By Tony Storey, Dec 26 2020 02:57PM
During this prolonged Covid-19 closure of the club, it was decided earlier in the year to hold a series of online digital competitions in order to keep our members involved with the club as well as maintaining their interest in photography.
Following some helpful recommendations from our members, we decided to look into the possibility of booking an external judge for this competition, rather than asking members to judge one another’s pictures as happened previously. Therefore, after some behind the scenes investigations, I’m delighted to report that we managed to secure the services of Mr Tim West FRPS, a judge very well known to our members following numerous visits to the club over many years, as both judge and speaker.
By the competition entry deadline, fifty-eight images had been submitted by twelve club members, covering a very wide range of subjects. The entries were duly sent off to Tim along with the appropriate software to enable him to be seen in a video along with each image, giving his feedback plus a mark out of twenty.
Once Tim had completed and returned this material, a YouTube link was subsequently sent out to all the members along with a summary of the marks. It was certainly very interesting to view the video, which lasted one hour and thirteen minutes – approximately as long as the judging would have taken on a conventional club night. Tim certainly provided some very helpful feedback on all the images, frequently commenting on technical aspects including lighting, exposure and composition, but also the things he found interesting as well as a picture’s story-telling qualities.
In equal third place, each with a score of 18 marks, came:
ALL AGLOW ON LAND AND SEA by Louise Satturley
FREIGHT SUNSET by Tony Storey
In equal second place, each with a score of 19 marks, came:
TAKE-OFF INTO THE SUN and LADIES GO SHOPPING both by Dick Read
FLUID MOTION by David Richardson
In equal first place, each with a score of 20 marks, came:
SLIPPING THE TACKLE and GONE SWIMMING both by Pony Moore LRPS
KINGFISHER by Marc Read
However, the overall winner, also scoring 20 marks, was:
GLASS TEAPOT by Dave Johnson
Congratulations to all the members who entered images and participated in this eighth online competition, and very well done to Dave Johnson for his stunning picture of a glass teapot, displaying some amazing patterns of white and orange from the stripes situated behind it.
Our grateful thanks also to Tim West for giving us his time to consider carefully each of the fifty eight images, and providing our members with helpful comments and suggestions for improvement.
I felt the overall standard of entry was very impressive and it was certainly a pleasure viewing them all. As you know, we would love to hear from anyone with ideas and suggestions for future versions of this competition.