After three rounds of severe judging, top images in the 2008 Profoto Awards, presented by Sony (pronounced Alpha), were selected on Saturday, 7 February. The final judging was done live on Sony High Definition BRAVIA LCD TVs at Sony Bristol’s head office.
Four international judges formed part of the judging team, which comprised specialists in various fields. The judging process started on 23 January and reached a climax on 7 February when the award winners in each category were selected from over 4 000 images. The Image of the Year has also been selected, but will stay a secret until 19 March, when all the winning images will be announced at a Gala Dinner at the Wanderers Club in Bristol. Tickets for this event can be bought at Computicket.
The public are invited to predict which image was selected by the judges as Image of the Year. The person who predicts the correct image stands a chance to win a Sony 350 DSLR kit, which include a camera body and a lens. If more than one person selects the Image of the Year, a draw will take place to determine the winner of the camera.
Photographed between 1996 and 2000, this series on Hyderabad clocks shows how important public clocks were before the watch became something every man and woman could afford.
Most of the older Indian cities which had a strong British presence have several public clocks, many of them works of art in themselves.
This series also demonstrates the role of time in our lives; everything we do is dominated by seconds, minutes, and hours, a necessary part of our modern culture of pursuing greater wealth. All of this is, of course, tied to mutability, the passing of individuals and the passing of empires.
Also, here’s the video I’ve been watching to take more quality photos in India. Check it out!
The mono print section belonged to Ralph Snook and Jason Eastham. Jason took first place with Winter Steam** and The Final Gallop; Ralph took third place with Coqui Heron with Catch. Highly commended: Arctic Glacier and Flight Pattern (Ralph Snook); Auschwitz Poland and Bristol Cathedral (Jason Eastham).
First placed in the Colour Print section was Ralph Snook’s Flamingo Race, which also won Print of the Year. Second was Peter Ruck’s Late at the Office**, and third was Porpoising Penguin by Sandie Cox. Sandie also had three Highly Commended: Detail Recoleta Cemetery, Rock Pipit and Spotted Deer. The other HC was Ralph Snook’s Play with me please.
**bright artefact caused by photographing the print in its mount
Peter Ruck won Projected Image of the Year with Time for a Pipe. Sandie Cox was second with Arctic Landscape and Ralph Snook third with Leopard Adult and Cub. Ralph also had three HC: Flamingos at Dawn, Jabiru Stork with Fish, and Kittiwake Frenzy. Marian Hilton was HC for Starlings Filling the Sky.
Eight of us made a successful excursion to the dockside – for once, an NWBCC outing when there wasn’t rain! It was too late in the year, and there was too much cloud cover, for any light in the sky, but we had lots of fun experimenting with high ISO and long shutter times. More than once we wandered unknowingly in front of someone else’s open shutter, but the exposures were long enough that it rarely mattered.
Sandie Cox won with her magnificent photograph Masai sunset. Neville Goodman scraped into second place with Gone Paddling just ahead of Jason Eastham’s On the Beach, and Ray Cottrell’s wonderful snatched Ice cream break was fourth.
Jason and Ralph are racing for the line after Round Three!
MONO PRINTS. Upper row from L to R: 3rd: Jason Eastham – Elan Valley; 2nd: Ralph Snook – Rush to get across; 1st: Jason Eastham – Auschwitz Poland. Lower row: HC: Ralph Snook – Approaching storm; Jason Eastham – Bristol cathedral.
COLOUR PRINTS: Upper row from L to R: 3rd: Jason Eastham – Ripples; 2nd: Ralph Snook – Early breakfast; 1st Ralph Snook -Two by two. Lower row: HC: Ralph Snook – Flamingo race; Sandie Cox – Rock pipit; Jason Eastham – Steps to the pulpit; Neville Goodman – Tuft of grass.
PROJECTED: Upper row from L to R: 3rd: Marian Hilton – Fire ball; 2nd: Sandie Cox – Window reflections; 1st: Ralph Snook – Leopards In Golden Grass. Lower row: HC: Gordon Lewis – Chairs and bush; Ralph Snook – Hovering Pied Kingfisher; Sandie Cox – Arctic Landscape.
There was a good turnout to visit the Wills Tower. We had two excellent guides in Dave and Jim, who showed us things of interest within the Tower as well as from the top. We were glad of earplugs at 8pm! Most of the £3 entry fee goes to charity, and it was a really worthwhile trip.
Round Two was judged by Keith Cooper, and I don’t think anyone disagreed with his choice of winners – even if it looks as if we’ll need to take Ralph Snook’s passport away if anyone stands a chance of catching him this year. Jason Eastham made a resurgence, so there’s still hope.
The mono print winners were:
Ralph Snook – Arctic winter (HC); Ralph Snook – Flight pattern (3rd); Jason Eastham – The final gallop (2nd); Jason Eastham – A walk on the dark side (1st)
The colour print winners were:
Jason Eastham – Fantasy flower (HC); Sandie Cox – Detail statue Recoleta Cemetary Buenos Aires (3rd); Neville Goodman – Reflected power (2nd); Ralph Snook – Play with me please (1st)
The projected image winners were:
Marian Hilton – Starlings filling the sky (3rd); Pete Farmer – Coming and going (2nd); Ralph Snook – Leopard adult and cub (1st)
Ralph Snook – Black skimmer; Gill Dix – Rose Pink (both HC)
Round Three is Sept 19th. Only 11 members have entered images so far this year – get out and take some photographs!!
The topic was chosen by Peter Ruck, who had won the previous competition. It was a shame that the entry was well down from normal, although there were plenty of people there on the night to vote. There was a clear winner: Pete Farmer’s “Coming and going”, but the other places were much closer. Sandie Cox was placed second with “Dancing in the street”, and Marian Hilton just made it onto the podium in third place with “Whiteladies Road ‘improvements’!” before Jason Eastham’s fourth placed “So that’s a deal then”.
This year, we have increased the number of Rounds to four – which is a good job if anyone wants to catch up with Ralph Snook. Images in the categories mono print, colour print and projected are shown 1st, 2nd and 3rd from left to right. (NB The prints are shown here as digital snapshots of the mounted prints.)
Baby elephant – Ralph Snook; Wide angle pride – Ralph Snook; Winter steam – Jason Eastham
Pelicans at dawn – Ralph Snook; Hornbill taking flight – Ralph Snook; Redwing – Sandie Cox
Kittiwake frenzy – Ralph Snook; Flamingos at dawn – Ralph Snook; The kite – Marian Hilton