Sunday, 9 December 2018

Standard soaring at BPC annual club comp!

Congratulations to everyone who took time out to work on, what became, an amazing collection of submissions to the 2018 club photo competition.  

This year's competition proved to be a bit of a hybrid, merging digital submissions with hard copy and presented a variety of challenges to our long-suffering judge, one of Smethwick Photography Society's best, Peter Siviter!

Peter takes each photo and gives a positive critique, outlining the good in each image and suggesting ways that might enhance the final version, sometimes this, he advised, could be something as simple as a tighter crop.

62 images were submitted, a massive increase on last year's competition and a 500 per cent build on 2016!

Peter was quick to notice the significant improvement in the overall standard of the images.  He particularly liked the thought behind photographs that told their own story, those that capture the fine tones of a dramatic landscape and shots of everyday images which had just that something extra in the colour, the crispness and the execution in capturing the mundane and making it magical.

As is the tradition with BPC club competitions, the members had their vote, a simple 'first past the post' vote and as if to prove that members knew what they were looking for the same image scooped both Peter's top prize and that of the members.

The results:

Overall winner and Members' Choice

Christine Farrell - for her beautifully dramatic landscape.

The two runner up prizes went to:

Mark Waidson for his eagle-eyed opportunity in capturing this New York scene

And Steve Reynolds, pictured below (R) with his delightful image. 
(L-R) Mark Waidson, Christine Farrell, Peter Siviter and Steve Reynolds.

BPC 2018 Christmas Party

What a Christmas cracker!

Many thanks to the chef and staff at Whistlers in Pershore, for making this year's BPC Christmas 'do' a total success.

Fantastic food (thanks chef), delicious drinks and way to go waiting staff!

Many thanks to all of the members who had left their regulation Kagouls and camera kit at home, swapping them for high heels and a generous sprinkling of sequins (for the girls of course!!).

Here are a few of the highlights. 

Paul, starts the night off with a glass of something good! 

Before the cracker pulling begins! 

Come on Sheila, show us what you're made of! 

Sue enjoys a rather amusing little number, the wine that is,
 not Colin, who is sitting next to her! 

Graham presents Irene with her long service award
Thanks Irene for everything you do for BPC 

Ahhhh - and then there was pudding!