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Key dates for SIE 2015

Closing date 8 Feb 2015    
Judging for classes A, B & C 20-22 Feb 2015    
Judging for classes D, E & F 28 Feb - 1 Mar 2015    
Report cards 11 Mar 2015    
Official opening 9 May 2015    
Catalogues posted 17 May 2015    
Prints posted 17 May 2015

Entry classes

A Mono Print
B Colour Print
C Open Digital
D Nature Digital
E Photo Travel Digital
F Nature Print

2015 Selection Panels

There are two panels of judges, each handling a different group of entry classes.

  A, B & C D, E & F
Caroline Colegate  ARPS  
Michael O'Sullivan  FRPS FIPF  
Christine Widdall  EFIAP MPAGB  
John Chamberlin  FRPS MFIAP APAGB  
Clive Rathband  FRPS EFIAP FPSSA  
Joan Ryder Rathband  FRPS AFIAP FPSSA  

Caroline Colegate  ARPS

We are very grateful to Caroline for stepping in at short notice to replace Susan Brown, who has cancelled her attendance for family reasons.

Caroline achieved her ARPS in Contemporary Photography in 2011 and enjoys all genres of photography. Her own personal choice of subject matter is anything to which she has a strong emotional attachment or one that has an enduring expressive quality.

She is passionate about the quality of images and plays an active role in coaching people to achieve both RPS & PAGB distinctions. In 2002 she became a judge for the Southern Counties Photographic Federation (SCPF) and additionally has made a significant contribution to photography throughout the region with her activities in judging, lecturing and raising the profile of camera clubs to a wider audience. Caroline is a member of the SCPF Judging Committee and is involved with the vetting and assessing of applications from potential new judges. She was awarded a Roll of Honour from the SCPF in 2013.

Caroline was elected President of Bracknell Camera Club in 2008, a post she still holds, and has been their Programme Secretary for seventeen years. It is a programme envied by many other clubs in both composition and content.


Michael O'Sullivan  FRPS FIPF

Based in County Cork, Éire, Michael O'Sullivan is the Chairman and founder of Cork International Salon of Photography. He is the current president of the Irish Photographic Federation, where he holds a fellowship and is a member of their adjudication panel for photographic distinctions. Michael is also a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society.

He is a very experienced photographer in both the amateur and professional arenas, having had his work published both nationally and internationally. Michael produces landscape, fashion, commercial and portrait photographs, but is best known for his personal work, which may be described as 'fantasy-themed conceptual art'. Stylistically, his work references the painters of the Renaissance, Baroque and Romantic eras, as well as the great fantasy artists of the 20th century, but retains a unique signature. His current obsession is his 'Fallen Angels' series, which is a vehicle for his view of the world, and humanity's place in it.

Michael is an experienced photography teacher; a popular lecturer and speaker in Ireland and the UK. He leads workshops for photographers at all levels, including master-classes for advanced photographers. He has judged competitions throughout both Ireland and the UK, and as far afield as Canada.


Christine Widdall  EFIAP MPAGB

Christine was brought up taking photographs and processing them in the darkroom. After being dissuaded from taking up photography as a profession in her teens, she engaged in a career as a health professional until 2006, when she returned to her roots and embraced a new career as a social and commercial photographer. In recent years she has become a frequent entrant to photographic salons, where she has achieved many awards for her creative work. Christine enjoys judging at all levels and organises a mentoring scheme for photographers in the North West who aspire to the PAGB Awards. As a lecturer, she is one of twenty two supported by PermaJet. Working in both colour and monochrome, her own photography encompasses a number of genres and recent projects include documenting the landscape of Saddleworth, creative montage, sport and nature.


John Chamberlin  FRPS MFIAP APAGB

John has been a prolific photographer for over 35 years. He gained the Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society in 1984 and a Fellowship the following year. Until December 2009 he was a member of the RPS Travel Distinctions Panel and Chair of the Visual Art Panel. He has also served on the RPS Nature Panel and the Fellowship Board. In 2008 John was awarded the Fenton Medal for services to the Society. As well as 'Arena', he is a member of the London Salon and the Zoological Photo Club.

His images have been exhibited extensively in Britain and in various countries around the world, gaining many awards and he has also acted as a selector at countless national and international exhibitions. John works in both monochrome and colour with his current images being captured digitally. He is essentially a photographer rather than a digital artist, preferring to capture images 'in the field' rather than creating them in Photoshop. His current areas of interest are 'the landscape', macro work in the urban environment and wildlife photography.

In addition to his visual art photography John is an extremely active nature photographer. He has captured wildlife images all over the world but has a particular love for Africa, a continent he has visited over thirty times.


Clive Rathband  FRPS EFIAP FPSSA

Clive was born in England but has strong links to South Africa where he met his wife, Joan. He has been a keen and active photographer since 1972 with a great love of the natural world.

Clive is inspired by the landscape and the flora and fauna of the UK, especially in his native Wiltshire, but is also equally at home in the dry desert landscapes of Southern Africa. He enjoys taking photographs in the National Parks of Southern Africa and has travelled to many other countries in search of photographic subjects.

Clive is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society (FRPS) and a Fellow of the Photographic Society of South Africa (FPSSA) and was awarded the EFIAP in 1992. More recently he was awarded the DPAGB.

He has been a winner of many awards across the world, including the Royal Photographic Society Gold Medal for the Best Nature Photograph in the 2005 RPS International Exhibition. Clive has been invited to judge many national and international exhibitions and to judge in his local area when the travel schedule permits. He is a current member of the Royal Photographic Society Natural History Distinctions Panel and has been involved in related Advisory Days and Distinction Workshops.

Clive and Joan give talks to clubs and societies across the United Kingdom and in South Africa.


Joan Ryder Rathband  FRPS AFIAP FPSSA

Joan, born in South Africa, loves wildlife, nature and creative photography and also enjoys doing audio-visuals.

Favourite South African photographic spots include the Kruger National Park and Kgalagadi (Kalahari) National Park, as well as Cape Town and the west coast of South Africa. Always in search of the elusive “mood” lighting, she also loves the beautiful landscapes and soft lighting in the UK as well as the fauna and flora of both countries. Married to Clive Rathband, they both enjoy photographing together - and the friendly rivalry that ensues.

Joan, a keen photographer since 1974, has gained many photographic awards, including a Gold Medal at the Royal Photographic Society International Exhibition. She is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society; a Fellow of the Photographic Society of Southern Africa and has also been awarded an AFIAP and the DPAGB.

She has lectured extensively and has also judged at many National and International Salons and Exhibitions - both in South Africa and the UK. Joan was also a member of the Distinctions Panel in South Africa. Always willing to share her knowledge, she has, more recently, been holding workshops and giving one-on-one tuition for photographers who wish to apply for distinctions and other honours.

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