This is a VERY long post (apologies) but please get your favourite beverage and read to the end.
LETS START WITH THE THANKS
Firstly, I would like to thank all of the people who entered the Charity Print Competition in support of St. Rocco’s Hospice. The kindness of those who sent in an entry or donation was very heartwarming especially when I had no idea who some of those people were – didn’t even recognise the name. In some ways you already know the people who will support you and they come through for you every time and those people will always have my heartfelt thanks. The major surprise, as I say, were the people who I don’t know and who took the time, trouble and expense to enter – thank you so much.
AN UNSELFISH GESTURE
This wasn’t a competition where you gained personal points or even an opportunity to see your picture hanging in a prestigious gallery…… it was an opportunity to give something selflessly of yourself. This print competition was in support of people who are in great need of care and comfort in life limiting circumstances and the generosity of those that entered made a difference. If you are one of the people who entered the competition and I have described above, please give yourself a pat on the back for being so kind.
Some people sent a donation of £10 but only entered one picture, most people entered 4 prints and a few very kind people “just” sent a donation (they apologised for not being able to send prints). All donations and prints were obviously very welcome.
GOOD AND NOT SO GOOD
It was interesting to hear (on the grapevine) that the charity print competition was somewhat “sneered “ at with the hope that it wouldn’t be too successful. Apparently the question was also raised as to “why is she doing it?” and “what is she going to personally get out of it?”. But fortunately not everyone thought along those lines and due to people’s generosity it was a success and raised just over £700. ALL of the money raised went to the hospice. I did not take a penny from the competition and I was supported by friends and family (who do not want to be mentioned here ) who personally bought the medals, mounts etc. At this point I would also like to thank Mr. Chris Roberts and Paper Spectrum for their generosity too.
I could have organised a digital comp but thought that a print comp would encourage the ever plummeting numbers of people who enter prints in the various salons/exhibitions. This subject is regularly brought up on Facebook etc with a number of people continually appealing for us to “keep prints alive”. Unfortunately, only one person who regularly beats the drum for keeping prints alive was kind enough to enter – you know who you are and thank you.
THANKS TO THE JUDGES
Thank you to the judges who gave up their time and without wanting or expecting a fee/travelling expenses. They therefore gave freely of their time and expertise and took the task given to them very seriously – but also with good humour, we really did have a fab time. Therefore, it was a very pleasant experience and I can confirm that each picture was given plenty of time to be assessed for its merits…. not the usual 3/5 seconds given to them in most competitions.
The images were varied in genre – as you would expect from an open theme and it seems that people entered more A4 prints than A3 prints with square prints being very popular.
The judges looked initially at all off the prints and then whittled the numbers down and made their final cut from those. There was a unanimous decision for the overall winner and then a each of the judges chose a picture that appealed to them personally . I had no say in any of this – I just made them drinks and fed them copious amounts of biscuits to keep them going . I was glad I wasn’t judging and it was interesting to see how a none photographic judge (a conventional painter and lecturer) assessed the pictures. I would advise other salons to think along those lines too.
The final selection came out at 20 images (approx 10% of the total submission) from which the overall winner and 3 judges selections were chosen. There will be 2 more medals awarded St. Rocco’a Admin’s choice and the people’s choice (voted for on the day of the fair) and those people will be notified after the spring fair on May 11th at St. Rocco’s Hospice.
….. And so to the results, I bet you scrolled down to this bit straight away !
DID YOU SAY TREAT – ROSS MCKELVEY
CHRISTINE JOHNSON JUDGES AWARD
COURAGE – LYNNE MORRIS
ROBERT MILLIN JUDGES AWARD
JUST THE TWO OF US – JIM HILL
MARC TURNER JUDGES AWARD
RELEASE – PENNY PIDDOCK
THE WINNERS OF THE ST. ROCCO’S HOSPICE AWARD AND THE PEOPLE CHOICE AWARD WILL BE ANNOUNCED AFTER THE 11TH MAY 2019
SELECTED IMAGES (ALPHABETICAL ORDER)
PHIL BARKER – TIME FOR A CUDDLE
PAUL BULLOCK – LAUGHING DUCK
ELIZABETH BROWN – SCABIOUS
LAURIE CAMPBELL – FLY HIGH
GAILLE GRAY – RESPLENDENT IN RED
GAILLE GRAY – LIGHT AS A FEATHER
GIALLE GRAY -PINK COLUMBINE
LYNDA HANEY – PONY IN SNOW
LYNDA HANEY – DROPPING IN
EILEEN JONES – FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
ROSS MCKELVEY – REACH FOR THE SKY
ROSS MCKELVEY – CIRCULAR BALLET
MALGORZATA KRASNIEWSKA – MOTHER TO BE
LYNNE MORRIS – BETTER TOGETHER
WHO IS THE VISITOR WITH THE CAMERA – PENNY PIDDOCK
DANCE LIFT – BILL PRESTON
If your name doesn’t appear above then I am sorry to say your print wasn’t selected but you have my personal vote of gratitude for entering the competition.
I have been asked would I do it agaIn and the answer is, I don’t know …… watch this space.
Thank you to everyone who supported this wonderful cause – you may have had a friend or loved one in a hospice and know how much good work these places do, that’s why I chose this cause.
It WAS a different print competition and YOU did make a difference x
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