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The 15th Great Northern Festival

Was held at Wilmslow Guild Adult Education Centre

4th to 6th December 2009

The Jury for this event were:-

  • Eddie Spence Chairman of the Jury
  • Maureen Albright
  • Phil Barker

The top Awards went to:-

Gold Medal ...And Never Cackled Richard Brown
Silver Medal And There Grow Flowers Martin Fry
Bronze Medal Migrant Mother Howard Bagshaw
George & Doreen Pollock Medal - Restricted Category Award
  A Case For Conan Doyle Jeff Mansell & Phil Gee

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Le Club d'Activités Photo de Meyrin (CAPM) 9th Biennial Slideshow

Friday 13th & Saturday 14th November 2009
Held at The Meyrin Forum, Geneva, Switzerland

Under the auspices of the City of Meyrin and the patronage of the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP), this event was part of a great image festival including photographic exhibitions and various activities.

The top Awards went to:-

Gold Medal Veux-tu que je te dise M. Ricou & J-C. Boulais France
Silver Medal The Red Shoes Carol & Dave Gillow UK
Bronze Medal Hidden Depths Len Deeley UK

For more Information see Le Club d'Activitiés Photo de Meyrin (CAPM)

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International Festivals
Romania, Epinal, Poland and Hayange, France

Bucovina Mileniul III - Romania
International Salon of Photographic Art & Digital Diaporama Festival
24th to 28th August 2009

See Results (PDF) »» Website  »»

48th Epinal Festival
24th to 27th September 2009

See Results (PDF) »» Report(PDF 4mb in French) »» Website  »»

Pomeranian Meetings with Diaporama - Poland
30th International AV Festival
6th to 8th November 2009

SeeResults (PDF)  »» Acceptances (PDF)  »» List of Entries (PDF)  »» Website  »»

GRAPHE - Hayange, France
8th Annual AV Festival
26th to 28th November 2009

See Results (PDF)  »» List of Entries (PDF)  »»

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Pictures-to-Exe Version 6.0 Released

November 2nd 2009

WnSoft has announced the release of PicturesToExe Deluxe 6.0, the photo slideshow software for PC providing a smart solution to combine photos and music into an admirable movie. Version 6.0 of the Deluxe edition brings new enhancements to the program, including 3D effects and the capability to create executables for Mac.

What’s New in PicturesToExe Deluxe 6.0

The new version of PicturesToExe Deluxe delivers a number of new features and improvements to enable the creation of even more elaborate slideshows and ensure smooth user experience. To give the slideshows even more impressive look, a user now can utilize the extensive capabilities of 3D graphics, offered by the program. What’s more, various unique fonts can be used to give the slideshow a truly personal touch. Those who have already appreciated the convenience of using more than one monitor will be delighted to discover that PicturesToExe supports multi-monitor configuration. Now if you click Preview button, the program will ask you to select the monitor for the full-screen preview of your slideshow.
What’s more, the new version fully supports Windows 7.

Key Features

  • 3D Effects for Images and Text
  • Output for Mac
  • Multidisplay Support
  • New Customizable Startup and Help windows
  • Border for Images and adjustable Canvas Size
  • Editor of Masks for Special Effects

See the PTE website for more details

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Irish Photographic Federation
27th National Audio Visual Championships

Hosted by The East Leinster AV Group
Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th October 2009

Judge Ian Bateman MPAGB

The top Awards went to:-

National Awards
Gold Medal Dreamtime Connections Brendan O'Sullivan
Best Photography Hello Judy Pat Heavin
George & Doreen Pollock Medal - Best First Time Entrant
  Marble Halls Bridie Maughan
International Awards
Gold Medal And Never Cackled Richard Brown
Silver Medal Arthur's Secret Sheila Davies
Bronze Medal Connecting Alan Boothman

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16th National Audio Visual Championships

Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th September 2009
Held at The Premier Inn, Braunstone Lane East, Leicester LE3 2FW

The Jury for this event were:-

  • Keith Scott Chairman of the Jury
  • John Rowell
  • Howard Gregory

The top Awards went to:-

Gold Medal The Legacy Robert Albright
Silver Medal Isadora's Legacy Eddie Spence
Bronze Medal The Quiet One Keith Brown
George & Doreen Pollock Medal - Best First Time Entrant
  Tough Guy Howard Bagshaw

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Competition Results 2009

There were several Competitions both locally & Internationally in the Spring of 2009. Results are listed below.
See the Magazine for detailed reports

  • Western Counties Photographic Federation - WCPF
    24th January 2009 - Results
  • Midland Counties Photographic Federation - MidPhot
    31st January 2009 - Results
  • Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union - L&CPU
    21st February 2009 - Results and Entries
  • Northern Ireland Photographic Association
    21st February 2009 - Results
  • East Anglian
    21st March 2009 - Results
  • First MFFC Audio Visual Salon - South Africa

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IAC Geoffrey Round AV Competition 2009

Was held on Saturday & Sunday 4th & 5th April 2009 at Lowton High School, Newton Road, Lowton, Warrington, Lancashire WA3 1DU

Organised by the West Lancs AV Group

This Year's Jury were :-

  • Colin Balls FRPS APAGB (UK)
  • Jean-Paul Petit (France)
  • Valrie Ellis FACI (UK)

The top Awards went to:-

Gold Medal Isadora’s Legacy Eddie Spence UK
Silver Medal The Final Cut Ian Bateman UK
Bronze Medal Cousin Jack Martin Fry UK
George & Doreen Pollock Medal - Best First Time Entrant
  Mountain Man David Pickford UK

The next IAC Competition will be held on 20th & 21st March 2010
at The Capel Curig Community Centre, Capel Curig (on the A5),
Nr Betws-y-Coed, LL24 0EE North Wales
More details will be on the Calendar when available

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Adelaide AVFest 2009

The Ninth Adelaide International Audio Visual (Diaporama) Festival conducted by The South Australian Photographic Federation Inc.
was held on 20, 21 and 22 March, 2009

The International Jury for this event were:-

  • Richard Venus BTech, BA Chairman of the Jury
  • Ian Bateman DPAGB FRPS
  • Graham Hawkins SSAPS

The Judges - Ian Bateman, Graham Hawkins & Richard Venus Judges & Committee Some of the Awards

   Click for larger image © Adelaide AV Fest 2009

The top Awards went to:-

1st Place Warriors of the Wild Tamás & Anikó Imre Hungary
2nd Place The Colour Thief Jill K. Bunting UK
3rd Place Arthur's Secret Sheila Davies UK

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PAGB Awards for Photographic Merit in AV 2009

The PAGB Awards for Photographic Merit in AV - CPAGB, DPAGB & MPAGB
were held on Saturday 7th March 2009 at Greenhill Methodist Chapel, School Lane, Greenhill, Sheffield S8 7RL

Hosted by Sheffield Photographic Society Audio Visual Group

There were 10 applications of which 5 were successful
The Panel Richard Brown, Malcolm Imhoff and Keith Suddaby awarded :-


  • Kate Brown


  • Jim McCormick
  • Sheila Davies
  • Keith Biggs
  • David Pickford

The Awards were presented by Margaret Collis President of the PAGB Kate Brown - CPAGB Jim Mc Cormick - DPAGB Sheila Davies - DPAGB David Pickford - DPAGB Adjudicators & Organisers Catching up on all the Latest News

   Click for larger image © Editors

Congratulations to the successful applicants

As this event was over subscribed it is hoped to hold another adjudication next year, so get your application in early
Remember PAGB Awards are held for Life with no additional cost

For more details on PAGB Awards see the PAGB Website or contact your local Federation representative

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The 321 International Festival 2009

The UK Event was held at Aldbourne, Wiltshire
on 15th February 2009

The Judges were Richard Brown, Linda Gibbs and Eddie Spence
The Winner of the UK Event was Martin Fry with Peace Descends Judges Richard Brown(Chairman), Eddie Spence & Linda Gibbs UK Winner Martin Fry

   Click for larger image © Maureen Albright

See UK Results (PDF); Final Overall Results (PDF)
& UK 321 website for more information

The idea of this challenge is to hold a Festival with several juries, within the geographic locations of the organisers. The Event will be held in 13 Countries, so each club or group will ensure that qualified judges select the winners for their location. Beyond a simple prize list, the main aim of our Festival is to exchange, judge and to publicise digital Audio Visual sequences beyond the geographic area of your club.

The Challenge Diaporama 321 is organized by the workshop of André Parmantier, audiovisual section of GAPHE. The final prize list is obtained by adding together the points from each group. The Grand Prix of the competition rewards the sequence having amassed the most points in the whole circuit. See French 321 website

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Pictures-to-Exe Version 5.6 Released

January 22nd 2009

WnSoft has announced PicturesToExe Deluxe 5.6

Shows can be created as executables and screensaver (.SCR) files, HD video, DVD video disc or IPhone video. Powerful yet flexible and easy-to-use, the program enables quick export of slide shows to Youtube and Vimeo.

PicturesToExe Deluxe 5.6 runs under Windows 2000/XP/Vista and requires 256 MB RAM and DirectX 9 or higher. The Deluxe edition is available at $75 USDollars. All registered users are entitled to free upgrades of the program and two years of free upgrades for VideoBuilder (program to burn DVD-Video discs).

Key features of Pictures-to-Exe Deluxe 5.6

  • Added export of slideshow as a video: (See Main menu -> Create)
    - Export of HD video for playback on PC, Mac
    - Export of video for iPhone/iPod
    - Publish online on Youtube
    - Publish online on Vimeo with HD quality
  • Music now plays in Objects and Animations Window
  • Added Mask Objects for creating special effects
  • Added "Anti-shimmering (mipmapping)" option for Image and Text
  • New 3D transition effects between slides:
  • Improved view of keypoints on the timeline in the main window

See the PTE website for more details

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