2016 Annual Digital – The Best of the Year

On Monday evening of 3rd October the club had the judging for the Annual Digital Projected Image Competition. 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. These are the Annual Digital Projected Image and the Annual Print Competitions. On that basis these can be seen as the “best of the best”. Tonight was the judging of the  Annual Digital Projected Image Competition and not surprisingly there was a packed room to witness the judging. Erica Oram 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.

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. Erica Oram 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. Due to the high standard Erica felt that there had to be quite a few Commended and Highly Commended. She felt that “Left to Rot” by Steve Woods, “Millennium Bridge” by Angela Crutchly-Rhodes, “Flour Ballet” by Steve Womack and “Sunset at Portmadoc Station” by David Carr all deserved Commended. One step up in the Highly Commended category were “You put your right leg out” by Sally Sallett, “Ying and Yang” by Sara Cremer and “Into the Bend” again by Sally Sallett.  There had to be winners though and in third place was Steve Womack with “St Mary’s Lighthouse”, second was  “Gargoyle Gecko” by Michelle Howell and top of the pile in first place was “Eskimo Kiss” by Peter Wells.

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. The standard in the Applied was high and a full range of subjects was on show. Erica gave each image due consideration and provided plenty of useful feedback for each one of the entrants.  In the end there had to be winners and in third place was Paul Wagstaff with “Common Damselfly, Female”, second was Michelle Howell with “Hemisferic City of Arts and Science, Valencia” and the best in the Applied section was Steve Womack with “Knave, St Patrick’s, Partington, from the pulpit”.

Well done to all the winners and thanks to Erica for all her comments. A gallery of the images will soon be on the front page.

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