Prize success for Derbyshire photographers at the 2015 N&EMPF Exhibition
- Credit: various photographers
The outstanding award-winning success of our county’s photographers at the North and East Midlands Photographic Federation Digital and Print Exhibition
The 2015 N&EMPF (North & East Midlands Photographic Federation) Digital and Print Exhibition, which showcases the very best of the regional camera club world, has yet again been a triumph for Derbyshire-based clubs, notably Rolls-Royce (Derby) Photographic Society and Derby City Photographic Club.
Furthermore, Derby City has recently achieved international success in a competition involving camera clubs from around the world.
Although there are only 17 Derbyshire clubs affiliated to N&EMPF, they won 25 of the 76 awards. Eighteen of those awards were won by Rolls-Royce (Derby), a remarkable achievement for a club of just over 40 members. The club also won eight of the major awards including, notably, the main individual award – the Henson Shield – which went to Jamie MacArthur as the photographer with the best aggregate score in the digital exhibition. Jamie also won four other awards including Best Nature Print and two Selector’s Choices.
Jamie, who works as a civil engineer for Derby City Council, has had a life-long interest in photography. Ten years ago he re-mortgaged his house and decided to invest in digital equipment, since when he has won numerous national and regional awards, especially in the field of nature. In the last five years, he has photographed 900 species.
‘You need so many attributes to take award-winning nature images,’ says Jamie. ‘You must know your equipment as well as your “field craft” – involving the use of hides, camouflage, long lenses and shutter release cables – and equally you need to know your subject and how it reacts to your presence in the environment. You also need dedication, perseverance and patience plus a bit of madness and a slice of luck.’ ‘My aim,’ continues Jamie, ‘is to help bring the beauty of our natural world to the attention of future generations.’
Three award-winning images from Derby City Photographic Club members were also part of the club’s entry in the FIAP (Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique) World Cup. Out of 167 camera clubs from all over the globe, Derby came third, equalling Rolls-Royce’s success in last year’s World Cup.
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‘This is a magnificent and well-deserved success for our club,’ declares Derby City’s Chairman David White. ‘It is the first time we have entered this competition and the result demonstrates the depth of our photographic talent.’
Although Rolls-Royce and Derby City dominated the awards for Derbyshire clubs, there were two significant other main prizes for county-based clubs: the Best Digital Mono award went to Reg Bramley of Ilkeston Photo 2000 Club; and David Cudworth of Clay Cross Photographic Society received a Selector’s Choice award.