The evening of Monday 8th April 2019 saw the judging of the fourth 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 Hodgson 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 the standard of work was high. As there were quite a few prints Christine went straight into the jufging. She managed to comment on every single print and image, identifying the good points of each print or digital image and made constructive suggestions as to how they could be improved – where possible! Her comments were clearly to directly related to her score so everyone knew why they received the score they did. Sometimes 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 prints including landscapes, portraits, seascapes, birds, street photography, insects, architecture, animals and flowers – the full range of subjects! After all the scores had been decided on the following were Commended – “The Sluice Pool” by Sally Sallett and “The Music Room” by Jane Lazenby. Highly Commended was “Gannet with Plastic Bag” by Patrick Maloney. The top three were, in third place “Waiting for Polly” by Peter Wells, second place “Eloping Lovers” by Jane Lazenby and top of the list in first place was “Guggenheim Gloe” by Nigel Hazell. Congratulations to them all.
After a break came the digital images. If it were possible there was an even broader spread of subjects in the images which were entered. The standard was again high and Christine gave Commended to “Chilean Rose Tarantula” by Paul Wagstaff, “My Security Blanket” by Michelle Howell and “Ice Queen” by John Gardner. Highly Commendede was “Marie Antoinette” by Harry Wentworth. In third place came “Highflyers”” by Jane Lazenby and second place went to “Sunday Best also by Jane Lazenby. In first place, though, was a fantastic “Harvest Mouse in the Nest” by Michelle Howell. Well done and congratulations to them all. You can see the top three images and commended in each category below or by clicking here.