Print and Projected Image of the Year competitions  30 April 2019   
Entered in this final competition of the season were the ‘best of the best’ and the judge Peter Orr ARPS had the onerous job of selecting the award winners. All the images had been placed either 1st, 2nd or 3rd in Print and Projected Image competitions held since September.
Entries covered wide variety of subjects and styles as the club has competitions for nature, landscape, creative and monochrome as well as the images in RB thistleOpen competitions which can be of any subject. In this case the judge said his particular interests were nature and landscape but he likes to see the trends and fashions that come and go in photography but he felt that usually nothing beats a good classic image.
Peter had not visited the club before and was surprised that he had the luxury of studying all the images closely beforehand rather than judging cold on the night. He usually judges for the Southern Photography Federation clubs where it seems judging on the night is the norm.
Peter certainly did a thorough job of looking closely at the entries and noticed the tiniest of blemishes - dust spots that had been missed and the eye was drawn to tiny light areas once they had been pointed out. Peter was very knowledgeable and gave very comprehensive comments on every image.
Members whose image was placed first in each section were awarded the Print or Projected Image Trophy for their section.

SM moonscapeAs usual the prints were shown first starting with the Beginners section. In first place was a simple image titled ‘Thistle Do’ right by Richard Blackbourne. The judge commented that the seed head was well focussed and stood out well against the dark background. Richard was also awarded second place with a colourful image titled ‘Forest Funghi’ ‘Deer Hunt’ by Helena Chambers was in third place.
Next to be judged was the Intermediate section where Peter placed ‘Moonscape’left  - a very atmospheric seascape by Steve McCarthy first. The judge commented that the exposure was just right and he liked the panoramic format. In second place was an image of a kestrel titled ‘Winter Arrival’ by David Wilkinson and third in the section was ‘Log of ages’ by Craig Purvis.

RH hareThe last print section was the Advanced with fifteen entries with a range of stunning wildlife, landscape and architectural images to be judged.
Not surprisingly Robert Harvey ARPS EFIAP was awarded the trophy for at least the fourth time!
In first place was a stunning close up image titled ‘Cold mountain Hare’right  which the judge said the detail in the fur was incredible. Second was another nature study by Robert ‘Striated Caracaras, Falklands’ in which the two birds were perfectly photographed as they perched on a seaweed covered rock.
HC bikesTim Pier’s tranquil seascape ‘Morning Light at Whitby’ was in third place and images by Chris Wilkes-Ciudad and Pam Mullings were awarded HC’s.

Trophies were presented to Print competition winners present by chairman Steve Hardman.

After the break came the three projected Image sections starting with the Beginners.
An action shot of three dirt track riders caught the judges eye – ‘Tight Corner’left  by Helena Chambers.
The well caught image showed the flying mud as the riders negotiated the racing track.
In second place was ‘Dam Built with Elan’ by Craig Purvis and in third place was ‘Crash’ an expressive monochrome image of a dog by Avril McCarthy. Roly Barth, Helena Chambers and Hilary Tapley were all awarded HC’s. (Craig & Roly have since been promoted to Intermediate’s)

MS snowdenMartin Stokes had a great evening with his PI’s gaining 1st, 2nd & 3rd in the Intermediate section.
Winning him the Trophy was a stunning early morning image ‘Mount Snowdon’ right with a very colourful sunrise over the mountain reflected in the lake below. Second was ‘Tiny Racer’ - a well captured image with a great sense of speed and third was a seascape ‘Storm’ which showed excellent lighting on the shore and a rainbow over a pier.

PM despairLast but not least came the Advanced group with tough competition from all of the 19 excellent entries. Unfortunately,
Robert just missed out on his haul of all the Advanced Trophies this year as Pam Mullings was declared the winner of the Projected Image trophy.
The image that caught the judges eye was ‘Despair’ left with a Victorian mother and children in a dark alleyway.
Robert came in 2nd & 3rd and with 3 HC’s as well! In second place was ‘Rainbow and Beech Clump’ – the judge commented that the photographer was lucky to be in just the right place to get that shot but no doubt Robert knew exactly where the rainbow would appear! Third was Robert’s Milky Way, Mars and Meteor’.

Steve Hardman presented the PI Trophies to those present – those winners not there for the competition will be presented with their trophies at the AGM on 14 May.
See - Club Competition Awards 2018 - 2019

Steve then thanked Peter for judging the competition and giving his comments.

Congratulations to all and thanks to all who have entered competitions this year. Get prepared and look out during the summer break for interesting ideas ready for the busy 2019-2000 season! PM
 See the full results       All the awarded images can be seen here