Friday, 4 October 2013

RPS Celebration of Distinctions

The more quick-witted among you will have spotted that I haven't managed to post anything on the blog for over three months.  This isn't because I've been lazy (heaven forbid) but more that I've been up to my eyeballs in RPS work since I took over as the East Anglia Regional Organiser.  As an illustration, I went away at the beginning of July on a trip to Iceland and still haven't had chance to have a proper look through all the images.  One of these days I'll have a couple of minutes to rub together in order to finish the job, so maybe I'll get round to posting some pictures before next July!

One of the major effort-sinks of the last couple of months has been a big RPS weekend of events, held in Foxton at the end of September.  The first was a Celebration of Distinctions, at which recent LRPS, ARPS and FRPS panels were presented by a series of RPS "heavyweights", including Roy Robertson, Vanessa Slawson, Nick Scott and Roger Reynolds.

One of the great things about the day was the ability to go up and "sniff" the prints at close quarters, and many were truly exquisite.

Ben Fox, Andy Moore's assistant in the RPS Distinctions department, spent some of the time documenting the event using a "new" Polariod app on his iPhone!

Vanessa helping Andy to put up one of the panels.

The RPS Distinctions system is something which Roger is clearly passionate about, and his infectious enthusiasm was soon taken up by a highly receptive audience.

A few pictures which, for those within the RPS, present ideal opportunities for caption competitions!

First, Ann Miles attempting to keep a straight face while reading out a particularly challenging Statement of Intent.

Roger and Roy, who are clearly suffering a bout of mutual suspicion!

Pssst - wanna buy a Distinction?

Andy in "it's almost the end of the afternoon" mode.

Nick seems to have taken up ballroom dancing!

Vanessa and Roy in a quiet moment towards the end of the day.

The "Three Disgraces" posing for a publicity shot!

It was a truly memorable event, and one which I hope to repeat in the region next year too.