The second Open PI competition of the season was judged by Laura Pearce LRPS. There was a total entry of 81 images in the three sections for Laura to give her constructive comments and tell us why she chose the award winners. Many very well taken images did not receive an award from Laura as she explained that she always looks for that extra ‘something’ that makes an image more interesting. As well as the image being well composed, sharp and well exposed the image should have something of interest that draws the eye.
Starting with the Beginners section Laura awarded first place to ‘Common Puffball in Savernake’ by Pete Evans and second place to another fungi image titled ‘Newly Emerged Fly Agaric’ by Gerald Clarke. Both images had great light and composition together with complimentary backgrounds. Third place went to something very different – this time a monochrome seascape by Adam Woodhouse. Laura said that the large amount of negative space in the image gave it a contemporary feel. Six images were awarded Highly Commended.
Next the entries in the Intermediate section were projected and Laura gave her comments and judgement.
‘Owl in the Grass’ was a stunning image of a White-faced Scops Owl by Richard Blackbourne. The judge said that it was a great capture and awarded it first place. Another bird image gained second place – this time a Kestrel in flight. Titled ‘Windhover’ the image was by Dave Evans and Laura said that it was well caught, sharp with a good background of blue sky. In third place was a very different image by Richard Blackbourne ‘Close Contest’ showed the action of a bike race. Three other members gained HC’s.
After a short break the 30 images in the Advanced section were shown with a wide variety of subjects and techniques. Again the judge was looking for something that stood out and was something different.
Laura commented that she felt that the monochrome image ‘Walking the Pebble’ by Robin Gregory was above Camera Club standard and could be in a gallery of contemporary art! High praise indeed for this unusual creative image that was awarded first place.
Laura said that ‘Movement in the Waves’ by Sue Wadman came a very close second with its simplicity and beautiful colours. In third place was a landscape by Robert Harvey ARPS EFIAP titled ‘Roman Fort, Hardknott Pass’. Laura said the photographer had been in the right place at the right time to capture the beautiful light as it hit the ruins. Five other images gained HC’s.
David Wilkinson thanked Laura for travelling such a long distance to the club and for taking the time and trouble to look through all the entries and for giving her opinion.
Also many thanks to Competition secretary Dave Eagle for sorting out all the technical issues to enable some members to view the evening from their homes using Zoom.
Congratulations to all those who gained awards and thanks to all members who entered such an interesting range of images.PM
Full results All the awarded images can be seen in the Galleries.