2016 Clubman Round 2 Results

The evening of Monday 4th April  saw the judging of the second round of this year’s Clubman Competition. As usual there was a large attendance to view lots of prints and digital images. This round of the competition was classed as an “Open” round which basically means that anything goes – any subject, any treatment, anything the photographer wants to do. Tonight’s judge was Christine Hartley and she had the unenviable task of comparing landscapes with portraits, architecture with birds, colour with black and white, etc. etc. It was never going to be an easy task and Christine remarked that it had been made difficult due to the overall high quality of the entries. On many occasions during the judging she commented on an image or print to say that it was very good but in this evening’s set of entries she couldn’t give it a high mark because of the quality of “the opposition”! Christine managed to comment on every single print and image, identifying the good (and not so good) points of each print or digital image. She always tried to be helpful and show where they could be improved in a positive manner. This form of judging is a great way for anyone to learn what makes a great photograph. Just listening to these appraisals is as good as a photography course and is also a great way to measure yourself against other members and to identify how you could improve.

First up were the 32 prints and after all the scores had been decided on the following were Commended  – “D1” by Alan Shute, Highly Commended – “Rosy Posy” by Sally Sallett and “Looking Ahead by Paul Wagstaff. However in third place was “Flower Ballet” by Steve Womack, with “Alan” by Paul Wagstaff in second and pick of the crop in first place was “Flamingo” by Phil Gledhill. Congratulations to them all.

After a break came the 44 digital images. The standard was again high and Christine gave Commended to – “”Sissone by Aysha” by Nigel Hazel and “Jet Ski Freestyle” by Paul Wagstaff. The top three in the digital were – third place “Figure Study” by Steve Womack, second place – “With a Flick of the Hair” by Steve A Wood and in first place with a truly magnificent image “Thomas Aground” by Sally Sallett. Again congratulations to them all. You can see the top three images and Commended in each category below or by clicking here.

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