Guildford House Gallery is a 17th century Grade 1 Listed town house in Guildford High Street. It has been home of the SPA Biennial Exhibition for as long as I can remember and every 2 years, Photocraft members looked forward to competing for space on its walls against around 28 other member clubs. Some of us submitted our photos for selection for the scheduled 2020 exhibition but of course, Covid put paid to all that. It was postponed until 2021 but the pandemic still had us in its grip so it was put back again.
Then we learnt that there were plans to refurbish the gallery that would make it unsuitable for the exhibition in 2022 and the SPA decided to cancel it altogether. A great disappointment for those of us who enjoyed seeing our work displayed in this charming old building with its wonky floors and creaking staircase. However, the judging and selection went ahead anyway and a catalogue of the results including copies of the award winning pictures can be found here https://surreypa.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/SPA-2020-Biennial-Exhibition-Catalogue-2.pdf . Those receiving awards have been given a disc version of all the accepted entries and it was this that we took a look at this week.
Brian was Master of Ceremonies and did a grand job in guiding us through some of the pictures, encouraging members in the hall and online to comment on the images and adding interesting observations of his own. It gave us all an opportunity to see work from other clubs around Surrey and West Sussex and a feeling for what trends and expectations are current in camera club photography. There were around 470 images accepted for the exhibition so it was impossible to look at them all in a club evening but if you wanted to look at them at your leisure, links to slide shows are available for each category on the SPA Home page Home – Surrey Photographic Association (surreypa.org.uk).
In all, Photocraft had 20 pictures accepted including three Highly Commended (Gold Ribbon and Certificate Awards) and one Judge’s Selection Award (Bronze Medal). So we didn’t do bad considering a total of 1,224 prints and 633 PDIs had been submitted from around 150 individual members.
There were five categories to enter, three in prints (Colour, Monochrome and Nature) and two in PDIs (Open and Nature).
Congratulations to the Photocraft members who had pictures accepted for the exhibition and particularly to those receiving awards. As they have been denied the opportunity to have their work displayed as intended, forgive me if I devote the rest of this blog to our own Photocraft Mini SPA Exhibition.
David H: Congratulations on a Gold Ribbon and Certificate for Rob Kearney – Renowned as the World’s Strongest Gay.
David H: The Chalet Man – Flight to Simplicity
Dave S: Return of the Cranes
Dave S: Frankie Dettori Wins Again
Dave S: Midnight Encounter
Mark: Top of the Rock
David H: Metro Dubai
David P: Refreshments for some
David P: Waiting around for the judge
Dave S: Black Cat
Mandy: Dining Alfresco
Mandy: Congratulations on a Gold Ribbon and Certificate for Goldfinch Collecting Nesting Material
Mandy: Heron with Perch
Mandy: Jay in flight
Mark: Kullorsuaq, Greenland
Martin F: Congratulations on a Judge’s choice Award (Bronze medal) for Curiosity.
The judge commented ‘I liked this as it breaks the rules of composition but somehow works. It shows modern day youth on their mobiles, but a slight tension between the two as one appears to be leaning away thus emphasizing the space between them.’
Dave S: Night train
Dave S: Congratulations on a Gold Ribbon and Certificate for Clown Fish with Anemone
Mandy: Fox cub and Vixen
Mandy: Magpie in flight