On the evening of 17th July the judging of the annual Triptych Competition was held. John Atkinson was the judge with the task of not simply picking the best image but having to decide on which set of three worked for him. This competition is for a print or image of standard size but containing 3 smaller prints or images. It sounds more complicated than it is. However to get good triptych the 3 have to have an overall theme or feel and work as a whole. It isn’t always easy to get 3 images or prints to combine in a meaningful way. It looks simple but achieving balance, colour coordination, subject direction, placement etc is pretty difficult as John pointed out. The subjects for tonights’ entries included flowers, portraits, jet skis, racing car crashes, bridges…….. you name it. John gave full comments on every every entry paying particular attention to the triptych aspects.
There have to be winners though. First up were the prints and gaining Commended were Angela Crutchly-Rhodes with “Just Some Roses” and Paul Wagstaff witb “Gerbera”. Gaining Highly Commended was Chris Goodacre with “Narcissi”. In third place was Michelle Howell with “Gargoyle Gecko” with Chris Goodacre (again!) in second place with “Fern Leaves”. However beating everyone in the print section was Nigel Hazell with “Incident at Le Mans”. In the Digital Projected Image section Jayne Lazenby had two images Commended – “Double Ginger” and “Appleby Flash”. Chris Goodacre scored agin in this section with a Highly Commended for “Sempervivums”. In third place was Paul Wagstaff with “RGB – Red Green Blue” and in second was Sally Sallett with “Me and My Girl”. In first place, though, was David Kershaw with “Life on a Rose Bush”. Congratulations to all of them. You can see the images in the gallery below.