The Official MIPP Newsletter
Issue No. 30 www.mipp-malta.com
I would like to start my edito-
rial by welcoming Alexei Sammut and Clayton Abdilla to the Executive Committee.
Alexei will be dealing with PRO whereas Clayton is the new webmaster. In the meantime Martin Agius took on the Treasury duties as well on top of his other duties assigned at the beginning of this year. As you can see it is quite hectic to be on an executive committee however the hard work always pays off when we see our events going well. You may notice that this June issue is packed more than usual, reason being that we have some lovely contributers which made this issue juicier. Special thanks goes to Malica Dabrowicz & Simon Attard for their contributions and for putting up with my email chasing (sorry guys!) So once again I would like to nudge you, so you contact me in order to run a feature about your work or issue any write ups which you would like to share!
Meanwhile enjoy the fresh evenings while they last....
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Articles: Various contributors
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president’s viewpoint featured member travel feature monthly talk review member’s passions upcoming exhibition mipp member upcoming monthly talk past event upcoming event results calender MIPP Notices
Contemporary Photography Anastasia Zhukova Boston, I salute you! Covering the Libya crisis Simon’s Beauties Coastal Fragments Children’s Eyes on Earth Private Eye Review Alex Attard’s Talk October Convention PTYA Standings Mark out your diaries Please note!
Kerstin says: “I walk to work every day and this gives me time to observe my surroundings and search for some interesting patterns or situations. I noticed the balconies of this shell building and I tried to look at it from various points of view. I was intrigued by the symmetric pattern of the balconies, so I decided to take my camera with me on my way to work to shoot this image. I also noticed that the best lighting was in the afternoon which is on my way back home and that way I had more time to get it right. I had already decided from where I would take the shot and that I would go in close to emphasise the lines and symmetry. Following this, I converted the shot into black and white as the original colours seemed to me a bit boring, not much of interest and lacking in contrast. With the black and white version I thought I might emphasize attention on the symmetry and pattern. I submitted this image to the PTYA competition and it has been rewarded a silver award, which made me very happy. Furthermore I got very good feedback and critique, with good suggestions on how to improve this image further.”
CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY During a recent discussion, fluctuating around the changes that digital media has brought forth and what photographers are actually shooting in this day and age, the focus settled upon Contemporary Photography. It seems that this much maligned genre of photography is really being taken for granted and on asking the question what contemporary means, I received quite a lot of mistaken and incorrect answers. It seems that the main misconception is that for many, contemporary photography, art etc. means that the artwork is being produced today. That it is modern, that it is original and so on. So is an artist who is photographing in an old, classical style, but doing it today, contemporary? No way!
means re-interpreting photographic subjects which have already been explored but tackling them in today’s context. Also, in my opinion, contemporary photography should not be an excuse to throw out all that has been done before with the excuse that it has already been done or that it is ‘old hat’. Ignoring what others have done before us does not make sense. Artists, even to this day study the manner that Michelangelo painted the anatomy, or Rodin his sculptures. Photographers should also study how Caravaggio painted light. Who is really interested in fashion photographer, for example, cannot just ignore what giants like Richard
So is an artist who is photographing in an old, classical style, but doing it today, contemporary? No way! Yes, contemporary photography is photography which, yes, is being done today but it means that its content is dealing with issues which are relevant in today’s world. Contemporary even Above: Iconic image by Man Ray
Avedon, Helmut Newton and David Bailey did. Which budding photojournalist worth his salt can ignore the work of Cartier Bresson, Robert Capa, Reza Deghati et al? Are we to look disdainfully at the technical excellence of Ansel Adams and Edward Weston or the creative ideas of Man Ray or Guy Bourdin? Researching and studying such marvellous work widens our horizons and the way we perceive things. We do not study what others have done in order to slavishly copy but in order to be inspired, in order to look at things in a different way, in order to stimulate our brains, which, alas perhaps due to the ease that current equipment gives us, is not being used very much. Above: Image by Henri Cartier Bresson
Furthermore, one of my arguments in defence of technique is that if a viewer is faced with two similarly great photographic ideas or concepts, which is the one the viewer is most attracted to â€“ the one which has also good technique and aesthetical qualities or the other one which has not taken into account these factors? I think definitely the first one. What we must also take note of is the importance of the initial idea - the concept - why we are taking such and such a photograph. The message and scope of our photography should be paramount in our minds - even before we lift up the camera. I believe that if we are capable of including such valid elements taken from what has previously been done before and making sure we are trying to convey a mes-
Above: Image by Helmut Newton
sage which is contemporary sets us on the right track. Adding the likeable ingredients of good aesthetics and composition as well as perfect technique, we are bound to be approaching the ideals of great photography. I feel this is the secret to photography that can make people sit up and be noticed in todayâ€™s avalanche of mediocre and uninspired imagery.
MALTA FASHION AWARDS I came across Anastasia’s MFA images on Facebook and I was really intrigued to see how she documented the event. So I managed to catch up with her and persuade her to help me run a feature about this yearly fashion event which is becoming so popular on our islands. Here Anastasia recounts her personal experience from being a model onto a fashion photographer and brushing shoulders with other photographers, stylists, designers & models at the Malta Fashion Award. I present you MIPP member Anastasia Zhukova!
“I discovered the world of photography when I was 6 years old. My mum is a fashion designer, and I spent all my childhood at back stage for fashion shows and shootings for magazines. I was then a model myself so experienced the camera from the other side of the lens. But I took up photography seriously 7 years ago having had its education in Russia, Spain and Switzerland. All my lecturers and mentors had very different outlooks towards photography. I absorbed from them what is close to my personality and have thus created my own photographic world, where I paint it in the ‘colours’ I feel! I love fashion. I follow trends and try to go further and create something of my
own. When I say fashion I am not only referring to clothes, but also photography trends, styles, techniques, etc. For example, right now I just launched a new project Cinematograph - they are normal pictures that contain a movement of a feature while the rest remain static as in a normal photo. A vast array of examples can be viewed on my new site www.aprioriphotostudio.com. I love working with models and can organize the process of taking pictures inside and out. Having been a model myself in Latvia and Russia, I can multitask in situations when a full photo-shoot team is not available. You then have to be not only a photographer, but also the organizer, stylist, makeup artist, hairdresser, assistant,
psychologist, and sometimes even the model itself! The Malta Fashion Week and Awards is an annual event aimed at the development of the fashion culture in Malta, and promotes Malta within the vast international fashion arena. My first encounter with MFW was three years ago. I was here to cover the event for Alfa Romeo who were celebrating the brand’s centenary at the 2010 MFA. As an international photographer I was then invited to also present the award for the Best Male Model nomination. This year, I participated in the MFW as a media photographer covering the events during the whole week. The Organisers of MFW and their team - these are people who live their work with such a dedication that you really feel that they see it as their ‘baby’. They clearly outline the objective they desire but give us artists a space for creativity to express our individualism, which is very important for us photographers, bloggers, stylists, etc. I would like to highlight a couple of positive trends that are developing in the fashion industry in Malta. Firstly, it is amazing to feel the MFW becoming international. This time, the audience saw collections of designers from Nigeria, Italy, Serbia, Sweden, France, Turkey, UK, and of course
Top to Bottom: PIC 1. Designer BILJANA TIPSAREVIC (Serbia) PIC 2. Models before MARELLA FERRERA (Italy) Fashion Show PIC 3. International Designers Fashion Show. Auberge de Castille, Valetta. Ms. Michelle Muscat
Malta (picture 1 - Designer Biljana Tipsarevic / Serbia; picture 2 - Designer Marella Ferrera / Italy; picture 3 - Ms. Michelle Muscat). Meanwhile, the coverage from international press included fashion multinational establishments like Fashion TV and Vogue Italy just to name a few. This is thanks to Adrian J. Mizzi (picture 4) and his entire team who strive 24/7 year after year to always do better and better and promote the local talent abroad as well as have abroad consider the local venue and its fashion news! Another trend that for me as a photographer is very important, is the openness of people to cooperate. For exAbove top right: Pic 4: PICT 4. Adrian J. Mizzi Executive Producer - Malta Fashion Week and Awards Above top left: Pic 5: Winner in nomination Male Model Award - Robert Galea
ample Robert Galeaâ€™s (winner of Best Male Model nomination) (picture 5) willingness to pose and agreed with all photographic ideas. Stylist Marisa Grima (took special award for Outstanding Contribution to Fashion) (picture 6) provided any accessory for photo shooting. Designers, Charles & Ron,(picture 7) opened up for us their backstage, showing us the clothes prior to the show. Bloggers Gayle Zerafa Cutajar ( www.gaylefashionstylist.com ), Daniel Azzopardi (www.devilwearspraduh.com ) (picture 8) and Claire, Sandro, Nikole (www.cloudedrevolution.com ) ( picture 9 ) cover all the events of fashion week. They show that we should not be afraid to experiment with style. These guys are an upgrade for the
Left: PIC 6: Marisa Grima and Svetlana Horvat
Left: PIC 7: Designers CHARLES & RON Spring -Summer 2014
Left: PIC 9: Bloggers Claire, Sandro, Nikole from www.cloudedrevolution.com
Above: PIC 10: Team of Photographers in action
Below: PIC 8: Bloggers Gayle Zerafa Cutajar and Daniel Azzopardi
Maltese fashion system; a breath of fresh air. They really popularise Malta on the Internet and social networks. I also want to say a big thank you to all the photographers Iâ€™ve worked with in the MFW (picture 10). Contrary to the belief that many photographers cannot work together because of concurrence; we were one big friendly team who positively and productively did our job with a spirit of fraternity, and mutual respect and assistance that could be clearly felt among us all. This MFW has given me great pleasure, because I was working with true professionals!â€?
Malta Fashion Awards 2013 Show
Words & Photography by Anastasia Zhukova
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BOSTON, I SALUTE YOU
When I came across this feature on Allen Venables’s blog, I knew I just had to feature his work in the MIPP newsletter. His recent work trip to Boston produced amazing photos which Allen kindly agreed to share with you here. Read on to hear all about his trip and how he shot these beautiful images!
took these photographs of the beautiful city of Boston over the course of a couple of days during a recent work trip (Senior Art Director on a very large website re-design for GFI Software). Little did I know the tragedy that would unfold just 2 weeks later…I do not usually take my camera with me on work trips overseas unless it is a commission. This time however I had a shot in mind (the panorama cityscape) that I had wanted to capture for a very long time. So I bit the bullet and dragged my equipment half way around the world. I am so glad I did – below are
some of the shots I took – personal work, nothing planned except the cityscape above. I did not have the luxury of waiting for the right light or pre planning anything. Just wandering around the city taking ‘grab’ shots of things that caught my eye, which I hope you will enjoy. Yes there are converging verticals, shadows and flare but as I mentioned these are personal grab shots not high-end commercial shots. To be honest I have had these shots ready for quite some time but held back from posting them so as not to seem as though I was jumping on the publicity of the horrific events that unfolded soon after my return. I even considered not publishing them at all, but that would have been plain stupid. I have to mention my poor colleagues, who for the first time experienced the joys (sic) of walking around a city with a photographer stopping every two seconds to take ‘that’ shot. Not enjoyable I am sure, but they didn’t complain. Except for a few
Above: Caught in flight....
moments when I made them pose for just â€™2 moreâ€™ shots in the freezing cold. One lesson I am sure they have learned from that experience is that photographers cannot count. Just 2 more shots usually ends up being at least another 30 minutes. This is one of the main reasons you will very rarely see me partaking in photo walks etc. My personal photography is just that. I do not enjoy being in a group when indulging in my work / hobby. Its not that I am a snob or anything (far from it) I just view my art, if you can call it that, as very personal. For this very same reason you will rarely see me at a concert â€“ chimping with other photographers in the pit.
I hope you have found my personal memories of Boston as stunning and dramatic as I did - you can see the full set on my blog (http://www.allenvenables.com/boston-i-salute-you/). For the techies amongst you all images were shot in raw format, imported into Adobe Lightroom and adjusted from 1 single exposure to 7 separate exposures for each shot - -3, -2, -1, 0, +1, +2, +3. Blended as HDR in Photomatix pro and edited in Photoshop using a smidgeon of Lucis Arts plug in (read long drawn out process, but well worth it). Are these shots perfect? No, far from it, are they personal? Very much so. Not a half naked model, bride or musician in sight – notice how I have not really included any people in these shots – a purely subconscious decision. I recommend that every photographer should try and take the time to do more personal work.. it not only keeps you creatively alive; it helps you to remember and appreciate why you got into the business in the first place. Not always possible when you do it for a living but well worth it. I could have easily left my camera behind on this trip and would have been kicking myself for the rest of my life. Thank you, as always for your interest in my ‘art’. All images were shot in raw and processed in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Equipment: Canon 5D mark 2, Canon 24-70mm, f2.8 L and Canon 16-35mm, f2.8 L. Hahnel combo flash triggers, Canon speedlite 580EX 2 and 550EX (I only used flash on the group shot. Words & Images by Allen Venables (www.allenvenables.com)
Above: Allen with his patient colleagues Below: Allen all wrapped up against the cold weather in Boston
COVERING THE LIBYA CRISIS
Malicia Dabrowicz once again graces us at MIPP with a review about Darrin Zammit Lupiâ€™s talk about his coverage during the crisis in Libya. Read on to have a good insight about this talk, and to make sure not to miss out on future MIPP talks!
words by Malicia Dabrowicz (www.cocamidemea.wordpress.com) this page: photo by Darrin Zammit Lupi
monthly talk review
There are many benefits of being a member of a photographic society. Not only
you get to meet likeminded individuals, but you are also involved in various activities: photo-walks, master-classes, exhibition openings, conventions and talks. Usually those events combine social networking with practical learning, so the more you participate, the better for you. I know some people will disagree here. I have heard many times before that photography is a lone – wolf job and that people have no time for extracurricular activities. But let me tell you this: you can be technically outstanding and know your parameters by heart but nothing opens your eyes more than hearing another photographer talk about his experiences. Being able to see through another photographer’s eyes is the most powerful and rewarding experience ever, no matter your level or skill. MIPP Malta has a broad and varied list of events. There’s something cooking nearly every week and you can choose according to your interests and preferences. However from time to time, a different kind of activity will pop up – something that simply cannot be missed. So if you haven’t been to Darrin Zammit Lupi`s talk about Covering the Libya crisis, you may want to give yourself a healthy kick on the butt. Because you have missed much more than just a terrific meeting with one of Malta’s best visual artists but you have also miss out on a truly inspiring session that made people want to grab their cameras and book a flight to the nearest front line. Darrin Zammit Lupi is a staff photographer at The Times of Malta and a stringer for Thompson Reuters. In 2011 when the Arab Spring had reached Libya, Malta found itself in the centre of world’s attention. It had became a hub for evacuations, a place from where humanitarian aid was dispatched to besieged town of Misurata, a safe haven for defecting soldiers but also the battle ground between Gaddafi loyalists and those who opposed him. And Darrin followed each and every aspect of it with a camera. He attended countless demonstrations outside the Libyan Embassy, documented the plight of evacuees, and wounded journalists (like Guy Martin who was brought to Malta after being hit by a shrapnel). He photographed political and military meetings. He also took two trips to Misurata (with Red Cross) and Benghazi and reported from there.
When advertising his talk Darrin wrote as follows: “I will talk about covering the uprising from the beginning (…) including various attempts to get into Libya, a trip to Misrata on a Red Cross aid ship at the height of the siege, and my experiences in Benghazi and Brega as the regime crumbled in Tripoli. I am not a combat photographer so I won’t be talking about that. Rather, the presentation will show what it’s like to be working on a major news story over a period of several months.” However a large part of the talk was dedicated to the experiences he had in Libya itself (and in other places as Darrin also covered Albanian conflict and refugees in Kosovo). It made you wonder what would happen if he turned freelance and decided to pursue the career of a conflict photographer. Darrin’s words were illustrated by nearly one hundred images spanning throughout the year and each was described in detail. Darrin is not just a newspaper photographer. He is one of those visual journalists who have a mission. Through his art, he shows what happens to ordinary people, on the ground level, people none of us would otherwise ever hear of. I am not sure if that wasn’t the most striking aspect of the talk itself. For Darrin, his work is a social service and I don’t think there was one person in the room that was not moved by his bravery and dedication. If you want to see some of the photos that illustrated the talk please click here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.360519760699093.83087.336693509 748385&type=1
Darrin Zammit Lupi in the middle together with the members which attended the lecture. (Malicia is first from the right)
SIMON’S BEAUTIES I love flowers, but well I am female so it’s to be expected! However I rarely post photos of flowers on my Facebook page so I was quite captivated by Simon Attard’s post of colourful flowers on his Facebook page. Of course I persuaded him to write and share with us his passion...here goes!
admit that flowers are much easier to shoot, smell and admire than to write about, however I have been persuaded to give it a try and write about why I like to shoot flowers. My love for flowers stems from my deep love for nature. I am head over heels in love with the perfection of the Creator’s work. I am a tree hugger and very proud of being one!
Recently I purchased a macro lens (Tamron 90mm f/2.8) and I am still in experimenting mode and flowers are a great subject for experimentation. My shots are either taken in the flowers’ natural habitat or at home after “borrowing” some flowers from my neighbours’ front gardens. I also occasionally treat myself by buying flowers as a present to myself. No! It’s not narcissism but I prefer to call it: loving oneself. Unfortunately I do not yet posses any studio lighting so when I shoot at home I struggle to get the right amount of light to my subject, and very often I end up in contort positions, standing up on my kitchen cupboards to catch the light coming in from my brightest window. Believe me, it’s not the ideal setup and it verges on the lunatic but as long as I get the shot then it’s fine really.
Fortunately, although with less quality in the results, my iPhone always comes in handy when abroad or in the streets. Instagram replaces the missing quality of an SLR by it’s ease to use effects and filters. Flowers in Malta are not that abundant and come May most of them would have vanished after the Spring outburst. Fortunately one of my clients who works at the Environmental Landscape Consortium who’s name is synonymous with roundabout and flowers, have numerous species of flowers in their nurseries and offices all year round. So my cigarette breaks are usually dedicated to browsing around the nurseries and shooting flowers, many of which are new species being introduced to the Maltese islands. Recently I have also discovered the use of wide angle lenses for shooting flowers. I like to capture flowers from beneath at ground level. It gives one the sense of being a tiny insect living in a gigantic forest of beautiful flowers. In my opinion, it seems that in open photographic competitions, flowers and other macro photography are not the judges’ preferred subjects. Unfortunately this is somewhat disheartening but I intend to overcome this with the proper equipment and my passion for nature. The seed has been planted....
Images by Simon Attard Pg 25: all 4 images show with iphone and edited in instagram Pg 26, 27, 29 &30: all 3 images shot with an slr Writeup by Simon Attard
COASTAL FRAGMENTS We are used to see Jean Pierre Gatt running around with his video camera during MIPP events, however JP is also a photographer and got his Licentiateship in 2010. This is his first exhibition together with painter Derek Nice and curated by Joe Smith....do not miss out on this exhibition opening on 5th June at Palazzo de Piro, Mdina.
his project was born in 2010 when two individual artists, Jean Pierre Gatt, photographer and film maker from Malta and Derek Nice, painter and sculpture from Great Britain researched, in visual detail, aspects of the man made impact along the sea edge around the Maltese Islands and the UK shores. One uses a photographic camera, the other paint brushes and canvas. Both artists inspired each other by visiting each other’s territories. Photowalks alongside both the coast of the Maltese islands and the shore of East Anglia in the UK contributed to this selection of works. ‘Coastal Fragments’ is a simple abstract exhibition based on photographic images which look much closer, in visual detail, of objects found on the sea edge and its surroundings. Lines, shapes, colour and form are some of the attributes forming the base of this exhibition. Not one image is meant to match, help, enhance and or distract any of the other images, but each and every one of them has its own symmetrical, linear and/or colourful attributes that make them stand alone. These images could be details of boats, decaying paint, rusted boat parts, fragments
from boat houses, shadows on painted walls, stripped wood, weather covering etc. Very little has been cropped and / or changed /photo-shopped in any of these images. They are framed on location, whilst taking the photos, almost as they are presented here, looking through the viewfinder whilst walking around, looking for the perfect lines to intersect or to produce a perspective, the decayed paint, producing a great pattern, the rusted piece of metal still holding on to the worn out wood, so on and so forth. ‘What I find fascinating taking these images, is the fact that although these details are highly visible when looking for them, they are lost when looking at these objects from a distance. However as soon as you move closer, much closer than what is considered normal, one starts to eliminate what contaminates or distracts the image, leaving in frame only the parts that ultimately form - give shape and life, to these amazing details’. The colours of these images are also amazing in their own right - the type of
image by JP Gatt
paint used by the owners of these marine crafts including the choice of colour, give an infinite palette of bright, summery and contrasting colours to work with. There is no shallow depth of field in any of these images to differentiate between the foreground and the background; in fact, there is no foreground and background. Every little detail included in the frame is important for the creation and presentation of the whole image. The foreground is the background and vice-versa. written by Jule Belami Film writer & Director - UK
CHILDREN’S EYES ON EARTH Last month, MIPP member Charles Mifsud was invited to go up to Azebaijan to attend the First International Youth Photography Festival & Exhibition. Here is a brief about this Festival.
Due to his contribution in photojournalism and literature and work to promote
diverse cultures across the globe, Charles Mifsud has been invited by National Geographic famous photographer and humanitarian Reza Deghati and IDEA (International Dialogue for Environmental Action) to attend the First International Youth Photography Festival & Exhibition. “Chidren’s Eyes on Earth” which was held in Baku on 12th May 2013. The exhibition was a byproduct of a competition held World Wide in 91 countries with 4000 entries submitted under the themes “I Love Nature” and “I Fear Pollution” from young people. The Children`s Eyes On Earth global initiative was organized by Leyla Aliyeva, Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and daughter of the President of Azerbaijan The best 100 images and the six winning images were selected by an international jury, led by acclaimed photographer Reza Deghati and several other VIP ‘s in the photography world including editors from National Geographic and other magazines. The opening ceremony was attended by Vice President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Leyla Aliyeva who is the daughter of the President of Azerbaijan. Charles Mifsud also delivered one of the Awards to William Hindle a boy from South Africa. Reza had in fact covered Azerbaijan in his photojournalistic work for National Geographic over the years. Azerbaijan had experienced social transformation which matured into an Independent Country over the past years , With the assistance from the Ministry of Culture of Azerbaijan Charles had the
mipp members opportunity to visit Cultural sites such as Gobustan National Park, the village of Lahic and the Literature Museum. Charles was overwhelmed with the beauty of Azerbaijan and intrigued by the works of art and literature in this country. Charles shot a number of photos during his brief trip which can be seen through this link: http://photo.net/photodb/slideshow?folder_id=1053854 Websites on the Evening in Baku :. http://en.trend.az/photo.php?newsid=2149475&picid=543319 http://en.trend.az/news/politics/2149475.html Left: Charles Mifsud presenting one of the awards to South African boy, William Hindle
Almost half a year down the line since the â€œPrivate Artâ€? exhibition, the MIPP
is inviting all participants and curators to get together and discuss the work, and most importantly, the experience gained from this exhibition. The event will centre around a quick intro by each participant about the work exhibited, followed by an open discussion about street photography, privacy and artistic freedom in general.
11th June at 19:30hrs
The public is very much encouraged to participate in the discussion, hopefully serving as a springboard for further discussions on the subject. Event is on 11th June at 19:30 hrs at Corinthia San Gorg and will be lead by Sergio Muscat.
Past Monthly Talk
ay’s monthly talk by Alex Attard about ‘Making Contact’ in photography was well attended and much appreciated by you members. Below are just a few images highlighting this event! See you at our monthly talks!
images courtesy of Martin Agius
MALTA INSTITUTE OF PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY in collaboration with THE SOCIETIES
18, 19 & 20th
John Denton Heidi Levine
with the participation of
Joe Zammit Lucia & Podge Kelly
winning photo for swpp 2012 competiton by Podge Kelly
OCTOBER CONVENTION 2013 We’re almost half way into the year (yes, already!) and we’ve already been working very hard on the International Convention for a few months now (you might be surprised the amount of work it takes to put such an event together!). This year we have made some changes which we hope will make the event even better, starting with a restructure of the speaker lineup to bring more focus with fewer, greater speakers; to including your ticket to the awards night in the standard convention price (yes, that last one was pretty tough!). This year’s lineup includes some very well known and loved names at the MIPP, as well as one very special guest who is nothing short of a legend in her field. Just have a look at this article just published, to get an idea. We are confident that this year’s convention will be the best yet, and as though this weren’t enough, we’ve still got some other surprises up our sleeves. But everything in due time. For now, just make sure you block the dates (18th, 19th and 20th October) because you really don’t want to miss this! We’ll be launching a booking form and release the full programme within the next week or so. In the meantime, what I can say is that there will be a little bonus for the early birds so keep tuned!
Sergio Muscat Hon. Secretary General
Below: Gold Award for Barry Turnbull
Above: Gold Award for Christopher Azzopardi Right: Silver Award for Chirstopher Azzopardi
Below: Silver Award for Dennis Calleja
CALENDAR 1st & 2nd June Gozo Weekend Seminar TBC
11th June Private Art Review & Discussion
Corinthia San Gorg; 19:30hrs
24th June Workshop Flash on Location - Charles Zammit, 9am, Mdina
25th June Image Critique Evening
Corinthia San Gorg; 19:30hrs
9th July Jean Pierre Gatt - DSLR Video Corinthia San Gorg; 19:30hrs
23rd July PTYA Judging Session Corinthia San Gorg; 19:30hrs
20th August Portfolio Presentation Evening
Corinthia San Gorg; 19:30hrs
August Keep tuned for more upcoming events!
MIPP NOTICES MAILING LIST Kindly note that all those members who for some reason are not receiving any of our correspondence, please contact PRO Alexei Sammut on the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org so he can sort out mailing list accordingly. Your co-operation is greatly appreciated! NEW EXECUTIVES ON MIPP COMMITTEE We welcome Alexei Sammut & Clayton Abdilla on board of the Executive Committee. Both guys ran for committee last February and due to the recent resignations Alexei and Clayton were next in line to be on the MIPP committee. Alexei will be taking care of PRO whereas Clayton is the new webmaster. Photos by Charles Calleja
Published on Sep 29, 2013