Pauline Pearce - Photography Rep After joining Dartford flower club I was delighted to discover that NAFAS also included photography competitions in their activities and that I could therefore combine two of my interests. I entered the national competition and was even more delighted to win! Details of the next Area photography competition are below. Do get snapping and send your photographs to me. Contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org
A message from The National Photography Committee
"Photography is an integral part of flower arranging, although it may not readily be obvious. However, just take a moment to think and you will soon realise that every time you undertake a design, be it in a competition, in the local church, for a wedding or other celebration, when you have completed it, the first thing invariably one reaches for is the camera to make a record of it. When we open a floral magazine or book or a flower arranging manual, the main content other than the text, are photographs. The only way to maintain an historical record of past floral events is by photographing them and keeping them on a disc or in an album. So you see, photography is an important part of our organisation.
Changes in photography have been greater in the last five years than in the previous twenty five, with the advent of digital cameras and camera phones. This means more people are taking photographs than ever before, so why not learn more about your camera and photography and get out there and enjoy the art. Have a word with your Area Photography Representative who will be only too pleased to help you in your endeavours.
Don’t forget, have a go at entering your Area Photography Competitions and indeed the National Competition. Please don’t worry that your photographs are not good enough, enter anyway, let the judges decide, you may be pleasantly surprised and find your photograph a prize winner."
We are all missing our flowery friends during this awful coronavirus pandemic but it seems to have given members time for other things including photography. As a result, a fantastic 147 photographs from 13 competitors were entered into this year’s competition, compared to 77 photographs in 2019. This includes entries from 6 novices – so well done for having a go! The very talented Janet Susan Kent A.R.P.S. (Associate of the Royal Photographic Society) and member of Bexley Photographic Society, has kindly been our judge for the third year in a row.
The winner of the Carolyn Raisbeck Trophy has been awarded to Sue Shaw who won 1st prize in 3 classes; “Rhythm”, “Urban Beauty” and “Little Things Mean a Lot” … well done Sue!
The winning entries for each class are below and the full result sheet can be downloaded below. To see all of the entries in each class visit the gallery on this website
Class 1 Kent - The Garden of England - 1st Place Valerie Pressley Hartfield & Southfleet
Class 2 Rhythm - 1st Place Sue Shaw Maidstone & Vanguard
Class 3 Urban Beauty - 1st Place Sue Shaw Maidstone & Vanguard
Class 4 - Little Things Mean a Lot - 1st Place Sue Shaw Maidstone & Vanguard
We are delighted to report that Pauline Pearce achieved a Highly Commended in the "Radiant Waters" class and Sue Shaw achieved a Commended in the "Glistening Frost" class of the National Photographic Competition. There were 147 entries in Radiant Waters and 100 entries in Glistening Frost so they both did extremely well.
Pauline's incredibly atmospheric photograph
Sue's detailed photograph "Glistening Frost".
Such skill to capture the detail on the web
Area Photography Competition 2019
Firstly, thank you all for entering and making this year’s competition a big success … the judge Janet Kent said that the entries were all of a high standard!
This was the first year in which all entries were via email mimicking the national competition’s model. The judge reported that this made judging easier and fairer. All photos were given to the judge on a pen drive in class folders and the photographs were numbered which meant that the judge cannot see names or be influenced by the quality of the mounts.
Hopefully many of you managed to visit the stand at the Area Show where the photographs were displayed or enjoyed seeing the video at Members Day. The full results are in the below document but a big congratulations to Valerie Pressley who won the Carolyn Raisbeck Trophy this year after being awarded both the “Edible Treats” and “Upclose” classes.
Also congratulations and well done to the following members who were awarded first prize in the following classes:- 1 : Reflections Susan Shaw Maidstone Flower Club 2 : Sunshine after the rain Annette Lewis Rochester Flower Club 3 : Edible Treats Valerie Pressley Hartley 4 : Colour Burst Mary Biggs Meopham Afternoon 5 : Upclose Valerie Pressley Hartley 6 : Reflections (Novice) Jean Schofield Wateringbury Flower Club The trophy and certificates for 1st places were awarded at the the Area Show