The evening of Monday 9th April 2018 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 Monty Trent and he 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 Monty remarked that the standard of work was terrific and when he reviewed them again today before coming to the meeting he was even more impressed. He had lived with the prints and images for over a week and carefully examined them all twice. Monty managed to comment on every single print and image, identifying the good (and not so good) points of each print or digital image. He provided intelligent and though-provoking comments to each one all laced with humour and insight. 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, animals and flowers – the full range of subjects! After all the scores had been decided on the following were Commended – “By the Light” by David Kershaw and “All Eyes and Ears” by Jane Lazenby. Highly Commended was ” The Librarian” also by Jane Lazenby. The top three were, in third place “Uncle Billy’s Fab Club” by Peter Wells, second place “The Boilerman” also by Peter Wells and top of the list in first place was “The Crossing” 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 50 images which were entered. The standard was again high and Monty gave Commended to “Out of Africa” by Tim Jonas and “Amazon Milk Frog” by Peter Wells. David Jones was awarded Highly Commended for “Wandering Albatross”. In third place came “Wet Morning in Ostend” by Trevor Bottomley and second place went to “Lining the Furnace” by Peter Wells. In first place, though, was “Golden Boy”” by Janie Lazenby. Well done and congratulations to them all. You can see the top three images and commended in each category below or by clicking here.