The Societies Print Competition November 2016 Results
I don’t know what’s happened to this year. Where does the time go? Most of my friends and colleagues have felt the same way about 2016 – it seems to have evaporated into nowhere. So much so that something I used to do regularly has gone by the wayside this year. As many of you know The Societies Print Competition is a massive affair spanning 11 monthly rounds and covering every discipline from studio portraiture, to weddings, through to landscape and journalism (and many other genres). There are thousands of entries from professional photographers around the globe and an award is considered an accolade. Work pressures this year have prevented me from even thinking about entering. That is, until I realised November was the last round and my final chance to gain an award in 2016.
I’m certainly thankful that I always carry a small camera wherever I go. I know I go on about this, but if you don’t have a camera with you then how can you make the most of the opportunities you might happen upon? My country and coastal walks are a rich source of imagery and inspiration. And please get over the misconception that you need a big expensive camera to take award-winning photographs. Many of my award winners over the years have been taken with a small compact camera or a small Micro 4/3 camera – I hardly know I’m carrying this kind of thing and there’s plenty of room in a good-sized handbag. Reasonably fast performance, good autofocus, and a decent lens are the most important considerations – even today’s smaller sensors offer excellent IQ and dynamic range. I have a colleague who has won major awards for photographs taken with his iPhone. So long as the conditions under which the photographs are taken don’t demand performance beyond that of the equipment in hand, there’s no reason why you can’t use simple kit. For many if not most areas of photography it’s your technical understanding and compositional skills which are paramount, rather than the equipment. Never let insecurities about your camera hold you back.
I’m absolutely delighted to report a Highly Commended (which replaced the Silver Medal designation) in the Monochrome category and a Gold Medal in the landscape category. In fact the landscape image was originally awarded an HC but was today upgraded to Gold status. Because there is often only one or two points separating the two designations, HC images are reassessed at the end of the year by an independent panel of judges. Gold-medal images go forward to the final judging for Photographer of the Year. There were 1,148 entries into November’s round, with only 25 Gold Medals being awarded.