2015 Annual Digital Images Judged

On Monday evening of 9th November the club had the judging for the Annual Digital Projected Image Competition. Before it started Sally Sallett, our President, announced the overall winners of the 2015 Clubman Competition which is fully reported here. Then it was on to the main business of the eveing. Although there are many competitions, each with their own rules, throughout the year, there are two competitions reserved for the end of the year where members can enter what they consider is their best work of the year, even if it has been entered for the other competitions. Theses are the Annual Digital Projected Image and the Annual Print Competitions. On that basis these can be seen s the “best of the best”.

Tonight was the judging of the  Annual Digital Projected Image Competition and Helen Smith from Halifax had the weighty responsibility of commenting on every image submitted and sorting out the winners. She had had the images for some time to pore over and sort out her comments. In this competition there are two categories – Applied and Open.

In the Applied section very little, if any, post image capture processing is allowed and there are strict rules covering the subjects and even the naming of the image. Possibly due to these rules there are generally fewer entries in the applied section and so it was tonight, although Helen pointed out that some images in the Open category would have been eligible for the Applied category. The standard in the Applied was high and a full range of subjects was on show. Helen gave each image due consideration and provided plenty of useful feedback for each one of the entrants. Due to the high standard Helen felt that there has to be quite a few Commended and Highly Commended. In the end there had to be winners and in third place was John Gardner with “Hoopoe” and in second place was ….. John Gardner again with “Black-Headed Gull”. However John couldn’t quire manage a clean sweep as Phil Gledhill with his superb “Great Crested Grebe with Perch” took a well-deserved first place. Congratulations to them.

There were far more entries in the Open section where basically anything goes. There is no restriction on subject, treatment, processing or title so free reign is given to the creative talents of the entrants. Helen Smith was very conscientious in giving every single image a good and apposite critique. It was not easy to judge as the subjects covered just about everything – flora and fauna, landscapes, portraits, architecture, sport, studio work – you name it, it was there. Again though there had to be some decisions made. There were more Commended and Highly Commended but taking the top places this time were Steve Wright (your webmaster) in third with “Last Catch of the Day”, Sally Sallett with “Fieldmouse” and, finally, in first place Paul Wagstaff with “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”. Well done everyone.

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