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Members’ Achievements: IPA

Club member Jo Knight has been awarded in the 19th International Photography Awards which “conducts an annual photography competition for professional, non-professional, and student photographers on a global level, creating one of the most ambitious and comprehensive competitions in the photography world today. The IPA recognizes photography’s leading talents who are creating, shaping and defining the world of photography.”

There are many diverse categories within the IPA, ranging from Advertising through Editorial to Fine Art and Nature and sub categories within each section, eg. Nature/Macro, Fine Art/Portraits, Editorial/Press and Advertising/Beauty, so opportunities exist for photographers right across the spectrum, both amateur and professional.

When entering competitions Jo is usually classed as an amateur as she doesn’t make more than half her living from photography, however in the IPA the rules are slightly different and anyone who has been widely exhibited is classed as a pro, therefore Jo entered the professional category. Three of her images were awarded: ‘Gravity’ in the Fine Art/Still Life section, ‘Child Bride’ & ‘Lockdown’ in the Special/Digitally Enhanced section – click on each picture to see the image on the IPA website.

There were nearly 14,000 images from 120 countries entered in the 2021 IPA and the standard was world class. Pictures included a portrait of Barrack Obama and a creative photograph of Angelina Jolie, so for a Cumbrian photographer to receive recognition for not 1 but 3 photos is worthy of celebration. Our congratulations go to Jo on her achievement.

Speaker: My Photography Challenge

It was a pleasure to welcome three new members and three guests to the first meeting of the new season on 15th September. Our experiment to enable participants to take part both at home via Zoom and in person at Castle Street community centre seemed to work well and there were thankfully no major technical hitches!

Club member Jeff Bagnall gave a short introduction and explanation of how the Club works, then went on to give a presentation on a year long photography challenge which involved taking 1 photograph each week for 52 weeks. It’s a big undertaking and it was interesting for club members to see the range of subjects Jeff managed to capture and the stories and locations behind each shot. Our thanks go to Jeff, as we recognize the time and effort it takes to put together a 2 hour long talk.

Our next meeting takes place on Wednesday 22nd September, when club member Jo Knight will be giving a tutorial on composition. Participants can again take part either from home via zoom, or in person at the Centre where the zoom meeting will be projected onto a screen. It’s not too late to join the club as a member, or book a place as a guest for the evening – see our Membership page for details. Looking forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday 😊.

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: 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.