** An Overdue Update **

18th March 2016
I have not been very proactive in posting updates on my photographic exploits this last 12 months, but am happy to report that it has been essentially 'more of the same' as far as acceptances and awards are concerned! I continue to travel all over the UK and Ireland as a guest speaker, doing Print presentations of my work. In 2016 I have already been to South Manchester Club in Didsbury, North Cheshire club in Stockport, Stirling in Scotland, and Off Shoot CC in Cabinteely, Dublin.



I was delighted to be awarded the "Blue Badge" for the best individual author in the prestigious Smethwick International in Birmingham, and I also repeated last year's performance in Southampton with another total of 5 Awards.

Recent highlights have been the performance of an all natural light image, of Fredau, taken at Bellurgan Park in Dundalk - called 'Thoughts of Leaving.' It was awarded in each of the first 4 International Exhibitions that it was entered - F2 Sociedad in Argentina; Strakonice in Czech Republic; Narava in Slovenia, and Smethwick in England. It has recently been awarded in the 5* Trofeu Torretes in Spain, and the prestigious Southampton in England, as well as a Silver Medal in the Yardley National Exhibition 2016:

"Thoughts of Leaving"



Another new image, entitled "Leap in the Dark" has also won several awards in several Salons, both Nationally and Internationally including a Medal in Bristol 2016. A monochrome studio image of the model Anna Rose, from London :

"Leap in the Dark"



"Fur Collar" scored 15/15 in Bristol and was awarded :



"Hollie" was awarded in both Smethwick and Southampton as a mono print:




Fredau won me another FIAP Gold Medal recently in the 5* Trofeu Torretes in Spain for "Hole in the Wall" - another 100% natural light, high key nude image.

"Hole in the Wall"



I hope to achieve the Fellowship of the BPE during 2016 which will bring an end to my participation in the National Exhibitions, apart from judging roles. I am also close to achieving EFIAP/Gold which is the likely end point for my participation in the Internationals, although I will continue to enter what I regard as the 5* Print Salons such as Edinburgh, Smethwick, and Southampton in the UK, Tallaght in Ireland, and of course the 5* Trierenberg Circuit in Austria.
I have recently judged the Scottish Print Championships in Stirling alongside my friends from Smethwick PS, Roger and Judith Parry, and I am also booked to Judge Southampton International 2017 and the Bristol International 2017.

At present I am awaiting results from a handful of National and International Exhibitions and I will strive to keep this blog updated.

Thank you for taking the time,

Ross McKelvey MPAGB FIPF EFIAP/B ABPE