FIAP colour biennial 2017

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FIAP colour biennial 2017

Every year FIAP (International Federation of Photographic Art) hold international competitions called FIAP Biennials. These are hosted by different Federations around the world, under conditions laid out by FIAP. This year the competition was hosted by Norway and was a colour Biennial.

This is the first year that FIAP have merged the colour Print and Projected Image Biennials together.

In 2018 there will be the Black and White and Nature Biennials.

Within each medium, each country chooses its own theme for its entry, and puts together a panel of images or prints on that theme aiming to get the entries as coherent as possible.

During the competition the panel of entries is given both individual scores for each work, and also a mark for how coherent the panel is.

Obviously then the country with the highest combined score is the winner.

This year the Great Britain theme was “Dance and Movement” and the PAGB selectors selected 10 images to make that theme, including an image from myself.

Other authors representing GB were Dinah Jayes, Roger Parry, Derwood Pamphilon, Steve Marriot, Pauline Pentony, Joan Blease, Tim Pile, Greg Duncan, and Valerie Duncan.

In the competition the entry received a coherence score of 45 and an individual print score of 119, total score of 164.

There were 19 countries entered into the Colour Biennial (Print) and this score placed us 5th overall and we also received an honourable mention. We were one point off the FIAP Biennial bronze which went to Norway. Other notable awards were to Dinah Jayes who was awarded the FIAP Biennial individual gold medal for her image.

The overall winners of the World Cup were Italy.

Gold went to Luxembourg and Spain picking up the Silver, Norway the bronze medals

In the Projected Image Biennial, GB came second which was also a great result.

It was great to receive the printed catalogue showing all the print entries and I was especially impressed with the coherence of Luxembourg images, which was on a theme of ‘Black and Red’ .


Zurich a short visit

And so on to Zurich – after  a smooth and fast journey to Zurich during which you certainly got a relaxed view of the French country side as you sped through it. When we arrived in Zurich main station there was a lot of people around and Saturday night entertainments as in most big cities seem to be in full swing. After a bit of walking around we found our hotel. (We chose this Boutique hotel,  just by the station). An evening stroll around the streets of Zurich then gave us a bit of idea where to go on the following day.

Exploring Zurich.

Setting out the next day with my Fuji XT-1, we walked around the town crossing the river via the many bridges and walking to various locations of interest. Here are a few of the more general tourist type images of the iconic buildings and a few different views of the place. I had to include the  locks on the bridge as the colours made them stand out in places.

zurich towers and clocks
1/125sec @ f / 10.0 XF55-200F3.5-4.8 R LM
Zurich bridge locks II
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Zurich bridge locks
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Zurich walkway be the river
1/125sec @ f / 7.1 XF55-200F3.5-4.8 R LM
Zurich building and art
1/125sec @ f / 7.1 XF55-200F3.5-4.8 R LM
Zurich modern architecture and colours
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Zurich ganymed sculpture I
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Zurich ganymed sculpture
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Zurick a wall Frieze
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Autumn colours

Were also at their best and the golden colours made a good feature to include in some images. In others, they gave a strong focal point.

travel photography - travel photograher - images from a visit to zurich this featuring the vibrant autume colours of the trees contrasting with the blue spire of the church and off white buildings
Richard Spurdens Photography -Autumn colours in Zurich – 1/125sec @ f / 11. XF35mmF1.4 R
travel photography - travel photograher - images from a visit to zurich this featuring the vibrant autume colours of avenue of trees
Richard Spurdens Photography -Autumn colours Zurich – 1/125sec @ f / 4.4 XF55-200F3.5-4.8 R LM
Zurich autumn leaves colours
1/125sec @ f / 5.6 XF55-200F3.5-4.8 R LM

As with all street photography it is often good to explore up side streets and see what interesting things you can find. Sometimes nothing – other times some more interesting street images. Here are a few of the more interesting finds.

Zurich cobbled streets
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Zurich figure on the roof
1/125sec @ f / 8.0 XF18mmF2 R
Zurich traffic light confursion
1/60sec @ f / 5.6 XF18mmF2.0 R
Zurich street a people triangle
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Zurich coffe table books
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Zurich coffee table books I
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Zurich election adverts
1/125sec @ f / 8.0 XF35mmF1.4 R
Zurich window art
1/60sec @ f / 2.0 XF18mmF2.0 R
Zurich stockings art
1/125sec @ f / 3.6 XF18mmF2.0 R
Zurich reading waiting for the next fare
1/125sec @ f / 5.6 XF55-200F3.5-4.8 R LM

You can also walk along the side of Lake Zurich and when you hear the sound of Alpine horns, you have to go and see what is happening. It turned out to be a group of Alpine horn players giving a free concert.

Zurich alpine horn players II
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Zurich alpine horn players I
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Zurich alpine horn players III
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Strolling a little further along the shore line we came across this scene with the kids really enjoying the giant bubbles being created and then chasing them around.

travel photography - travel photograher - images from a visit to zurich this featuring five children enjoying the fun of chasing large bubbles in a park
Richard Spurdens Photography – Zurich bubble fun I – Fuji XT-1, 1/125sec @ f / 5.6 XF55-200F3.5-4.8 R LM
travel photography - travel photograher - images from a visit to zurich this featuring two children enjoying the fun of chasing large bubbles in a park
Richard Spurdens Photography – Zurich bubble fun II – Fuji XT-1, 1/125sec @ f / 4.5 XF55-200F3.5-4.8 R LM
travel photography - travel photograher - images from a visit to zurich this featuring three children enjoying the fun of chasing large bubbles in a park
Richard Spurdens Photography – Zurich bubble fun III – fuji XT-1,1/125sec @ f / 4.5 XF55-200F3.5-4.8 R LM

Stopping for a drink and a bit to eat provided an opportunity for a few interesting images.

Just loved the sign.

Zurich the more you weigh
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Zurich inside looking out I
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inside looking out II
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Heading back into town I spotted this chap who seemed to be directing trams at a junction that was having a bit of major work being undertaken. Not sure why you need to direct trams on tracks but they seemed to manage ok when went for a break.

Zurich directing the trams
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Zurich directing the trams II
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Zurich lunch time
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An interesting place for some different types of images for me, expensive but worth the trip to visit and explore.

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