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Cover by Christopher Bradbury FMPA. This picture, from the 2013/2014 Master Photography Awards exhibition, is not entirely what it seems. In Christopher’s original print – as entered and judged in the Awards – the QR and bar coding takes any curious smartphone scanner to his own website. This is a special version, revised for MPA, which has QR codes taking you to the MPA website as well…

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Showcase 2014 CEO Clare Louise FMPA Tel: 01926 811270 e-mail: clare@thempa.com President John Parris FMPA Tel: 01450 370523 e-mail: info@parrisphotography.co.uk Chairman Deborah Selwood AMPA Tel: 0115 944 7727 e-mail: deborah@geckophotography.co.uk National Executive Committee Steve Ramsden LMPA Tel: 01904 479063 e-mail: info@steveramsdenstudio.co.uk Seppi Preston LMPA Tel: 01786 475007 e-mail: info@lighthousestudios.co.uk Ray Lowe Hon.FMPA Tel: 01992 636152 e-mail: ray@raylowe.co.uk> Regional Directors Dave Thexton LMPA Tel: 01229 835035 e-mail: smile@tjphoto.co.uk Collin Davies LMPA Tel: 01792 883274 e-mail: sales@highsocietyphotography.co.uk Phil Flowers LMPA Tel: 01458 273144 e-mail: phil@pffoto.com

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ISSN 2042-0234 Vol 10 #10 published for the membership of The Master Photographers Association ten times each year Icon Publications Limited Maxwell Place, Maxwell Lane, Kelso, Scottish Borders TD5 7BB www.iconpublications.com Editor: Richard Kilpatrick RTK Media, The Grange, North Kilworth, Leicestershire LE17 6NE Tel: 01858 882105 Mobile: 07979 691965 email: richard@rtkmedia.co.uk Publisher: David Kilpatrick AMPA Hon. FMPA Tel: 01573 226032 Mobile: 07971 250786 email: editor@iconpublications.com Icon Publications Ltd can accept no responsibility for loss of or damage to photographs and manuscripts submitted, however caused. Responsibility for insurance and return carriage of equipment submitted for review or test rests with the owner. Views expressed in this magazine are those of the individual contributors and do not necessarily represent the views and policies of The Master Photographers Association, Icon Publications Ltd or its advertisers. All technical data and pricing information contained in news and feature articles is printed in good faith. While all advertising copy is accepted in good faith, neither Icon Publications Ltd or the Master Photographers Association can accept any legal responsibility for unjustified claims or the quality of goods or services arising from advertising in this publication. All contents including advertising artwork created by Icon Publications Ltd are copyright and cannot be reproduced by any means without prior permission. ©2014 Icon Publications Ltd. E&OE.

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very year the Master Photographers Association holds annual awards which are a competition and an exhibition. Like any salon of photography, hundreds of images may be accepted to go on show but the judges will pick the best in each class. The winners are guaranteed exposure and find their way into the pages of this magazine. The shortlisted images may also do so. In this Showcase annual special edition of the magazine, you will find the winners but also a large selection of other entries which made into the ‘longlist’ and were displayed at the awards event. The task of a picture editor is never made easy by competitions or awards. Taking the major winners, they can be so different and so strong visually that they compete with each other. Photographers today develop their own unique colour and tone palettes, and have styles often more distinctive then ever in the past. Sometimes groups of photographers in one area – geographical or a field of work – begin to favour one dominant style. Both these situations work against the picture editor. In completing the special showcase edition I have looked at all the eligible entries and considered questions like dominant styles. My decision comes down on the side of variety. Then I have looked at the way images compete with each other or complement each other. Sometimes you’ll see exactly why two photographs have been paired on a spread. Sometimes less obvious curating needs to be done, though always with the intention that when you see two or more images together, the different images should make you look harder at the companions. Finally, there has been the matter of balancing the proportion of wedding and portrait photographs to other genres. Although the MPA is best-known for having in membership the finest social photographers in the UK and abroad, the Awards reflect a much wider range of subject matter and some of the best exhibition prints are inevitably the ones the authors really care about. A decade ago, professional awards often had two categories for different variations on wedding photography for every one class covering any other theme. That has changed as the MPA itself has changed. Many more fashion and beauty photographers are now prominent in the association, and their ideas and skills are passed on to social photographers working for private clients. A 21st century wedding shoot can combine of travel, landscape, architectural, fashion, beauty, and even action sports skills. The ‘destination wedding’ has taken the place once occupied by the ‘venue wedding’. Portraiture, in turn, is far more adventurous. The work shown here is a snapshot of the best from the 2013/2014 Master Photography Awards as selected by the judges and your editor. I believe that a similar special edition in 2015 will prove entirely different from this one. I have published this magazine now for almost 20 years and there have been times when it was hard to see any change in styles or abilities, or the judges’ choices, from year to year. Now we see change and a growing new younger membership across the globe. It’s a good time to be a member of the Master Photographers Association. – David Kilpatrick, Publisher

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Deborah Selwood AMPA won the title of International Master Photographer of the Year 2013/14 in the annual awards exhibition of the Master Photographers Association. She was, the following day, elected as Chairman of the Association. Her awards win was not down to a single image, as the title is now given for the highest aggregate score of five entries from one photographer. Her image on the left was also the highest scoring print of the exhibition and has subsequently featured on the cover of Professional Photographer magazine, amongst other media. The image above is our selection from the remaining four which earned her the title. www.geckophotography.co.uk

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Roger Tan FMPA of Malaysia won the Rest of the World Master Photographer of the Year 2013/14. This was his highest rated image. He was also voted Portrait Photographer of the Year. www.roger.my

The Landscape & Travel title was awarded to Margaret Soraya LMPA of Drumnadrochit, Inverness, sponsored by Fujifilm Professional www.sorayacommercial.com MASTER PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS SHOWCASE 2014 • 9


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Singapore advertising photographer Aaron Ang FMPA took the Industrial & Commercial title sponsored by Hasselblad UK, and the overall Commercial Photographer of 2013/14 award sponsored by Colorworld Imaging, with this pixel-perfect product image. www.staige.com MASTER PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS SHOWCASE 2014 • 11


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Henry Chong AMPA of Johor, Malaysia, won the Wedding Art & Fashion title sponsored by Loxley Colour and SmugMug. www.enyamareine.com

The Wedding Day & Celebration title went to Keda Z. Feng FMPA of Johor, Malaysia, sponsored by Colorworld Imaging. www.zstyle.com.my 14 • MASTER PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS SHOWCASE 2014


Paul Wilkinson FMPA of Haddenham, Buckinghamshire, took both the Portrait Classical and Portrait Lifestyle & Location awards, sponsored respectively by Olympus UK Ltd and Aspire Photography Training. www.paulwilkinsonphotography.co.uk

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A very special puppy – as it happens – became the star of the Pets & Livestock winner from Paul Wilkinson FMPA . Sponsor: Colorworld Imaging. ‘Bond’ has grown up to be a Hearing Dog for www.hearingdogs.org.uk. www.paulwilkinsonphotography.co.uk 16 • MASTER PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS SHOWCASE 2014


Rob Cook FMPA , of York, took the Architectural Award sponsored by Hasselblad UK Ltd with this study. www.PicturesbyRob.co.uk MASTER PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS SHOWCASE 2014 • 17


Press PR & Events, sponsored by Icon Publications Ltd, was won by David Finch LMPA of Swadlincote, Derby. www.davidfinchphotography.co.uk

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The Nature & Wildlife award went to Panikos Hajistilly LMPA of Winchmore Hill, London. It was sponsored by Cameracraft magazine. www.panikosphoto.com MASTER PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS SHOWCASE 2014 • 19


Hart Tan, of Tomato Photo in Singapore, found a new angle to capture the Family Portrait title, sponsored by One Vision Imaging. www.tomato.sg 20 • MASTER PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS SHOWCASE 2014


The David Mathias memorial award for the best Recent Licentiate portrait, sponsored by Towergate Camerasure, went to Gemma Brunton LMPA of Teffont, Wiltshire. www.gemmabrunton.co.uk

By Manuel Thome LMPA of Frechen, Germany. www.manuelthome.de MASTER PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS SHOWCASE 2014 • 21


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Ikaxa Tan, of Johor, Malaysia, won the Boudoir & Art Nude Open category. www.enyamareine.com 24 • MASTER PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS SHOWCASE 2014


The Yervant Open Award, supported by Graphistudio, for bridal or bride and groom, was won by Michael Chan AMPA of Singapore. www.enchantingkairos.com/blog MASTER PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS SHOWCASE 2014 • 25


Brendan Hall AMPA of Market Harborough won the Under-5s Award, sponsored by Barrett & Coe. www.colourwhite.com 26 • MASTER PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS SHOWCASE 2014


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Lisa Visser FMPA of Copthorne, West Sussex, is the MPA Olympus Open Portrait Award 2013/14 winner. www.lisavisserfineart.co.uk

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Hannah Gamble LMPA of Ascot won the Cherubs Photographer of the Year award. www.artisstudios.com

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James Musselwhite AMPA of Portsmouth is a regular winner or regional and national awards for his distinctive portraiture. www.closerphotography.com 32 • MASTER PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS SHOWCASE 2014


Gary Patterson (then AMPA) created this intense portrait when working as photographer at Ray Lowe Studios in Cheshunt. www.raylowestudios.co.uk MASTER PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS SHOWCASE 2014 • 33


By Paul Wilkinson FMPA of Haddenham. In pet portraiture as in human portraiture, it’s eye contact which counts. www.paulwilkinsonphotography.co.uk 34 • MASTER PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS SHOWCASE 2014


Facing up to magnificent gaze – Gail D’Almaine LMPA of Watford. www.dalmaine.biz MASTER PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS SHOWCASE 2014 • 35


By Adam Hirons LMPA of Plymouth. Adam’s work has a contemporary edge, here drawing on memories of the early days of colour photography itself. www.stephencharlesstudio.co.uk 36 • MASTER PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS SHOWCASE 2014


By Esme Robinson LMPA of Luton, Bedfordshire. www.focusonyou.eu MASTER PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS SHOWCASE 2014 • 37


Above: from The Netherlands’ Ingrid van Heteren FMPA , bringing innovation and power to the Awards Exhibition as ever. www.fotostudioenjoy.nl

Facing page: Hamish Scott-Brown FMPA is another top photographer seeking out strong subjects and showing them with graphic emphasis. www.hamishscottbrown.co.uk 38 • MASTER PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS SHOWCASE 2014


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Christopher Bradbury FMPA is best known for his digital art, like the cover of this edition. www.cbphoto.co.uk Facing page: by Sophocles Alexiou FMPA of East Sheen, London. www.sophoclesalexiou.com Below: from Simon Vaughan LMPA of Rejkjavik, Iceland. www.simonvaughanljosmyndari.com

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Brian Chong LMPA of Kuala Lumpur lives and works in a region with a vibrant creative community. Exhibited entries from MPA’s strong membership in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia bring distinctive touch to the association’s annual awards and provide inspiration for all photographers. www.brianchong.com.my

Facing page: Roger Tan AMPA of Sabah, Malaysia, combined the popular themes of flowing water and floating chiffon fabric to create a bridal fashion image which crosses all boundaries – landscape, nature, wedding, fashion and fine art. www.roger.my 42 • MASTER PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS SHOWCASE 2014


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Lisa Visser FMPA is one of the UK’s most respected leaders in photographic style. With a studio in Copthorne, West Sussex, she enjoys success in exhibitions and awards with subtle and beautifully lit poses like this one which has been used by a major lighting manufacturer to show the quality of their products. www.lisavisserfineart.co.uk

Facing page: a contrasting approach to two faces in a portrait, by Matt Langton LMPA of Leyland, Lancashire. www.mattefinish.co.uk

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John Parris FMPA travels the world as a Portrait Master for luxury cruise lines, and is President of the Association for 2014. He finds much to photograph en-route (above). Based in Hawick in Scotland, he also seeks out local characters and friends to pose for powerful images. One of the most striking prints in the exhibition was his study below of Border piper Matt Seattle. www.parrisphotography.co.uk

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Yorkshire’s Paul R. G. Haley FMPA sought out once-stately ruins as an outdoor studio. www.prgh.co.uk

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Night-time panorama by master of the gigapixel wall-sized image, Marek Czarnecki AMPA of Torun, Poland. www.czarnecki.com.pl

By Peter Searight AMPA of Haslemere. www.theremarkablestudio.com

By Gareth Jones LMPA of Llanelli, Wales. www.edendigital.co.uk 48 • MASTER PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS SHOWCASE 2014


Paul Wilkinson FMPA of Haddenham, Buckinghamshire, used darkness and lighting to expose a ghostly doppelganger. www.paulwilkinsonphotography.co.uk MASTER PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS SHOWCASE 2014 • 49


Alan Hutchison LMPA of Stirling put his bride and groom in a green shade to great effect, with beautifully natural skin tones and white dress. www.alanhutchison.co.uk

Belinda Harvey AMPA of Chandlers Ford in Hampshire created Fine Art from her photographic capture for this neo-impressionist image. www.harveystudios.co.uk 50 • MASTER PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS SHOWCASE 2014


Through the lens – and through the lens again. Creative portraiture from Simon O’Neill LMPA of Ciaran O’Neill Photography in Lurgan, Armagh. www.ciaranoneillphotography.com

Angela Adams, whose studio is at Earlsham Hall on the Norfolk/Suffolk border, took the Aspiring Member & Student Award using a similar concept. Sponsored by Loxley Colour and SmugMug. www.clickdp.co.uk MASTER PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS SHOWCASE 2014 • 51


Margaret Soraya LMPA of Inverness had many of her black and white landscape scenes exhibited in the awards. www.sorayacommercial.com

Unusual rocks under a relentless sun, captured by Mark Hughes LMPA of Caterham, Surrey. www.mhpstudios.co.uk 52 • MASTER PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS SHOWCASE 2014


By Mohammed Fauzi Anuar AMPA of Singapore. www.zeeandmarina.com

Carol Frost LMPA of is one of hundreds of MPA photographers who are part of the ‘Cherubs’ baby photography network. www.nicholasfrostphotography.co.uk MASTER PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS SHOWCASE 2014 • 53


Gerard McCarthy AMPA of Cork city visited the ‘Dark Hedges’ in Ballymoney, Northern Ireland to take this intense study in chiaroscuro. www.germac.ie

Hamish Scott Brown FMPA of Ayr captured woodlands in thin winter snow, an acceptance in the Landscape & Travel section of the exhibition. www.hamishscottbrown.co.uk 54 • MASTER PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS SHOWCASE 2014


Nicholas Frost LMPA won the Classical Wedding title with this flowing monochrome study, contributing to his overall Wedding success www.nicholasfrostphotography.co.uk MASTER PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS SHOWCASE 2014 • 55


Stuart G. Williamson FMPA is now one of the leading photographers in the Emirates, and is based in Dubai. www.stuwilliamson.com

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Simon Mackney of Derby won the MPA Olympus Open Wedding Award in this two-themed annual competition which took over in 2013 from the former MPA Kodak and Fujifilm awards. See www.mackney.com

Gary Chia LMPA of Singapore won the Dennis Hylander award for best Recent Licentiate wedding image, sponsored by Towergate Camerasure. www.zonzon.sg

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A stylish glamour portrait in filmstar mode from Steve Tan LMPA of Perak, Malaysia. www.steve-tan.com 58 • MASTER PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS SHOWCASE 2014


Left: by Fiona Jones LMPA of Farnham, Surrey. www.jonesandco.co.uk Below: by Stuart Wood LMPA of Old Kilpatrick, Dumbartonshire. www.1500photography.co.uk

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A past Master Photographer of the Year, Clare Louise FMPA was absent from the Master Photography Awards 2013/14 – not just as a winner, but as an entrant in any form. Early in 2013, she took on the temporary job of running the Association as the directors implemented major changes to safeguard the future of Britain’s principal body for professional photographers. As acting CEO, it was her job to organise the awards and she chose not to enter any work. Your editor is rounding off this pictorial edition with an example of Clare’s recent work which was used on the Master Photographers Association stand at The Photography Show. Clare Louise is now CEO of the MPA and remains an active photographer. www.clare-louise.com

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days), track which salespeople have closed new orders, and book time off for your staff, and we’ve made it easier for photographers to pencil in alternative dates for a session. We’ve also introduced some great features that will help anyone who runs a franchised business, or anyone who runs more than one studio. That’s just a selection – we’ve got over 300 tweaks and improvements in Light Blue 5 which make it faster and easier to use. Such as…? HS: We’ve been able to import emails from Mail on a Mac since we launched Light Blue 4, but we’ve now extended that to Outlook on Windows, too. It really helps to have a full communication history with your customers, and our new Inbox will make that much easier. You can now save

history in each shoot all combine to provide me with a solid framework to not only keep up with enquiries and shoots but also deliver on them more effectively.” So, how would Rob sum all this up in a sentence? “I know that Light Blue has my back when I’m busy. If you’ve tried an old version and not looked at this one, I command you to take an open mind and give it a second look – it’s a game changer!” [Yes, we know that’s two sentences, but he just had to say both!] your own customised reports so you can get to the information that matters to you more quickly, and you can now tag contacts which means you can easily track their interests or which promotions they’ve been included. Have a look in the panel opposite for more on what we’ve added! What does the future hold for Light Blue? HS: We’ve always been a responsive, dynamic company, and we don’t stand still with our development work. We’ve been talking to other suppliers about ways of making the new Inbox in Light Blue even more useful and cutting down on the amount of data entry that photographers need to do; that’s all I can say for the moment, but watch this space and we’ll be making some exciting announcements soon. And,

of course, we’ll be continuing to innovate, both with our own ideas and with feedback from our customers all around the world. What single piece of advice would you give to anyone running a photography business? HS: Get organised and stay organised! If you’re always on top of your new enquiries, tasks, outstanding invoices, and so on, you’ll always know exactly what’s going on with your admin and finances. That means that you’ll be able to give your clients an amazing service, responding to enquiries promptly and professionally, following them up when they need it, and know exactly how much money you’re bringing in. As one of our customers said to us recently, “After a camera, Light Blue is the most important thing for my business”!

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