The Federation of South London Photographic Societies' annual Finals' Day is the culmination of its season's events, with the inter-club finals for colour prints, monochrome prints and projected digital images (PDIs). There are also awards for the best images receiving certificates in previous inter-club rounds as well as open competitions which any member of affilated clubs can enter.
This year, Beckenham PS won the inter-club Colour Print Finals, with Judge's Comments for a number of images and several Certificates in the Open Competitions.
Inter-club Colour Prints
The top-scoring BPS images were:
For Best Certificated Colour Prints
For Best Certificated Monochrome Prints
For Best Projected Digital Images
Open Colour Prints
Open Monochrome Prints
Open Projected Digital Images
At this time of the year there are a number of friendly inter-club competitions. In the Croydon Centenary Trophy for 4 PDI and 4 prints BPS came second out of 7 clubs. Cathy Roberts FRPS EFIAP/s DPAGB BPE2* scored 9 for ‘Winter in the meadow’ and Barrie Brown LRPS scored 10 for ‘Golden Tree Frog’.
The Chislehurst Cup is against Greenwood Camera Club for 20 PDIs. We scored 170.5 to their 152.5. Top marks of 10 were awarded to Fred Barrington ARPS AFIAP's 'Cerith 1', Brian Hunt's 'Body Parts' and David Rees' 'Patterns within Golden Fennel' which was also chosen as the best image.
The Larter Cup is between BPS, West Wickham PS and Bromley CC for 6 colour PDIs and 6 Mono Prints. BPS retained the cup for the fifth year in succession, winning by 109 to 102.5 for each of the other clubs. Top images in the PDI round were from Cathy Roberts for 'Rushes in the Mist' (10), Barrie Brown for 'Tiger Longwing' (10), Andrew Moss for 'Hurdling to Victory' (9.5) and David Rees for 'Grey Day, Isle of Skye' (9.5).
The 2019 Members' Print Competition received 405 images of which 107 were selected for display. BPS members work selected came from Fred Barrington ARPS, Angela Ford ARPS, Roger Ford FRPS, David Pollard ARPS, David Rees, Alan Sander, Simon Simpson and David Wood ARPS.
'Horseboy Freckles' by Roger Ford FRPS received a Selectors Award and 'Gloomy Sandwich' by Fred Barrington ARPS was Highly Commended.
The annual Ross Cup inter-club print competition was held by the Kent County Photographic Association (KCPA) on 10th November. Each of about 36 clubs enter panels of 8 prints and as we are aware from last season the top two clubs go forward next October to represent Kent in the national PAGB finals. Well, we managed to do it again! This year we came 1st= with Maidstone, so we will be back at Blackburn next year.
More details are here.
Not only have we done well in the PAGB national print finals (see below) but we have also made a good start in the FSLPS inter-club competitions.
We came first in the Inter-Club PDI first round competition with 72 points, a clear lead above the next club Old Coulsdon CC who gained 68.5 points. We also were awarded 3 of the 6 certificates.
We also won the Inter-Club Print first round competition with 73.5 points ahead of the next club Orpington PS who scored 69. We gained 4 of the 6 certificates awarded on the night.
More details are here.
Beckenham Photographic Society carried the torch for Kent in the national finals of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain's (PAGB) prestigious print competition on 30th October.
As last season's winners of the Kent County’s Ross Cup for the best panel of photographic prints, the Society competed against 34 other clubs in the PAGB's competition held in Blackburn. As newbies to the competition, Beckenham put in a very strong performance.
After the initial round in which eight clubs won through to contest the national trophy, Beckenham competed in the runner's up plate competition and came eighth, putting them 16th overall out of the 34 top clubs in the UK.. This success came after a careful selection of images by club members Keith Surey and Julia Andrew from a portfolio of 30 taken to Blackburn for the finals.
Julia said: “It was a wonderful experience representing Beckenham at such an important competition, but it didn’t all happen on the day. A great deal of work went into selecting the best images taken by members for the competition. I learnt such a lot from that selection process and the judging and I hope Beckenham gets the opportunity to represent Kent again.”
Top scoring images were: 'Unstill Life' by Polina Plotnikova ARPS EFIAP 15/15; 'The Tree in the Hollow' by Cathy Roberts FRPS EFIAP/s 14/15; 'The Hussar’s Widow' by Roger Ford FRPS EFIAP/g 14/15; ' Tough Guy' by Andrew Moss 13/15.
Congratulations to Andrew Moss who has had 6 acceptances in the international biennial FIAP sponsored salon. He had two acceptances in each of the categories: 'Colour', 'Women' and 'Children' and received a Diploma for his "Maximum Effort" image. You can find all the acceptances here. (The site is not completely intuitive: Go to the top right and select English instead of Catalan. The thumbnails are in alphabetical order of country, so United Kingdom is right at the end!)
The Federation of South London Photographic Societies' annual Finals' Day is the culmination of its season's events, with the inter-club finals for colour prints, monochrome prints and projected digital images (PDIs). There are also awards for the best images receiving certificates in previous inter-club rounds as well as open competitions which any member of affiliated clubs can enter.
This year, Beckenham PS emerged with outstanding successes, winning 6 of the 9 trophies on the day. In the individual competitions, 10 BPS members obtained 13 Hon Mentions and 3 Certificates of Merit between them.
Inter-club Colour Prints
Inter-club Monochrome Prints
Inter-club Projected Digital Images
Best Certificated Colour Prints
Best Certificated Monochrome Prints
Open Colour Prints
Open Monochrome Prints
Open Projected Digital Images
Congratulations to Roger Ford FRPS EFIAP/g who has recently accepted an invitation to become a member of the London Salon. Membership is limited to 50 outstanding photographers worldwide.
The London Salon was founded in1910 from the Linked Ring Brotherhood which had broken away from the Royal Photographic Society in 1892 as a protest to the Society’s emphasis on science and technology rather than art. The London Salon's aim is to exhibit only that class of photographic work in which there is distinct evidence of artistic feeling and execution.
Open exhibitions take place each year in London, Birmingham, Scotland and Ireland. More information may be found on the LondonSalon’s website
Roger first entered their exhibition in 1988 and his acceptances since then can be seen at:
At the KCPA's annual inter-club competition, the Ross Cup, on 26th November, Beckenham PS came First out of 33 clubs taking part. We achieved a total of141 points compared to the runner-up, Canterbury PS who achieved138 points. Both clubs will go forward to represent the KCPA in the PAGB Inter-Club Print Championships at Connor's Quay later in the season.
Three club images received Merit Awards: 'Behind Closed Doors' by Fred Barrington ARPS AFIAP, 'Still Life with Gourds & Pumpkins' by Polina Plotnikova ARPS EFIAP and 'The Cold of Winter' by Cathy Roberts FRPS EFIAP/s DPAGB. Well done to them all!
It is believed that this is the first time we have won the Ross Cup, although we have reached second and third place in the past couple of decades. It is clearly a great achievement to come top of the county clubs.
In this season's FSLPS inter-club competitions we are also doing exceedingly well. We are through to the Semi-Finals of the Colour Print, Monochrome Print and PDI competitions, collecting a good selection of certificates along the way.
Congratulations to Polina, as External Competition organiser, and her panel of selectors for their excellent choices this year.
Several club members have images in public exhibitions around now:
In the RPS London Region Members Exhibition, at Embassy of Croatia W1T 6BN, Fred Barrington ARPS AFIAP has 'Elephants Crossing', Angela Ford FRPS EFIAP has 'Park Life', Roger Ford FRPS EFIAP/g has 'The Hussar's Widow' and Mike Psillides LRPS has 'Monkey Forest - Bali'.
In the RPS Members Biennial Exhibition at the Albert hall from 4th November to 7th December, Fred Barrington ARPS AFIAP has Figueres' and Roger Ford FRPS EFIAP/g has 'Footprint'.
In the London Independent Photography Annual Exhibition in the Old Truman Brewery E1 6QL from 6th to 12th December, Angela Ford FRPS EFIAP has 'Library View' and Roger Ford FRPS EFIAP/g has 'Intruder' (Special merit).
Congratulations to Polina Plotnikova ARPS who continues to do well in this exhibition. This year she is a Finalist in the Still Life category with her image 'In Glory of Pumpkins and Gourds'.
Photography, gastronomy and fraternité – building Anglo-French relations through a shared love of photography. BPS Members spent a memorable Whitsun weekend with twin club Image ‘in Perigny on the South-West coast of France. http://www.imageinperigny.fr/galeries/ Our hosts organised a packed programme of photographic opportunities in wonderfully photogenic locations, delicious meals and even a civic welcome from the Mayor of Perigny. Thank you very much to all involved in organising and taking part in this great adventure! See a selection of the images members took here.
Congratulations to Roger Ford FRPS EFIAP/g who has recently been awarded The International Federation of Photographic Art distinction ‘Excellence FIAP /Gold’.
Since gaining his Excellence FIAP in 2011 he has worked his way through the Bronze and Silver Levels and now holds the gold distinction. He has had in excess of 700 images accepted in International Salons under the patronage of FIAP with 18 awards of medals and certificates.
The Gold distinction had a minimum requirement of having achieved a total of 500 acceptances with 150 different works in 15 different countries. In addition, 6 new award winning photographs in 6 countries and in different salons were required.
Many of these images have been entered in BPS competitions.
The Federation of Soiuth London Photographic Societies' annual Finals' Day is the culmination of its season's events, with the inter-club finals for colour prints, monochrome prints and projected digital images (PDIs). There are also awards for the best images receiving certificates in previous inter-club rounds as well as open competitions which any member of affilated clubs can enter.
This year BPS were finalists in the Inter-club Colour Print and the PDI competitions. Despite having strong panels in each case, we only managed second place in both.
Despite this, we were 'mentioned in dispatches' in several of the other competitions. For the Keith Johnson Trophy (certificated colour prints) competition, Andrew Moss's 'Splash!' and Polina Plotnikova ARPS EFIAP's 'Unstill Life' both received Judge's Comments.
For the Edwin Appleton Rosebowl (certificated PDIs) competition Cathy Roberts FRPS EFIAP/s DPAGB BPE2*'s 'Rushes in the Mist' and Polina Plotnikova's 'Eliza' received Judge's Comments.
In the Punch Bowl (open colour print) competition we pretty well swept the board with 10 of the 14 images selected by the judge for comment or award being from BPS members! These were:'Calling in the Catapults' by Roger Ford FRPS EFIAP/s, 'Bedtime Prayer' by Cathy Myers, 'In Harmony' by Cathy Roberts, 'Skate This Way' by Angela Ford ARPS EFIAP, 'Behind the Wire' by Keith Surey LRPS, 'Aging Gracefully' by Polina Plotnikova, 'Bailey Head' by Fred Barrington ARPS AFIAP and 'Juvenile Gannet' by Julia Andrew LRPS. We won two awards with 'Cormorants at Sunset' by Steve Wilbur receiving a Highly Commended certificate and 'Reflected' by Cathy Roberts winning the Punch Bowl (see images below).
In the Retina Cup for open monochrome prints, 'Footprint' by Roger Ford, 'Just Passing By' by Brian Hunt and 'Bewick Swan' by Philip Pound LRPS all received judge's comments.
Congratulations to BPS members Cathy Roberts FRPS EFIAP/s DPAGB BPE2* and Roger Ford FRPS EFIAP/s who have had prints accepted in the prestigious London Salon of Photography annual exhibition. Cathy's images are 'The Tree on the Hill' and 'Study 7', and Roger's is 'The Hussar's Widow', see below.
The London Salon Exhibition has been going for over 100 years, and this year's show can be seen between August 2nd and 6th in the Proud Gallery Strand, 32 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6BP. Further information here.
Two BPS members, Fred Barrington ARPS AFIAP and Roger Ford FRPS EFIAP/s, each had one of their prints accepted in the Royal Photographic Society Members' Biennial Exhibition 2017. Congratulations to both. Fred's image was 'Figures' and Roger's was 'Footprint', shown below.
Arguably the most important event in the members' calendar, the Members’ Biennial Exhibition represents the diverse interests of the current RPS membership with only 100 prints accepted. During the next two years the exhibition will tour the country, including being shown at the Royal Albert Hall during November this year.
Congratulations to Polina Plotnikova ARPS EFIAP, our president, who has recently gained her EFIAP distinction. This requires 250 acceptances from at least 50 different images in 30 FIAP sponsored international salons, in 20 different countries. Phew!
Roger Ford FRPS EFIAP/s had his image of 'The Stalker' accepted for theLondon Independent Photography Annual Exhibition which was held between 15th and 20th November at the Espacio Gallery, Bethnal Green. (The image is below in the 'RPS Creative Group' article.) See also here.
The annual inter-club print competition of the Kent County Photgraphic Association was held on 30th October and judged by Walter Benzie Hon FRPS. Beckenham PS came 21st out of 38 clubs taking part.
For a second year in succession Polina Plotnikova ARPS AFIAP won the Premier Award and Mick Smithson Shield for her print of 'Levitation'. Congratulations to her for this rare achievement.
Nenne van Dijk FRPS DPAGB received a Merit Award for her print of 'Still Life with Flowers'. David Pollard ARPS's 'Family Group' received Judge's Comments.
Roger and Angela Ford have had a number of images accepted in the RPS Creative Group Exhibition. The included 4 prints and 2 PDIs for Roger and 2 prints and 3 PDIs for Angela..
Among those accepted were "The Stalker" and "Double Vision" by Roger and "Entranced" and "Back to Front" by Angela, shown below.
Congratulations to Cathy Roberts FRPS EFIAP/s DPAGB BPE2*. Her images of Rushes in the Mist' and 'The Cold of Winter' have both been accepted for this year's London Salon exhibition.
A slide show of all acceptances and medal winners is here. The exhibition is at Smethwick from 2nd July to 29th July.
Congratulations to Polina Plotnikova ARPS AFIAP. Her image of 'Unstill Life' was the winner of the An Apple a Day category of the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year recently. The other finalists can be seen here. (You'll need to select the 'Pink Lady Apple a Day' category.) See also the RPS blog here for their comments on Polina's image.
BPS had considerable success at the Federation of South London Photographic Societies' (FSLPS) Finals' Day on 23rd April. We won the Alex Falk Trophy for the inter-club colour print competition, against West Wickham PS. Cathy Roberts FRPS EFIAP/s DPAGB BPE2* won the KJP Trophy for colour prints that had been awarded certificates during the earlier rounds,with 'Circling'. She also won the Punch Bowl trophy for open colour prints with 'Dancers in White 2'.
Certificates were awarded to Nenne van Dijk FRPS DPAGB for 'White Blossom', Polina Plotnikova ARPS AFIAP for "Levitation" and to Cathy Roberts for 'The Cold of Winter' and 'Adore'.
For the Plate Competition earlier in the season, we were presented with the Monochrome Cup for winning the inter-club monochrome print competition, and the Richard Frankfurt Plate for inter-club PDIs.
You can see a full list of awards and commented images here.
Congratulations again to Polina Plotnikova ARPS AFIAP! After several years of winning silver and silver-gilt medals at the RHS photography competitions, this year she has hit the jackpot and won the prestigious Gold Medal for her panel 'Tall Bearded Irises - National Collection portfolio' at the RHS London Shades of Autumn Show.
You can see the panel here.
Although our club panel was only placed 15th out of 37, two members gained individual awards for their images. Ross Farnham gained one of ten Merit Awards for 'Rush Hour'. Congratulations to Ross.
Polina Plotnikova ARPS AFIAP scooped the jackpot, winning the Premier Award and Mick Smithson Shield for 'Still Life with Green Bottle'. This is the top award for individuals in this competition. Special congratulations to Polina.
Full results can be found here.
Congratulations to Ross Farnham whose'Electric Web' also received a Commended award in the Your View category of the UK Landscape Photographer of the Year 2015 competition. Congratulations, Ross.
Caroline Fraser ARPS has had her multiple exposure image 'Svolvaer' selected as one of the top 101 images for the International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2015. It was taken in the Lofoten Islands, in arctic Norway, and shows traditional fishing huts in the harbour at Svolvaer on a frosty morning. Congratulations to Caroline.
The top 101 can be seen here.
Several BPS members have recently achieved international distinctions for photographic merit from the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP). The distinctions are awarded on the basis of the number of images accepted in international exhibitions and salons.
Congratulations to Fred and Polina who have both been awarded AFIAP (Artiste) making their full distinctions Fred Barrington ARPS AFIAP and Polina Plotnikova ARPS AFIAP. The current criteria for this award are at least 40 acceptances with at least 15 different photographs in at least 15 different FIAP accredited salons spread over at least 8 different countries. At least 10% must have been prints.
More congratulations are due for Roger and Cathy who have added another notch to their previous EFIAP b (Excellence - bronze) to be awarded the EFIAP/s making them Roger Ford FRPS EFIAP/s and Cathy Roberts FRPS EFIAP/s DPAGB BPE2*. The current criteria for this award are at least 700 acceptances with at least 200 different photographs in at least 30 different FIAP accredited salons spread over at least 20 different countries. At least 10% must have been prints. Wow!
Congratulations to Angela Ford ARPS EFIAP who was awarded a Ribbon for 'Innervision' at the RPS Creative Group's PDI Exhibition. Details here.
Congratulations also to Cathy Roberts FRPS EFIAP/b DPAGB BPE2* for her acceptance at this year's London Salon for 'Two Benches in the Snow'. Also, congratulations to Roger Ford FRPS EFIAP/b for his accepted images 'Watchers' (image is in 'Local Exhibition Acceptances' article below) and 'Thoughts of Men'. See here for details.
The Federation of South London Photographic Societies' annual Finals' Day was held at St. Johns on 18th April and there were some excellent images on display, both in the exhibition as well as receiving commentary from the judges.
BPS were in the inter-club colour print final against Cheam CC. We won by 65 points to 62, although our two best images, '"Blooms in Red" by Nenne van Dijk FRPS DPAGB and "Graffiti Bench in the Snow" by Cathy Roberts FRPS EFIAP/b DPAGB BPE2*, only managed to score 9.5 each.
These two photographers also made their mark in the open competitions. Nenne won the Punch Bowl for the best colour print "Cascade Blooms" and Cathy won Jack's Jug for the best Projected Digital Image "Study 2". The images are shown here.
Polina Plotnikova ARPS was given a Highly Commended award in the open monochrome print competition for her image "Ray" shown below.
Images that were awarded a certificate in the earlier rounds of the inter-club competitions were also competing for awards. Cathy Roberts' image "Pale Trees in the Mist" and Steve Wilbur's "Misty Morning, Tuscany" received judges comments in the Monochrome prints and PDI categories respectively.
The following images received judges comments in the open competitions:
|"Tulip in Black"||Nenne van Dijk FRPS DPAGB||Monochrome prints|
|"Tracery"||Polina Plotnikova ARPS||Monochrome prints|
|"Shadow"||Cathy Roberts FRPS EFIAP/b DPAGB BPE2||Monochrome prints|
|"Tower Bridge"||Philip Pound||Monochrome prints|
|"Sandhill Cranes Squabbling"||Steve Wilbur||Colour prints|
|"Praying Mantis"||Philip Pound||Colour prints|
|"Circling"||Cathy Roberts FRPS EFIAP/b DPAGB BPE2||PDI|
|"It's Amazing what you stumble upon, on a Friday night in London"||Andrew Moss||PDI|
|"Three Shires Head"||Ross Farnham||PDI|
We have recently been in two 'friendly' inter-club competitions. The first was our regular Chislehurst Cup one against Greenwood Camera Club, held at Greenwood. We won by 182.5 points to their 167. The top scoring images and the full results are here.
A week later we hosted the Larter Cup, another annual battle, against West Wickham PS and Bromley CC. We won the mono prints comfortably, but came last in the PDI competition, although we did win overall with 106 points to West Wickham's 103.5 and Bromley's 98. Full results are here.(Apr 2015)
The image 'Watchers' by Roger Ford FRPS EFIAP/b has been accepted in the award.io competition on the theme of "Crowds". Ravi Goel LRPS also has his image of 'Rush Hour' accepted. Both will be on display at the Greenwich Gallery, Peyton Place, SE10 8RS from 20th March to 4th April (Mar 2015)
Angela Ford ARPS EFIAP has been awarded a FIAF/ISF Bronze Medal in the 8th Marzo Fotografia FIAP Salon in Italy with her image 'Duty Watch' (below) which you may remember from her My London panel.. See here for more details - Angela's image is about half way down the page. (Feb 2015)
Fred Barrington ARPS has been chosen as the winner of the Landscape category for this year’s ‘Travel Photo of the Year’ competition, held by the Independent on Sunday in association with the Wanderlust magazine. The image was of 'Penguins in the South Shetlands (Baily Head, Deception Island, Antarctica). See here for more details and below for the photograph and that of the award presentation.
Polina Plotnikova ARPS contributed to an article 'Still Life at Home' in issue 52 of Advanced Photography magazine. The full article is here.
Andrew Moss's image 'Streeet light!' has been shortlisted in the Nikon monthly competition on the theme of 'Action'. See the image and vote for it here. You might even win a camera! (Jan 2015).
Cathy Roberts FRPS EFIAP/b DPAGB BPE2* had 6 acceptances out of 8 print entries in the Smethwick International Exhibition. 'Two Benches in the Snow' was awarded an SPS Medal and 'Shadow' (below) was Highly Commended. Both were in the monochrome print class. Results are here. (Dec 2014).
Congratulations to Roger Ford FRPS EFIAP/b and Caroline Fraser ARPS who have had prints accepted for the Royal Photographic Society's Biennial Exhibition. Roger's print was 'Going Underground' (see below) and Caroline's was 'Girl with Teacups' (also below). There were around 3,200 prints received for this exhibition, with only 100 being selected - 2 of them from BPS.
The exhibition will be touring the country in 2015. The accepted images can be seen on the RPS web site here. (Nov 2014).
Elle-Decoration, a Russian interiors magazine, has just published a profile of Polina Plotnikova ARPS. The article is in Russian, but the Google translation is useful. Take a look here.
Polina's feature on the new Lensbaby Sweet 50 Optic has been published on the Lensbaby blog here. A sample image is below.(Oct 2014).
Polina Plotnikova ARPS has 11 acceptances (wow!) and a PSA Honourable mention for 'Tracery' (on front of BPS programme) in the 6th Finland International Circuit. Results are here.
She also got a FIAP Honorable Mention for 'Aquilegia', an APS Hon. Mention for 'Together' (below) and a Bronze medal for 'Vegetables and Butterflies' (see Feb posting below) in the Queensland International Digital Circuit. Colour results here and mono results here.
Cathy Roberts FRPS EFIAP/b DPAGB BPE2* had 6 acceptances out of 8 print entries in the Northern Counties Salon, 'Trees and Fence in the Snow' was awarded the Gold Medal for best mono landscape print and 'Lone Tree on the Hill' was Awarded Silver Medal for best colour landscape print. Results are here.
Cathy also got a FIAP Blue Badge (best author, most acceptances or highest honours) and a Gold Medal in the Slovenian Miniatures Salon, and has been invited there to collect it. She also had 10 acceptances including 2 ribbons at the Tallaght Salon.
Lensbaby has just launched a new optic - the Sweet 50. Polina Plotnikova was one of the photographers commissioned to take sample images. You can find her images with those of other top photographers here and here.
Polina says "I absolutely loved the experience despite my conviction that I would never like to follow instructions what to shoot. I was sent this optic from Lensbaby headquarters in Oregon with guidelines to take pictures in my usual style – still life. Surprisingly they also wanted me to shoot some portraits. I produced about a dozen images for them in two weeks and they made a final selection choosing four shots (three still life and one portrait) that are now part of new optic advertising campaign." (Sept 2014)
Congratulations to Cathy Roberts FRPS EFIAP/b DPAGB BPE2* who has just reached the EFIAP bronze level (EFIAP/b). The bronze, silver, gold and platinum levels require additional successes in international salons over and above the EFIAP distinction itself. For the bronze level a further 75 acceptances are required with at least 25 different works, including 3 awards in at least 3 countries. Wow!
Congratulations to Cathy Roberts FRPS EFIAP DPAGB BPE2* for gaining 4 acceptances in the 91st Scottish International Salon of Photography 2014 including an Honourable Mention for 'Graffiti Bench in the Snow' (below). Full results and the catalogue should be here, although at the time of writing only the 2013 catalogue was there.
Cathy has also had two acceptances for the London Salon: 'Pale Trees in the Mist' and 'Solitary Tree'. The Salon Exhibition is on at the Fairfield Halls from May 25th - June 5th 2014.
Finals' Day of the Federation of South London Photographic Societies was held on 26th April 2014 at St. John's Church Halls with an audience of about 80 people. Although we did win the Colour Print Plate competition held in February, we were not finalists in the inter-club competitions this year.
Individual successes at Finals' Day were as follows.
Of the images that received Certificates earlier in the season, Polina Plotnikova ARPS's 'Siblings' and 'Still Life with Yellow Objects' and Nick Duncan ARPS's 'Ella in Blue' received Judge's Comments.
In the Punch Bowl Open Colour Print competition, Cathy Roberts FRPS EFIAP DPAGB BPE2*'s ' 'Solitary Tree' was Highly Commended. Polina's 'Vegetables and Butterflies', Cathy's 'Curtsy' and Steve Wilbur's 'Cranes at Sunset' all received Judge's Comments.
In the Retina Cup Open Monochrome Print competition Cathy's 'To Hold' was Highly Commended. Simon Simpson's 'Seething Clouds over Sakar Tepe' and Polina's 'Together' received Judge's Comments.
Finally, in the Jack's Jug Open PDI competition four images received Judge's Comments. These were: 'Common Blue Damselfly' by Sandy White DPAGB, 'Deep in Thoughts' and 'Figs and Old Bottle' by Polina, and 'Lone Tree in the Snow' by Sylvia Wilbur.
The images will be on the FSLPS web site in the near future.
Congratulations to Polina Plotnikova ARPS and Cathy Roberts FRPS EFIAP DPAGB BPE2* who both had successes in the monochrome section of the IGPOTY competition. Polina's 'Tracery' (below) and Cathy's 'Pale Trees in the Mist' (see Smethwick Salon report below for image) both received Highly Commended awards. The IGPOTY web page is here.
Congratulations to Fred Barrington ARPS who was runner-up in the Dulux Let's Colour 2014 competition run in conjunction with the Guardian Camera Club and the Observer. Fred's image of 'Coloured Balconies' also appeared in the Observer Magazine on 30th March. A Guardian Camera Club article is here.
Congratulations to Cathy Roberts who has been at it again. In the prestigious Southampton International Exhibition she gained 6 acceptances for her images. 'Pale Trees in the Mist' (image below) was also awarded a PSA* Silver Medal and 'Dancer with Veil', 'Solitary Tree' (image below) and 'Weak Winter Sun' were awarded SCC certificates. For full results see here.
* Photographic Society of America
The Royal Photographic Society's Visual Art Group's Magazine (2013 Issue 2) contains an article by Cathy Roberts entitled 'Impressions and the Imagination' which shows some stunning examples of her varied work including flowers, snowscapes and, of course, dancers. The article is reproduced here and more of Cathy's work can be seen on the Mirage Group's web site. (Feb 2014)
Both Polina Plotnikova and Cathy Roberts had successes in the 7th International Garden Photographer of the Year Exhibition which is on display at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew from 15th April to 30th March 2014. Cathy's 'Dandelion 2' was one of the Finalists in the Monochrome category and Polina's 'Pomegranates' was Highly Commended in the Bountiful Earth category.
Polina has also been successful in the 3rd Port Talbot International Salon this time winning the UPI Ribbon for 'Vegetables and Butterflies' and a Judge's Certificate for 'Together' (Feb 2014)
The Royal Photographic Society has recently appointed Cathy Roberts as a member of their Licentiate Distinctions Panel. If you are thinking of trying for an RPS (or PAGB) distinction I'm sure Cathy would be willing to talk to you about the process. (Dec 2013)
Congratulations to Cathy Roberts FRPS DPAGB EFIAP BPE2* who continues her train of salon successes by winning the top award in the Landscape section at the 1st Cork International Salon of Photography. The award was the FIAP Gold Medal for 'Solitary Tree' and three other imges by Cathy were accepted (see here). (Dec 2013)
Congratulations to Kevin Ireland who won a voucher for £100 for his image of 'Two Horses' in the monthly WEX B&W photo competition. It looks as though this external competition bug is gaining hold! (Dec 2013)
Congratulations to Cathy Roberts FRPS DPAGB EFIAP BPE2* for her success in the annual Smethwick International Salon. This is one of the best UK international photographic exhibitions where the competition for acceptances and awards is extreemely fierce. Cathy had 7 acceptances out of 14 she submitted (2 colour PDIs, 2 Mono PDIs and 3 mono prints). No mean feat in itself, but she was also awarded the prestigious FIAP Silver Medal for her print of 'Pale Trees in the Mist'. The full list of awards and acceptances is here. (November 2013)
Image is copyright Cathy Roberts FRPS DPAGB EFIAP BPE2*
Congratulations to Polina Plotnikova ARPS for winning the top award at the Belgrade Photo Autumn 2013 International Salon for 'Pomegranates' (below). She was awarded the very prestigious FIAP Medal. See here for award winning images. Polina also had her image of 'Horseshoe Bend' accepted at the Wild 2013 International Salon hosted by the Academy of Photography Bulgaria. (November 2013)
Image is copyright Polina Plotnikova ARPS
Cathy Roberts' FRPS DPAGB EFIAP BPE2* image called 'Winter' has received international recognition by being selected for the RPS Permanent Tyng Collection at the National Media Museum in Bradford. Congratulations, Cathy, it is a really striking image. The Tyng Collection is "a collection of outstanding pictorial photography started in 1927 by an American philanthropist and a Society member, Stephen H. Tyng. He established a foundation to promote and recognise photographic work of outstanding pictorial merit.". (November 2013)
Image is copyright Cathy Roberts FRPS DPAGB EFIAP BPE2*
A number of members of BPS have had acceptances in the Swansea International Digital Salon. Congratulations to them all. They are 4 acceptances for Fred Barrington ARPS, 4 acceptances and an Honorable Mention for Polina Plotnikova ARPS, 2 acceptances for Paul Griffiths, his first salon entry, and 4 acceptances for Cathy Roberts FRPS DPAGB EFIAP BPE2*. The results don't appear to be on the web yet. (November 2013)
Congratulations to Polina Plotnikova ARPS who, has again received a Silver-Gilt medal from the Royal Horticultural Society at their Shades of Autumn show. This is Polina's fourth Silver-Gilt award in succession. Full results (without images) are here.(October 2013)
Over the years our exhibition display boards have suffered wear and tear. Some repairs to them were done in the summer of 2012. Subsequently, the Committee decided to replace the boards this past summer and the new boards have now been delivered. Their first full use was recently when Selsdon CC hired them for their exhibition. They look very smart, are much lighter than the old boards and are relatively easy to put up (see picture). The old boards were donated to Ripley Arts Centre. (October 2013)
During the summer the BPS Better Images Group had three summer outings. Cathy Myers organised a workshop with Robert Canis in May to a delightful woodland on Hucking Estate in Kent. It was full of bluebells and 7 BPS members had good tuition from Robert and an interesting time trying out some new techniques. Following on from the successful City of London walk that John Wilcox organised last year, another walk around the City with guide John Halligan took place in June. About 10 BPS members took in some great views including a panoramic view of London and a visit to the Guildhall. The final outing was organised by David Rees and guide Kate took us from Tower Hill through St. Katherine's docks to Wapping. For some of us this was a very much unknown area of London which Kate brought to life with her excellent commentary. Some photos of the trips are here. (Sept 2013)
Congratulations to Julia Andrew who was recently awarded her LRPS disinction. (July 2013)
St John's Church is planning to rebuild and extend the prefabs including the room we use for Beckenham Photographic Society meetings. However, it appears that the development will not now begin until the summer of 2014 at the earliest. (July 2013)
Nick Duncan ARPS has had his colour PDI image of 'Battling the Elements' accepted in the prestigious Midland Salon. Cathy Roberts FRPS EFIAP DPAGB BPE2* had her colour PDI image of 'London Bus', her monochrome prints 'Winter' and 'Three Trees' and her colour prints of 'Harmony', 'Roses' and 'Dance Duality 2' accepted. 'Three Trees' was also awarded a FIAP Ribbon. Some of the winning images will shortly be posted here. (July 2013)
Cathy Roberts FRPS EFIAP DPAGB BPE2* has recently been invited to join the Arena group of photographers. This is a group of some of the best photographers in southern England. Congratulations, Cathy. (July 2013)
Having reached the semi-finals in all of the three inter-club competition disciplines (colour print, monochrome print and projected digital images) we went on to win the Inter-Club Colour Print Final at Finals' Day on 20th April. This was against Old Coulsdon CC where we won by 71 points to 61. Sandy White LRPS DPAGB, Cathy Roberts FRPS DPAGB EFIAP BPE2*, David Rees and Nenne van Dijk FRPS DPAGB all scored 10s for their images. Full results are here.
In the Open Colour Print competition Cathy Roberts won the Punch Bowl for her image of 'Wraith'. Sandy White and Polina Plotnikova ARPS were awarded Certificates for '6-Spot Burnett Moth Mating' and 'Swans' respectively. Ross Farnham received Judge's Comments for 'Eastbourne Pier' and 'St Monans Harbour Wall'. Polina Plotnikova also received Judge's Comments for 'In a Manner of Painting'.
In the Retina Cup for Open Monochrome Prints Cathy Roberts was awarded a Certificate for 'Winter' and Brian Hunt received Judge's Comments for 'Lengthening Shadows' and 'Fashion Statement.
Other images that received Judge's Comments were:
Open PDI: 'Cabbages' by Ross Farnham and 'Ego' by Nenne van Dijk;
Certificated Mono Prints: 'Past Perfect Pleione' by Polina Plotnikova;
Certificated Colour Prints: 'Flower Bud' by Nenne van Dijk and 'Poise' by Cathy Roberts.
A very impressive showing by Beckenham Photographic Society! (April 2013)
Nick Duncan ARPS's image that won the Landscape Cup at our recent annual exhibition has reached the last 15 in the My UK competition. The eventual winner is decided by the public voting on the web site. Take a look at the images here and vote by 'liking' it (thumbs up icon). (March 2013)
Cathy Roberts FRPS DPAGB EFIAP BPE2* has been awarded a Gold Medal at the 2013 Southampton International Exhibition for the most creative monochrome print for 'Winter'. (March 2013)
Polina Plotnikova ARPS and Cathy Roberts FRPS DPAGB EFIAP BPE2* have both had successes in the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition. Polina was one of the two finalists in the Portfolio category for 'Past Perfect - The Beauty of Plants' (see here) and achieved third place in the Monochrome category for 'Chrysanthemum Explosion' (see here). Cathy got a Special Award for 'Dying Rose' in the New Shoots category (see here). They will be on display at Tate Modern (Bankside) during the second week in July. (March 2013)
Three members of the club have recently had successes with their images. Julia Andrew has had her image of the Shard used by by a film company on its web site - see here. Polina Plotnikova ARPS has won the Silver-Gilt medal for the Royal Horticultural Society Shades of Autumn Show for the third year running for her panel "Narcissism at its Best" - see here. Cathy Roberts FRPS EFIAP DPAGB BPE2* image Winter has been Commended in the Landscape Photographer of the Year exhibition which runs from 12th November to 12th January at the National Theatre on the South Bank. (October 2012)
Congratulations to Polina Plotnikova who has recently been awarded an Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society (ARPS) with a beautiful panel of 15 still life images. View panel. Congratulations, Polina.(October 2012)
Congratulations to Fred Barrington who has recently been awarded an Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society (ARPS). As we know, Fred's images are very distinctive and one of the assessors' comments was 'a stunning panel of pictures of nothing'. View panel. Well done, Fred.(July 2012)
Cathy Roberts has now been awarded an EFIAP changing her list of distinctions to FRPS EFIAP DPAGB BPE2*. Congratulations Cathy. The distinction is awarded by the International Federation of Photographic Art and the EFIAP (for Excellence) was awarded after gaining 150 acceptances in at least 30 different FIAP sponsored international salons with at least 50 different photographs. No mean feat! (June 2012)
Congratulations to Cathy Roberts FRPS AFIAP DPAGB BPE2* whose prints of 'Waiting in the Wings' and 'Tree Shadow' were accepted in The RPS' 155th Print Exhibition. The exhibition will be on tour from July 2012. Further details are here. The same two images have also been accepted by the London Salon. They will be on display at the Fairfield Halls in the summer. See the web site for details. (May 2012)
We had a number of successes at the Federation of South London Photographic Societies Finals' Day in April. BPS beat Cheam Camera Club by 70.5 to 65 marks to retain the Holroyd Trophy as winners of the Inter-Club Monochrome Print final. Sadly we were narrowly beaten by Selsdon Camera Club (69.5 to 67) in the Colour Print final.
Cathy Roberts FRPS DPAGB EFIAP BPE2* won the Punch Bowl for best Open Colour Print with 'Dance Duality'. Polina Plotnikova was awarded a Certificate for 'Melancholic Still Life'.
Brian Hunt won the Retina Cup for best Open Monochrome Print with Barb Jungr in Concert. Cathy Roberts was awarded a certificate for 'Waiting in the Wings'.
In the Jack's Jug Competition for Open PDIs Steve Wilbur was awarded a Certificate for 'Fountain Geyser' and Cathy Roberts was awarded one for 'Alienation'.
This is the third year in succession where we have won the Holroyd Trophy and a member has won the Retina Cup, and the second in succession where a member has won the Punch Bowl. Congratulations to everyone who won awards and to all those whose images were seen.
(The images will be on the FSLPS Web Site soon.) (April 2012)
Congratulations to Polina Plotnikova for reaching the finals of the Beauty of Plants category of the International Garden Photographer of the Year 2012 with her image 'Poppy Flower'. In the recently announced Monochrome section Polina was awarded Third Place for her 'Chrysanthemum Explosion' and 'Neighbourhood Watch' was also one of the finalists. (Updated April 2012)
Congratulations to Cathy Roberts FRPS AFIAP DPAGB BPE2* for winning the PAGB Gold Medal for Portraiture for her print 'Pirouette' and to Steve Wilbur and Cathy Roberts for their Highly Commended awards for 'Sunrise over Madison River, Yellowstone' and 'Pale Dancers' respectively. Fourteen other images from ten BPS members will also be displayed. Further details are here. (February 2012)
Congratulations to Cathy Roberts FRPS AFIAP DPAGB BPE2* who has been awarded a Silver Medal for her landscape 'Tree Shadow' in the Slovenian Salon of Digital Photography 'Exposed'. (January 2012)
Sadly, Roy King FRPS died recently after a long illness. He was a member and President of Carshalton Camera Club and the Mirage Group and will be remembered by many BPS members for his visits to judge our competitions and show his distinctive urban observational images. (December 2011)
One of Cathy Roberts FRPS DPAGB BPE2* AFIAP 's dance images was recently awarded a Silver Medal in the Argentina International Virtual Salon 'Mother Earth-Dance' organised by Buenos Aires Photo Club, and others got a FIAP ribbon and two judges' awards. Quite an achievement! Congratulations Cathy. (There does not appear to be an exhibition web site.) (November 2011)
In the Royal Horticultural Society's Photographic Competition 2011 Caroline Fraser ARPS was awarded Highly Commended in the Abstract and Details category and Polina Plotnikova was awarded Third Place in the Plant Portraits category. Congratulations to you both. See here for the images. (November 2011)
Thirty three Kent clubs participated in this inter-club print competition. Congratulations to Nenne van Dijk FRPS DPAGB who gained a merit award for her print 'Forlorn No. 2'. BPS came 4th just two points behind the winners, Tonbridge Camera Club. Marks for our panel's images can be found here. (October 2011)
Congratulations to Polina Plotnikova who was awarded a Silver-Gilt Medal at this year's RHS London Autumn Harvest Show. Images from her panel can be seen here. (October 2011)
The Chislehurst News blog recently featured the project work that Caroline Fraser ARPS did for her PG Cert on 'Capturing Order and Chaos in the Suburbs'. (August 2011)
During the 2010-11 season a number of members obtained distinctions and other awards. Congratulations to Caroline Fraser who gained her ARPS (view panel) and also a PG Cert in Photography at Central St Martins, Robert Smith and Ravi Goel who gained their LRPS and Cathy Roberts who added to her distinctions with AFIAP and BPE2*. (August 2011)
Beckenham Photographic Society had a number of successes at the Federation of South London Photographic Societies Finals' Day in April. BPS beat Selsdon Camera Club by 72.5 to 70 marks to win the Holroyd Trophy in the Inter-Club Monochrome Print final. Sandy White LRPS DPAGB won the Punch Bowl for best Open Colour Print with 'Merlin'. Cathy Roberts FRPS won the Retina Cup for best Monochrome Print in the open category with 'Dancer'. (See images at FSLPS Web Site) (April 2011)
We were saddened to hear of the sudden death of John Mason in April. John was a long-time member of BPS and contributed greatly to the Society. He was Competition Secretary for a number of years and will also be remembered for his unique "freezer" pictures and his local landscape images. (April 2011)
David J. Wood ARPS, DPAGB was awarded a Fenton Medal and Honorary Life Membership for his outstanding contribution to the work of the The Royal Photographic Society. (Sept 2010)
Congratulations to Steve Wilbur who was awarded an MSc (with distinction) in Digital Colour Imaging from the University of the Arts. (May 2010)
Beckenham Photographic Society had a number of successes at the Federation of South London Photographic Societies Finals' Day in April. BPS narrowly beat Bromley Camera Club by 71.5 to 71 marks to win the Holroyd Trophy in the Inter-Club Monochrome Print final. Martin Jordan ARPS Won the Edwin Appleton Rose Bowl for best Certificated Projected Digital image. Cathy Roberts FRPS won the Retina Cup for best Monochrome Print in the open category and Sylvia Wilbur won Jack's Jug for the best Projected Digital Image in the open category. (April 2010)
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