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Annual Competition Results published.and photos added See the Competition Results page

Next Meeting - 13 February 2018
6-a Side Battle with Leeds

The National Audio Visual Championships - 2017
EMAVG were well represented by Malcolm, Maggie, Dave, Keith and Steve. All of their submissions came over well on the superb projection and sound system and complimentary remarks were heard from many of the audience. Malcolm was awarded the Bronze Medal for "God's Paintbrush". Maggie is still touching people's hearts and was Highly Commended and won one of the Audience Votes for "Love Will Remain". Many tears were shed.

John Currant
John Currant
John died suddenly and unexpectedly on 16th January. He served on our Committee for many years and we shall miss his vitality, warmth and friendliness. Our prayers are for Jose.

RPS International AV Festival 2016
Maggie won a FIAP Ribbon for "Journey With Angels".
Malcolm came third with "Queen of the Hills", gaining an FICS medal for the "best sound" plus an audience vote.

Maggie Imhoff
Maggie Imhoff
It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Maggie Imhoff.
Maggie has been an active member of the society for a number of years and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with Malcolm at this time.
Donations to Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of Maggie have now reached £2055.

The Friendship Trophy Competition
Eight really excellent entries, all of which should be seen again so the authors should consider putting them in the Annual Competition. The results were:
1st and winner of the Friendship Trophy - Malcolm Imhoff with "Watercolour"
=2nd - "Gold" by Keith Watson
=2nd - "The Parting Glass" by Malcolm Imhoff
=3rd - "Moods of the Highlands" by Sandra Johnson
=3rd - "It's a Mad World" by Brian Pere
An image from "Watercolour"
An image from "Watercolour"

Annual Competition Results 2016
Our annual competition was held on Saturday 16th January 2016 and judged by Keith Brown FRPS APAGB MPAGB FIPF EFIAP.
He gave awards to the following sequences:

1st Place, winner of the Caroline Trophy and the Audience Vote for the Foursome Trophy
"Queen of the hills" by Malcolm Imhoff
An image from "Queen of the Hills"
An image from "Queen of the Hills"

Runner Up and winner of the Ken Abbott Trophy
"Vincent" by Brian Pere
Image from "Vincent"
Image from "Vincent"

Best Intermediate Worker and winner of the Elston Trophy
"Inspirational Gardens" by Sandra Johnson
Image from "Inspirational Gardens"
Image from "Inspirational Gardens"

Sequences that were commended were;
"Loch Lomond Morning" by Malcolm Imhoff
"Invasion" by Keith Watson
"Vincent" by Malcolm Imhoff
"Smile" by Tony Ward
"Just an minute" by Eric Ladbury
"Whispers of Winter" by Peggy Franks & Peter Lucas.

Peter Brown honoured
Peter Brown receives his Honorary Life Membership
Peter Brown receives his Honorary Life Membership

Peter was a founder member of our Group. During those 30 years he has always served on the Committee, for twenty-five of those years as Chairman. During this time he has served as an Officer on the Council, becoming Chairman of the Midland Counties Photographic Federation and, even more prestigious, representing the MCPF as a member of the Executive Committee, later becoming President of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain. He was until recent years on the organising Committee of the National AV Championships and of Midphot AV Competitions. Despite major operations and feeling the test of time now, he has hardly missed a meeting.

Our current Chairman Malcolm says:
"To me, Peter is the heart and soul of East Midlands Audio Visual Group, having been a founder member when it was Leicester Forest AV Group, overseeing the change to East Midlands AV Group, and guiding us through the great change from analogue to digital. He has always been willing to give his time and energy in the best interests of the Group and has held many offices including being Chairman for many years. I am proud to be associated with a group that has Peter Brown as a member. It is with great pleasure that we are recognising tonight his long and dedicated service to the Group by awarding him an Honorary Life Membership."

60 Second Competition
Twelve entries were shown, every one got at least one vote, and we shall be seeing some of them again in the Kaleidoscope compilation.
1st and Winner of the Camp Trophy was "Soft Falls the Light" by Peter and Peggy
2nd was "Winter's Naked Wood" by Keith
Joint 3rd were "New DVDs" by John Hickling and "A Christmas Prayer" by Graham.
An image from "Soft Falls the Light"
An image from "Soft Falls the Light"

An image from "Winter's Naked Wood"
An image from "Winter's Naked Wood"

An image from "New DVDs"
An image from "New DVDs"

John Currant ARPS
John Currant ARPS
John Currant ARPS

We are very pleased to hear that John has been awarded an Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society. The RPS distinctions are held in great prestige and are very hard to achieve. We congratulate John on this very well-deserved award.

"Finding Your Voice" with Ashley Franklin
Ashley Franklin
Ashley Franklin

We had a good turnout for what was one of the best ever talks by an outside lecturer. Ashley had been sent about a dozen AVs and gave extremely constructive comments on how the scripts and voiceovers could be improved. With four of the AVs Ashley had even managed to replace the narrator's voice with his own, totally transforming the sequences into something really special. Ashley is without doubt a Master Craftsman and we thank him greatly for giving us such a superb evening.

Oh Happy Day!
Graham & Rosie
Graham & Rosie

We are very happy to announce the marriage of our Treasurer Graham to Rosie on 1st August. The wedding was a joyous occasion and a very stylish celebration. All at East Midlands AV Group send them our warmest wishes for their life together.

The Great Northern Festival 2015
Malcolm came Second and was awarded the PAGB Silver Medal for "Queen of the hills"

Malcolm has just been awarded the FIAP Gold Medal for winning the "Grand Prix" with "Queen of the Hills" at this international AV competition in Poland.

Audia 2015
Malcolm has just been awarded a FIAP Silver Medal for his "Soul Music" in this International Festival of Diaporama in Romania.

National AV Championships
The 19th National RPS AV Championships, held at the University of Stafford, was a fabulous weekend of top class AVs, good food, and an opportunity to meet up with our AV friends from all over the country. EMAVG was represented by Joan, Peggy & Peter, and Malcolm, who won an Audience Vote for his "Queen of the Hills". Malcolm had produced the introductory sequences for each session and these were greatly acclaimed. Full results can be seen on the RPS website if you can find it.
or see the Other AV Events page.

Jessop Rose Bowl Competition
EMAVG were represented by Peter & Peggy and we are thrilled that their sequence "A Place for Everyone" was Commended by the judge, Alastair Taylor.
See the Other AV Events page for all the results.

Our annual public show, shared again this year with the Leicester Movie Makers, was a great success and a most enjoyable evening of top class entertainment. We do publish a DVD of the featured AVs (not the movies I'm afraid, getting permission would be too difficult), plus a selection of recent sequences that we didn't have time for on the night. If any AV Group members are members of other clubs and societies and would like to show this to their group please have a word with Malcolm. We just make a nominal charge to cover expenses.
See the Kaleidoscope page for next year's event.

MidPhot AV Competition
We can be very proud that East Midlands AV Group had such a good showing at MidPhot - 11 entries, all of which were well up to the standard of the rest, and better than some! Maggie won the Award for "Best Intermediate Worker" with "Journey with Angels". Malcolm was a Runner Up winning one of the Judges' Awards with "Queen of the Hills", which also came joint First in the Audience Vote.

New Master Fellowship
Malc receives his "Master of Audio Visual Arts Fellowship"
Malcolm has been recognised as a Fellow of the Institute of Amateur Cinematographers and awarded the "Master of Audio Visual Arts", only the third person to have ever received this honour. He is now entitled to add the letters FACI(M) after his name. Here he is receiving his badge from Ron Davies at the Great Northern Festival.

Free Software
Fully working starter editions of earlier versions of PagePlus, PhotoPlus, DrawPlus, WebPlus, MoviePlus, PanoramaPlus, can be downloaded from the Serif website.
See the Links and Resources section.

PTE latest version released
Version 8 has now been released: click here to download. This version has some very useful features and the interface is completely customisable.
To download the User Guide see the link in the Links and Resources section.

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