2022 BPC CLUB COMPETITION LAUNCH
And now for something completely different!
Birlingham Photography Club's 2022 competition takes a completely different format to anything that has gone before!
With the continual threat of C-19 issues, 2022's competition is 100% digital and held as a monthly competition, allowing everyone to dip in and out of the action as their circumstances allow.
How it works
1. Deadline is the last day of every month from February to December.
2. Photographs will be digital and emailed or WeTransfered to meet the monthly deadline.
3. Each month has a theme (see below) and members are encouraged to interpret the theme however they like, but ensuring that there is evidence of the theme in an image for the judge to work with.
4. Digital images should measure no more than 1600 pixels on the longest side. Square images should be up to 1600 pixels on each side. Images which don't meet this criteria will be disqualified.
5. Digital submissions must be jpegs with a file size no greater than 5Mb. Images that don't meet this criteria will be disqualified.
6. All work should be the authors.
7. Submission of archive images is permitted.
Judges will be looking for:
Inventive interpretations of the theme
Story telling if at all possible
"If your shots aren't interesting then stand in front of more interesting subject matter and if that still doesn't work try different angles, points of view, shutter speeds etc. Make the ordinary extraordinary!"
In-camera functions and post processing
Time for a little creativity. Whether it's Lightroom, Photoshop, Topaz or any of the other amazing post-processing software packages out there, the 2022 monthly club competitions welcomes as much or as little processing as photographers would like to do.
For those who haven't got the software or don't like post-processing, trying something new with the camera, such as intentional camera movement (ICM), finding the multi-exposure button in the menu or simply switching to monochrome is an easy way to create something different.
Yes, there will be prizes. Sorry, not the latest camera body from Sony, but the overall winner every month will receive a little something as a reward for committing the time and effort.
THE MONTHLY CHALLENGE THEMES
The February Challenge
As it's St. Valentine's Day the theme is togetherness. This could be love, affection, friendship, comradery etc. Ranging from holding hands to shaking hands (C-19 permitted of course). Whether it's a romantic walk on a beach, the footballers' hug after the goal has been scored or a one man (or woman) and his/her dog moment, the key here is connection.
The March Challenge
It's St. Patrick's Day in March, so the theme is green. Simple as that! Go green, whether it's the actual colour, an environmental shot, green with envy, green as the day they were born - you choose!
The April Challenge
Ahhhh - British Summertime is back and to celebrate we're looking for images which show that. Could be something to do with clocks and calendars, but could equally be something about new growth, spring flowers, butterflies, reflections on the water or even just a pair of flip flops.
The May Challenge
We're going abstract for May. Abstract is the perfect way to create something absolutely stunning out of something which might only have started out as an 'everyday' type of shot. There are plenty of whistles and bells on virtually all of the post-production software packages, so explore those buttons and see what can be achieved. No software? No problem! Use intentional camera movement, try it, get used to it and add this fantastic little trick to your creativity toolkit.
The June Challenge
Another June and another Royal Jubilee, they seem to come around with alarming frequency! This one is platinum, so shoot royal, 70, metallic, shades of grey (as many as you like, it doesn't have to be 50!). This is a tricky one and aimed to bring out the invention in you!
The July Challenge
Macro is our theme for July. The pressure is off this month as we reach for macro and close up lenses and choose our subject. However, still life is not an easy genre, especially around story telling, so not as easy as it may first appear. Give it some thought!
The August Challenge
Ever heard of Yorkshire Day or Minden Day as it is often called? Held on the 1st August it's a celebration of all things Yorkshire. Puddings, teabags, cricket, the white rose of York, Ed Sheeran, stainless steel or those funny little dogs that fit into handbags! Take your pick, or maybe you will be lucky enough to make a visit and photograph some of the iconic spots such as Ribble Viaduct, York Minster, The Shambles or Whitby Abbey.
The September Challenge
Is all about landscape. As the days start to shorten, sunrises and sunsets land at more convenient times of the day, creating wonderful golden hours for landscape photographers. This challenge welcomes seascapes and cityscapes, so don't feel the need to rush to the top of the Malvern Hills, unless you want to of course!
The October Challenge
Monochrome. It's all there in black and white! The October challenge welcomes images from any genre providing it's in black and white.
The November Challenge
Remember, remember the 5th of November. Guy Fawkes, bonfires, lanterns, sparks, fireworks, modern day politicians and influencers, the House of Commons or maybe something simpler than that: baked potatoes, steaming mugs of warming soup, toffee apples, gingerbread people and hotdogs all make for accessible subjects.
The December Challenge
It had to be Christmas didn't it, or the mid-winter solstice, whichever suits you! Shops piled high with goodies, Christmas trees, light and decorations, reflections on the water, food, drink. Well, it's Christmas isn't it, so just about anything could fall into this challenge. If something a little more sedate is your thing, the solstice at Stone Henge or images of other ancient religious sites would fit the bill just as well, it doesn't necessarily have to be about tinsel and turkey!
2022 May Club Competition Entries - the theme is 'Abstract'
Many thanks to everyone who took the time and effort to submit an image to the
May club competition.
Congratulations to our winners and runners up: Mark, Sheila and Robert and also to everyone who submitted as simply getting the camera out and taking on the challenge is a win in itself.
One or two images fall outside the definition of 'abstract', so whilst the judge appreciated those images and has commented upon them they didn't meet the dictionary definition.
The Oxford Dictionary of English definition of the word ‘Abstract’:
Relating to or denoting art that does not attempt to represent external reality,
but rather seeks to achieve its effect using shapes, colours, and textures.
Abstract by Mark
An excellent interpretation of the theme. Although it’s probably architecture
the viewer needs further evidence to work out where or what it is.
First runner up
My Umbrella by Sheila
A colourful image of an umbrella with a difference. If less ICM had been used it would be
too obvious and it would be nice to see the effects of a little more camera movement,
however, the image just makes it into the genre and is a good example of what
can be done with everyday subject matter.
Second Runner up
Fire Engine by Robert F.
A very busy image with lots for the viewer to take in. Fits the theme well.
Would benefit from removal of the text in lower right hand corner.
Thistle by Ann
A beautifully crisp and clear image with a Delft-like quality
to the blues and pale grey. May have benefitted from a more severe crop
to increase its abstract quality, as it stands it can be identified as something ‘real’.
From this to this by Barbara
A very interesting interpretation of the theme, however,
submitting three images falls outside the brief.
The architecture and close up shots both meet the definition of 'abstract'.
Red Arrows Fantasy by Brian
An interesting take on something which is very real, bringing it into the
realm of ‘abstract’. Nice use of colour and there is a real
‘vortex’ which drawers the eye into the centre.
Linn of Quoich by Clive
A very nice use of slow shutter speed on moving water and
excellent retention of sharpness in the surrounding rocks.
Unfortunately, the image doesn’t quite make it as an abstract image.
Unnamed by Colin D.
This type of image creates great beauty out of the mundane
and fits the abstract theme. It may have benefitted from a further crop
to remove the lens flare and over-lit area towards the bottom edge.
Dahlia by Elaine
A beautiful image which would work well in a frame as wall art.
Sadly, it doesn’t fit the definition of ‘abstract’ art, but it is well captured
and the conversion to mono works well.
Abbey Ghost by Kevin
An excellent interpretation of the theme. It would be nice to see it cropped
to square and/or panoramic to see if the different perspective make a difference.
Rockpool Snail Art by Jean
Very unusual image of trails in the sand, probably going unnoticed
by the majority, however, the image doesn’t quite make it into the
abstract genre, although a more severe crop may have zoned in
on the trails whilst eliminating the surrounding evidence which
tells the viewer what it is.
Abstract by Rose
A very nice interpretation of the theme and very sharp throughout,
which demonstrates good field craft.
Staircase by Steve R.
Good observational techniques are vital for this image, however, the edges left and
right include stairs which tell the viewer what they are looking at.
A more severe crop would have placed this further into the abstract genre.
Abstract by Tim
A very unusual variety of subject matter, although it’s clearly
the bark of a tree, so difficult to fit it into the theme of abstract.
Again, a severe crop or getting closer in for the shot would possibly
have presented a more abstract image.
2022 April Club Competition Entries
Judge's comment - "Nicely exposed and good red/green contrast.
Possibly a little tight in the frame, a step back could
have given the image additional context. Nice shot."
Tip toe through the tulips
Judge's comment - "Certainly a shot which fits the theme.
Try going in close to capture the detail in the petals,
making it more abstract or macro."
Judge's comment - "Nicely spotted and I like the contrast and
the triangles of thatch and sky. The wisp of cloud
frames the thatcher very nicely."
Judge's comment - "Nicely observed and the luminance of the leaves
against the bokeh background works well.
Good use of rule of thirds and low F-stop."
Fields of gold
Judge's comment - "An excellent interpretation of the theme.
The lead in lines of the fence could have been more prominent
with a step to the right taking the left edge of the fence further
up the frame and the tree on the horizon is slightly clipped.
Judge's comment - "Not an easy shot to create as the sun often burns out,
so this is good work. The foreground might benefit by some extra lightening,
however, the silhouetted surfer is perfect in the composition."
by Paul M.
Judge's comment - "Definitely fits within the theme, a little more light
on the subject would make it pop out from the background.
2nd Runner up
Having fun on the beach
Judge's comment - "The photographer has successfully retained the detail in the
highlights and I particularly like the reflections in the water. Ideally the male
figure would be placed right of centre to be looking into the frame, if the photographer
had taken a couple of steps to the left it may have helped the composition."
Sunglasses on baby!
by Steve R.
Judge's comment - "A very novel interpretation of the theme and nicely
exposed with good saturation. I also like the panoramic crop.
The reflections are a little distraction, this may have been overcome by
shooting from a different angle."
1st Runner up
Surfing the curl
Judge's comment - "An exceptionally good capture and using a
short shutter speed has retained detail in the surf and spray.
The surfer and board is well positioned and the foam gives good detail
in the foreground. A shot that was worth waiting for."
2022 March Club Competition Entries
Again, thanks go to the 14 BPC members who rose to the challenge of 'Green' - which included the colours, environment, newness and St. Patrick's Day.
1st Runner Up
Green and murky
2nd Runner Up
One green bottle
by Steve R.
Angistri green waters
(Unfortunately this image didn't meet the
sizing criteria of the challenge)
2022 February Club Competition Entries
Many thanks to everyone who took up the February Photo Challenge, themed love, friendship, teams, companionship, family - basically anything to do with being part of something in a friendly, supportive or loving way.
The February winner and two runners up will be announced at the 1st March Club meeting.
Yes or no? February winner
Did it! February 1st runner up
Icelandic nursery day out - 2nd runner up
(Unfortunately, this image didn't meet the sizing
criteria of the challenge)
I will always love you
Room with a view
2021 Club competition final results
Round 4 Entries and Scores
and there's everything to play for!
Many thanks to every photographer who submitted images to the 2021 club competition. It was a difficult year and a difficult competition, with virtually no post-production editing allowed, the entire collection is straight out of camera. Congratulations to everyone, fantastic work, boxes thought outside of and new territory encountered.
The winners are:
First place Steve Reynolds with a total of 64 points out of 80
Runner up #1 Colin Davisdon with a total of 63 points out of 80
Runner up #2 Paul Marsh with a total of 62 points out of 80
The rest of the results
Joint #4 Jean, Clive and Ann
#6 Helen G.
#11 Ken F.
Members submitting to fewer than three rounds have not been listed.
Many thanks also to our visiting judge, Pamela Harradine, who made thought provoking and positive critiques of every photograph at the February 1st meeting.
Some of Pam's repeated observations include:
1. Try taking a step to the left or right to see if the composition can be improved.
2. Don't be afraid to try a 'severe' crop to see if it adds any improvement to the image.
3. Turning the image upside down will help to check that the subject remains the focal point and that there are no distractions.
Overall Pam was very impressed with the quality of the images and dedication of photographers who had stayed the course, submitting four images over the year. She congratulates everyone who took up the challenge and wishes them good luck with their photography in the future.
Waiting for deliver
All calories removed
A tasty snack
Let them eat cake
My herb and spice store
Food for the soul
Spider with lunch
Cat watching for scraps
It's beginning to look like Christmas
Round 3 Entries and Scores
Round 2 Entries and Scores
Colin D. 13
Helen G. 15
Ken F. 8
Pete A. 9
Sue P. 7
Steve R. 15
Round 1 Entries and scores
Many, many thanks and congratulations to those who submitted images to Round 1.
This is just the start, three more rounds to go, plenty of time to get creative!
Ann - 14
Barbara - 14
Clive - 13
Colin D - 18
Elaine - 12
Graham - 11
Helen G - 15
Jean - 15
Jenny - 14
Ken F - 10
Lawrence - 14
Paul - 14
Robert - 8
Ros - 12
Rose - 13
Steve - 14