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.