Penrith & District Camera Club

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Best in Show

Congratulations to Jo Knight who has been awarded a Gold Medal at an International Salon in Belgium for her conceptual image of a Child Bride.  The photo was also awarded the medal for Best in Show (colour prints) and graces the front of the Exhibition catalogue.

Jo was also awarded a Photographic Society of America highly commended ribbon for her Evacuee picture in the same Salon.  She’s recently visited the Ikea website looking for a bigger shelving unit 😀

International photography Salons are a good place to showcase the photographs you’ve accumulated over the past year (what else do we do with them?!) and to keep your hand in at competitions during the summer break.  You may find that pictures which didn’t do so well in Camera Club competitions may do better in Salons (and vice versa!) as different countries and judges like different styles of images.

There are a variety of categories such as monochrome, open colour, nature, travel, creative or people and you may enter as many, or as few, as you like.  Most Salons are PDI, though a minority are print, and you can enter up to 4 photos per category.  You do have to pay to enter a Salon, anywhere from around £6 right up to £45 depending which Salon you choose and how many categories you enter, so make sure you’re aware of the cost before you commit.  Acceptances into a PSA, BPE or FIAP approved Salon go towards their distinctions.

There is detailed information on Salons, including how to enter, in the Competitions section of our website.

Salon Success

Entering national competitions and international photography Salons is a great way to showcase your work and if any of your photos are accepted into a Salon exhibition this counts towards the criteria needed for international distinctions. It’s achievement enough to have your work selected from the thousands of entries from all corners of the globe, but a real honour to receive a medal or award and I’m delighted to share the success of two of our Club members in national & international competitions.

Chris Bate gained a Highly Commended for his sequence ‘The Essential Link’, entered in the L&CPU  AV competition on the 9th February.

Mike Hughes received a Photographic Society of America gold medal for his picture ‘Steam Cycle’ in a Salon held in Serbia, and the same image was also awarded an IAAP bronze medal.

His ‘Choirboy’ image was awarded a PSA blue ribbon in the same competition.

Our congratulations to both members! For more information on Salons, and Salon distinctions, visit the competitions section of our website.

Steve Snaps Up National Photography Award

Steve McLellan has beaten off fierce competition to snap up a National Manufacturing Photography Award. He was named Best Amateur Photographer in the Manufacturing Product category at the final of EEF’s manufacturing photography competition held on Tuesday 20th November 2018 in Westminster.

Steve wowed judges with his eye-catching image of finished jacking pipes manufactured by Barnsley based Naylor Drainage which were awaiting shipment to all points of the globe (Steve is the Managing Director of pipe distributor JDP, a major customer of Naylor Drainage Ltd.). Judges felt the image was original and unique as the display of hidden colour resulted in a strong and interesting image.

Naylor Clayware “Jacking Pipe” is so strong that a machine can push it through the ground beneath a road saving the disruption of closing the road to dig an open trench. This requires a flawless pipe and saves the City and the Civil Engineer both time and money in installation of sewer systems or water management systems. Made for over a hundred years in Yorkshire these pipes have been deployed all parts of the World often being preferred to more locally made pipes because of their quality and longevity.

Two of Steve’s images were shortlisted.  The one below wasn’t selected as the winner, thought it’s actually Steve’s favourite:

Steve’s winning image will be shown on billboards in four major UK railway stations during January, so if you’re visiting Liverpool Lime Street, Charing Cross, Paddington or King’s Cross look out for them!

Charing Cross Railway Station

Our congratulations go to Steve on his very commendable achievement.

Distinction Success

Twice a year, in April and November, the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) hold Adjudication days for photographic merit at various locations around the country.  This weekend the awards were held in Pontefract and two members of our Club were successful in gaining PAGB distinctions.

Huge congratulations to Dave Connell who achieved CPAGB.  A small selection of Dave’s images are below and you can see the rest of his ten images on our website.


Congratulations also to Jo Knight who achieved DPAGB.  Again, a small selection of Jo’s images are below and you can see the rest of her fifteen images on our website.

We’re hoping to find time at an upcoming Club meeting for Dave and Jo to show their images and talk about how they found the process of preparing for their distinctions.  General information on PAGB distinctions can be found here.

PAGB Masters of Print 2018

The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) hold an annual, nationwide photographic competition called Masters of Print.  The competition is open to individual photographers who enter under their own steam, though they must be affiliated to a Club which is a member of the PAGB.  The purpose of the competition is to find photographic prints of the highest quality for a prestigious Print Exhibition, celebrating the best of PAGB Photography for the Year.

Our congratulations go to Jo Knight for being one of only 60 photographers accepted into the Masters of Print 2018.  The Exhibition of accepted works will take place in the RK Burt Gallery in London’s Southbank from Tuesday 4th December to Friday 14th December, with the official opening ceremony on Friday 7th December, though other dates and venues around the country are under discussion for those who can’t get to the Capital.

Evacuee by Jo Knight

Unlike many other competitions which are often won by the same photographers with the same images used over and over again, the Masters of Print seeks out new and emerging talent and works which haven’t previously been shown.  Only one image per photographer is allowed to be selected for the Exhibition.  This gives all Club photographers an equal chance of success, so is well worth an entry!