Great Barr Photographic Society run an annual national panel photography exhibition under The BPE (British Photographic Exhibitions) member exhibition conditions.
So whats a panel? Well a panel in relation to this exhibition is a series of three photographs that when displayed together form a cohesive and balanced group of images that work singularly and as a whole.
The exhibition is split into a digital exhibition, and a print exhibition entry.
Last year in 2014 I won a Gold Medal, 2 Silver Medals, a Judges award and a commendation. I also won the Best Panel in Exhibition Award, and was the first person to ever achieve this with a print entry.
So on to 2015, and as ever I always try to support exhibitions that have a print section, because I am a firm believer that photographs should be printed, and any organisation that encourages or facilitates prints has my full backing.
My selection for the exhibition entry, not only needed to have exhibition quality pictures in their own right, but they also had to stand together well as a set of three. When working on a panel, the content, context, colour balance, exposure and print all has to be of a standard and type that works as a set. Some people would say that a panel of three images is three times the work of producing a single image, I believe its much more than three times the work with the considerations mentioned above.
I had 16 panels accepted into the Great Barr Panels National Exhibition 2015. Ten of the accepted panels winning awards.
In the Monochrome Print Section, I won the Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals for the best, second and third best panels, and also a judges award.
In the Colour Print Section, I had three awards, Bronze Medal Award, Judges Award and a Commendation.
Two awards were received in the Colour Digital Section, a Judges Award and a Commendation.
The tenth award was in the Creative Section, and Paranoia was Commended.