There were 84 entries for Peter McCloskey FRPS AFIAP to judge and comment upon in this second Open Projected Image competition of the season.
It was pleasing to see that many of the new members had entered a competition for the first time.
Peter is an experienced judge and was looking for subjects that were a bit different and that appealed to him. Many of the images in all of the sections were in his opinion over sharpened – some showed unwanted artefacts and in others the give away is often a pale line around dark edges. Members should look very closely at their images for over sharpening before entering them in competition and Peter gave some helpful tips on how to avoid or remedy the problem.
In the Beginners section newcomer Bruce Chappell made an excellent start in his first competition as his monochrome entry ‘Mannequins’ (right) was awarded first place. The judge commented on the unusual subject and the good choice of depth of field.
Bruce was also awarded third place with another monochrome titled ‘The Herb Seller’
Another new member with an excellent start was Mark Somerville with his monochrome ‘Contemplation’ awarded second place and another of his entries gaining a Highly Commended.
The judge commented that although some monochrome entries gained awards others appeared rather all over grey and would have been better left in colour as he looks for good contrast in monochrome images.
A nature image gained David Wilkinson first place in the Intermediate section - the judge praised the sharpness and the muted background of ‘Stonechat with Insect’ (left) and David also had an HC with another nature subject.
The stunning scenery of Sue Wadman’s image ‘Norwegian Winter’ gained her second place and another landscape ‘Swirling Pool’ by Steve Hardman was placed third.
There was a wide range of subjects in the Advanced section for the judge to give his comments and opinions on.
‘Gallery Viewing’ (right) - a monochrome by Janet Rutter LRPS particularly caught his eye and was awarded first place out of the 36 entries. The subject really suited the monochrome presentation.
Dave Gray had 3 awards for his entries – a portrait ‘Coy Teenager’ was in second place, and ‘Talisker Bay Sunset’ a landscape with an amazing sky was awarded third place with ‘Early Morning Ablutions gaining a Highly Commended. Richard Atkinson AFIAP and Robert Harvey ARPS EFIAP each had Highly Commended for two of their entries.
A full list of awarded images can be seen below.
Well done to all those that entered the competition and especially to those that entered for the first time. Hopefully the judges’ comments were helpful - often it was just a bit more attention to the presentation that was needed. As usual the judge commented that many images could have been improved with some cropping of unnecessary areas so that attention is drawn more to the main subject.
Thanks to the judge for giving his opinion on the entries and selecting those images for the awards. PM
List of award winners All the awarded entries can be seen in the Galleries.
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