RCPS Press Report 18th February 2016

Ripon City Photographic Society

The Sport and Photojournalism competition was the focus of attention at a recent meeting. The judge said that this type of competition was hard to judge, particularly because images to be considered good enough for photojournalism had to be good enough to get in the press and to do this, they needed to tell the reader/viewer an immediate story. It also became clear from the judge’s comments that for sporting pictures to succeed they had to show high levels of movement or action. In the Print section the Yellow Jersey went to Tim Nichols for his picture of a cyclist with a broken, twisted wheel on his machine being looked upon by a disgruntled female, presumably an unimpressed partner, given that the title was ‘You only bought that last week!’ (Hope it was not autobiographical in any way, Tim!). In second place was John Elvin with ‘Last furrow of the day,’ a rustic image of Shire horses ploughing. Carol Morrison came third with ‘The only Place to Land,’ featuring the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. The judge did not award any Highly Commended places, choosing to award just one Commended for ‘Not Stranded’, a picture also by Carol Morrison of a seal relaxing on a cobbled slipway. In the Digital section the sprint for the line was won by David Morland’s image of ‘Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud,’ a splendid study of a runner which impressed the judge so much that it also gained David the RCPS, metaphorically speaking, equivalent of a Gold Medal for being first overall on the night. Second place on the DPI podium went to Stuart Ward for his evocative image of ‘Fallen Comrades,’ with David Morland also taking third spot with ‘High Flyer.’ The judge was more generous with the DPI entrants awarding, Highly Commended citations to Stuart Holmes for ‘Do nothing in haste but take careful steps,’ Stuart Ward for ‘Fight for the Lead,’ and David Morland for ‘Sprint for the Line.’ Commended were Geoff Blackman (twice) for ‘Come on you can do it’’ and ‘It’s a doddle,’ Helen Tabor (twice) for ‘Nice Idea,’ and ‘Eric and the Red,’ Angie Willis (twice) for ‘Restricted Access,’ and ‘Don’t overwater the allotments,’ and Carol Morrison for ‘Emergency.’

Next up is the Image Interpretation Challenge. Members have been sent five images with the challenge to produce up to three images using any of the five supplied. Images can be manipulated however a member wishes, for example, parts of one image maybe used in another, (composite image) – or images can simply be altered using filters, the only stipulation being that it is not permitted to use any images, or part images, other than those supplied for the challenge. All images need to be presented as DPIs (digital projected images).

We are now on for the final push to attract a sell out audience for the visit of internationally acclaimed cameraman Michael Pitts. There will be a bit of blue for the dads – (only the colour of the sea folks, don’t get worried!), lots of pictures of sea life and much, much more. ‘In at the Deep End; Capturing Drama and Detail Underwater’ is the title of Michael’s input. If you are a fan of David Attenborough’s programmes, especially the The Private Life of Plants and The Blue Planet, then this is an event not to be missed because Michael won Emmys for his work on these two programmes alone, plus another six or so medals at ceremonies around the world for other aspects of his work. It is on Saturday, February 27th at 2pm at Ripon Grammar School, a fully accessible venue with parking. Tickets are priced at £10 for adults and £7 for 16’s and Under and are available now from Alan’s Gallery, 19 Kirkgate, G Craggs, 3 Moss’s Arcade and David Harrison Picture Framing, 35 Bondgate, all in Ripon or from RCPS at The Arches, Holy Trinity Church only during our meeting night from 7pm onwards on Mondays, not otherwise. Tickets by post can be obtained with an SAE and a cheque payable to RCPS and sent to c/o14 Mallorie Close, Ripon, HG4 2QE. There may be unsold tickets available on the door, however, past experience has shown that some patrons have been disappointed, so much better to be safe than sorry and get yours now!

Looking further ahead, on 29th February, apart from Stephanie Cook visiting to judge the Portrait competition, this is also the closing date for entries for the President’s Cup. This time members have to select three images as a single entry. The author should select subjects that form a cohesive group or panel. The connection between the images may be through colour, subject, place, shape, function etc. the overall presentation of the panel will be considered when judged. To assist the display images will need to be labeled 1,2,3 in the order they will be shown.