Second Round of the 2017 Clubman Competition is Judged

The evening of Monday 3rd April 2017 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 Brian Crossland 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 Brian remarked that it had been a pleasure looking at them all as there was a good selection. He had lived with the prints and images for over a week and carefully examined them all twice. Brian 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 though-provoking comments to each one. 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  – “Nuthatch” by John Mynard and “Gannet by Paul Wagstaff. Highly Commended was ” Cromer Pier” by Robert Bilton. The top three were, in third place “Old Pier, Swanage” by Nigel Hazell, second place “Tulip” by Paul Smith and top of the list in first place was “Poise on Points” by David Kershaw. 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 60+ images which were entered. The standard was again high and Brian gave Commended to  “Zig and Zag” by Les Forrester and “Autumn Swirl”. Tim Jonas was awarded Highly Commended for “Dressing Up”. In third place came “Earth Girl” by Steve Womack and second place went to “Power and Glory” by Les Forrester. In first place, though, was “Walking the Dog” by David Carr. Well done and 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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