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London Fashion Weekend
23rd September 2013 - 0 comments
I had an amazing few hours at London Fashion Weekend, taking photos from the pro photographers area.
Photos in this gallery are from the Ashish Designer collection.

Click any image below to go to my London Fashion Weekend gallery.

Royal Photographic Society International Exhibition 2013 - 1 acceptance
10th September 2013 - 0 comments
This year's RPS exhibition changed its name from projected to screen image. It also changed the categories to have a) In Camera; b) Altered Reality and c) Nature. My 'Front Crawl' image below was accepted into the Altered Reality section. This exhibition is highly thought of and often less that 10% of entries get an acceptance.

Harlow Photographic Society - 2nd place - PDI of the year
20th June 2013 - 0 comments
The culmination of the years' Projected Digital Images came in the form of the PDI competition of the year. There were 58 images of all sorts of subjects - nature, landscape, sport, portraiture and creative. My swimmer image below came second. The judge was Ray Kimberley.

Harlow Photographic Society - Winner of Print of the year
06th June 2013 - 0 comments
There were 48 top images from the past years' print competitions at Harlow PS in the 2013 Print of the Year.
The judge was Mike Fuller from Canvey Island. Mike loved the graphical and artistic side of my image as well as the photographic. It is printed on Fotospeed's Natural Textured Bright White paper which he also thought enhanced the image.
Click on the image to see more images from along the River Elbe.

Viet Nam Blog 2013 - new book
03rd June 2013 - 0 comments
I have just published a new book, a Blog of our Viet Nam holiday which was a prize from Colours travel company. The contents of the book are written by Mike and the photos are from both myself and Mike. To see the book click on the orange Book Preview link below.

By Mike and Marilyn S...
East Anglian Federation Exhibition - Highly Commended
06th April 2013 - 0 comments
This one again! This time a Highly Commended certificate. It is the first time I have ever got an award in the EAF Exhbition. Only about 8% of images get accepted from the thousands of entries and then only a few get awards.

FIAP DVF Germany - Honourable mention
20th March 2013 - 0 comments
This image is one that is beginning to 'shine' and do well for me. It got me my first 'award' on my journey towards my EFIAP Bronze - an honourable mention in the DVF Germany FIAP. For EFIAP Bronze I will need to get three mentions/certificates/medals along with 75 acceptances using 25 different images, 10% of which must be in the printed form.

Harlow Photographic Society - Winner of Monochrome print
07th March 2013 - 0 comments
There were 47 entries into the 2013 Tony Perryman Monochrome print competition at my club, Harlow PS with a good variety of genres though people and landscapes prints were in the majority. By the end of the evening the judge, David Steel from Cambridge, had held back 22 images. Of these he then selected seven as his top photos. I was thrilled that all of my entries were in this top selection. The final result was that my Camel Boys print won (below left) and my other two images were both highly commended.

This competition is sponsored by one of the Harlow PS members, Tony Perryman. Not only did I win the title and a cup I also got a monochrome tips book supplied by Tony.

To see a larger view of Camel Boys click on that image to be taken to my Egypt gallery.
Harlow Photographic Society - Winner of Print Assignment
25th October 2012 - 0 comments
The 'assignment' or 'theme' was to produce a print that showed 'Patterns in the built environment.' My winning image was taken one afternoon in late September from the London Wall in the Barbican looking across to the offices which had more buildings reflected in them. The assignments at Harlow PS are member judged. Each member has two votes, stating their first and second choice. My image won with the most votes from that judging.

Windmill Challenge Trophy 2012 - Winner of Best Print
09th October 2012 - 0 comments
On 9th October my club, Harlow PS, took part in a six way photo competition at Upminster CC. My print below won the Best Print of the night. Harlow PS also won Best PDI and won the competition too.

Great Barr BPE national exhibition - 2 acceptances with 1 commended
11th September 2012 - 0 comments
I got two acceptances into the Great Barr, Birmingham national exhibition in August 2012. The swimmer (yes, it's that one again!) gained 14 out of 15 points, meaning that two of the three judges gave it their top mark. It was given a Commended award for that. The other image is of boys in a camel market, Egypt.

Royal Photographic Society International Exhibition 2012 - 2 acceptances
10th September 2012 - 0 comments
The two images below were accepted into the RPS International Projected Image Exhibition in August 2012. That exhibition attracts participants from all over the world and gets thousands of entries so I am particularly pleased to get them accepted. In fact, of the 2482 entries only 228 were accepted for the exhibition which will travel all over the UK and be shown at various photographic venues during the next few months.

Harlow Photographic Society - 2nd place - Print of the year
07th June 2012 - 0 comments
There were 39 images in the prestigious 'Print of the year' competition at my camera club on 7th June.
My 'Fast forward' got 2nd place.

Click on the image to go to the Competitive Swimmers gallery.
EFIAP awarded - for International accepted images
05th June 2012 - 2 comments
It''s a great feeling to learn I am now an ''EFIAP'' - an ''Excellence'' of the Federation Internationale de L''Art Photographique. Since gaining my AFIAP in March 2010 I have gained more acceptances into exhibitions all over the world. My acceptances now number 196. The requirement was to get 150 or more acceptances, with 50 different images in 30 different salons covering 15 different countries. I had achieved that by September 2011 and then came the task of doing the paper work and listing them all!
Over the years I have submitted images with five different genres - swimmers/sport; landscape; creative; natural history and travel. Below is a selected image from each genre.

Vale of Evesham BPE national exhibition - Commended
25th March 2012 - 0 comments
I've had a break from doing BPE's (British Photographic Exhibitions) so it was great to get into the awards in my first exhibition this year with a Commended BPE Ribbon.

Click on the image above to open it in the Competitive Swimmers Gallery.
Harlow Photographic Society - Winner of Natural History prints.
13th January 2011 - 0 comments
There were 40 print images and 40 projected digital images in this competition with a wide range of subjects. In the print competition I won first place for my 'Indian pond heron stalking' (below) and also a highly commended for my 'Green bee-eater'.

The pond heron sat on the branch for ages, slowly moving down into a dive position. We waited and waited for him to dive but we never saw it.

Click on this thumbnail to open the larger image in the Sri Lanka Gallery.
Harlow Photographic Society season 2009-10 - 2nd + 3rd in two leagues
02nd September 2010 - 0 comments
Like most camera clubs Harlow PS runs a series of league competitions during a year. In a league the results from a number of competitions are aggregated together for a final result. Harlow PS holds five league competitions for print images and another five for projected digital images. Two entries are allowed per round giving a total of ten but only the top eight score for the final placing.
In the season 2009-10 I came third in the print league and second in the projected digital image league. I was very close to the top marks too - just three marks different from the winner in both leagues. The final positions were very tight.

My top eight print images were:

My top eight digital projected images were:

FIAP Biennial - 'Following through' chosen to represent England
01st August 2010 - 0 comments
The image below was selected to represent England (PAGB) in the 23rd Colour Print Biennial, in Ireland, on 1st March 2010. There were just ten images chosen for this competition from each country so it really is something special to have been selected.

When I applied for my AFIAP award at the end of 2009, part of the criteria was to provide the PAGB with three images for them to possibly use in world-wide competitions with FIAP. It is from these images that the selection would have been made. I never thought one of my images would be used! I happen to know that 76 photographers from the UK achieved their AFIAP in 2010 so if they sent three images each to the PAGB that's 226 images plus the others from previous years. Wow, that makes me feel quite chuffed!

The final result put England(PAGB) in a mid table position out of the 29 countries taking part. Scotland won the FIAP World Cup for Colour Prints, 2010.

Following through

Click on the image above to open it in the Competitive Swimmers Gallery.
London Salon acceptance
17th May 2010 - 0 comments
The aim of the London Salon (quoted by them) is to exhibit only that class of photographic work in which there is distinct evidence of artistic feeling and execution. That is a tall order so I was very pleased to learn I had got one acceptance in this year's London Salon International Exhibition.

The exhibition was held in Smethwick at the home of Smethwick Photographic Society in the Old Schoolhouse, Churchbridge, Oldbury, West Midlands from 31st July to 12th August 2010. The London July venue was cancelled due to roof issues at the Cottons Centre, near London Bridge.

Boys front crawl legs
Click on this thumbnail to open the larger image in the Competitive Swimmers Gallery.
Harlow Photographic Society - 2nd place - Portrait (print)
22nd April 2010 - 0 comments
I polished the trophy and returned it to the club after winning the portrait print cup last year. I almost got the cup again but was pipped to the post by an excellent black and white image. My image, below, got second place.

School's out

Click on this thumbnail to open the larger image in the South America_Peru Gallery.