).

The LRPS is available to members of the RPS and involves producing a panel of 10 images as either prints, PDIs or a book. To be successful at LRPS, applicants must show variety in approach and technique, but not necessarily in subject matter, evidence of creative ability and a high technical standard, together with a comprehensive knowledge and ability in photography. A successful submission should show:

  • Good camera work and technical quality
  • Visual awareness
  • Clear communication through the image
  • A balanced and cohesive panel which has a strong overall impression
Maureen’s Panel

The RPS offers help and guidance with distinction applications in the form of Assessment and Advisory days, which photographers thinking of applying for a distinction can attend (currently being held online) to receive constructive critique and feedback regarding their proposed panel, and/or one to one advice via Zoom. There is a fee to apply for an RPS distinction and award holders must remain a member of the RPS in order to use RPS letters after their name.

Russell’s Panel

During the pandemic the distinction awards have been taking place online and neither Russell nor Maureen knew the other was applying for the LRPS until Russell spotted Maureen on his Zoom screen! Distinctions take a lot of work and effort, so well deserved congratulations to both Maureen and Russell from all at the Club!

Member’s Achievements: WPOTY

Huge congratulations to club member Russell Millner who has had no less than 4 images shortlisted for the 57th Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

WPOTY is the Natural History Museum’s annual competition and exhibition highlighting the unique and beautiful relationship between photography, science and art. What began in 1965 as a magazine competition with just 361 entries has blossomed into one of the world’s most prestigious photography awards, with over 45,000 entries each year, worldwide press attention and a touring exhibition seen by millions around the globe.

Entries to Wildlife Photographer of the Year are judged anonymously, with professional work being considered alongside that of amateurs, giving budding photographers a chance to have their work exhibited among the greats. Many of today’s most distinguished conservationists, photographers and film-makers launched their careers though the competition, including television presenter and naturalist Chris Packham, so it is a feat to have any image shortlisted let alone 4 images!

The winners are due to be announced in October and we wish Russell all the very best.

Members’ achievements: 29th FIAP Biennial

Congratulations to club member Jo Knight, whose image ‘Ophelia’ has been chosen to represent Great Britain in the global FIAP Colour Biennial.

According to the FIAP website, “Biennials are one of the most important events offered by FIAP. They are organized every two years in a different member country. Even years for  Black and White and Nature Biennials, odd years for the Colour Biennial. 

Biennials have a very particular characteristic, different from the international contests. It is not only the quality of the individual work that counts, FIAP ask for coherent collections from member states looking at both inspiration and conception as well as execution and presentation.

The collection obtaining the highest score wins the  World Cup. Individual prizes are also awarded to the best works regardless of the classification by federations.”

Ophelia by Jo Knight

When the call for entries went out by the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain, a photography friend encouraged Jo to send in some images. It’s something Jo had never considered before and she didn’t think in a million years she’d be selected. However, her success goes to show that it’s always worth a punt, no matter how slim you think your chances are!

Judging of the 29th FIAP Colour Biennial will take place in France and the results are expected in April.

Success is in the details

It’s customary to wish everyone a Happy New Year, but I think it’s fair to say 2021 hasn’t gotten off to the best start as we dive back into lockdown due to Covid. It goes without saying that our Club meetings are having to continue via Zoom and it’s highly unlikely we will be able to meet in person before the end of the season in April.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom. Club members have been busy over the holidays learning new skills, producing excellent images and in the case of Dylan Reynolds winning medals!

Dylan loves macro photography and keeps both jumping spiders and mantids as pets, which he uses in his fabulous pictures. He is a member of The Fellowship of Photographers Association, from whom he has recently been awarded 2 silver medals for his insect macro images.

The FPA is a new free to join organisation for photographers of all capabilities and genres. They hold a monthly submission for work, from which they pick photographs worthy of special recognition. It’s not a competitive environment and images are given awards based on merit, which is a great way of recognizing individual talent.

Dylan’s recent success doesn’t end there, however. He uses a Laowa 100mm Macro x2 f2.8 lens for his insect photography and has made the final of the 2020 Photographer of the Year competition run by Venus Optics, the makers of Laowa lenses, with his jumping spider picture above. We wish Dylan lots of luck in the competition!

Our first Zoom club meeting of the year takes place on Wednesday 13th January at 7.30pm when Jo will be giving another tutorial on Photoshop covering curves, levels, dodging & burning and cutting out for composites. Guests and new members are welcome, with a half price offer on membership fees – see our Membership page for details.

Current members are reminded that images for our next Open competition need to be sent to Dave Nelson by Friday 8th January at the latest. Please make sure your images are the correct size and format for competitions – details are in the Members’ Area of our website.

We look forward to seeing everyone next week!

L&CPU Annual Novice Cup

Judging for the 2020 L&CPU Interim Annual Novice Cup took place via zoom on Sunday 11th October. It is difficult to define what is a novice photographer, but it is generally considered as somebody who hasn’t competed in a lot of national/international competitions, who doesn’t hold photographic distinctions, or who hasn’t been in a club very long. Many of our members qualify as a novice and I’m delighted to say that several took courage in both hands and entered this regional Federation competition.

There were two sections, open and nature, with each photographer allowed to enter up to 4 images in each section. The Novice Cup is traditionally a Club competition and usually 6-8 images per Club are allowed to be entered, however due to Covid the rules for this year were changed and individuals entered under their own steam although there was still a Club award for both sections.

The nature section was judged first from 10.30am-12.30am and the standard for a novice competition was exceptionally high. I am therefore absolutely thrilled that the Gold medal for best nature PDI went to club member Russell Millner for his image depicting a ‘Family of Bears on Baffin’ 😃. The accolades didn’t stop there, either, as Russell was also awarded a Commended for his image ‘Polar Bear Resting’. Big congratulations to Russell on his success!

Judging for the open section began at 1.30pm and finished at 3.30pm. To those of us watching, the scoring seemed a little lower than in the nature section despite some really strong images so we were thrilled when club member Maureen Smith was Commended for her photograph of the ‘Imperial War Museum, Salford’. This is Maureen’s second award in L&CPU annual competitions this year and a great achievement on her first entry into Federation events 😀.

Everyone who entered the competition should be receiving their scores directly from the L&CPU shortly.

As I mentioned earlier, this is traditionally a Club competition and Kendal PC came 5th overall which is brilliant! Well done to all the members who entered and helped the Club achieve such a great result 😊.

We are a talented Club and I hope members’ successes this year will inspire others to have a go at regional and national competitions and to dip their toe in the water of International Salons, such as those run by FIAP, the PSA and BPE. More details can be found on how to enter salons in the Members’ section of our website.

L&CPU Annual & FIAP Success

Each year, The Lancashire & Cheshire Photographic Union (L&CPU) hold a print & PDI competition to find the best photographers in our region. The most successful images are then used by the Federation in national competitions against other Federations.

This year, due to Covid restrictions, the competition was PDI only and cleverly live streamed on Zoom so that any L&CPU member could log on and watch. The judging process is very different from that of a Camera Club competition, with no opportunity to study an image closely and marks being almost instantaneously given, which is how International Salons are also judged. It’s therefore important for images to have immediate impact and to stand out from the crowd.

There were 3 sections: Colour, Mono & Nature and judging the 2000+ images took a mammoth 8 hours! Slideshows of images from each section are available on the links below:

I am delighted to announce that 2 of our Members received awards in the Open Colour Section 😃. Both Maureen and Jo were first time entrants into the Annual and had images which were Commended. This is a brilliant achievement considering the exceptionally high standard of the entries – well done girls!

Jo’s image depicting the Covid pandemic was also amongst the winning entries in a global competition run by FIAP, an international organization of national associations of photography. FIAP wanted to mark this important moment in history with images taken in our homes during lockdown and chose 10 winning images submitted by thousands of photographers from 90 countries across 5 continents. The overall winner will be announced in a Zoom ceremony in September, the prize for which is a trip to Oman in 2021 for the next FIAP summit. FIAP have also donated €30,000 to Covid research. Congratulations to Jo and good luck!

Achievements + the L&CPU Annual

The BBC celebrates our obsession with the British weather in its Weather Watchers pictures, which are sent in from photographers around the country. During each of the four seasons, the organization chooses its favourite weather-related pictures and the public votes for their ‘Pic of the Season’. Ann Dallaway’s fabulous image The ‘flower’ supermoon rising in Haile, Cumbria has been chosen as one of the BBC’s favourite 2020 Spring pics and voting begins today – simply click on Ann’s photo then press ‘vote now’ before this Sunday, 7th June. Well done Ann and good luck!

Congratulations to Phil Drayton, who won our recent Design a Poster competition! Phil’s poster will be used to promote the Club in the local area.


Our Federation, the L&CPU, hold an Annual Individual competition for both prints & PDIs each Spring. Due to the pandemic, this year’s competition was initially cancelled, however it’s now been decided to hold an interim PDI only event and Club members received an email containing details from Dave this week. Entry is made by individual club members through the L&CPU website and the closing date is Sunday 28th June. More information is available on the Federation website.

Members’ Achievements

There are lots of avenues for our photographic skills outside of Camera Club evenings which I thought it would be nice to share. We all want to encourage our members and celebrate their achievements, plus I hope it will provide information on the varied ways we can use our photographs in the wider world.

I’ll start with offering massive congratulations to Amy Bateman, who has been shortlisted for Landscape Photographer of the Year. LPOTY is Britain’s leading landscape competition and attracts in excess of 30,000 entries each year. There is a £10,000 first prize up for grabs and winning entries are exhibited in Waterloo station, which has a staggering ¼ of a million people passing through it each day. A book is also available of the best entries. I don’t think Amy is allowed to tell us yet which image has been selected, and the winners won’t be announced until October so it’ll be a long wait, but it’s a huge honour to be shortlisted and we wish her lots of luck!

On a totally different theme, Jo Knight’s Lockdown image was chosen for the cover of the May edition of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain’s newsletter. She also had an article included earlier on that month. The PAGB E-news offers a way of seeing other photographer’s work, keeping up with trends, finding inspiration and is a platform for keeping abreast of news from the Camera Club world. E-news welcomes articles written by members and it’s a great way of raising your profile as a photographer. Subscription is via email – click on ‘Sign Up’ on the top right of the home page.


FIAP (Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique) are running a one-off, free international competition called ‘We Stay At Home’ to mark the global Lockdown. Up to 4 colour, or monochrome, images can be submitted but they must have been taken after 15th March in the place where your lockdown occurred, which for most of us will be our homes. FIAP is an international organization of national associations of photography. More than 85 national associations are members, including the PAGB and therefore our Club, which means FIAP comprises nearly one million individual photographers. FIAP is the only international photographic organisation recognised by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and they run the FIAP distinction scheme (more info from the Salons & Distinctions link in the member’s section of our website). The closing date for the We Stay At Home competition is 31st May, so if you want to enter you’ll need to get your skates on.

We’d love to hear about any achievements by our Members! Please email details to the webmaster (contact link is in the Member’s section of the website).