Open PI Competition 3 - results 7 April 2020   

The Open PI Completion 3 turned out to be a new experience as because of the lockdown it had to be judged remotely but due to the wizardry of the internet members could view the images and hear the judges comments from their own homes.

DE StormThe experience was new to the competition secretary, the judge and the club members but all went well and we were able to continue with the programme of club competitions.
This rather different way of ‘meeting’ using ‘Zoom’ meant that the competition could be run and judged by Peter Weaver APAGB DPAGB LRPS almost as if we were meeting as usual on a Tuesday evening!
About 35 members logged in and followed the competition. Peter remarked on the high standard of images and said that some in the Beginners section rivalled those in the Advanced. Each image was shown and Peter gave his useful comments on each holding back some images for the awards at the end of each section.
DW Red SquirelFirst place in the Beginners section was awarded to David Evans for his image ‘Storm Dennis, Porthcawl’. Taken at a favourite place for photographers to catch the drama of the sea as waves break over the jetty and lighthouse the judge said that the image was dramatic and taken at just the right moment. A completely different image was in second place ‘Glencoe’ by Hilary Tapley was a tranquil scene with good lighting. The judge said the depth of field was correct and the strong leading line gave it a good composition. Completely different again was ‘Sometimes being a Mother…’ by Penny Clarke - a delightful portrait of a baboon mother and baby which was awarded third place. Hilary, Dave Eagle and Richard Blackbourne were awarded highly commended.

Next came the Intermediate section with another wildlife image in first place. David Wilkinson’s ‘Red Squirrel’ right appealed TT Nuthatch to the judge – the image quality was excellent and the squirrel well placed in the frame. An image by Craig Purvis was second – ‘Red Cracking Bolete’ was the title of a fungi image with the judge remarking on the water droplets and the lighting. Third was an atmospheric image by Martin Stokes. ‘St Lawrence Church’ was taken from a good viewpoint with a canal narrow boat in the foreground and the church almost hidden in the mist. Images by David, Craig and Steve Hardman were awarded highly commended.

Next we had a 10-minute break before the Advanced section began. Peter said that the standard was very high and he had difficulty deciding on the awards but finally he decided on another wildlife image this time a bird by Tim Tapley titled ‘Nuthatch’. The judge said it was a high quality image well taken. In second place was ‘Common Darters in Tandem’ by Robert Harvey ARPS EFIAP with the judge remarking that it was a very difficult shot to get. Still sticking with wildlife ‘African Land Snail’ by Gill Cardy FRPS DGAGB EFIAP was in third place. Robert, Dave Gray and Frank Collins gained highly commended. Full results below.
Very many thanks to the Competition Secretary Dave Eagle and other club members for setting it all up and to Peter Weaver the judge for judging in such an unusual way. It was good to get glimpses of fellow members even if we can’t see them in person at the moment!

Club Chairman Steve Hardman summed up the evening saying it had been very successful with a few things to still to learn and he much appreciated those that made the evening possible.
Steve wished the judge a safe journey home as he usually does but in this case Peter was already back at home!
Next week is another ‘virtual’ meeting for members to enjoy. Keep up your photography keeping to the lockdown rules and stay safe. PM
Full results                See the awarded images in the Gallery