The club welcomed back Sandie Cox ARPS DPAGB AFIAP to judge the Annual Monochrome PI Competition. As usual this season the club was not able to run the Monochrome Print competition and Sandie had to give her comments and awards via Zoom. Non the less members were able to enjoy seeing all the entries and hearing the judge’s helpful comments on each one.
Sandie said that she likes to almost feel the softness of feathers or fur, the crispness of grass, the roughness of stone and always looks for good texture in the images. She looks for a full range of tones with white white’s and black black’s, detail should be visible in the lightest and darkest areas. Images should be sharp where needed and members should always look out for light in the eyes of subjects and also check there are no light spots on the edges of their images that draws the eye.
As mainly a natural history photographer herself, Sandie said that she enjoyed looking through the wide range of subjects entered in the competition. Many misty landscape and woodland scenes, seascapes, architecture, portraits, creative and wildlife subjects were entered. There were so many strong images that some had to miss out on the list of awards but other judges might have had other ideas. Judging is always subjective and all judges have to choose the images that especially appeal most to them.
On some images Sandie gave her ideas about cropping out some areas to give a better balance to the image or to draw more attention to the subject. Some images she thought were rather ‘grey’ and needed some editing to give a wider range of tones.
Out of the 74 entries Sandie held back 22 for awards.
In first place was ‘Abandoned Oil Rig’ shown left by David Wilkinson which the judge said as taken from a good low angle, showed good textures and recession.
David will be presented with the ‘Constance Mundy Trophy’ for best Monochrome Projected Image in due course.
Second place went to ‘Waiting for Business, Peggy’s Cove’ right by Frank Collins which showed a harbour scene with a waiting boat at this popular Canadian tourist attraction. Sandie said it was a strong monochrome image showing some interesting buildings.
A very different subject again was depicted in the third placed image – this time a flying helicopter. ‘RAF Chinook’ below right was an image by Martin Stokes with well caught action.
Nineteen images were awarded Highly Commended including 3 from Martin Stokes, 3 from Tim Tapley and 3 from Pam Mullings.
Special mention of Christine Ellerby whose image ‘Spiralling Navel College’ has gained her an HC in the first competition she has entered with the club so very well done to her. Also ‘Lime Avenue on a Foggy Morning’ by Bridget Codrington which the judge declared the best of the many misty woodland scenes that were entered.
Awards were given to members in all 3 sections of the club with many of them going to those in the Beginners section which was very pleasing. Well done to all those who entered.
Thanks to Sandie for all her helpful comments and for judging the competition. Thanks to Competition Secretary Dave Eagle for organising the competition and hosting the Zoom session so successfully once again. PM
Full results All the awarded images can be seen in the Galleries