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)
So make it worth his while and have a look one night when you are in the building.
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.
Congratulations to all who achieved acceptances and awards.
Full results and details of the exhibition can be found at the Scottish Salon website:
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
SPF CLUB DIGITAL KNOCKOUT CHAMPIONSHIPS
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.
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.