The evening of Monday 21st September saw the judging of the second round of the Clubman Competition. As usual it was a large attendance to view lots of prints and digital images. The fourth 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 Marilyn Roberts 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 Marilyn remarked that it had been made difficult due to the overall high quality of the entries. In order to reach her judgements she looked at all the entries briefly one day, then did the same again the next day, then looked at each one in detail on the following days – now that’s dedication! This care came out in her comments throughout the evening. She 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. Marilyn said that competitions are a wonderful way of starting out in the competitive aspect of photography.
First up were the prints and after all the scores had been decided on the following were Highly Commended – “Woodpecker” by Glen Shute and “XF” by Phil Gledhill. However in third place was “Great Tit” by Glen Shute, with “The Investigator” by Sally Sallett in second and pick of the crop in first place was “The Evening Hunt” by David Kershaw. Congratulations to them all.
After a break came the 49 digital images. The standard was again high and Marilyn gave Highly Commended to – “Corn Exchange, Leeds” by Sally Sallett, “Robin” by Paul Wagstaff, “The Femmes Fatale” by Sarah Bindon and “Evening Light at Winskill” by Peter Bindon. The top three in the digital were – third place “Toll Gavel Chirch” by Steve Womack, second place – “Life’s But A Dream” by David Kershaw and in first place with a truly magnificent image “Fish Supper” by Phil Gledhill. Again congratulations to them all. You can see the top three images and Highly Commended in each category below or by clicking here.