The South Devon Salon of International Photography 2017

Chairman's Notes

Our 6th International Salon has now ended, and it is time to take stock - then gear up ready for next year!

It was generally felt that the standard was very high this year, although the Creative section had a large proportion of “un-creative” images.  It was particularly gratifying to have a total of 32 entrants from Iran this year, the first time we have seen images in our Salon from there.  Conversely it was saddening to have so few entries from the USA, despite the patronage of the PSA.

 

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The Open Colour and Mono sections have always been for us just that....Open.  It is rare that a Nature image in the Open Colour section wins an award, but I must congratulate Martin Horton on winning the PSA Gold medal for “Best in Section” with his “Wild Dance”, an excellent image of Flamingoes.

It was also good this year to see that HDR is being used more wisely and to great effect.  Selectors have commented in the past about the over-use of HDR and over-saturated images, and it seems that the message is getting through.

The other message that seems to be getting through is the use of nudes in photography, and this year most of the naked flesh on offer had a purpose to it, or was excellently done with good lighting and positioning.

It was good to see more insect images in the Nature section this year...some great macro shots got well-deserved acceptances. Still short on Flora though...where are your flower pics?

A final point about your images.  We take great pains (and expense) to project the entries with a first- class projector onto a large screen.  It was noted that some images could have benefitted by being tried on a projector first, and small imperfections could then have been noticed before being entered.

My thanks, as always, go to you the entrants for showing us your images.  Regretably you can't all have your images accepted, but a failure with us doesn't mean that a judge in another Salon won't find something in your image that they like. 

More thanks go to our Selectors who did a great job this year.  To Alan Boothman from our club, who does a fabulous job with your images on our website and sorts the technical details on Selection days.  To Phil Gill, David Knowles, Lynn Buckley, Christina Burton, Douglas and Joanna Humphrey, and Christopher Marsham for support.

Special thanks to Greg Duncan of Kenebec for the K-Salon programme we use, and for his patience with me, and to Pete Howell, from the Bristol Salon, for help and advice.

 

 

Finally, huge thanks to Rob Phillips and his fantastic staff at The Dolphin Hotel, Bovey Tracey (the gateway to Dartmoor) for the venue, food, beer and bacon rolls  during the selection days.                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                  Trevor Ashford