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
Clear communication through the image
A balanced and cohesive panel which has a strong overall impression
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.
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!
Our annual Panel competition took place on Wednesday 10th March, judged by Gerald Chamberlain EFIAP DPAGB of Morton Photographic Society. Gerald is a very experienced judge and we’d like thank him for his helpful and thoughtful critique and feedback on a diverse mix of styles and genres. Although it’s been rubbish not to be able to meet in person this season due to Covid, Zoom was a positive bonus on this particular Club night as the wind raged and the rain lashed down. I think everyone was grateful they didn’t have to venture outside!
Our panels consisted of 3 images which may be quite ordinary when viewed individually, but when viewed together had strong visual impact.
Top tips for creating a winning panel include:
Being well balanced – no image dominates.
Of a consistent subject/theme, but not just 3 shots taken with the motor-drive!
Of close and matching mood, tonal range, colour saturation, sharpness or softness, contrast etc. Colours should be similar or match well in the overall panel.
Any objects with “direction” e.g. a flying bird or leaning post, should “point into” and not “out of” the panel.
Entries were divided into two sections, colour and monochrome, though we didn’t differentiate between Club and Advanced members.
We started with the colour section, where Maureen Smith was awarded third place with ‘Late Autumn At Buttermere’. Second place went to Jo Knight with ‘Turning The Tables’ and well done to our deserved winner Seamus Bryans with his stunning & beautifully lit ‘Super Hero’.
Third place in the mono section was awarded to Simon Raven with ‘Cobbles’. Second place went to Seamus Bryans with ‘A Nostalgic Day Out’ and big congratulations to our winner Gavin Lowe with his striking & unusual ‘Up And Down’.
Thanks and a round of applause to Jeff, who had the daunting task of running his very first Zoom club meeting which was no easy task due to the weather affecting wifi and a complicated competition! Next week is our last Club competition of this season on the theme of Macro – hope to see you all there.