Southport 64th Open Exhibition, 2012

Having successfully gained my fifth British Photographic Exhibitions Crown Award (BPE5*) in October, 2011 I am now pursuing their Associates distinction (ABPE), which requires a further 100 acceptances, plus 20 awards. An awards could be anything from a Commended image up to and including a PAGB Gold Medal.

Having gained 10 acceptances and a Honour Certificate from the Guernsey Salon, 4 acceptances from the Bromsgrove National and 2 acceptances from the Bebington Salon of Photography my ABPE score sheet read 16 acceptances with 1 award.

The Southport Photographic Society Open National Exhibition, their 64th, was judged by Keith Suddaby, Peter Rees and Barbie Lindsay.

From the 8 images I submitted the following 4 images were accepted:

Anne; A Brief Encounter .. Awarded Peter Rees Medal

Dogs of War

Muddy Hell

Mr. Tough Guy

This takes my acceptance score for ABPE to 20, with 2 awards.

The digital exhibition is being held at Christ Church and the accepted prints are show in the Wayfarers Arcade, Southport on Saturday 10th March, 2012.


The London Salon of Photography – Update!

The London Salon of Photography 100th Annual Exhibition, 2011.

The London Salon was founded in 1910, but before that it existed as the Brotherhood of the Linked Ring, a photographic society that was established in 1892. The original Linked Ring members were a breakaway organization from the (Royal) Photographic Society, who at that time placed more emphasis on the science of photography than photography as a form of art.

Days of Despair © 2010  John Powell EFIAP DPAGB BPE4*

Today, like back then, the aim of the London Salon is to exhibit only that class of photographic work in which there is distinct evidence of artistic feeling and execution.

Membership to the London Salon is still by invitation only. However, their annual exhibition is open to all photographers. You can also lend your support in the form of an annual subscription (friend of the London Salon). Friends receive a personal invitation to a private viewing of the exhibition along with a free colour illustrated exhibition catalogue.

Waiting in Vain © 2011  John Powell EFIAP DPAGB BPE4*

I received confirmation today that 2 of my prints have been accepted, these are: Days of Despair and Waiting in Vain.

The exhibition will be showing at two venues. The first at The Mark Mason Hall, 86 St James’s Street London SW1A 1PL on Saturday July 30th (doors open at 2pm). The second venue is a the Old School House, Churchbridge, Oldbury, West Midlands on Saturday August 20th (doors open at 1pm). All accepted images will be on display on the Salon website shortly.

Useful links relating to this post: The London Salon | Brotherhood of the Linked Ring | Photo-Secession | Royal Photographic Society

Images © John Powell, 2011 All Rights Reserved.

From A to E . . the complete portfolio

Since the beginning of 2008, having rekindled my passion for competitive photography, my ambition was to reach the standard required to gain an EFIAP distinction.

For those of you who are reading this an EFIAP is the second distinction awarded by the International Federation for Photographic Art for “Excellence”, their first distinction being an A (Artist), which I gained in March, 2010.

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The minimum requirements for EFIAP, set by FIAP , is as follows:
The candidate must have held a AFIAP distinction for a minimum of 12 months and to have gained a minimum of 150 acceptances in at least 30 FIAP approved exhibitions, using no fewer than 50 different images, in 15 or more countries.

FIAP also require a portfolio of prints, minimum of 5, maximum 10, for their archive in Belgium.

My EFIAP distinction was granted on 14th March, 2011, having gained a total of 206 acceptances, using 53 different images, in 57 salons across 19 different countries. I also gained a total of 22 International awards, including 2 FIAP Gold Medals in Scotland and Argentina.

Applications for any FIAP distinction must be made through your countries FIAP Liaison Officer.

Useful Links: FIAP | PAGB | PSA |

3rd Great British International Small Print Circuit, 2011

The 3rd GBISPC is an International Photographic Exhibition for un-mounted prints up to a maximum size of A4.

The competition comprises of four exhibitions, known as a circuit, these being; Arddangosfa International (Wales), Carlisle International (Scotland), Hoylake and West Cumbria Internationals (Great Britain).

Muddy Hell

Photographers, both amateur and professional, from all around the world are invited to submit their work.
No fewer than 36 judges took on the task of selecting the best prints from each section.

Two’s Company

Having competed the criteria required for EFIAP this exhibition started my journey towards EFIAP Bronze (75 further acceptances from 25 new works with 3 awards gained from 3 different countries).

Remember Them

I entered just 2 sections, Open Colour and Monochrome and gained the following 15 acceptances:
Arddangosfa International (Wales)
Colour Prints: Muddy Hell & Remember Them
Mono Prints: Wychbury Heights

Foot Loose

Carlisle International (Scotland)
Colour Prints: Muddy Hell
Mono Prints: The Lightening Tree & Wychbury Heights

The Lightening Tree

Hoylake International (GB)
Colour Prints: Muddy Hell & Two’s Company
Mono Prints: Foot Loose, The Lightening Tree & Wychbury Heights

Wychbury Heights

West Cumbria International (GB)
Colour Prints: Muddy Hell & Two’s Company
Mono Prints: The Lightening Tree & Wychbury Heights

Images © John Powell, 2011 All Rights Reserved.

Argentinian Gold in Black & White

Finally! After waiting almost six months my FIAP GOLD Medal was delivered safe and sound today.

The medal was awarded for Best Monochrome Image ; Under the Wire, in the 2nd Fotogrupo 30/40 International Salon of Virtual Imagining, 2010 held in Argentina

Best Monochrome - 2nd Fotogrupo 30/40 Salon - Argentina, 2010

Gaining any kind of International award is truly an honour, but FIAP Gold medals are that little bit special.

I’ve been extremely fortunate as this is the 2nd FIAP Gold medal I’ve received, my 1st was in the 2nd Great British Small Print Circuit, 2010. Again, with a monochrome image; Days of Despair.

Best Monochrome - 2nd Great British Small Print Circuit, 2010

Images © John Powell, 2011 All Rights Reserved.

35th Smethwick International, 2009

This was my 4th entry into the Smethwick International. I did my first way back in 1990, having gained just 2 acceptances, Impressions of Autumn and All Lined Up. I look back on those images now with horror, but even 2 acceptance back then was an achievement. Ask any exhibiting photographer in the UK what’s the best UK International and the answer would be Smethwick. My only regret was not to continue with my photography during the 1990’s. It wasn’t until 2007 that I started exhibiting my work again, a break of almost 17 years!

Impressions of Autumn © 1991 John Powell

In 2007, I gained 5 acceptance, 3 monochrome prints and 2 projected images. In 2008, 6 acceptances, 2 mono prints, 2 colour prints and 2 projected images. I narrowly missed out on a HM when, Living in the Past, which scored a 14 with the judges.

Living in the Past © 2008 John Powell

Smethwick Photographic Society staged their 35th International exhibition in January, attracting over 8000 entries worldwide. After 3 days of intensive judging those 8000 entries are whittled down to just 2000. I was fortunate enough to have gained a total of 9 acceptances, including a Royal Photographic Society Gold Medal for We Can Make It, which was also featured within the catalogue.

We Can Make It © 2009 John Powell

“A” is for AFIAP!

At the beginning of March, 2009 FIAP decided to change the minima required for their AFIAP distinction. No longer do you have to exhibit in FIAP patronage exhibitions over 5 years and collect points from your acceptances, in theory you can now do it in just 12 short months!

The new minima for an AFIAP is: 30 acceptances in FIAP approved exhibitions, using a minimum of 10 different works from 10 different salons in 5 different countries. The PAGB have added the requirement that you gain 1 award.

My initial reaction was one of disbelief!

Under the previous system, the one which I was about to claim under, you were awarded 1 point for a projected image and 2 points for a print. You needed a minimum of 75 points, 15 of those points most come from overseas salons and you needed not 1, but 2 awards.

For me, obtaining your AFIAP was something to be proud of, not something that you could “Knock Off” in 12 months. I was gutted!!

I started entering FIAP approved exhibitions way back in 1990, as a member of Wallheath Camera Club, but gave up photography in 1992, see Introduction Page. It wasn’t until 2007, that I started entering exhibitions again, this time as member of DAPA Group.

My early success had been with just 5 transparencies (Slides), from which I gained 13 acceptances, spread over 4 different countries.

Call it beginners luck, but I gained my very first award, a Highly Commend in the 1990 Midland Salon of Photography with a transparency entitled, Impressions of Spring.

Impression of Summer

Not only was this my first award winning image, but my very first exhibition acceptance! It would be another 19 years before I gained me next FIAP award!

Part of the requirement, when applying for your AFIAP, is to provide a portfolio of 5, or more, A3 prints, transparencies are no longer accepted by FIAP as part of your portfolio. My plan is to send eight (8) prints, four (4) colour and four (4) monochrome. You also have to donate three (3) or more prints to the PAGB for possible use in future FIAP biennial events.

In addition to your portfolio you have to list all your accepted images and provide printed evidence of them in the form of contact sheets. Listing my acceptances was never going to be a problem as I’ve always maintained a detailed record of images I’ve used and where they’ve been accepted. The problem I faced was finding my 20 years old slides?

Dossier for AFIAP Distinction

30 Acceptances, 14 Images, 13 FIAP Salons – 6 Different Counties

After a few days of searching I finally managed to clear a path to my five (5) missing slides. I found them tucked away in a dark corner of the loft, hidden in a shoe-box, but luckily for me, still in their glass mounts. Now all I had to do was scan them! Which is easier said than done when you don’t own a film scanner!! Fortunately I knew a man who did!  . . .  Thanks Phil.

Setting up the Nikon Coolscan IV ED, (on loan from Phil) went without a hitch; my main concern was in having to produce a decent size print of, “Impression of Spring”, It’s not what I would normally print these days, but as it’s the only award winner in my claim so I’m pretty much expected to send it.

The Coolscan IV ED is a cracking bit of kit, making light work of the 5 slides. Each image was scanned at full resolution, 4203px X 2870px @ 2900dpi, this took approximately 40 seconds per scan to complete.

At Home in the Sun

At Home in the Sun, Scanned using the Nikon Coolscan IV ED, shot with a Nikon FE © 1987

As far, so good – I’ve completed all the pages in the dossier, including contact sheets, A3 prints and having my picture taken for my FIAP Photographers Card. At one time, pre 2004, a photographers card was optional, but not any longer! The total cost of applying for your AFIAP, is going to be around £120, this will depending on the value of the pound in December, when you have to send your application off.

Fingers crossed, I should receive  my distinction around March, 2010. Hopefully by that time I will have fulfilled the criteria for my EFIAP, but more about that nearer the time.

Thanks for stopping by, catch up with again soon.