Flower Power To The Fore

The evening of Monday 24th October saw the judging of this year’s entrants for the Maurice Biglin Trophy. This is an annual print only competition held in memory of Maurice Biglin who was a long standing member of the club. One of his particular passions was the photography of flowers, particularly wild flowers hence the subject of flora. It was appropriate, therefore, that this year there is a new trophy consisting of real wild flowers encased in a glass sphere. Tonight’s judge was Marilyn Roberts and she started off by giving an introduction to both the subject and the prints. She commented on the attraction of the subject matter yet it’s decline in popularity in recent years. She then described her judging process and the importance of using natural light, how she sorts them several times and revisits them on many occasions.

Then onto the judging. As it was a print only competition there were less entries than for (say) the Clubman Competition where there are digital images as well as prints. The upside of this was that it gave Marilyn plenty of time to give a full appraisal of each print and provide plenty of positive guidance on how it could be improved or alternative approaches. The subjects for the prints included wild orchids, dog roses, corn poppies, water lillies, daisies, knapweed, wild garlic, ragwort, thistles, teasels, ….the list went on. After all the appraisals Marilyn looked again at her top picks and pointed out why they had made it in her top group. In the end the results were as follows. Commended – “Scarlet Pimpernell” by David Kershaw and “Scotch Thistle” by Nigel Hazell. Highly Commended were “Wood Garlic” by Sara Cremer and “Early Marsh Orchid” by Sally Sallett. Now for the top three. In third place was “Butterbur” by Sally Sallett and in second place was “Greater Stitchwort” by Nigel Hazell. However at the top of the pile was “Marsh Fragrant Orchid” by Steve Womack. Congratulations to all of them, not just for winning but reminding us all what a wonderful subject flora is. You can see their images below. Why not give it a go in the next year and enter yourselves.

After a break Marilyn gave the club an update on the Yorkshire Photographic Unions’s (YPU) mentoring scheme for PAGB awards. In addition she told us all about some of the changes taking place in the YPU’s annual exhibition. The categories haven’t changed in many, many years. Amongst other changes for the coming year there will be new categories for travel prints, “‘scapes” (e.g. landscapes, seascapes) and altered reality. This should open up new fields for entrants and gives ample opportunity for creativity and record. Hopefully more details of these changes will be published in David Kershaw’s weekly Newsletter and on this website.

An excellent evening with Marilyn providing expert and positive input that was also entertaining.

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