2013 Annual Print Competition Report

Over 50 members were present at Brookhouse Club on Monday night to watch and listen to the judging of this year’s Annual Print Competition. Judge Mike Newton started proceedings by congratulating the club on the overall standard and remarked that there were plenty of excellent prints and many scored highly. Mike gave each print careful consideration and provided lots of helpful comments. He remarked that he’d never given so many high marks. The range of prints in the Open section covered virtually all subjects. Once again he surprised himself on how highly he scored portraiture saying that it went to show how high the standard of portraiture was at the club. In the end he had to make a decision and he found a clear winner in Les Forrester’s “Elgol Storm”. Second place went to Steve Womack for “Olympic Lady” and third went to Vera Jones for “Ken”. In the Applied section there may have been slightly fewer entries but the high standard continued. There were a couple of prints that judge Mike Newton did query as to whether they were in fact within the strict definition of the term “Applied” but he accepted them nevertheless. All the top 3 places were Natural History subjects. with Bill Mahoney’s superb “Red Kite” taking first place, with “Great Spotted Woodpecker and Chick” by E. David Jones taking second and “Young Leopard” again by Bill Mahoney coming third. Well done to all winners and you can see their images in the gallery below.

The print competitions are always a good event as after each round of judging the prints are displayed around the room allowing everyone to “get up close and personal” with them and engage in lively, and appreciative, conversation about the merits of each. With over 50 prints to look at it really was a feast for the eyes.

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