24 September 2013

Did the judges get it right?

Did the judges get it right? 

Vote for your favourite portrait in the 2013 Fremantle International Portrait Prize and you could win a professional camera bag for travellers valued at $369 - the Lowepro Pro Runner X450 Rolling Backpack.

http://www.fremantleportraitprize.org.au/

04 September 2013

Visit the FiPP website for the latest FiPP news

Check out the very latest FiPP news, images, stories and winners in the 2013 Fremantle International Portrait Prizewww.fremantleportraitprize.org.au

Image by 2013 FiPP Finalist Mstylay Chernov from Ukraine

The Great Sampson Green by Mstylav Chernov from Kharkiv, Ukraine

The Narrative
A classic representative of bright and magnet chartered of Barbados. Poseur as he is, but good humoured and cheerful, Green is representative of all the people who live on Caribbean islands - descendants of African natives brought here centuries ago for slavery - now free spirited and full of life. Part of the Faces of the Seas project'

For full details visit www.fremantleportraitprize.org.auwww.fremantleportraitprize.org.au 

30 August 2013

Official Opening 2013 Fremantle International Portrait Prize

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettit
Theo Fakos receives his award Award from Ric Forlano
More than 200 people attended the official opening of the 2013 Fremantle International Portrait Prize. The Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettit officially opened teh exhibition and praised the organizers for establishinga major international art event in Fremantle.

 2013 FiPP Committee
Lawrie Beilin presents Stef King with her award
Catering was courtesy of the generaous support of Tasty Express in Fremantle with music by the Mill Point Quartet. Guests saw two hundred of the best images projected onto the big screen.

Opening night volunteers
Anna Gorge accepting the winner's medal
on behalf of Goran Jovic from Croatia
The major prizes were presented by Ric Forlano, CEO of the Arthritis and Osteporosis Foundation of Western Australia. Paparazzi photography by Angelique Lee.






29 August 2013

FiPP 2013 Exhibition Closes Sunday 1 Sept

Highly commended: Jackie Tran (South Australia) 'London Rising'**


First Prize
Goran Jovic 'Rain Boy'
Splitsko-Dalmatinska, Croatia
AU$5000 cash, inscribed winner's medallion plus $250 Momento voucher

Second Prize
Charmaine Heyer 'Dog's Best Friend'
Mooroobool, Queensland
Nikon D800 +50mm lens plus $150 Momento voucher

Third Prize
John Coxon 'Lady with Pipe'
Kotara South, New South Wales
Apple iPad Mini plus $100 Momento voucher

Print Handlers' Prizes
Istvan Kerekes 'Tearful Eyes'
Mosonmagyarovar, Hungary
GoPro Hero 3 Black edition camera

Theo Fakos 'Sadness has a Name'
Dianella, Western Australia
GoPro Hero 3 Black edition camera

Highly Commended
(recipients receive certificates of commendation)

Philip Blenkinsop 'Freedom Fighter'
Thailand and Nedlands, Australia

Fabricio Benavidez 'The Men of the Family'
Entre Rios, Argentina

Stefanie King 'Faith'
Mullaloo, Western Australia

Jackie Tran 'London Rising'
Ingle Farm, South Australia


The FiPP 2013 Exhibition closes on Sunday 1 September. See 82 of the world's best contemporary portraiture. The exhibition is open 10am-4pm daily at the Moores Contemporary Art Building in Henry St Fremantle.

  Free entry

**London Rising (The Story)
'London -steeped with traditions. Everyday I hear stories from Syria or Egypt and how the world dies just a little bit more. I want to hear about hedonistic pleasures, to see the shackles of conservatism and traditions. We boarded the Tube in the peak hour and I told my friends to strip and pose in front of the affluent passengers departing Kensington station. To remind them of what they are missing.'

26 August 2013

Second Prize - Fremantle International Portrait Prize 2013


Photo: Charmaine Heyer


Second Prize in the 2013 Fremantle International Portrait Prize went to Charmaine Heyer from Mooroobool, Queensland, Australia.



The Story:
This is a story about Roger and Jessie, his border collie. Jessie is getting very old now, her mobility is quite limited. Roger does all he can with medication and love to make her life more comfortable. Roger is such a wonderful dog handler - a Super Master.

'La Maschera Più Bella' - Venice

FiPP Finalist Lidia D'Opera shot 'La Maschera Più Bella' in Venice.


Photo: Lidia D'Opera

The Story:
'The Carnival in Venice is celebrated prior to Lent. History depicts a celebration whereby revellers would enjoy several weeks of partying to rid their pantry of meat prior to the 40 days of fasting. Today, the 18th century traditions continue ... with day and night street parties, balls and events whereby revellers dress in costumes and masks'

One of 82 remarkable portrait images on display for just one week at teh Moores Building in Henry St Fremantle 10am-4pm daily. Exhibition closes Sept 1

The Forgotten Soul


Photo: Stuart Shepherd
FiPP 2013 Finalist Stuart Shepherd's 'The Forgotten Soul' from Coodanup, Western Australia.
One of 82 remarkable portrait images on display for just one week at teh Moores Building in Henry St Fremantle 10am-4pm daily. Exhibition closes Sept 1.
Free entry. Catalogues $5. T shirts $25

25 August 2013

2013 FiPP Exhibition 24 Aug - 1 March. One week only.

The remarkable portrait images of the 2013 Fremantle International Portrait Prize are being exhibited for just ONE week at the Moores Building, Henry St Fremantle from 24 Aug to 1 Sept 10am-4pm daily.

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Goran Jovic from Croatia wins 2013 Fremantle International Portrait Prize


Congratulations Goran Jovic, winner of the 2013 Fremantle International Portrait Prize.

From Splitsko-Dalmatinska in Croatia, Goran's image 'Rain Boy' was the unanimous choice of the three judges.

Photo: Goran Jovic


The Story
'This photograph was made during my volunteer work with an aid association in Ngorongoro Tanzania. I was attending a Masai tribe ceremony in Aljanemalok village. After the ceremony, I was in shut with the Masai Chief sharing some food when I saw this boy standing in the rain almost as if he was hypnotised. I'm still not sure if his expression was about food or about the white man in the village. The Chief would not let me share my food with the kid saying that kids need to show respect to the older ones. In any event, I grabbed my camera and took this shot'

Goran wins AU$5000 cash, an inscribed FiPP 2013 medallion anda AU$250 Memento voucher.

01 August 2013

Finalists published







List of Finalists in the Fremantle International Portrait Prize published. 







To read list of finalists go to: http://www.fremantleportraitprize.org.au/news.htm

28 July 2013

Judge Janet Craig exposed

Janet Craig 2013 FIPP Judge
Another of our esteemed panel of judges, Janet Craig answers our questions!

How do you take your coffee?
Soy flat white

Your favourite colour socks?
Purple

Your favourite camera?
Nikon

Favourite music?
Vangelis Tubular Bells

Favourite holiday destination?
Lancellin

When you travel what is the one thing you never leave home without?
Swim goggles

Is there anything that scares you?
Getting lost

What is your nickname?
Panny

If you could invite anyone in the world to dinner asa dinner guest, who would you invite?
Suzy Quatro

If you were an animal, what animal would you be?
Whale

Is there one incident in history (in your lifetime) that sticks in your mind?
Bombing of twin towers and Princess Diana's death

What is the most dangerous thing you have ever done?
Can't think of anything

If you could photograph anyone in the world, who would you choose?
Gough Whitlam

Your favourite item of clothing?
Bathers

Who is your favourite sportsperson?
Jeff Fenech

Your favourite phone app?
Snapseed

Favourite ice cream flavour
English Toffee





27 July 2013

Judge Roger Garwood exposed


We asked Roger Garwood, one of the three FIPP 2013 judges to answer 20 questions so you could get to know him better.
Photo: Narayani Palmer

How do you take your
coffee?
With a large dash of brandy in winter. A smaller dash in summer.

Your favourite colour socks? What are socks?

Your favourite camera? Whatever I have with me

What is your favourite thing
about Perth?
The road to Fremantle

Your favourite piece of
music?
Melanie Safka singing Ruby Tuesday

Your favourite holiday
destination?
Tasty Express cafe every day




When you travel, what is the
one thing you never leave
home without?
A sense of excitement.

Is there anything that scares
you?
Dale Neill asking me to judge a photo competition

What is your nickname? Depends how formal we're being but God will do for the moment.

What book are you currently
reading or (or read last)?
Biography of Somerset Maugham by Selena Hastings

If you could invite anyone in
the world to dinner as a
dinner guest, who would you
invite?
Not Somerset Maugham, anybody else would be fine, even Dale
Neill.

If you were an animal, what
animal would you be?
My cats, they're spoilt rotten. So much so they invite me to dinner
with them - they get better food than me every day.

Is there one incident in
history (in your lifetime) that
sticks in your mind?
The day Neil Armstrong landed on the moon. I happened to be at the
bottom of Loch Ness so could not have been more diametrically
opposed to him.

What is the most dangerous
thing you have ever done?
Fill in a questionnaire

Your favourite item of
clothing?
A Leica M6 - or silk underwear, preferably being worn by Melanie
Safka but not by me.

If you could photograph
anyone in the world, who
would you choose?
Not Dale Neill. I'd like to find the only person in the world who is
not on Face Book.

Who is your favourite
sportsperson?
Any one of them who can walk the length of a footy ground without
being assisted by drugs.

Your favourite phone app? The one which tells me how much money is going out of my bank. I
think it's called 'Sleepless Night'

Your favourite ice cream
flavour?
Rum and raisin - with lashings of rum, no raisins and no ice cream.

Sponsor - Mill Point Quartet

Enigmatic Music Makers - the Mill Point Quartet have been kind enough to sponsor the Fremantle International Portrait Prize for the second year. They will provide the music for the official opening on 24 August.
Mill Point Quartet at His Majesty's Theatre Perth Western Australia

25 July 2013

2013 Finalists Notified


Finalists in the 2013 Fremantle International Portrait Prize have now been notified. Finalists have been  given seven days to supply a high resolution image, title, narrative and ratify the authenticity of the image.

If you are one of the finalists congratulations on being judged at being in the top 4% of 1760 entrants.

To all other entrants, thank you for entering the 2013 Fremantle International Portrait Prize and supporting the Arthritis and Osteoporosis Foundation on Western Australia.

In addition to the major prizes, there is still the People's Choice and Steward's Awards (image handler's) Awards to be decided.

17 July 2013

Who entered the Fremantle International Portrait prize

Besides Australia, The Fremantle International Portrait Prize received entries from 29 countries:

2012 entry from Serino Paola in Italy

  • Argentina
  • Bangladesh
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Malaysia
  • Moldova
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Poland
  • Russia
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam


Thank you to all our overseas participants. We wish you well!
For full details visit fremantleportraitprize.org.au

13 July 2013

For those interested in following the progress of the 2013 Fremantle International Portrait Prize stage one of judging is now complete.
Each of the three judges spent three days and three nights carefully  examining all 1760 entries and draughting them into a hierarchy of folders. During the first stage the judges work individually with no consultation with fellow judges or anyone else.

The next stage is the amalgamation of the folders and ratings to identify acceptances, short-listed and finalists.

In the final judging stage the three judges will come together, view the images in detail to discuss and argue the merits of the 75 finalists.


09 July 2013

Record number of entries received

At one minute past midnight last night we locked down the 2013 Fremantle International Portrait Prize.
We received 1760 entries from 25 countries and every state in Australia. Amazingly, more than one million hits on our website.
Its been a privelege to witness the arrival of some of the world's best portrait photographs from a diversity of cultures and photographic styles. 
Now, its the over to the judges!

04 July 2013

Inspirational thoughts on Portrait Images

If the image makes me laugh, or cry, or reminds me of falling in love I will probably like it.
If the image makes me proud of being a part of the human race or aghast at what a fellow human has done I respect and recognise the image for its contribution.
If the image is full of intrigue, is clever, has secrets hidden within the pixels then it will most likely fascinate me.
If the image tells the story of connection between two human beings or between a person and an animal I am warmed by the relationship.
If the image exudes sensuality it may captivate me.
If the images spurs me to take action then I am impressed with its power.
If the images captures a split-second in history that is a potential milestone I am in awe.
If the picture paints a story without using any words I want to 'read' the story.
If I believe the photograph is a work of art I will enjoy the insight into the author's creative soul.
If the image illustrates the innocence and spontaneity of childhood I will share the joy of the kids and the photographer.

However, if  I look at the image and feel nothing at all  ........
............. I will think 'next print please'.

Final entries for the 2013 Fremantle International Portrait Prize Monday 8 July midnight WST.
AU$10,000 in cash and prizes
All proceeds to the Arthritis and Osteoporosis Foundation of Western Australia
Click HERE for details.

02 July 2013

Who runs the Fremantle International Portrait Prize?


Somebody wrote to me today and asked 'Who runs the Fremantle International Portrait Prize' ?
We're a group of people who love photography. Most of us are  members of the Fremantle Camera Club but not all! A minority barrack for the Eagles but most of us are enlightened! We all share the common passion of striving for excellence in a world class Portrait Award and giving something back to the community - the Arthritis and Osteoporosis Foundation of WA.


L-R Dale Neill, Ivor Metlitzky, Sandy Chaney, George Woodward, Professor Lawrie Beilin,  Abigail Harman, Dr John Quintner, Peter Ramshaw. (photographer: Krissie Grech)

The 2013 Fremantle International Portrait Prize closes midnight (WST) on Mon 8 July. There's AU$10,000 in cash and prizes. All proceeds to the Arthritis and Osteoporosis Foundation of Western Australia.

01 July 2013

Last few days of Fremante International Portrait prize

Last entries for the Fremantle International Portrait Prize will close off at midnight WST on Monday 8 July 2013.

That's just six days away.

Today, with a week to go, the servers and phones ran hot with an increased flow of entries. 

Approximately 1% of entrants have experienced resizing problems. However, with a little time, patience and assistance they all managed to get entries successfully submitted.


If you are interested in entering I advise you not to wait until the last 24 hours. If you experience entry difficulties on the last day you may have insufficient time to solve the problem.

The fIPP offers AU$10,000 in cash and prizes. All profits go to charity - the Arthritis and Osteoporosis Foundation of WA. Click HERE for entry details.

30 June 2013

No limits in the Fremantle International Portrait Prize

Most photography awards place time limit of one or two years on when the entry was taken.

However, in the Fremantle International Portrait Prize 2013 there is NO time limit whatsoever.

From a Kodachrome transparency 1960. Shot on a Hanimex C35 camera
As the entry deadline gets close, there is no excuse for saying 'I haven't got enough time to take a photograph for the competition'.

In your albums, archives, slides, negatives, digital files there must be one great portrait that you have taken at some time in your life.

We would love to see it. You could be in with a chance to win AU$10,000 in cash and prizes in Western Australia's most exciting, truly international photographic event.

ENTRIES CLOSE 8 JULY2013

Click HERE for details.

Stress and Creativity


Can a photographer with enormous creative potential still be creative when stressed to the max?
Some photographers excel when the pressure is on, with deadlines to meet and budgets tighter than  a Botero girdle. They're the high octane brigade.


Over 20 years of photography teaching and tour leading I've noticed photographers seriously stressed with work, family or relationship issues struggle to produce artistic images.
Photography is usually a major interest. Their day job is in middle or senior management; long hours, pressures and low job satisfaction. 
They often join a tour with a head cold or extreme  tiredness. 
On tour, they spend the first week sleeping and recharging; week two they are back to shooting and by week three they are back to  creating and enjoying life.
Everyone, including photographers, need sufficient time to think, dream, create and play. 
Photography is more than buying an expensive camera. Its more than pushing a button or playing Photoshop. 
Photography is a love affair with life. 

Time is running out. For your last chance to win AU$10,000 in cash and prizes enter the Fremantle International Portrait Prize by 8 July.
 Click HERE for details.

26 June 2013

Pharaoh's approach to Better Portraits


Music
Splash of red
Shoot odd hours
Choose amazing angles
Seek challenging locations
Let your image tell a narrative
Atmospherics  use fog, rain, smog
Interaction between a person and animal
Match subject to lighting. Harsh subject  harsh lighting



Fremantle International Portrait Prize 2013
With  AU$10,000  in  cash and prizes
Proceeds to Arthritis Foundation
ENTRIES CLOSE 8 JULY

20 June 2013

Arthroblog No 13 - Reactive Arthritis


This form of arthritis originally bore the name “Reiter’s syndrome” after the German physician Hans Conrad Julius Reiter [1920-1944], who first identified the triad of arthritis, eye inflammation, and genital inflammation. However, his name is slowly being detached from the diagnosis because of his history of membership of the Nazi party, and forced human experimentation at Buchenwald concentration camp. Reiter died on the Western Front and was prosecuted (posthumously) as a war criminal at Nuremburg.

Dont forget to submit your entries to the Fremantle International Portrait Prize: www.fremantleportraitprize.org.au

18 June 2013

Photo Tip No 16 - Use an interesting angle

If you are comfortable using a conventional, conservative approach to you portraiture maybe its time to consider a change.

If your camera is always at about eye level; your camera's aspect ratio is always in 3:2 portrait mode and you use a spirit level to make sure the horizon is horizontal think again.

Consider your location, the vantage points, the angles and the lighting. The same subject may look a lot different with an interesting angle.

Enter your best photograph in the 2013 Fremantle International Portrait Prize for your chance to share in AU$10,000 in cash and prizes.
Entries close on 8 July

16 June 2013

Five Things to add Punch to Portraits

1. Photograph two people instead of one
As soon as you introduce a second person into the frame you are not only photographing a second person but also the relationship between the two people. For example a grandfather and granddaughter.

2. Capture Emotion
Its relatively easy to photograph a posed person with a smile or a bland look on their face. However, if you can capture real joy, sorrow, anticipation or surprise these could add a powerful element to your image.

3. Capture Animation
Animated portraits develop a life of their own. One or two people reacting to a dog or cat may do it. Often a person's hidden personality will be revealed in the presence of a pet. Alternatively, it could be the reaction from a person to another element such as a vehicle or the reaction to an incident in sport.


4. Try using Monochrome
Colour is an extremely powerful tool in portraiture. However, in some cases, colour can also be b distraction. Consider treating your image as a monochrome.  You may find that shape and texture have more emphasis and the image impact increases.

5. Make sure Key Features are Sharp
Sharpness is a critical issue in portraiture. That doesn't mean that the entire image has to be pin-sharp. However, it usually requires the yes to be sharp along with any other critical features you are trying to emphasise. The viewer will always be drawn to the sharp areas of the image.


The Fremantle International Portrait prize offers more thanAU$10,000 in prizes including a AU$5,000 cash First Prize and aNikon D800 with 50mm lens as Second Prize. Entries close on 8 July 2013. For more information and entry details click HERE.

All proceeds from the Fremantle International Portrait Prize go to the Arthritis and Osteoporosis Foundation of Western Australia




















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Arthroblog No 12 - Sciatica

Barbara

In 1764, Dominicus Cotunnius published a booklet wherein he distinguished two varieties of sciatica – ischia nervosa, a swelling or irritation of the sciatic nerve, and nervous hip gout arising from inflammation of the hip joint. According to Dr Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), who suffered from the former type, ischia nervosa is one of the most acute pains known to mankind. It was thought due to “rheumatism of the cellular element of the great sciatic nerve” and is characterized by “an excruciating pain, extending from the loins down the back part of the thigh, particularly urgent during the night, and totally preventing sleep.”* Some authorities attributed sciatica to “the combined influence of cold and moisture.” Although we still use the term sciatica, most cases are really due to lumbar nerve root irritation, usually in association with inter-vertebral disc prolapse.
*George Gregory, Elements of the Theory and Practice of Medicine, 1839

Dont forget to submit your entries to the Fremantle International Portrait Prize: www.fremantleportraitprize.org.au

15 June 2013

Photo Tip No 15 - Composite Images

We have received a few enquiries about the rules relating to composite images.

A composite image is one that has had other elements added to the original exposure. For example, a texture may have been added.

In the Fremantle International Portrait Prize a composite image is legal only if the entrant has personally shot each of the elements. In the case of a  texture layer, you can use it in your photograph if you actually shot the texture yourself. You are not permitted to simply find a texture on the internet.

A composite image could also have been created inside your camera by using the multiple-exposure facility (check your instruction manual).

If you become a finalist, the Fremantle International Portrait Prize may require you to send the RAW or ORIGINAL images for each of the elements in your image for verification.

The image shown here is a composite image with two elements.

  1. The photograph of the person in the building.
  2. The 'texture' is the subject's diary that I photographed and blended into the image.
In this hypothetical example, this image would be eligible because I actually photographed both components.

The Fremantle International Portrait prize offers more than AU$10,000 in prizes including a AU$5,000 cash First Prize and a Nikon D800 with 50mm lens as Second Prize. Entries close on 8 July 2013. For more information and entry details click HERE.

All proceeds from the Fremantle International Portrait Prize go to the Arthritis and Osteoporosis Foundation of Western Australia



13 June 2013

Arthroblog No 11 - Rheumatic Fever (the 'most tedious of all the acute inflammations')


These days rheumatic fever tends to be an uncommon disease of children and adolescents, but can affect adults. Its importance was not fully understood until the end of the 18th century when Archibald Pitcairne (1652-1713), a distinguished Scottish physician, pointed out that it could “touch” the heart (particularly the valves) as well as the joints. It is “ushered in by a sudden attack of rigors, followed by the usual symptoms of pyrexia, and ... great pain and swelling which affect one of more joints, coupled with an utter inability to move them, and very commonly with considerable redness. Several joints are commonly affected at the same time but one of the most singular phenomena is its tendency to abate in one or two joints, often very suddenly, and to become as suddenly violent in another and a distant part.”* A preceding infection with a microbe known as the beta-haemolytic streptococus, which can infect throat and skin, is known to have a great deal to do with the disease which, with the advent of antibiotics, is preventable.
*George Gregory, Elements of the Theory and Practice of Medicine, 1839

Dont forget to submit your entries to the Fremantle International Portrait Prize: www.fremantleportraitprize.org.au

12 June 2013

Last chance to see the 2012 winners


2012 Fremantle Portrait Prize Revisit
Epson Gallery
268 Lord St Perth

Closes 12 noon 15 July 9am - 4.30pm Mon - Fri

Did you miss out on seeing the 2012 Fremantle Portrait Prize at the Moores Building?  Here is your chance to see the winners and a selection of the very best entries.
The Epson Gallery is located inside Team Digital* 268 Lord St Perth.  Free parking is available.

* Team Digital are proud sponsors of the 2013 Fremantle International Portrait Prize

The closing date for the 2013 Fremantle International Portrait Prize is 8 July 2013. This year there is more than AU$10,000 in cash and prizes with a AU$5,000 cash First Prize. For entry details click HERE.

Left: 2012 winning entry by Louise Cooke