Life is a journey with a camera…
A photo I took in Zambia, Africa, has been published as a double page spread in the Spanish National Geographic Magazine this month.
This would have to be an ultimate amateur photography goal, one that I certainly never expected!
Title of publication: Viajes National Geographic
Issue number: 231
Publication date: June+ website http://www.nationalgeographic.com.es/viajes/
Title of article: Zambia
Publisher: RBA Revistas, S.L.
Print run: 50.000
Image size: Double Page
Territorial distribution: Spain
Where the image(s) will feature (e.g. front cover, inside): Inside
Rights: no royalty-free, non-exclusivity, only one month use.
Below is the published image (including the wording) as it appears in the magazine, and my photo.
As a follow up to my last Blog post regarding the 2015 Better Photography Magazine photographic competiton results, the Top 50 Images of each category are now on the website.
I’m delighted that 3 of my 7 Silver Award Winning images made it to the Top 50 in the Emotive Portraits Category…No 37, 41 and 43.
There are so many wonderful portraits here: Emotive Portraits – Top 50 Images
This year I entered the 2015 Better Photography Magazine photographic competition.
I decided to concentrate on one category only and chose “Emotive Portraits” out of the following:
1. Emotive Portraits
2. Classic Landscapes
3. Creative Flair
4. Exotic Travel
5. Incredible Sport
6. Revealing Nature
I entered 7 images and was absolutely thrilled to receive 7 Silver Awards.
My image of the Chinese fisherman and his cormorants at dusk was chosen for publication in the specialist Camera Magazine as a double page spread this month.
The text reads as follows:
One of the best-known iconic photo opportunities for the well-travelled lens, the Chinese fisherman and his cormorants on the Li River, China, was captured by Sue Black in one of the best images we have seen of this subject.
Sue, from Queensland, used the Sony A7R with new 16-35mm ƒ4 Carl Zeiss lens to produce detail which would once have demanded rollfilm. The articulated rear screen of the camera, acting like a waist level finder, allowed her to compose and time the shot (using the USB remote release) while resting the camera on a rock just above the surface of the water. With the lens at 18mm and wide open at ƒ4, a shutter speed of 1/125th was fast enough to freeze the moment but allow just a hint of natural movement to the foreground cormorant’s wing. ISO 800 is effectively grainless for the beautifully graded
evening sky. http://www.sueblackphotos.com
Although I’m not a panoramic photographer I entered the Pano Awards this year in the more challenging Open Section.
My image taken in Deadvlei, Namibia won a Bronze Award, so I am happy with this result given the tough competition out there.
As a follow up to my last post, I was delighted to learn that two of my Silver Award winning images made it to the Top 50 in the Amateur Portrait
category this year in the International Loupe Awards.
This year is the best result I have had with my Elephant Portrait at No 13 and my Vietnamese Man at No. 36.
Previous Results were:
In 2010 – Open Illustrative Category – No 30. http://www.internationalapertureawards.com/Top50_10.php?CatId=25&Category=Abstract+%2F+Illustrative&Award=Open
In 2012 – Open Photojournalism Category – No 26. http://www.loupeawards.com/Top50_12.php?CatId=87&Category=Photojournalism&Award=Open
I entered the International Loupe Awards for the fourth year, receiving 2 SILVER Awards and 11 BRONZE Awards as follows:
Landscape category – 9 Bronze Awards
Portrait Category- 2 Silver Awards and 2 Bronze Awards.
This year, I entered all my images into the Amateur Section and none into the Open Section.
The bar had been raised from previous years!
This year, in order to achieve a Bronze Award, you needed a score of 80 and for a Silver Award a Score of 85 (in previous years you only required a score of 75 for Bronze and 80 for Silver).
On this basis I realise that I can’t compare my Awards with previous years results. However if the bar hadn’t been raised this year I would have achieved 9 Silvers with my Landscape entries.
That means that I have improved my own personal best standard in photography compared with previous years and that is all that matters so I am more than happy with these results.
These competitions are important as you can see where you rate amongst the World’s best photographers.
They encourage you to strive for higher goals.
I have found both Sections to be equally as difficult and challenging due to the fact that there are so many outstanding Amateur photographers, in fact, some Amateur photographers are equal or even better than the Professional photographers entering into the Open Section.
An Amateur photographer is defined as someone who primarily photographs for pleasure and does not receive the majority of their income from photography.
My elephant portrait photo received the highest score of 88 (Gold is 90). This is the highest score I have ever achieved so far in this competition in the 4 years I have entered.
WINNING IMAGES BELOW
This morning I received some exciting news regarding the 8th Annual Black and White Spider Awards, 2013.
The online exhibition represents some of the world’s finest black and white photography.
This is the first year I have entered this prestigious competition and I’m so very happy to announce that one of my images won an award.
Dear Sue ,
CONGRATULATIONS on being a Winner at the 8th Annual
Black & White Spider Awards with:
Honorable Mention in Photojournalism | The Salt Sweepers
Nominee in Nature | Mountain Lakes
9,456 entries were received from 75 countries and your work received
a high percentage of votes overall. Certainly an achievement, well done!
The Awards Jury represents the industry’s biggest names and tastemakers
who reviewed the entries online before making the nomination shortlist
and honoring 246 title awards and 938 nominees in 14 categories. The
Awards could not have wished for a better group of professionals to
Congratulations once again on being a Winner and we wish you a most
successful photography year.
I entered the following image into the Photojournalist section.
It is titled “The Salt Sweepers”, and won an “Honourable Mention” Award.
This means so much to me.
In the Nature Category my image “Mountain Lakes” was nominated – just to be nominated for this award is a thrill 🙂
One of my images titled “The Salt Sweepers” received a BRONZE AWARD (see previous blog post)
Recently the TOP 50 Images for each category were published and I was absolutely thrilled to learn that this image made it to the Top 50 in the Open 2012 International Loupe Awards – in the Photojournalism category.
My image is number 26…it scored a total of 81, only one point under a Silver Award.
In 2010 I was lucky to have an image in the Top 50 as well:
Link is here:
I entered the International Loupe Awards for the third year, receiving 8 bronze awards. Overall I received more awards than the previous two years, narrowly missing out on silver awards with three images.
This year, I entered some images into the Open Section and some images into the Amateur Section.
An Amateur photographer is defined as someone who does not get the majority of their income from photography.
Image 1, 3, 4 were entered into the Open Section.
The remaining images were entered into the Amateur Section.
I don’t think it made any difference as to what section I entered into!
I have found both Sections to be equally as difficult and challenging due to the fact that there are so many outstanding Amateur photographers, in fact, some Amateur photographers are better than the Professional photographers who enter into the Open Section.
The 2012 Creative Asia awards had a total of 1730 images entered by 438 photographers from 47 countries.
I was pleased to receive two awards this year : one SILVER and one BRONZE award:
Another one of my Travel Photos won “Photo of the Day” today. This is a photo I took a few weeks ago in Vietnam whilst I was on a Photographic Trip.
Click on the following link to view:
I entered one of my portraits photographs into The Queensland Festival of Photography Portrait Prize recently.
To my surprise I made it to the top 50 finalists, meaning that my image will be presented in an online exhibition on the QCP (Queensland Centre for Photography) website.
Here is the link to view the online gallery of images of the TOP 50.
My portrait “A Contemplative Moment” is image 29 of 30.
The link to view the TOP 20 images is:
One of my Travel Photos won “Photo of the Day” on the 8th February.
Click on the following link to view:
The Society rewards its members who achieve excellence in photography. Members achieve different levels because of their motivation, exemplary service, desire to reach a goal, improve self esteem, recognition of their skill, artistry and ability. Recognition to APS members is given for skill in the form the Honours category that is being applied for, in my case, Associate (AAPS)
This year the International Aperture Awards have been renamed the International Loupe Awards.
I entered the OPEN Category which is the most challenging category as you are competing with the best professional photographers as well as amateurs!!!
The International Loupe Awards is a very tough competition as you are up against top professional and amateur photographers worldwide.
I was happy to be awarded one SILVER and two BRONZE awards this year. My portrait shot was only one point under a Silver too…
(Last years results are here: https://sueblackphotos.com/2010/11/17/the-2010-international-aperture-awards/
Today the top 50 images of each category will be posted on the website so I can’t wait to see these.
Results as follows:
One of my photos has been published in a book called “Byron Bay:The History,Beauty and Spirit”. This means a lot to me as it is a picture of a very special lady with a local Nimbin Hippie. If you click on the last page of the sample page you can view the picture. http://www.byronbaybook.com/sample-pages.html
There is also a short video view of the book here: http://email@example.com minutes
Signed, Sealed and Delivered
My AFIAP Certificate, Badge and Photographers Card arrived in the post today.
Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique, or FIAP (Eng. The International Federation of Photographic Art),
AFIAP – (Artiste FIAP). Is awarded to those authors, whose artistic and technical qualities have been acknowledged through participation in national salons and through the acceptances in a number of international salons under FIAP patronage.
HERBERT AWARD from the Photographic Society of Australia
I received a medallion in the mail yesterday. I had no idea that I had won this. I went to the APS site and located what it was for. It was awarded to me as a result of coming first in Australia for the Open Digital Section during 2010. I also discovered my other results below. What a surprise!
In the three remaining categories my places were:
Sue Black AFIAP AAPS B.Bus
I was delighted receive a copy of a magazine in which my image “Hidden Distress” has been published in Ireland.
This publication is sent to health professionals in Ireland. The main focus in this edition is about psychological distress in cancer care.
The magazine editor thought that my photo was perfect in conveying the sentiment behind the article.
Journal Cover for Magazine in Ireland Autumn 2011
I entered this picture into the Better Photography Awards and received a score of 79, just one point short of a Silver.
It’s the first time I’ve entered these awards and I only submitted one image. There were 6 categories to choose from as follows:
Emotive Portraits, Classic Landscapes, Creative Flair, Exotic Travel, Incredible Sport and Revealing Nature
Gold for scores of 90-100
Silver for scores of 80-89
Bronze for scores of 70-79
I love Peter Eastway’s work. Here’s his website:http://www.petereastway.com/index.php
This is the Photographic Society of America Who’s Who in Photography 2010. I was very happy to learn that I had made it into this book. This is all to do with my goal of achieving my AAPS and AFAIP Photographic Honours. It has been a challenging and exciting time competing with the best photographers worldwide. You can read more about it by clicking on the following link
The publication is here:
I entered the Trierenberg Super Circuit 2011 for the second year running.
A little background about this Salon:
“In the last two decades, the TRIERENBERG SUPER CIRCUIT has attracted hundreds of thousands of pictures from nearly all countries around the world. It is by far the largest annual salon of photography on the globe. It is the aim of this competition to find out the very best photography from different styles, techniques and genres. The TRIERENBERG SUPER CIRCUIT has established as an international benchmark of perfect photography. Not only amateur photographers, but also internationally well known artists and professionals have been participating.”
Two days ago I received an Invitation in the mail to attend the “Gala of Photography 2011”. The invitation said: Congratulations, we have very good news for you! You are an award winner…etc…please find your award in the award winner list at http://www.supercircuit.at.
Here is the link: http://www.supercircuit.at/results2011.cfm
I have won a BRONZE VÖAV MEDAL, which is an extra special medal as it is an overall medal for Salon 1. My image is “Ocean Rock Fantasy”.
The results of the 2011 GASO (Georgia) Circuit have arrived. I was awarded 29 Honourable Mentions for 18 different photos I entered, hence some photos were awarded more than one HM.
The image which topped all was my image titled “The Greengrocer” which won a MEDAL.
My image titled “Juggling” below made it to the TOP 25 images in the Creative Asia Awards, in the category of Portraiture, Children.
The top 175 finalist images will be printed and mounted expertly by Epson. These prints will be hung on display in the “Epson Creative Asia Gallery” during the Creative Asia Conference. These 175 finalist images will be judged live by our panel of experts on January 19th 2011, from 8:30am – 4:00pm. The judging will be digital. All images will be judged on calibrated 60” LCD panels.
The winners of each category will be judged on the 19th January.
I submitted five photos and every photo received an Award, 2 SILVER Awards and 3 BRONZE Awards!
The five images I submitted and the results are:
This was my highest award in terms of points given.
The judges said: Outstanding Image – This is just outstanding! Excellent in every way. This is work of the highest quality. What a pleasure to see such amazing work!
“The Cold Sea” has been printed as a full page photo in the following catalogue, page 110 & 111.
General Chairman’s Choice Awards, page 3.
IN MEMORIAM Louise Stull, FPSA, USA
Black, Sue, Australia.
“Cook Island Sunrise” has also been printed in the same catalogue on page 85 (top picture).
Here is the link:
A follow up from my last blog posted on November 17th.
An emotional day!
Today the TOP 50 images of each category were posted.
To my absolute delight I discovered that my SILVER image titled “Hidden Distress” was also successful in making it into the top 50 and in fact ranked at Number 30 in the Abstract/Illustrative Category.
Thank you to everyone who has supported, encouraged and congratulated me, it means so much, particularly with this image which has a very personal and poignant story behind it.
A mother’s life.
Here is the link.
This is the first time I have entered these Awards. I submitted three photos and was thrilled to learn that all three won an Award.
I entered on the OPEN Category which is the most challenging category as you are competing with the professional photographers, not just the Amateurs!!! The International Aperture Awards is a very tough competition as you are up against top professional and amateur photographers worldwide. In a few days the top 50 images of each category will be posted on the website so I can’t wait to see these.
The three images I submitted and the results are:
Award V: IN MEMORIAM Louise Stull, FPSA, USA
Black, Sue, Australia
I received notification yesterday that my image “The Cold Sea” has won another major award.
It received a GMC Award in the German Mega Circuit.
Here is a copy of the Certificate.
This year I entered the Head on Portrait competition for the second year running and was pleased to discover that my photo titled “Hidden Distress” made it to the shortlist again.
The email I received stated:
“We have now finalised the selection for this year’s show. The selection process was extremely difficult as the 4 judges had to choose 40 finalists out thousands of excellent entries.
Your entry was shortlisted and will be included in the slide show. The slide show contains 200 images of very high standard and will be running continuously during the show.”
◦ “Fingal 1″ was awarded 1st Place in the Queensland National Circuit 2010 Redland in the category of “Photo Travel”. It was shown at The Annual Conference of the Australian Photographic Society (APSCON 2010) held in Roma September, 2010. Three of my other images received awards as well.
◦ QLD National Circuit 2010 Redcliffe – Merit Certificate
◦ Photo of the Year Filderstadt 2010 – Honourable Mention
I enjoy the creative, the different, the unexpected, the look, the emotion, the connection is the most important…
◦ Three Awards at the PSQ (Photographic Society of Queensland) Annual Photographic Competition.
Chris Van Der Held Shield for the Monochrome Print of the Year (Creative);
Gold Medallion for the Champion Monochrome Print
Silver Medallion “Altered Reality” Large Mono Print.
Results here: http://www.psq2010.com/psq-competition/psq-comp-results.html
◦ 35th APS National 2010 – 2nd Place
◦ Photo of the Year Filderstadt 2010 – Honourable Mention
◦ Selected for the Short List in 2010 for the Head On Portraiture Competition. Head On Portrait Prize is Australia’s most critically acclaimed photographic portrait competition and exhibition reflecting a vibrant diverse cross-section of new and traditional photographic practices. Prizes awarded to 3 photographers for the best Australian contemporary photographic portrait.
◦ International Aperture Awards – Silver Award (Abstract/Illustrative Category)
Number 30 out of the TOP 50 images!
◦ “Peoples’ Choice Award” at a Gallery Exhibition on the Gold Coast.
◦ “Juggling’ has been chosen to be published in the Trierenberg Super Circuit 2010 Book. Truly an honour and a complete surprise. ”Your masterpiece “Juggling” is reproduced in the brand new luxury edition book of TRIERENBERG SUPER CIRCUIT 2010! http://www.supercircuit.at/
◦ 23rd Western Districts National 2010 – Merit Certificate
◦ 2011 Georgia Circuit- Three Honourable Mentions.
◦ “Fingal 2″ came 3rd Place in the 46th Tasmanian National Circuit 2010, in the category of Photo Travel.
◦ 2011 Georgia Circuit-Honourable Mention
I was very excited to be presented the Chris Van Der Shield Memorial Trophy last night. Awarded by the PSQ – Photographic Society of Queensland, for the Most Creative Black and White Print of the Year. The awarded image was “Hidden Distress”.
THE COLD SEA
◦ April 2010. My first Major International Award! This image won Best Of Show GOLD MEDAL PSA in the International Photographic 3rd German Open Circuit 2010. 3rd Kirchheim Open.
◦ 3rd German Open Circuit 2010. 3rd Penzberg Open. Honourable Mention
◦ 7th AC-Foto German Mega Circuit-GMC Award (In Memoriam Award)
◦ International Aperture Awards 2010 – Bronze Award
◦ 2011 Georgia Circuit-Honourable Mention
My photo titled “Alikeness” made it to the shortlist for the HEAD ON portrait competition. 4 judges had to choose 40 finalists out a huge number of excellent entries.
My entry will be included in the slide show. The slide show contains 180 images of very high standard and will be running continuously during the exhibition dates in Melbourne and Sydney.