MPA West Midlands Regional Print Competition and Presidential Visit 2018

Each year professional photographers from across the region compete in the MPA West Midlands Regional Print Competiton – a showcase of the very best of the industry around your local area.

The 2018 Regional Print Competition in the MPA West Midlands marked the 2nd birthday of our newly reformed region, under the leadership of Karen Massey AMPA, Mike Baker and myself.

A highlight of the region’s year, the regional print competition, was coordinated this year with the visit of the MPA President Richard Bradbury FMPA.

One role of the President is to champion membership, encourage members to help set goals of reaching out and attaining qualification within the association and improving relationships with the trade.

Our delegates enjoyed a full day of education, starting with a talk on Travel Photography by Saraya Cortaville. One of the few ladies to achieve two Fellowships within the industry.  The tales of Saraya’s travels and the challenges of being away from home for up to 3 months at a time, along with her beautiful work awed and inspired all present.

Richard Bradbury then gave our region and insight into his commercial work with the Guinness Book of World Records, shooting from Far East to Far Out. The quirky, to the downright bizarre. Have you met the most pierced lady? Bradbury has.

Finally, our print competition graced the evening, with a great mix of members and welcome new faces. Each photographer can enter the MPA West Midlands region print competition, with a huge range of categories, from Wedding, Portraits, Architectural, Newborns, Animals, the list is exhaustive.

Images are entered into the competition totally anonymously, the judge has an initial image sift to ensure the right categories are used and to inspect the print quality. Later, the images are discussed, the judge giving ideas on how to improve the image or areas to pay attention to.

Awards are then given for the best images, based on judging criteria from a national standard – A Merit, an Award of Excellence or a Gold. There are then Awards for Regional Master Photographer of the Year.

Here are a few images from the day: