Norwich & District Photographic Society

Our ever popular ‘Photographer of the Year’ (POTY) competition is a multi-round competition that all members are encouraged to enter

This year (2017-2018 season) there are five rounds all on different subjects. Entries for all rounds of POTY;including print rounds must be submitted as Digitally Projected Images (DPIs) s‍‍‍o that a slideshow of all the entries for each round can be produced to assist in the planning of the competition evening and recording the scores of the entries.  Members can submit up to three images for each round and are encouraged to do so as only the two highest scores they are awarded will count towards their cumulative score for POTY.

The following is a summary of the POTY rounds for the forthcoming season:

3rd October 2017 – Round One;Theme ‘Around Town’ (Digital round)

28th November 2017 – Round Two;Theme ‘Rule of Thirds’ (Print round)

23rd January 2018 – Round Three;Theme ‘Shapes and Patterns’ (Digital round)

20th March 2018 – Round Four;Theme ‘Environmental Portraits’ (Print round)

15th May 2018 – Round Five;Theme ‘Selective Focus’ (Digital round)

Full details are contained in the guidelines available in the ‘Rules’ section of the website.  Anyone who has any queries should direct these in the first instance to the Competition Secretary.

PLEASE NOTE:

ALL THOSE ENTERING THE ‘PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR’ COMPETITION MUST HAVE PAID THE FULL NDPS MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTION FOR THE CURRENT SEASON.

THE DEADLINE FOR ALL ENTRIES IS MIDNIGHT ON THE TUESDAY BEFORE THE COMPETITION DATE. IF THERE IS A POTY PRINT ROUND THEN PRINTS MUST BE HANDED IN NO LATER 7:15pm ON THE NIGHT OF THE COMPETITION (PROVIDED A DPI IMAGE HAS BEEN SUBMITTED BY MIDNIGHT ON THE PREVIOUS TUESDAY).

ALL DPIs (INCLUDING DIGITAL COPIES OF PRINTS WHEN APPROPRIATE) MUST BE SUBMITTED VIA THE ONLINE ENTRY PAGE ON THIS WEB SITE. AFTER SUBMITTING YOUR ENTRIES YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL CONFIRMATION THAT YOUR ENTRIES HAVE ARRIVED.

ALL IMAGES SUBMITTED MUST FOLLOW THE CORRECT FILE NAMING CONVENTION – DETAILS OF WHICH CAN BE FOUND ON THE ONLINE ENTRY PAGE ON THIS WEB SITE.

Each of the five rounds of Photographer of the Year is a ‘competition within a competition’ with the winner of the round being the member whose entry is awarded first place by the judge irrespective of the aggregate score of their best two images that count in their overall score in POTY.

Photographer of the Year (POTY)

Summary of POTY Round One‍‍‍

ROUND ONE‍‍‍

AROUND TOWN (DIGITAL ROUND)

Different qualities and characteristics can give special meaning to a location, making it stand out from others. For this round of POTY, images had to capture a strong sense of place—whether that was visual, environmental or cultural distinctions that made it stand out for the photographer.

You don’t have to travel to exotic locations to find photographic inspiration. Your own neighbourhood can be a rich resource for photography.   Therefore, for this Round of POTY, the challenge for members was to show images taken near their home;within Norwich and the surrounding towns and villages that stand out.

The Judge for this round was John Wilcox LRPS, CPAGB from Parson’s Drove in Cambridgeshire.  Commented upon the images John congratulated everyone saying every photograph was of a very high standard.  John also wrote to say “My overall impression of the club was excellent, from the moment I stepped through the door I was made to feel very welcome, great members of all ages and a very strong selection of images from all members from beginners to advanced, if I lived locally it is certainly the club I would like to join.  A great feel to the club with everyone very friendly”.

New member Rob Howarth has made a strong start to this year’s competition with two of his three images deservedly being awarded first and second place in this round of the competition and both receiving full marks (10).  Andrew Wrights’ image of the Royal Arcade was awarded third place (score 9.5).

Commenting upon his selection of the best images in the competition John Wilcox said:

First place – Out of the Cup was a superb image which had not only been processed exceptionally well but also conveyed a great story and emotion with brilliant composition.

Second place – Winter sledging,  another great image which captured the feel of the scene and the atmosphere, exposure spot on in very difficul tconditions with a great view of Norwich in the distance.. A beautiful image which I would be pleased to see anytime .

Third place – Royal Arcade, a very well photographed image with a very different viewpoint using the shop windows to reflect parts of the image, very well thought out with excellent composition.

These three images have all secured an automatic entry in the Digital Image of the Year competition that takes place towards the end of the current season.

In all eight images were held back by John for particular comment before awarding his final score.

Throughout John’s marking was fair and con‍‍‍sistent.  Further, he did not criticise any of the images although he did where he felt that it was applicable provide very clear helpful constructive comments suggesting how he considered images could be improved.

Current standings

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Summary of POTY Round TWO

ROUND ‍‍‍TWO

RULE O‍‍‍F THIRDS (PRINT ROUND)

For this round one of the most well-known rules of composition was put to use. The challenge for members in this round of POTY was to submit their best landscape, travel, sports and wildlife prints that demonstrated their ability to correctly use the ‘Rule of Thirds’ principles when composing a photogra‍‍‍ph.

As this was a themed category manipulation including cropping, control of exposure (including exposure bracketing and the use of filters), contrast, colour balance was allowed ‍‍‍provided all the elements originated from photographic images taken by the member. Further, techniques such as HDR and image stitching was also allowed.

The main source had to be an image that has been composed to capture the ‘Rule of Thirds’. Images that include a major feature, for example, a tree or a similar focal point that had clearly been inserted on one of the co-ordinates was likely to have marks deducted.

The competition was judged by Malcom English ARPS, Chairman of the North Norfolk Photographic Society, who provided positive and encouraging comments on all the images that had been submitted.

He congratulated members on the the very high standard of entries with more than 25% of the images receiving a score of 9 (out of 10) or more.  Seven images were held back with five receiving full marks of 10/10.  Malcolm commented that this was tough on the judge as he had to select first, second, third and fourth place overall from a group of images that would all, in their own right be worthy of first place.

Rob Howarth continued his strong start to this year’s competition with one of his images again being awarded first place in this round of the competition and two of his three submitted images both deservedly receiving full marks (10).

First place – The Tulip Picker – Rob Howarth

Second place – Alt Derg Cottage, Isle of Skye – Maurice Young

Third place – Water vole – William Moore

These three images have all secured an automatic entry in the Print Image of the Year competition that takes place towards the end of the current season.

Here are the images that received a score of 9 or more.

Current standin‍‍‍gs (after two rounds)

The current standings after the f‍‍‍irst two rounds of POTY are shown below.

Please note that after all five rounds have been played out each members’ lowest round is deducted from their total and only the four highest round scores being included to establish their aggregate score for the competition.

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Round One

Round Two

‍‍‍Round Three‍‍‍

Round Four

Round Five

20.0    Rob Howarth

18.0     Claire Bullion

18.0     Andrew Wright

17.5      Sabine Jacques

17.5      Tom Watson

17.5      Maurice Young

‍‍‍17.0     Paul Cowcher

17.0     Paul Davies

16.0     Brian Ebbage‍‍‍

15.5      Hazel Davidson

15.5      David Jennings

15.5      Dennis Gardner

15.5      William Moore

15.0      Michael Bygrave

14.5      Frank Crowden

14.0     Ian McIntosh

13.5      Annette McIntosh

13.5      Keith Garnham

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