29th Rushden Open Photographic Exhibition 2011

For some strange reason the Rushden organizers posted the statistics for their 29th Open Exhibition on their web site ahead of sending out individual results. Maybe this was there way of warning photographers to expect a poor set of results, who knows?

The statistics didn’t make very good reading. Out of a total of 3613 entries, only 518 made it into the final exhibition, just 14.3%, which for a digital only exhibition is a bit on the mean side, but that’s just my opinion!

Judges for this exhibition were:
General & Creative
Les Nixon DPAGB
Malcolm Ranieri FRPS MPAGB
David Steel

Nature & Monochrome
Barbara Lawson FRPS DPAGB
Tony Wharton FRPS AFIAP

My entry consisted of 4 colour images (general section) and 4 monochrome. The score given by the judges are in brackets.

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Living in the Past (10)
Muddy Hell! (11) accepted
Muddy Water Blues (11) accepted
There’s No Going Back (11) accepted

A Time Gone By (12) accepted
Contemplation (10)
Foot Loose (9)
Monty (9)

The exhibition is being held in the village hall at Irchester, Wellingborough on Sat, 7th May, 2011 at 6pm and can be seen at the following venues through out May, June and September.

Peterborough PS – 3rd May
Desborough & Rothwell PS – 13th May
New City PS – 26th May
Kettering & Dist. PS – 20th June
Burton Latimer & Dist. PS – 14th Sept, 2011


VECC National Internet Exhibition, 2011

Photo2011 – www.photo2011.net is the 13th National Open Exhibition hosted by the Vale of Evesham camera club.

Each year the exhibition grows, this year it attracted over 3,370 digital entries.

The Judges; Sandy Leland FRPS, Peter Gennard MFIAP EFIAP/p, Graham Hodgkiss MPAGB and Colin Smith FRPS were supported by the VECC team to create another spectacular on-line digital exhibition featuring no fewer than 670 breathtaking images.

My acceptances for this year were:

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There’s No Going Back .. PAGB Ribbon
Muddy Water Blues
Foot Loose.

This now brings my total BPE acceptances too: 245.

Images © John Powell, 2011 All Rights Reserved.

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.

My Successful DPAGB Portfolio

Since gaining membership for DAPA Group to join the Midland Counties Photographic Federation (MCPF) in 2007 it has been my ambition to apply for my Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) Distinction. To qualify, I had to support the MCPF annual exhibition (MidPhot) for 3 years.

The PAGB hold two adjudication per year, April and again in November. However, due to the increase in applications a further, one off date was agreed for December, 2010, in Carlisle (Scotland), this was to be my chance.

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To gain the distinction I had to submit 15 images, I chose to use prints, each print is scored between a 2-5 by six judges, selected from the PAGB judging list. A total score of 300 points or more will gain you the distinction.

My 15 prints scored a total of 338 points and gained me the distinction.

Tough Guy – Nettle Warrior, Perton, Wolverhampton

Having covered the Tough Guy competition back in January, as a photographer and not runner, I couldn’t wait to go back and have another crack at it. I managed to achieve two award winning images from my first visit, not sure if I could top that again this time, but I was more than willing to give it ago! The day started off with a drizzle of light rain, just enough to wet the course, but no where near enough to dampen our spirits!


For those of you who haven’t heard of the Tough Guy Challenge, I’d best explain.

The phenomena, which is Tough Guy has now evolved into cult status with mythical legends to a world wide audience. Competitors from every continent come with the intent of finishing the course, some do, but many leave a shivering wreck!


Tough Guy is open to individuals and teams, set in over 150 acres of fertile land at Perton, Wolverhampton. The challenge is the safest, yet most dangerous and physically enduring event in the world. Tough Guy is mentally demanding, fear inducing and visual spectacular.


After the entrants have signed their Death Warrant! The race starts promptly at 11am, but it’s usually around 12noon before they  make it to the Firey Holes. This is a part of the course where the runners have to wade, repeatedly, through waist high water, reported to contain donkey sewage! And then run the gauntlet of flaming hay bails.

True Brit

For the photographer, this has to be the best part of the course, but get there early and pick off small groups of runners. Leave it too long and you’ll miss out.

After the flames have died down and last of the runners have gone through it’s off to Stalag Escape. This part of the course is based on the infamous Stalag 17 Prisoner of War Camp, which consists of a twisted, tangled web of barbed wire strewn across runner’s path. The only way to pass is to lay face down in the mud and belly crawl the 40ft under it to (comparative) safety at the other side.


By 2pm some of the tough guys (and gals) are passing the finish line! Me! I’m totally knackered just taking pictures, let alone running the course. Nonetheless. like most of these competitors, I too, will be back next year!


The next Tough Guy Challenge is scheduled to take place on Sunday 31st January, 2010. Don’t miss it! Full details are available from the Tough Guy web site: http://www.toughguy.co.uk


I hope you enjoy the pictures; I’ve posted a few more on my Flickr Account should you wish to see some more.

Puzzled! (updated 30th June, 2009)

For several months now, I’ve been some what puzzled by the interest show on one of my infrared images on Flickr. The image in question was taken back in May ‘08, purely as a test shot, due to me having purchased a stronger (750nm) IR filter for my Canon G9.


This image has now (June ’09), clocked up almost 5500 views, why? By my own admission I’d have to say its not particularly good image, I have much better, on my photostream, so why all the interest in this one?

Day after day, week after week, the views have stacked up, it’s weird! I just had to investigate the matter further.

Well! Once I set my mind to it, it didn’t take me long to find out where all the hits were coming from. I could see straight away that only 50% of all my hits were coming directly from Flickr, 25% from Google image searches and the remaining 25% from e-bay!  . . . EBAY?

I’m thinking, OK, I sell the odd item here and there, but nothing that warrants so much traffic.

It turns out that the fellow in China, who I purchased my 750mn IR filter from is linking his infra red filter adverts directly to my IR Test Shot – Cheeky Bugger!

I’ve just finished mocking up a special, single web-page: http://tinyurl.com/infrared-fotobestbuy so that we can both benefit from it. Him with even more filter sales, me with more hits and perhaps a few Digital Infrared Photography book sales too.

I’ll let you know how it developes. . .lol

P.S. Thank’s to all who voted for my Staffordshire Way (revisited) in the DAPA GroupPerfect Images Competition


It Won!


E-mail from Thomas (fotobestbuys):

Thank you so much for creating the web page for our Suntec IR-750 filters. It will be very useful for those potential clients needing a review. I have added your link in the all related items. As a matter of fact, we are planning to launch a compact camera IR conversion service in the next 2 months. I will let you have more details nearer the time. Here are a few sample images that have been taken with a modified Fuji F30

Thank you for your efforts.
Best Regards,


Finally, after being accepted in 9 BPE exhibitions and 5 International Salons, Savage Landscape gained its first award in the Glasgow District Photographic Union (GDPU) exhibition.


Savage Landscape, John Powell BPE3*

Although it’s been an immensely popular image on the exhibition circuit it has always fallen short of gaining an award. Although it’s a pretty gruesome shot, I regard this as one of my favourite images. To appreciate it at its best you really have to see the print.

The only other acceptance I gained in the GDPU was Urban Existence, which incidentally picked up a Certificate of Merit from the Southport Open exhibition earlier in the year.


Insert Urban Existence, John Powell BPE3*

Whilst having these two images accepted I still couldn’t help but feel a little frustrated knowing that several other award winning images of mine didn’t even make it into the exhibition.

Notably: The Passage of Time, Another Place & Fire Starter


Yet again this just goes to show how subjective exhibition photography is, some you win, some you lose, it’s not the end of the world! I hope the GDPU exhibition is a great success; sorry I can’t make the awards presentation, maybe another year?