WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBER COUNTRY, FINLAND
Stella Polaris photo group was created as an organisation to aid Scandinavian photographers, who competed in photography do better in these competitions. The idea was to unite the relatively small – in terms of population – countries to form a group that could take on the best from the bigger countries, and create a network where we could meet on occation and learn from each other. The membership has right from the beginning been limited to five members from each country, and by invitation only.
With that in mind, it is our destinct pleasure to announce that we have begun our expansion to Finland, so that we when completed will be 20 members, as opposed to the 15 we have been so far. The first of our Finninsh members is Pekka Salminen, EFIAP/b, who is also a member of the board of the Nordic photographic federation NFFF. We all extend the warmest welcome to you and your countrymen to follow soon.
ROALD SYNNEVAAG – MPSA2
Proud to announce that one of our founding members, Roald Synnevaag from Norway, has been awarded the MPSA2 distinction from the Photographic Society of America
A big congratulation to Roald for his achievement!
EFIAP/d3 DISTINCTIONS TO TWO OF OUR SWEDISH MEMBERS
Nils-Erik Jerlemar, S, and Jan-Thomas Stake, S, has been awarded with the Excellence FIAP/diamond 3 (EFIAP/d3) distinction – the highest distinction in the FIAP community.
A very big congratulation to Nils-Erik Jerlemar and Jan-Thomas Stake!
Photo: Nils-Erik Jerlemar, EFIAP/d3, GMPSA, HonNFFF
NEW DISTINCTIONS TO OUR DANISH MEMBERS
On the last day of 2018 we received great news from FIAP. Three of our Danish members has been awarded with new distinctions!
Ole Suszkiewicz has as the first Dane ever been awarded with the EFIAP/diamond 3 (EFIAP/d3) distinction. He now holds both MFIAP and EFIAP/d3 together with the Danisk MSDF/p distinction. All three distinctions are the highest level you can achieve!
Bjarne Hyldgaard has as the second Dane ever been awarded with the EFIAP/diamond 1 (EFIAP/d1) distinction.
Leif Alveen has as the fourth Dane ever been avarded with the EFIAP/platinum (EFIAP/p) distinction.
A very big congratulation to Ole, Bjarne and Leif!
Photo: Ole Suszkiewicz, EFIAP/d3, MFIAP
NILS-ERIK JERLEMAR – PSA Galaxy 1 in Small Color Print Section
Nils-Erik Jerlemar, S, has been awarded with the PSA Galaxy 1 in Small Print Color Division. It takes some time and a dedicated effort to achieve this goal, as there are not many small print competitions a year.
A very big congratulation to Nils-Erik Jerlemar!
OLE SUSZKIEWICZ – HonMSDF & Master SDF platinum!
Ole Suszkiewicz has been awarded the very rare HonMSDF distinction for his outstanding efforts to spread the knowledge of Danish photography worldwide. Ole also was awarded with the highest Danish photographic distinction, Master SDF Platinum, MSDF/p, as the only second Danish author ever. The distinctions was handed over by the president of The Society of Danish Photography, Mr. Per Valentin.
A very big congratulation to Ole for his outstanding achievement!
Distinctions from the Nordic Society to Stella members
Benny Rytter DK, Roald Synnevåg N, Søren Skov DK and Ole Suszkiewicz DK has been awarded with the NSMiF/b distinction (Nordic Grandmaster in Photography/bronze).
Atle Sveen N and Bjarne Hyldgaard DK has been awarded with the NSMiF/s distinction (Nordic Grandmaster in Photography/silver).
A big congratulation to all.
It is sad to say goodbye to friends … Danish Henrik R. Kristensen has chosen to focus on new projects. We say thank you for now and wish him all the best in the future!
At the same time, we welcome the well known Danish photographer, Søren Skov. We look forward to sharing his amazing pictures with you. Please check out his gallery. Welcome Søren!
NEW EXHIBITION IN NORWAY – CHECK IT OUT!
Our Norwegian friends from Bergen invites everybody to participate in the 1st Fjord-Bergen Exhibition.
END OF YEAR RESULTS FROM PSA
Members of Stella Polaris did well in the End of Year Competition in PSA Small Print Interclub competition. All pictures awarded throughout the year participated in this competition to decide the best of the best. Stella Polaris joined for the first time.
Göran Zebühr bagged a second place in monochrome with his picture “Wine tasting.”
Mikael Bengtsson bagged an Honourable Mention in monchrome with his picture “Man in window.”
Bjarne Hyldgaard bagged two third places with his pictures “”Black beauty 2690MCT” in monochrome and “Natalie 1297CVT” in color.
Congrats to all!
NEW DISTINCTIONS FOR OUR NORWEGIAN MEMBERS
Arne Bergo EFIAP-G and ENSFF, Wenche Aune EFIAP-S and HonENSFF, Roald Synnevaag ENSFF-P, MNSFF, HonENSFF and HonENFFF, Atle Sveen ENsFF-S, EsNSFF, HonENSFF og EFIAP/G – big congrats!
TOP RESULTS IN THE PSA INTERCLUB COMPETIONS
A first place in the Monochrome Small Print section, a second place in the Color Small Print section and a fourth place in the Creative section rounded our first year of competing in the PSA Interclub Competitions in the best way. We are extremely proud and pleased and looking forward to next years competitions!
PSA INTERCLUB SMALL PRINT COLOR COMPETITION – round 4
Members of Stella Polaris Photo Group participated and bagged a 1st place with the picture “Natalia 1297CVT”.
PSA INTERCLUB SMALL PRINT MONOCHROME COMPETITION – round 4
Members of Stella Polaris Photo Group participated and Göran Zebühr bagged a 1st place with the picture “Wine tasting”. Roald Synnevåg bagged a 3rd place with the picture “Brumlebass”.
PSA INTERCLUB PHOTO JOURNALISM COMPETITION 2017-2018 – round
Members of Stella Polaris Photo Group participated succesfully in this competition! Leif Alveen was awarded with a 3rd place for his picture “Infernal 851″. Jan-Thomas Stake was awarded with a HM for his picture “My boy” and Henrik R. Kristensen was awarded with a HM too for his picture “Rugby Boys” – congratulations!
PSA INTERCLUB CREATIVE COMPETITION 2017-2018 – round 2
Members of Stella Polaris Photo Group participated succesfully in this competition! Mikael Bengtsson was awarded with a HM for his picture “Dolphin surfer” and Ole Suszkiewicz was awarded with a HM too for his picture “Foggy walk” – congratulations!
After two rounds Stella Polaris Photogroup holds the third place with 128 points. The first place have 133 points.
STELLA POLARIS PHOTO GROUP IS TAKING THE LEAD
After three rounds of judging is the Stella Polais Photo Group taking the lead in the PSA Small Monochrome Print Division, third place in the PSA Small Color Print Division and fourth place in Creative. First year we are participating, and we are thrilled with this great result among other top clubs.
Congrats to Mikael Bengtsson, Leif Alveen, Nils-Erik Jerlemar and Bjarne Hyldgaard on their awards.
Photo: Mikael Bengsson, EFIAP/b, MPSA
EXHIBITION – WENCHE AUNE
Our Norwegian member Wenche Aune exhibits a selection of her works at Gallery SG in Trondheim, Norway, from March 3rd to March 25th. Drop by and have a look …!
Photos: Wenche Aune, EFIAP/b
NILS-ERIK JERLEMAR & JAN-THOMAS STAKE – EFIAP/D2
Our two Swedish members, Nils-Erik Jerlemar and Jan-Thomas Stake have been awarded the EFIAP/D2-distinction. Both members are massively participating in international salons and have won a number of prizes over time. To be awarded the EFIAP/D2 distinction, you must have 100 awards with 30 works in 7 different countries. But they have won far more than that! You can see some of their pictures on the FIAP page. They will receive the diplomas at the Swedish national congress this spring.
A big congratulation to both Nils-Erik and Jan-Thomas!
Photo. Nils-Erik Jerlemar, EFIAP/D2
Members of Stella Polaris performed well at this year’s Asahi Shimbun exhibition. Five authors had sent print for evaluation, and all five received accepts.
Asahi Shimbun is a Japanese print salon. Although submitted about 9,000 images, they only accept 130 images, half from Japan and half from the rest of the world! It’s almost easier to win in the lottery than to get an acceptance here. All accepted images receive a gold medal.
The high jumpers in Stella Polaris are Ole Suszkiewicz, who through the time has 13 acceptances in total, including nine consecutive years, as well as Nils-Erik Jerlemar, who has impressive eight accept. Then follows Jan-Thomas Stake with four, Roald Synnevåg with two and finally Bjarne Hyldgaard, who received the first acceptance this year.
You can see Nil-Erik Jerlemars accepts here. Enjoy!
OLE SUSZKIEWICZ – EFIAP/D2
As the first Dane ever, Ole Suszkiewicz is awarded the EFIAP/D2 distinction.
Ole says: “Since I was a young man I have always taken photos, when I had the opportunity. It started with monochrome in the kitchen of my parents, then many years slides and finally digital. I am not a good technician, however, I have a good feeling how to make a picture in a simple way using a few steps in Photoshop Elements 5. I take almost all kind of subjects, however, afterwards I prefer to make experimental pictures. I like to create my own reality. Normally it starts with the background, it could be a bit of a wall with a special colour. Then I think: Do I have a figure, which would do well there? And so on . .l feel like a painter coming more and more details on the screen.”
A big congratulation to Ole for his achievement!
PSA INTERCLUB OPEN COMPETITION 2017-2018 – round 2
Members of Stella Polaris Photo Group participated succesfully in this competition! Jan-Thomas Starke was awarded with a HM for his picture “Bongoline Black Beauty No 2″ – congratulations.
ROALD SYNNEVAAG – GPSA
Proud to announce that one of our founding members, Roald Synnevaag from Norway, have gotten his portfolio approved and is awarded the GPSA distinction.
“I have chosen to follow the footsteps of the Norwegian composers Edvard Grieg and Harald Sæverud, who found their inspiration in the dramatic nature that is in the landscape of Western Norway. It’s not sunny days that have fascinated me og the composers, but the drama that follows the shift in weather conditions.”
A big congratulation to Roald for his achievement!
NEW FIAP DISTINCTIONS
Four of our Danish members have been awarded with FIAP distinctions this December.
Ole Suszkiewicz – EFIAP/d2
Bjarne Hyldgaard – EFIAP/p
Leif Alveen – EFIAP/g and
Henrik R. Kristensen – EFIAP/b
PSA INTERCLUB PJD COMPETITION 2017-2018 – round 1
Members of Stella Polaris Photo Group participated succesfully in this competition! Jan-Thomas Starke was awarded with two HM, Roald Synnevåg and Mikael Bengtson with one each – congratulations.
PID Interclub End of Year Video
Video presentation of the PID Interclub competition 2016/2017. Big congrats to Atle Sveen and especially to Ole Suszkiewicz, who took silver in his group!
See the video presentation here.
It is sad to say goodbye to friends … Norwegian Håkon Grønning has chosen to focus on new projects. We say thank you for now and wish him all the best in the future!
At the same time, we welcome the super talented Norwegian photographer, June Grønseth. We look forward to sharing her amazing pictures with you. Welcome June!
Photo: June Grønseth, N.
PSA INTERCLUB SMALL PRINT MONOCHROME COMPETITION
Members of Stella Polaris Photo Group participated in this competition for the first time. Bagged first, second and third place so maybe we should try another one …
First place: Ole Suszkiewicz, DK, “Crosses”.
Second place: Bjarne Hyldgaard, DK, “Black Beauty”
Third place: Roald Synnevaag, N, “The weekend is over”
THE WORLD’S FIRST TO RECEIVE THE NSMiF/B DISTINCTION
In October 2017 Stella Polaris member Bjarne Hyldgaard (Denmark) received the first ever Nordic Grandmaster distinction “NSMiF/bronze” at a ceremony in Zealand, Denmark. The title was handed over by the chairman of the Nordic federation NFFF, Mr. Nils-Erik Jerlemar, Sweden.
Photo. Kim Sørensen
Honorary Consciousness for Extensive Nordic Work
HonENFFF is a hallmark of which NFFF allocates individuals in the member countries for extensive and long-term administrative work for amateur photography in the Nordic countries.
The first two who receive this honorary character are both members of Stella Polaris Photo Group.
Göran Zebühr, Sweden
Nils-Erik Jerlemar, Sweden
Monica Wennblom (NFFF) handles the distinctions to Göran (left) and Nils-Erik. This happened at RSF’s National Photomeeting in May 2017. Big congrats!
Photos: Rune Larsson