The club was delighted to welcome Adrian Herring ARPS DPAGB to judge the clubs last club competition of the season. Adrian is very experienced judge and his difficult task was to pick out the ‘best of the best’ from images that had gained either a first, second or third place in club competitions. The entries were from Open competitions as well as the annual landscape, nature, monochrome and creative competitions. Adrian said that it was a most challenging competition to judge as all the images had already been classed beforehand as worthy winners. A number of images were held back from each of the 3 sections as a short list of images which Adrian said that he had particularly enjoyed.
Those images that are placed first in each section are awarded the Projected Image of the Year Trophies. Unfortunately, during this season the club has been unable to run the print competitions hence no Print of the Year.
Starting as usual with the Beginners section Adrian said he was very impressed by the standard of the photography. In first place was an image of an aircraft titled ‘Power Performance’ by David Evans. The judge said it was a very powerful image with an excellent feeling of speed. It was well taken with a good composition.
In second place was another image giving a good impression of movement was ‘White-tailed Eagle’ by Hilary Tapley. The bird in flight was very well caught with a good background. Hilary was also awarded 3rd place with a macro shot ‘Hoverfly on Scabious’ and also had a Highly Commended for her image ‘Reflection’. Mark Sommerville was awarded an HC for an impressive image of ‘Caen Hill Locks’ in the snow.
So very well done to Hilary, Mark and David who will all be in the Intermediate section next season.
The club has a system where by the number of awards the judge can give depends on the number of entries but It was decided that the extra images that the judge particularly short listed should be given ‘Honourable Mentions’.
Picked out from this section as worthy of holding back for further comment and given HM’s were ‘Western Cattle Egret’ by Penny Clarke and ‘Cygnet in Morning Light’ by Megan Boardman.
In the Intermediate section first place went to ‘Gannets’ by club Chairman Steve Hardman. The judge said that a flying gannet was a difficult bird to photograph but this image was well caught with a good composition and exposure.
In second place was ‘Great Crested Grebe’ by Martin Stokes - an image that the judge enjoyed for its simplicity. Martin not only gained second place but also 3rd place with ‘Poole Bay Storm’ and 2 HC’s so very well done Martin. Martin and Steve will be in the Advanced section next season.
An HC was awarded to David Eagle for a woodland scene titled ‘The Embrace’ and David also had an HM for ‘Fly Agaric with Climbing Rope’.
After the break the judge commented that the Advanced was a very powerful section and that it was difficult to judge between the 27 excellent entries. Adrian picked out 15 images that most appealed to him for further comment. After giving out the titles of the 6 Highly Commended and the 6 Honourable Mentions there were just 3 images left.
Adrian said it had been extremely difficult to choose the winner out of the two nature images but finally he awarded first place to ‘Brown Hare sitting in Stubbles’ by David Wilkinson. The judge said that it was a great shot and the hare stood out well against the background and he wondered how the photographer had managed to get so close. In close second place was ‘Sidewinding Adder’ by Robert Harvey ARPS EFIAP another image the judge enjoyed. He said that it a most unusual image of the adder almost buried in sand with just its eyes showing.
The judge said that he found it difficult to judge creative images against traditional ones but he found ‘Too Close for Comfort’ by Pam Mullings remarkable. He said it needed imagination to create such a fun image and awarded it third place.
Tim Tapley LRPS did remarkably well with no less than 4 HC’s for his extreme macro shots of insects. Also David Wilkinson and Dave Gray both were awarded HC’s.
The chairman thanked the judge for his excellent comments and for judging this final competition of the season.
Thanks also to Competition Secretary David Eagle for organising the competitions and running the Zoom sessions so well during the season and to all those members who took part throughout the season. PM
See the full list of awards See all the awarded images