Competition 1 - Open Projected Images 25 September 2018   
The first competition of the 2018-19 season was judged by Clive Greenland LRPS – a member of Corsham Photographic Society.
On his first visit to the club Clive commented that judging an Open competition is always extremely difficult as the entries consist of such a diverse range of subjects and styles.
Giving his critique on each image Clive said after initially looking for correct focus, exposure and good composition - choosing the award winners finally comes down to the impact and the feeling of the image that makes it ‘extra special’.

CP ElanThe judge started by pointing out the best features in each image and then in some cases gave subjective criticism on how the image might have been improved. He would have liked to see a wider view in some of the landscapes and perhaps using a panoramic format would have shown more of the dramatic terrain.
Members might remember a recent club presentation in which it was advised ‘always take at least 3 views of a scene’ which could then have given a choice of formats.

There were many interesting images in the Beginners section with a wide range of subjects.
New club members usually start in this section some being novices - but others have been taking photographs for many years but have yet to gain experience of club competitions.
The judge said that when he first saw the image of an Elan Valley Dam by Craig Purvis (above) he was struck by the impact and knew it was one of best in the section. The lighting and viewpoint were excellent and he awarded it first place.
Clive said it was the expressions on the faces of the four men sitting around in a south American Square that particularly appealed to him in Dan Morrell’s image ‘Laid Back’ which was placed second.
MS MenaiThe striking landscape by Roly Barth titled ‘Majestic Patagonia’ was awarded third place with an image of a Barn owl in flight also by Roly gaining a Highly Commended. The Motocross action image ‘Fast and Furious’ by Richard Blackbourne also gained an HC.

Of the many superb images in the Intermediate section the judge found the most impressive ‘Menai Suspension Bridge’ (right) by Martin Stokes. He remarked on the excellent lighting on the bridge structure and the good composition awarding it first place.
Photographing the stars as they moved in the night sky is very tricky but it was captured well in ‘North Star at Knowlton’ by Steve Hardman which was placed second.
The seascape ‘Storm’ was another of Martin Stokes images that the judge picked out it came third in the section. Highly Commended’s were awarded to Steve Hardman and Andy Vick and two landscapes by Sue Wadman both gained awards.

RH Severn BridgeLast but not least came the Advanced section with its diverse range of subjects – landscapes, wildlife, people, architecture and more.
The very cleverly captured image ‘Space Station over Severn Bridge’ by Robert Harvey ARPS EFIAP (left) was awarded first place.
Second place went to Kyra Wilson LRPS with her close up image of the colourful ‘Lackey Moth Caterpillar’. Another of Robert’s images gained third place – this time a superb wildlife image ‘Great-spotted Woodpecker in the Snow’ An image of the Little Sable lighthouse in Michigan by Tim Pier and two Creative images by Pam Mullings were awarded HC’s

In his summing up Clive said sorry but unfortunately according to the club rules he could not give awards to all the excellent images in the competition but for those that missed out this time he advised ‘don’t give up’ just try again another time.

Craig Purvis who was standing in for the club chairman thanked Clive very much for taking time to judge the competition and giving his very helpful comments on each of the images.
Congratulations to all award winners and very well done to all who entered - some for the first time, PM
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