Annual Landscape Projected Image Competition 16 February 2021   

Making a welcome return visit to the club was Peter Orr ARPS to give his judgement on images entered in the Annual Landscape competition. 
Peter who is an accomplished landscape photographer himself had looked through all the entries very closely and gave his thorough and well informed comments on each one. Peter said that in the first few seconds of viewing an image he wants to get an immediate impact.
MS pooleEntries for this competition must be taken within the British Isles and show 'an extensive area of natural scenery’.
There is a very fine line between editing to enhance the image and overdoing any adjustments to give an unrealistic impression. Many images in the opinion of the judge were either over or under saturated and care should be given to give an accurate rendition of the natural scene. The use of HDR (high dynamic range) was in many cases overdone giving an unnatural appearance. Peter felt that often the colour green was captured unrealistically by digital cameras and members should take care to make the green areas look more natural. Another problem often overlooked is the removal of sensor spots before the image is given very close scrutiny by a judge.
Many of the images featured the rolling Wiltshire hills on which Peter was very knowledgeable with the misty valleys and beech clumps which are very typical of the area.
Some images were from scenic areas that the Club had recently visited including the Lake District, Northumberland and the Snowden area. Interestingly some members had taken the same view at the same time with differing results.
RH conistonThe standard of entries was generally high and Peter held back 18 of the 60 images so that he could then give his final judgement on the awards and the Highly Commended’s.
Peter said that many images although of a high standard did not make his final cut but another judge might have a different opinion.
In first place and the winner of the Landscape Projected Image trophy was a seascape by Martin Stokes. Titled ‘Poole Bay Storm’ right the judge said that the image had impact and a lot of interest with a good redition of a stormy sea with a ship on the distant horizon. Very well done to Martin who also gained third place with a panoramic view titled ‘Pewsey Vale Sunrise’ below right which Peter said had good exposure and tonal range.
MS pewseyIn second place was ‘Old Man of Coniston’ left by Robert Harvey ARPS EFIAP. The light and reflections were excellent with detail in the foreground boulders. Robert also was awarded an HC for another Lake District image – this time featuring Langdale Pikes.
Four other images were awarded Highly Commended including local images of a comet over Oliver’s Castle by Caroline Wright and Frosty Trail at Barbury Castle by Dave Eagle. ‘Autumn in Elterwater’ was the subject of the image by Tony Leach and Early Sunlight, Lindisfarne was by Dave Gray.
Well done to all those who entered the projected image competition. The Landscape Print competition was unable to be held this season but hopefully will return next year.
Thanks to Gerald Clarke who for his first time hosting both the Zoom evening and dealing with the complexities of the DiCentra software to show the images. Thanks to Dave Eagle for collecting the images and putting the competition together.
Many thanks the Peter for taking the time and trouble to look over the entries and giving his advice. PM

Full results        See all the Awarded 2021 Landscape Images