Last year I entered the prestigious Edinburgh International Exhibition of Photography for the first time, and as documented in a blog post I was extremely fortunate to be awarded two gold medals and had four prints in total exhibited.
I knew I could not expect to achieve the same success again, so this year thought it would be a nice target to get two prints accepted, given that they receive up to 3000 prints and accept only around 200 of them for the exhibition.
However it appears that lightning does strike twice, as I was literally speechless when I found that I had won two FIAP Gold Medals and had five prints accepted into the exhibition. The awarded images are show below:
|Voyeur – Awarded a FIAP Gold Medal in Edinburgh by Rod Wheelans|
|The Sofa – Awarded a FIAP Gold Medal in Edinburgh by Anne Cassidy|
OK, that’s the speechless part of the title of this post, so what about the last part – Wrong?
On this blog and in other forums I have been know to say that nudes do not do well in UK international exhibitions. Well very recently I also received a PSA Gold Medal in the Midland Salon with Milky Way, and an SPF Gold Medal in the Scottish Salon with The Sofa.
|Milky Way – Awarded a PSA Gold Medal in the Midland Salon|
In fact looking through my stats, the UK is my most successful country, with 8 gold medals from the last 7 UK exhibitions (Yes more than 1 per exhibition!), gaining a gold in every exhibition apart from one (the GB Small Print), and two golds in two of them. So I have now changed my opinion of UK international exhibitions, I was wrong! As I often am :-s
How could I have been so wrong? Well actually I followed the advice of another highly successful exhibition entrant Ciaran Whyte by being strategic. This meant I selected the exhibitions I entered carefully, only entering where I felt all of the judges were highly experienced international judges, so that my prints would get a fair hearing – all the gold medals were for prints which is even more satisfying :) Now other photographers of nudes will have had different experiences and hold different views on UK exhibitions, and I respect the views they hold. But given the evidence I must now change my view.
A big thank you as always to the wonderful models who created these latest images with me, Victoria Summers, Holly and Katy Cee, these medals are as much yours as mine. And also a big thank you to all of the judges who awarded these gold medals, getting medals from peers you respect makes them extra special.
Time for a celebration drink I feel :)
p.s. What about the GB Small Print? Well Ciaran strongly advised me not to enter, and for once I ignored his advice and did absolutely miserably – doh!