Neil Scott

Mar 172016

members poster A3

The Members’ Night of the exhibition on Friday 15 April brought around 50 members and guests to the Society.  The trophies were presented to winners by Stephen Meek, President.  On Saturday/Sunday 16/17 April the exhibition was open to the public but we had a mere 50 or so visitors.  One of these was Doug Corrance who gave a talk to the Society on 20 January.  He spent some time talking to those of us on the door, and took this photo – Neil Scott and Chick Calder at the table with Richard Bingham on the steps, all supervised by David Octavius Hill



In retaliation, Neil took this image of Doug!

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The winners were

EPC Memorial Shield Doug Berndt Domain of the Bald Eagle Best Overall
Forbes Adam Cup Jean Manson Red Fox no 2 Best L1
Dunbar Trophy Eric Robinson The Red Dress Best L2
Centenary Cup David Wolfenden Scottish Wildlife-Birds Panel  L 1
President’s Trophy James Glass Iceland no 3 Panel  L 2
Edinburgh Cameras Cup Richard Felton-Edkins Silent YEarning Creativity L1
Sean Casey Medal Graham Morrice Flowery Meadow  & Blue Sky Creativity L2
John Robb Medal Jan Jerome Norwegian Dawn no 1 Landscape
Jim McDougal Trophy Neil Bain Lean into the Corner Sports
Rosemary Davidson Salver David Wolfenden Short-Eared Owl Hunting Natural History
Phoenix Trophy Alexandra McOrist In a Distant Place Mono
Russell Trophy David Wolfenden Alert Pine Marten Best Overall
Campbell Harper Trophy Jim Moir Sea Eagle with Fish Best L1
Intermediate Cup Graham Morrice Silent Killer Best L2
St Vincent Trophy David Wolfenden Scottish Wildlife – Mammals Panel L1
Butler Cup Charles Keddie Sepia Tones Panel L2
Spectrum Award Doug Berndt Charlie and Bette Selfie Creativity L1
TCM Bradley Jennifer Porteous Falling Leaf Creativity L2



Neil Bain Flat Out Donald Campbell The Castle Guard
June Scott Light on Loch an Eilean Graham Morrice Dunlin Close-up
Neil Scott A Quiet Read Graham Morrice Spider and Prey
Sandy Cleland Resting Reddish Egret with Willets Colin Morton Stairs
Terry Railley Boots Colin Morton Time for Lunch
Terry Railley Great Spotted Woodpecker Kay Williams Treppe
Frank Sala The Old Boot Charles Keddie Sepia Tone no 3
Alan Yeomans Mountain Hare Sue Hill Dung Beetle
Jim Moir Red Squirrel Peeling Nut Karen Berry Masked Lapwing
Alan Yeomans Return of the Hunter
Neil Scott Enjoying a Fag
Jean Manson Red Fox no 4
Jan Jerome A Place of Safety no 1

Members receive their trophies and certificates from President Stephen Meek at the Members’ Night on 15 April


 Posted by on March 17, 2016 at 9:24 am
Sep 272015

The London Salon, like our own International Exhibition, is one of the very few print-only exhibitions in the world.

We are therefore pleased to have a selection of prints from the exhibition on display in our Downstairs Gallery until the end of October.  If you are interested in photography, please pop down some time and spend a while looking at these images.  Some you may have seen in our own exhibition which shows that great minds think alike when it comes to appreciating the best in print photography.  Our own Sandy Cleland is one of only two Scottish members amongst the 40-odd Salon members, and he has spent some time and effort getting these prints up to Edinburgh.  (Click on the image for a larger version)

london salon poster 2 resize

So make it worth his while and have a look one night when you are in the building.

Neil Scott


 Posted by on September 27, 2015 at 11:21 am
May 182015

A number of EPS members enjoyed success at the Scottish Salon and the Society came second to Dumfries in the Club Awards which is an improvement on our third place last year. Thanks to all those who entered via the Club entry system.

Overall, we achieved 38 acceptances including a PSA Ribbon and 2 HM Certificates.

92nd Scottish Salon individual


Congratulations to all who achieved acceptances and awards.

Full results and details of the exhibition can be found at the Scottish Salon website:

Jim Moir



 Posted by on May 18, 2015 at 1:36 pm
Apr 192015

Apologies for the delay in getting these published.

Those of you who were unable to hear Simon Allen’s discussion of the reasons for his choices missed a masterclass in judging!  He is an excellent speaker and gives a very full assessment of an image’s qualities.

To see the winners – please click on the link Trophy Winners 2015 kw

All trophies, including those for the Monthly Competitions are now with the Kirkwood’s, the engravers.  Please be patient as Kirkwood’s are very busy at this time of year – the end of the football season etc etc so they have loads of engraving to do.  When we have the trophies back, I will let you know.  The most convenient time for collection will be on one of the Wednesday “unpacking nights” when we start opening the entries for our International Exhibition.  But let me know when you intend to collect your trophy.

Neil Scott


 Posted by on April 19, 2015 at 11:30 am
Mar 142015

As many members will be aware, our annual Members’ Exhibition will be on public view at Great King Street on 4th and 5th April.

To get as much publicity as possible, I have made up a flier which I would ask you all to download and print off.  Then hand them out to local shops, libraries, community centres – any place where the general public might see them.  Last year, if my memory serves me right, only around 70 – 80 people visited the exhibition over the two days.  An enormous amount of work goes into the organisation of the Exhibition, and it would be gratifying if more people saw it.

So help the Society – please!


click on the link  poster 2015 v3


 Posted by on March 14, 2015 at 5:33 pm
Mar 072015

FIAP (Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique) has announced the following distinctions awarded to members of EPS for success in entering exhibitions or salons in this country and abroad.
Eion Johnston and Terry Railley have both achieved their EFIAP (Excellence of FIAP).  This requires a minimum of 250 acceptances with at least 50 different images in 30 salons in 20 countries
Richard Bingham and Neil Scott have achieved the EFIAP/s (Silver award)  After achieving the EFIAP, there are 4 “levels” – bronze, silver, gold and platinum which must be attained sequentially.  The bronze level requires 75 additional acceptances from 25 images, including three medals or other awards in separate countries.  The silver requires a further 75 acceptances with a minimum of 25 new works, and 4 of these must have been awarded a medal or other award, all in different countries, on top of the three required for the bronze award.
And finally Peter Paterson has been awarded his MFIAP (Master FIAP), the highest FIAP distinction.  Unlike the other awards, this is for a portfolio of 20 prints and a curriculum vitae.  The MFIAP is one of the most difficult distinctions to get, and I think I am right in saying that Peter is only the third Scottish photographer to achieve this goal.

 Posted by on March 7, 2015 at 11:40 am
Mar 072015
Members may be interested to hear the result of last week’s friendly battle (an oxymoron if ever there was one!) against Queen’s Park Camera Club in Glasgow.  This is an annual event on a home/way basis, and this year it was our turn to be hosts.  It is always a good social occasion and the result is less important than the exchange of comments and views on photography.
The competition is for 15 prints and 15 PDIs from each club.  This year’s judge was Duncan McEwan from Paisley Colour Camera Club.  Duncan is an excellent judge, and his comments are always helpful.  Wednesday night was no exception, and it is a shame that the event was attended by so few.  Those members who did not attend certainly missed a masterclass.
The result?
Prints  EPS 256  QPCC  230
PDIs    EPS 255  QPCC  234
The overall score was therefore 511 – 464 in favour of EPS.
The rather large margin of the win perhaps flatters EPS, but as Duncan said himself, there were excellent images from both sides.  We are also pleased that no fewer than 29 members represented EPS, indicating the strength in depth of our club, and many of the images were from new members.
 Posted by on March 7, 2015 at 11:33 am
Dec 072014

Those members who chose not to support EPS at our inter-club match against Carluke CC on Friday 5 December perhaps made a wise decision.  In the event, only Richard Bingham and I made the trip.

As usual we were beaten – and again by an embarrassing margin.  We lost the print section by 258 to 234 points, and although we did a little better in the PDI section, we lost that too, by 257 to 246.

The overall result was therefore 515 to 480, a margin of 35 points.  Each club puts up 15 prints and 15 PDIs so we were on average more than a whole point per image worse off!  Usually interclub scores are a lot closer than this, perhaps up to 10 points difference overall, so this is a humiliating setback.

On the plus side congratulations to four members, Hazel Mason and Viv Cotton who both scored a 20, and to Eion Johnston  and James Frost who both scored a 19.   Here are the grisly facts.

Neil Scott

I spent an hour trying to get the tables formatted.  When I finally achieved some semblance of order, I must have clicked one wrong button, and lost the whole………………… lot.

I will send the results out as an email – tomorrow.


 Posted by on December 7, 2014 at 9:09 pm
Nov 192014


On Sunday 16 November, the above competition was held at the former Stirling Management Centre, now re-named the Stirling Court Hotel.  28 Scottish clubs competed over three rounds of projected digital images.  The format is that each club submits (in advance) a “bank” of 40 images, nominating eight of them as the first round entry.

After the scores for the first round are given, clubs nominate a further eight images as their second round entry.  First and second round scores are then totalled and the top eight clubs, and any tieing for eighth place contest the final.  The remaining clubs contest the Plate competition.

EPS narrowly missed reaching the final – by ONE point, and came third in the Plate competition.  I have put up the score sheets on the Phoenix Group page.

This is indeed a very disappointing result, and indicates that we must “pull our socks up” in February when the SPF Club Print champoionships are held.  So we will be looking carefully at all the prints entered for our own internal competitions – and indeed the PDIs too.  We might like to see a good quality print from a worthy PDI.

Neil Scott


 Posted by on November 19, 2014 at 3:44 pm
Nov 012014

EPS had a disappointing time at the PAGB Interclub Print Championships last weekend (25 October).  The event was held for the first time at Edgehill University in Ormskirk, and the viewing facilities were certainly an improvement on Connah’s Quay.

In the first round we managed to score only 122 points from our 12 prints – a fraction over 10 points average – while Dumfries scored 157, an average of just over 13!  To explain – three judges score each print from 2 to 5, making 6 the weakest and 15 the maximum.  Any score of 13 or above means that at least one judge has given the maximum score, and to get an average mark suggesting at least one 5 per print takes some doing!

A difference of three points per image is a huge gulf, and we were well out of it this year.  Mind you, we were in good (or is that bad?) company,as the three other Scottish clubs, Dundee, Carluke and Paisley Colour, also failed to reach the final, and joined us in in the Plate Competition.  While Carluke won this consolation trophy, EPS were again way down the list.

And of course, congratulations to Dumfries for winning this prestigious trophyfor the second time.  They previously won it in 2000.  (EPS of course were equal first with the Arden Group in 2011, in case anyone forgets!)

This now means that if EPS is to go down to the PAGB competition next year, we will have to qualify as one of two clubs (apart from Dumfries) who come top in the SPF club print championships next February.  There were some good images in last week’s first club print competition judged by Malcolm McBeath from Kirriemuir.  So perhaps with some fresh talent we can improve our standing.

Let’s hope so.


Neil Scott


 Posted by on November 1, 2014 at 8:34 pm