Convention Thursday p.m.

Anvil House Stairwell Photographers
Anvil House Stairwell Photographers

Workshops were the theme for the afternoon.  The one I attended was by Jim Simmons who provided plenty of insight into architectural photography. We then went across the road to Anvil House which provided opportunities to use the techniques learned. And of course it’s always fun getting pictures of photographers taking pictures – in this case of a beautifully lit stairwell.

Lui Heung Shing
Lui Heung Shing

In the evening, Pulitzer-prize winning photojournalist Liu Heung Shing provided a unique personal insight into the changes in China from 1949 to 2008 and background to the book “China. Portrait of a Country.” It was a privilege to hear from him.

Presentation of the Canon Online results for 2012 followed, with Tom Wielemborek being presented with the trophy as the overall winner.

Then we had a 35 minute AV of  the accepted and awarded projected images for Natex. This AV is also running as a continuous show in the exhibition area, plus all images can be individually accessed on two iPads.  Don’t forget that the exhibition is open to all (not just convention registrants) from 9 am to 5 pm on Friday and Saturday.

Annie Carmichael with Richard Ratcliff Trophy
Annie Carmichael with Richard Ratcliff Marine Award Trophy

The final event for the evening was presentation of all the Natex awards. One of the many special ones was to Annie Carmichael from the Southland Photographic Society who won the Richard Ratcliff Marine Award for the best Maritime Image, since we had the actual trophy present at the Convention.  This is valuable and fragile, so isn’t often able to be seen.  Here’s Annie proudly holding it.

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