Sooooo, this happened - an MPA West Midlands Region winner

May 21, 2020  •  1 Comment

So here goes another non-wedding post!

Despite being a member of a couple, I have never tried for a qualification with any of the photography associations around; purely because the photography has always interested me more than a piece of paper.  However, with recent camera club discussions regarding the judging of images, I have recently entered a few.  The Master Photographers Association recently held their annual competition.  Not being 'qualified' with them, I was placed into their 'up and coming' category (although any awards given are at the same level as achieved by their 'qualified' members and these are either marked as merit or winner).  I am rather pleased to say that out of 3 portrait images entered, all 3 received a merit.  Also, of 5 images entered into the 'open' category, 3 received a merit and one was the winner of the category for the West Midlands Region.  Not bad for my first entry.  The winning image 'Are you coming to join us?' was taken in Derbyshire.  I had been wanting to take a picture with sheep on a feeder for a while and never really found the right setting.  We were travelling back from a commercial shoot when Phil spotted the ideal location - so it was a case of abandoning the car, camping out next to a dry stone wall, ignoring quizzical looks from passing motorists and waiting until the sheep arranged themselves correctly for me (or rather taking several pictures until I had one that I thought would 'work'.  To be fair this was only the start of the picture's journey, because I knew the 'look' I wanted could not be achieved in camera.  Post processing work in photoshop allowed me to darken down the background to bring out the sheep, tone the image and allow me to add a texture gave it a more painterly feel.   What a great way to celebrate it's first public outing!

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Neil Homer-Forbes(non-registered)
Glad to see you are gaining the praise that you deserve
Well done
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A run down of some of the locations I have photographed at:

Ardencote Manor

Athena Theatre Venue, Leicestershire

Avoncroft Museum, Bromsgrove

Birmingham Town Hall

Blakelands Country House Hotel, Halfpenny Green

Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

Brockencote Hall, Chaddesly Corbett

Cadmore Lodge, Tenbury

Cameron House, Shores of Loch Lomond, Scotland

Cliveden Hall, Berkshire

Chester Zoo (Oakfield House), Chester

City Rooms, Leicester

Cookley Village Hall, nr. Kidderminster

Coombe Abbey, Coventry

Colwick Hall Hotel, Nottingham

Copthorne, Merry Hill

Crown & Sandy's, Ombersley

CSN, Birmingham

Curradine Barnes, Shrawley

Delbury Hall, Shropshire

Dudley Register Office, Dudley

Dudley Arms Hotel, Himley

Dunsley Hall Hotel, Kinver

Event City, Manchester

Forest of Arden Golf Club, Solihull

Grafton Manor, Droitwich

Grand Station, Wolverhampton

Grimstock Country House Hotel, nr. Curdworth

Goodyears Pavillion, Wolverhampton

Hadley Park House Hotel, Telford

Hartlebury Castle

Hawkstone Park, Weston under Redcastle, Shropshire

Henley in Arden Golf Club, Warwickshire

Highbury Hall, Birmingham

Hilton Hotel, Berlin

Himley Golf Club, Swindon

Himley House Hotel, Himley

Hinckley Island Hotel, Hinckley

Holt Castle, Ombersley

Holiday Inn, Bromsgrove

Kidderminster Registry Office, Kidderminster

Lee Brockhurst Village Hall, Nr. Wem

Leigh Arms, Northwich

Madeley Court, Telford

Manor Hill House

Moxhull Hall

Netherstowe House Hotel, Lichfield

Northumberland, Trafalgar Square, London

Paradise Island Resort, Bahamas

Pantheon, Rome City

Prestwold Hall, Leicestershire

Priory Park, Dudley

Raddison Blu Hotel, Birmingham

Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Estoria, Rome City

Rowton Castle, Shrewsbury

Sherbourne Park, Sherbourne, Warwick

Stourport Manor

Somerford Hall, Wolverhampton

Spring Grove House, West Midlands Safari Park

Stone Manor, nr. Kidderminster

Stourport Manor

Stourton Rugby Club, nr. Stourbridge

The Bay Tree Hotel, Burford

The Belfry

The Dudley Arms, Himley

The Granary, Shenstone

The Holiday Inn, Bromsgrove

The Kingfisher, Wall Heath

The Mere, Manchester

The Metropole, NEC Birmingham

The Mill, Alvely

The Moat House, Acton Trussell

The Mount, Tettenhall

The Old Rectory, Wem

The Old Vicarage, Worfield

The Oratory, Birmingham

The Pear Tree, Smyte

The Plough & Harrow, Edgbaston

The Quality Hotel, Dudley

The Village Hotel, Dudley

Wroxall Abbey

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