This year the Awards will be made on Sunday 14th May 2017 at the Edinburgh Marriott Hotel, 111 Glasgow Rd, Edinburgh EH12 8NF. Further details will be announced on http://www.bippscotland.com in due course.
The student who has submitted the highest quality entry overall in the student category will be chosen as the Scottish Student Photographer of the Year.
The following categories will be judged. An overall winner will also be chosen in each category plus a runner-up
a) Social & Portraiture
e) Open – anything not covered by previous four categories
Images must be submitted as on JPEG file format at print resolution (300dpi) of it were to print to a maximum size of 16 inches in the largest dimension
The FILENAME must be the TITLE of the image, preceded by the code for the category entered, for example: ICM-title-of-the-image.jpg Entries should contain the suffix a,b,c or d to indicate which subcategory they are entering their image. e.g. STDa_girlportrait.jpg.
All images must have been taken since 1st May 2016.
Student Category: BIPP Student Member – £2 per image, Non-members – £3per image
I have been on BIPP students award before and I was lucky enough to win a merit award with my image „Mind Games“ in social/portraiture category in 2015 when I was studying HNC photography in Motherwell College 2014/2015
I have been twice on BIPP student awards and I saw that the judges are different and sometimes very poor images win when there is actually much better images in the same category, I have learned from this that sometimes even the best pictures don’t win because the opinion on what is the best picture is different for different people.
Previously on BIPP student competition there wasn’t Fashion category and it all went under advertising, so they decided to add Fashion as well because there is big amount of students who want to become fashion photographers and would like to compete with each other so this year there will be more chances for me to win award because my picture don’t have to compete with advertising photography as it was last year. Last years winner in advertising category.
From the winning images, I personally don’t think that the image where the woman is looking out of the window is advertising at all and I believe there were much better advertising images in that category, but as I said before that people opinion is different.
Below you can see the selection of images between from what I chose the final image to submit for BIPP for Fashion category.
All the images are interesting to look at, well lit and composed. They all would fit into the Fashion category but I chose the spotty one, this is how I named the image as well “Spotty”
I chose this image that I have done for my Graded Unit for HND, I personally think that this is still one of the best fashion images that I have produced so far and fortunately it was made in May month so it will meet the conditions that were said in the brief. Hopefully, my image will stand out from other fashion photographs as its very eye catching because of the background that matches with the clothes. The black and white are very silvery what gives a metallic feel to the image.I used photoshop to make a square of negative colors around her what helps to keep eye on the model. I like the model strong face expression what works with her pose.
Produce one image that is derived from a folk/fairy tale suitable for use as one of the following;
Fashion Editorial or Book illustration
This image must have been made specifically for this project since the 3rd of March 2017.
The original tale chosen
From the ’80s to the early ’90s, child abductors dressed up as clowns terrorized a number of towns in the US. One notable incident happened in May 1981, when police officers from Brookline, Massachusetts released a bulletin regarding a mysterious van lurking near the local elementary school. A clown or group of clowns hiding inside the vehicle allegedly used candies to lure young victims towards the van. The most recent sighting took place in Chicago, Illinois where a community alert was subsequently issued in late 2008. The similarities were striking: An unidentified man was spotted wearing clown makeup and offering balloons to lure children into his white van.
Idea plus research to support the planned direction:
This set project I chose to approach as a fashion photojournalist who is sent to Gran Canaria Carnival to capture an image that would trigger the viewer’s memory to any kind of Folk/Fairy tale. The image would be shot in Fashion Editorial style and it will be used as VICE magazine cover for the last two weeks of March to finish up the carnivals that have been going on around the world from February until March.
Examples of different monthly covers for vice magazine:
All the covers look very dull with the colours and there is not much going on in them to distract the eye and also there is a lot of awkwardness in the cover photos.
Images from previous carnivals in Las Palmas
On the carnival, there will be various types of characters and costumes that would remind of some folk/fairy tales.
My images from the carnival
For the final image, I chose the picture with a clown what immediately reminded me of folk stories about clown kidnappers. I also edited the final image in the style of VICE cover images what looks slightly desaturated and with little bit sepia tone in it.
To achieve this I was holding a flash gun in my left hand and pointed it from above and as much as possible away from the camera to the left side.
There was and questionnaire what needed to be filled in to get accepted for the competition. You can see the questions and my answers here below.
PLEASE ANSWER THE FOLLOWING (100 WORDS MAX PER ANSWER):
HOW would you Describe your photography?
Mostly I shoot fashion because I like working with people and working with a team I get a lot of inspiration and motivation for projects. My photography comes from passion. I Like to create images that make people stop and think for a while.
Why do you think your work is commercially appealing?
Because my work is technical side is very commercial, I like to light up the subject and bring attention to it while having a pleasant view on the background.
Why do you want to BE a commercial Photographer?
Because I like challenges and being a commercial photographer you have to make the product look better than it actually is and that’s what makes me excited about photography, being challenged and overcoming the challenges.
What, in your opinion, does the future hold for photography?
Future is very bright for photography although mobile phone cameras are getting better and DSLR’s are getting cheaper what makes it available for everyone but professionalism, knowledge, and experience what divides and will always divide professionals and amateurs.
LPA FUTURES COMPETITION – TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Be over 18 years old.
Be based within the UK.
Be emerging talent i.e. actively engaged in seeking a career as a professional/commercial photographer and beginning to gain recognition in the industry.
Produce work that is relevant to the Lisa Pritchard Agency and its clients.
Only submit work that was produced after November 2012.
Agree to enter into the LPA contract (standard photographers/agents contract), which will be provided to all shortlisted photographers who make it through to Round 2 of the judging process.
Provide at least 1 printed portfolio. Edit and advice on presentation to be provided by LPA.
Have a website. Edit and advice on presentation to be provided by LPA.
Invest their time and a few marketing funds in promotion over the 2 year contract period, details and costs to be discussed before signing LPA contract.
A total of 20 images to be submitted via email to email@example.com. Please only submit work that you feel is a good representation of your style and is relevant to LPA’s client base
LPA website for more details.
There is no entry fee.
CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES 10 PM 10TH FEBRUARY 2017
JPEG, 72 dpi, A4, RGB – e-mails should not exceed 5MB. All files must be labeled with the entrant’s full name and numbered 01-20 (e.g. lisapritchard01.jpeg).
It’s essential that all images can be reproduced to 20”x30”, 300 dpi, CMYK for the LPA Futures exhibition.
The goal is to select 5 photographers who demonstrate the potential to be successful commercial photographers.
We are looking for emerging photographers who have the potential to gain commissions from communication agencies and businesses directly to advertise products and services. In our experience, photographers who succeed in this area have a recognizable or ‘signature’ style, their work has a strong identity and often evokes an emotion. Aside from having a good eye and being technically faultless, good commercial photographers have a certain something that makes their photography memorable and engaging, whether that’s defined by an aesthetic or a subject matter, or both.
Upon signing the LPA Futures contract, photographers will be represented by LPA Futures for a period of 2 years, subject to the terms of the contract. The winners’ work will be displayed in the LPA Futures exhibition, which will be introduced to the industry for the first time at a private view in May 2017. LPA will contact the 5 winning photographers via telephone or email by 21st April 2017; please note unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted.
In addition to representation with Lisa Pritchard Agency for a 2 year period, all winners will receive the following prizes:
– £250 worth of lighting hire, a day’s studio hire and training course from Direct Photographic.
– £250 voucher towards a bespoke portfolio/portfolio bag from Delta Design.
– 4 30 x 20” C Type foamboard mounted exhibition prints and a 20% discount on C Type matt folio prints from Metro Imaging.
– A free ‘Shine Online’ website review and detailed analysis worth £200. Shine Online is a new and exciting collaboration between Manage My Website, experts in designing websites for photographers, and LPA.
– 1 hour of free legal advice from Swan Turton LLP. Please note this legal advice must be related to photography.
– £250 voucher towards insurance from William Carson/Chubb.
All prizes must be redeemed within the 2 year Contract period.
I looked through the other photographer’s portfolio who work for Lisa Pritchard Agency (LPA) and their work looks very polished, tidy and clean commercial photography. After looking through their previous winners for the futures competition and I was surprised that I didn’t see any fashion photographers, there was one photographer who had a little bit of fashion in her portfolio, though. Even after looking through their Photographers portfolio I still didn’t see any fashion photographers, there are more food, fine art and social photographers and all in high-end commercial style. Maybe they are not looking for fashion photographers or maybe they haven’t seen anyone who they like so far, so maybe there is a chance for me. Here below you can see the list of the photographers and previous LPA future winners.
I chose 19 images to submit for this competition and I had to create one more that would represent my signature style. My style is fashion photography, I like using various lighting set-ups to make the subject more interesting. I decided to do fashion style test shoot in the studio. I organized a model and makeup artist and asked the model to bring white clothes with her as I was planning to have the bright background for this shoot. The model just recently got 15 and she looked much younger than on the pictures I saw of her. Her height was 5,3ft and I saw it as a challenge to get a decent picture from her first but then during the shoot I realized that I have tho go very low to make her look tall. Going through the photos I was quite happy with one image what I will use for this competition. Here below is four images where from I chose one for the submission.
I chose a picture of her in portraiture style where she is holding right hand on her hip, its first above this text. I think this is the strongest image out of these four. The lighting suits her clothes better than on the other pictures because her clothes are properly lit up and the background color is not much darker than her clothes. Although her face expression is almost same on every picture but on the picture that I chose her careless expression and dominant pose match very well with the style of clothes she is wearing.
Here below are all 20 images that I submitted for the LPA Futures competition
To enter you must like and follow our City Art Centre Facebook page. Post your entry on our City Art Centre Facebook page using the hashtag #CaptureEdinburgh. Only one entry per category will be accepted. On your Facebook post state the title of your photograph, location was taken and the category you are entering, also using the following hashtag. #CaptureEdinburgh
You must also post a paper copy (no need for a quality print at this stage, just something for us to reference at judging stage) to the following address:
Capture Edinburgh Photography Competition
Learning and Programmes
City Art Centre
2 Market Street
On the back of the hard copy write your
Name of Photograph
Category you are entering
To get photographs for this competition I went to Edinburgh to take pictures from the Scottish Parliament building and also of Holyrood Park. I was fortunate to get nice weather and beautiful sky what made the hunt for the pictures much easier because from the beginning I was planning to capture Edinburgh showing the cloudy sky on the background. In total, I thought I had at least 4 images to choose between but ended up only 2 images that I liked and are quite competitive but the choice of the final image was easy for me. Below you can see 4 images were from I chose the final photo for the contest for „In all weathers“ category.
First two what I liked was the shot from Scottish Parliament Building and the second one from Holyrood Park. The other two images I didn’t like at all as they look too amateurish and look more like quick snaps rather than photographs. From the two chosen photographs I decided to use the one with Holyrood park for the contest because it looks more artistic than the one from the parliament. Before taking the picture from Holyrood park, when I was looking at it I saw in my head Andreas Gursky’s photograph what is most expensive photograph ever sold in the world and the price was $4,3 million. These horizontal parallel lines start from the foreground and go all the way up till the background where is the bright cloudy sky. The cyclist fits the picture very well to show the scale and to match the colors of the sky with his blue jacket. This image fits the „All weathers“ category as there is said Edinburgh with dull and leaden skies, with bright skies. On the picture, you don’t see Edinburgh so much but the Holyrood park is in the background and the mountain is very well known.
For my third project, I am going to do editorial Fashion shoot what I called “Out there, looking for…” and it will reflect the style of Annie Leibovitz and Richard Avedon. The title of the shoot will reflect on the models pose, expression and also on location. I will be shooting on different locations for different backgrounds and I will use the model poses and expression to make them look like they are looking or searching for something.
One model that I have worked with previously is signed for a modeling agency and she has her own Gown shop. She asked me if I would be interested in doing a shoot with her gowns and couple more models that she will also provide. For exchange, she wants images from the shoot to use for her gown advertisement. First, when she offered that to me, I wasn’t so keen on it because I had other work to do and I didn’t see much of a benefit from it. Couple days later I decided to use the opportunity to get my third project done. Fortunately, I have the freedom to be in charge of the shoot and can choose locations and style that I want and she will try to provide with whatever I will need for the shoot. First when I was planning that shoot I wanted to do outside on location but unfortunately right now is too cold outside so I will do a photo shoot inside where is warm.
When I was thinking about photographing gowns and dresses first thing that came to my mind was Annie Leibovitz fashion photography. Her images are all staged and you can see that there is a lot of work and effort put into the scene but her final outcome looks like candid photography what makes what I like so much about it. Here below you can see some inspirational work from Annie.
I wanted to get more inspiration but from different photographer and I found Richard Avedon fashion photography. Avedon made his models look very elegant and classy and models on his photographs look more feminine than on Leibovitz photography as her models look more powerful and independent.
Here below you will see inspirational photos from Avedon.
The selection of example photographs above from Annie Leibovitz and also Richard Avedon should show the idea what I’m trying to convey.
My third personal project was most successful compared to previous two. I planned to have two shoots in different locations and everything went as I was planning. I got to know more models and makeup artists who would like to collaborate with me for free to build up their portfolio. This project was very challenging to use studio lights because the ambient light was so low that the flash overexposed everything so I used flash to light up the background as well what changed the photograph totally.
With light on the background
Without light on the backround
If I would have to start this project again then I would do better research and also would concentrate more on making a story because I think my story don’t make so much sense.
These are the final 4 images that I chose for my third project.
I chose between these four photos that I think are the strongest ones in my portfolio. I looked through each image to find mistakes what could bring the points down to win that competition. The first image below that I shot in a studio in high key lighting is really strong and eye-catching but I decided to leave it out because of the empty background where is no interest and nowhere to look at what wouldn’t stand out so well. The picture with the red dress I thought straight away that this is a good picture but there is no chance that it could win this year because last year’s winning photograph was also with the red dress and I think they want something different for this year’s image so that picture is out. I like the third image below that I shot earlier this week, I think it would be interesting for judges to look at but don’t think that it’s good enough to win as the picture looks a little bit messy.
The B&W photo where the model is holding her hands on her hips and looking on the right side, I decided to use this image for calumet student photographer of the year because I believe this is one of my strongest images that I have in my portfolio at the moment. What I like about the photo is that the whole process behind it was really easy and simple. This image is shot from a lower angle looking up having BBC Glasgow building wall for the background. The model dress suits with the background very well and the leading lines on each side of the model keep the viewer attention in the center of the photograph. In photoshop I turned the image into black and white colors and draw a square around the model and turned outside of the square into negative color what gave nice overall effect. I like the model pose and face expression what suits very well.
For my second project, I am going to do high contrast black and white editorial fashion photography. The photographs will have a slightly dreamy look what I will create with motion blur and all the photographs will be taken in a photographic studio.
I have always liked black and white photographs and the strong contrast in it. I had ideas before to use a lot of blacks and turn them so dark to lose all the details from there. I started researching for inspiration to get some ideas and I found Irving Penn black and white fashion photographs where the blacks were so dark that looked like silhouettes with a little detail in it. Here is some examples below where you can see that the blacks are so dark that there is only little bit detail in it.
By Irving Penn
By Irving Penn
By Irving Penn
I started to looking for other photographers who have a similar style and I found some David Bailey photographs where he also used blacks in the same way like Irving Pen did. Here are some images from David Bailey.
By David Bailey
By David Bailey
I started to searching for some photographs where the model is wearing a dress and I found very elegant and beautiful photography that Mark Shaw did for Vanity Fair in 1953. I really like the dreamy and elegant look that these images have. Here below you can see Mark Shaw photographs that he took for Vanity Fair.
By Mark Shaw
By Mark Shaw
By Mark Shaw
By Mark Shaw
Some of the photos have slightly motion blur in it what reminded me straight away about Nick Knight who also has done some movement photography what inspired me to use motion blur in my photographs to add the dreamy look in the images. Nick Knight did a shoot with Lady Gaga where he also used the similar style that Irving Pen and David Bailey did that they turned the blacks so dark that it lost most of the details in it. Here below you can see Nick Knight photo with motion blur and also with Lady Gaga.
By Nick Knight
By Nick Knight
With black and white images I have been practicing one Photoshop technique what I really like. I saw this technique 2 years ago from Chris Nicholls. I will be using this kind of photoshop technique for my project. Here below you can see Chris Nicholls photo of that technique and my photographs where I have practiced that kind of technique.
By Chris Nicholls
By Edgar Basmakov
By Edgar Basmakov
By Edgar Basmakov
By Edgar Basmakov
By Edgar Basmakov
By Edgar Basmakov
This selection of images above shows the styles and the techniques that I’m going to combine for my project.
My second personal project didn’t go as I planned and unfortunately I didn’t get all the photos that I wanted because I organized 3 shoots and 2 of them were canceled. I organised first shoot for 2-nd of November and bought all the clothes for the model to wear and unfortunately day before the shoot the model said that she can’t come and I didn’t get any alternative model with so short time to go on with the shoot and I had to cancel it and take all clothes back to shop to get refunded before 14 days will go by. I couldn’t organize a shoot for a week after because we had BIPP seminars and I didn’t want to miss them so I organized two photo shoots for the following week after BIPP seminars. One shoot was organized for 16-th and second one for 17-th of November. I went shopping again and bought another set of clothes for both models to wear. The photo shoot on 16-th went quite well, I got some good images that I was happy with even though I couldn’t get the lighting exactly as I wanted because it was my first time using that lighting equipment. After the shoot, I went home and looked through the images to see what else I need to get from my next shoot. I wrote the model to be sure that she’s coming and if she has any questions that I could answer but I didn’t get back from her that night. Next day I woke up and first thing what I saw was a message from the model that she can’t come because her rehearsal time was changed and I had to cancel that shoot what gave me a little bit of panic because I didn’t find 4 images that I could use from my first shoot. I tried to organize one more shoot for 22 of November but unfortunately didn’t go so well so I tried to get 4 images out of the only shoot that I had. On the BIPP seminar, I learned from the fashion photographer that if you’re getting models for free then try to organize at least 3 of them and maybe 1 will show up if there will be showing up more and then just use more models and this is what I need to when I will be organizing upcoming shoots.
These are the final images that I chose for this project.
I was planning to do low-key studio shoot where I wanted to use a little bit of motion blur but unfortunately I models canceled on me and I had only high key shoot. I turned all images to BW in Photoshop and created shapes and circles with negative color that adds depth to the image. Overall this project gave me good experience and things to consider about for upcoming shoots. I had exactly same problems in my second project as I had in second where models cancelled on me, fortunately I had BIPP seminar where fashion photographer talked about same problems that models who are modelling for free cancel quite often so it’s better to organize three models for the same shoot and maybe one will show up, if more will show up then just work with more models and get bigger variety from the shoot.