The second Open Print competition of the season was judged via Zoom by Mike Dales ARPS CPAGB. Mike had judged the actual prints but sadly members could only see the digital versions on the night. As we have seen on previous occasions the printed version can look rather different. The entry numbers from all 3 sections were rather low but the judge remarked that they were of a high quality and he was pleased to be able to judge actual prints once again.
Mike commented that many of the images in the Beginners section were so good that they could easily be in one of the other section. In first place was a very striking monochrome image by Dave Johnson titled ‘Apache Gunship’. This grim instrument of war looked particularly foreboding against the dark, cloudy sky.
In second place was another monochrome image – this time a row of boulders leading the eye out to the sea. ‘Boulders on the Shoreline’ was by Heidi Massey. Third place went to a portrait titled ‘Katie’ by Pete Evans. The model was standing in front of a red door and the judge remarked on the textures and the well placed hands.
The entries in the Intermediate section were shown with a range of interesting subjects. A nature subject by Richard Blackbourne was awarded first place. ‘Take Flight’ showed a long-tailed tit taking off from a tree set against a blue sky.
A delightful image of a flower against a white background by Bridget Codrington was in second place. ‘Pink Lily’ was described as a lovely, simple image by the judge. In third place was a well taken monochrome image of a waterfall, aptly titled ‘Tumbling Down’ by Dave Eagle. The image was well printed with good contrast between the blacks and whites. An unusual image of an ear of barley intrigued the judge who said he had never seen quite like it. ‘An Outpouring of Barley’ by Dave Eagle was awarded an HC.
Next came the 9 entries in the Advanced section. A seascape titled ‘Kimmeridge Ledge’ by Robert Harvey ARPS EFIAP was placed first with the judge saying it was a delightful simple image. Second place went to a well caught nature shot of a great tit in flight. ‘About to Land’ was by David Wilkinson. David also gained third place with a misty image ‘First Light on the Canal’ with the judge commenting on the peaceful still water. An HC was awarded to Robert for his image of a local landmark ‘Frosty Sunrise, The Cove, Avebury’.
After the break, Mark went on to show how his photography had progressed from his early film days to experimenting with digital manipulation. He likes his images to ‘tell a story’ and looks for something a bit different. Many images showed a quirky sense of humour. He gained his ARPS with images taken of travellers on the London Underground.
Mark was thanked for his excellent, detailed critique of the print entries. Thanks to all who entered and many congratulations to those who gained awards.PM
Full results All the awarded images can be seen in the Galleries.