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Western Cape Interclub Competition 2017

Last night saw the completion of the Western Cape Interclub Photographic Competition for 2017, at an event held in the CR Swart Auditorium at Sanlam’s head office in Bellville. Helderberg Photographic Society were the hosting club, perhaps for the last time as there are moves underway to move to more collaborative  management of the competition; rather than having a single club responsible each year.

The evening commenced with the exhibition of print entries opening for viewing. These prints had been pre-judged a week prior to the final event. The prints will remain on exhibition in the gallery there until 17 November.

After snacks, drinks and the chance to catch up with old friends from other clubs the audience took up their places in the auditorium and the rest of the evening commenced, under the capable guidance of Bernard Seymour Hall. Thank yous were said and some spot prizes awarded before the three winning audio-visual presentations from the AV Challenge were shown. Then it was on to the live judging of the projected images following an AV previewing a selection of the entries to give the judges an impression of the overall nature of the work they were about to judge. As always this AV was produced by Antenie Carstens but due to the larger number of entries did not include all images. Antenie has also produced a full version that runs for 25 minutes and is available by contacting him.

Our judges were Jean du Plessis, Melanie Cornelius and Hansie Oosthuizen and image display and scoring were facilitated by Bennie Vivier of Tygerberg Photographic Society using the TOP system. This allowed the judges to move through the entries quickly and smoothly. Once the judging was completed there was an intermission during which time the scores were copied from Bennie’s computer into a spreadsheet on mine that calculated the various winners. I had brought along a small printer and we were able to print the winner’s names on the certificates and hand them out during the prize giving immediately before everyone went home for the evening. And now, the information you’ve all been waiting for; the winners.

The winning clubs in the print category were

  1. Helderberg Photographic Society – 278
  2. Tygerberg Photographic Society – 266
  3. Tafelberg Fotografieklub – 265

and in the projected category were

  1. Tygerberg Photographic Society – 282 points
  2. Tafelberg Fotografieklub – 275 points
  3. Helderberg Photographic Society – 274 points

with the overall winning clubs being

  1. Helderberg Photographic Society – 552 points
  2. Tygerberg Photographic Society – 548 points
  3. Tafelberg Fotografieklub – 540 points

Christo Giliomee was the star of the competition, winning the print category with “Goodnight” a striking portrait of a leopard, which was also selected as their favourite print by both Jean du Plessis and Hansie Oosthuizen. This image was also judged best wildlife image, winning Christo a fantastic pair of Bushnell Binoculars from Tothills. This was backed up by a second high scoring image, giving Christo the highest accumulated score with 53 points, and winning him an R8,000 Manfrotto tripod from Orms.

Goodnight

Goodnight by Christo Giliomee

Johan Beyers was the winner of the projected category with his fantastic image “Power Falls” that I’m guessing may have been taken in Iceland. We may try to tell ourselves that it is Johan’s ability to travel to exotic locations that frequently sees him among Interclub winners but of course subject is just a small part of the making of an amazing photograph like this.

Power falls

Power Falls by Johan Beyers

Both Johan and our own Danie Coetzee were close runners up for overall top scoring photographer, each scoring a total of 51 points. Each of Danie’s entries was selected as a judge’s favourite, “Everything has an end” being Melanie Cornelius’ favourite print and “Fantasy” being Jean du Plessis’ favourite projected image.

everything

Everything has an end by Danie Coetzee

Fantasy

Fantasy by Danie Coetzee

The other projected images selected as favourites were Magda Frylinck’s “Running in Radiant Rays” selected by Melanie Cornelius and Niël Goslett’s “Family portrait” selected by Hansie Oosthuizen, which also came in third in the projected category.

rays

Running in Radiant Rays by Magda Frylinck

family

Family portrait by Niël Goslett

The full scores and results can be viewed online at Interclub 2017 Final Results and from there downloaded in your preferred format.

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Visiting photographer for 11 October meeting

On Wednesday 11 October we have a review meeting and our visiting reviewer will be fine art photographer Margherita Introna. You may wish to visit her site before the meeting to see the kind of work she does.

Competition Scores

report-icon-13341A new page has been added to the top menu under the heading Scores, that provides links to reports of all competition scores, starting from January 2017. Each report is a PDF document that can be viewed in your browser or downloaded and has four pages showing;

  1. Projected scores – set subject
  2. Projected scores – open
  3. Print scores – set subject
  4. Print scores – open

Change in image submission guidelines

Anonymous_light_bulbIn accordance with the image sizing rules for the 2014 Western Cape Inter-Club Competition we are amending the sizing guidelines for submission of digital images for club competition and evaluation evenings.

You were previously allowed to submit images with a maximum width of 1400 pixels, a maximum height of 1050 pixels and a maximum file size of 500KB. These have now been increased to the following.

Maximum image width: 1920 pixels
Maximum image height: 1080 pixels
Maximum image file size: 1MB (one megabyte)

The How to enter digital images and How to resize digital images pages have been updated to reflect this.

Some members seem to have trouble getting their image sizing to work correctly, submitting images that have had the maximum allowed width applied as the height of the image or vice versa. If you have trouble remembering which dimensions apply to horizontal, vertical or square images; don’t bother. All you need to remember is that no image may be wider than 1920 pixels or taller than 1080 pixels. If one of your dimensions is bigger, just set it to the maximum allowed for that dimension and let your software reduce the other dimension automatically.

Florian does it again

A few months ago we announced that our member Florian Breuer’s fantastic night-time panorama was one of the twelve finalists in a competition. Although the image went on to be one of the top three, it sadly didn’t win. We learned today though that the image has been shortlisted in the Open Competition Panoramic section at the Sony World Photography Awards.

Congratulations to Florian for this achievement and we hope that his image will go on to achieve further honours in this international competition.

UPDATE: Mashable has posted 43 Breathtaking Photos You’ll Never Forget from the shortlisted images and Florian’s image is one of them.

November Competition Winners

Here are the winning photographs from our November competition for which the set subject was Graveyards.

Set Subject – Projected

  1. On the Other Side
    Ronelle van Loggerenberg
  2. Mourning Sun
    Rachell Gemmell
  3. So Many Deaths
    Ronelle van Loggerenberg

Open – Projected

  1. Dunes at First Light
    Rosie Burton
  2. Beauty in Devastation
    Laurette van der Merwe
  3. Golden Fields
    Roger Lee

Set Subject – Prints

  1. Babes in Heaven
    Nettie Warncke
  2. Graveyard Storm
    Roger Lee
  3. Crosswind
    Rachel Gemmell

Open – Prints

  1. Jagged Sunset
    Roger Lee
  2. Rust in Chinese
    Antenie Carstens
  3. Light and Shade
    Nettie Warncke

The full list of projected image scores can be found in this PDF document.

The Image Says it All

Fellow member Florian Breuer writes,

Hi All,

this is the first time I’ve ever been part of an exhibition: at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, Cape Town. The opening is next week Thursday. Unfortunately my name has been misspelled on the invite, but they promise to get it right everywhere else 🙂

You’re welcome to come and have a look.

Best regards,
Florian

Click the invitation image below to view at full size.

TheImageSaysItAll