R U JOKING, GRANDAD BLOG 5th October 2017


And the winner is…

I set out many markers for my grandchildren for them to get the best from life. One of those markers is passion. Surround yourself with things you are passionate about.

One of my many passions is photography. My photography has been curtailed. I am noted for taking too many. But Grandson Rory hopefully is following in my footsteps.

His fairy godmother bought him a brilliant VTech KidiZoom Duo Camera for his birthday. His Mum put a message on Whatsapp on Sunday night (he received it Sunday lunchtime) to say “Rory has taken 583 photos”. Good on you, Rory, keep Grandad’s traditions going.

The gift of the camera is very timely as it appears to be the season of the photographic awards.

But photographic competition winners and photographic awards are so hugely subjective.

The Royal Photographic Society has named four award winners in the 160th edition of the International Photography Exhibition (IPE160), the world’s longest running photographic exhibition, and I just don’t underatand the winner.

See all winners: on RPS site click on blue name of photographer to see their portfolio of entries

Glasgow-based photographer Margaret Mitchell has won the gold award (£1,500) for her series of images entitled In This Place. Taken from a portrait project focusing on Mitchell’s family, the images trace the lives of her sister’s children growing up in central Scotland, dealing with issues of family, loss and survival.

I don’t understand why this set of photos won. (That’s why I’ve nebner been capable of winning a photo competition.

I understand all that the photos say, I have thousands of photographs that tell such a story about Nottingham especially in my early years. And that is why I do not see her set of photos as anything outstanding or special.

On the other hand I do love:

Tadas Kazakevicius: Countryside children with their beloved dog

Silver medal – RJ Kern: Anna and Helen

Bronze medal – Wes Bell: Snag 11th Avenue NE Medicine Hat AB Canada

Matthew Hamon: Jessica Matthew Hamon

Harry Borden: Peter Capaldi

There was a trend in photography for the main subject NOT to be central and symmetrical. Looking at these photographs that trend has changed.

The RPS International Photography Exhibition (formerly International Print Exhibition) has been held since 1854 and has included work from some of the world’s most eminent photographers. Now in its 160th year, it is the longest running exhibition of its kind in the world.

All the photographs selected for the exhibition will be shown at the opening exhibition as part of PHOTOBLOCK, at the Old Truman Brewery, on Brick Lane, from 13–16 October 2017. The exhibition will travel to other venues in the UK. Further details can be found here. The four IPE160 award winners will also exhibit their work at an exhibition at theprintspace gallery in 2018.

Countryfile have also announced their photo competition winners for the 2018 calendar. I will talk about that in another day’s post.

A report about the exhibition & more photographs


“Go where you are celebrated – not tolerated. If they can’t see the real value of you, it’s time for a new start.” – Unknown

Happiness is…understanding why a photograph won a competition


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