The Annual Digital – A Feast For The Eyes

This is always a much anticipated evening where a judge comes along to review members’ best images of the year. This competition allows members to enter images which may have already won a competition during the year so it really is the best of the best. There are two categories – “Applied” where there are very strict rules as to what can be entered, and “Open” where basically anything goes! The job of judging rested with Rodney Smith tonight – and it wasn’t an easy one.

The first part of the evening was the judging of the Applied section. The subjects ranged from insects to Harley Davidson, stained glass windows to flowers and buses to birds.  Sometimes this makes it difficult for the judging but Rodney managed to put a score to them all and come up with the winners. In third place was Michelle Howell with “Dolphin “, second was Phil Gledhill with “Juvenile Robin” and the outright winner was John Gardner with a superb image “Kingfisher ” showing all the vivid colours and detail – even in the fish in it’s beak! Well done to all.

After a break Rodney returned to judge the Open section. The subjects were even more varied -portraits, landscapes, miniature models, creative processing, spectacular lighting effects and more. In this category there is a real opportunity for members to show their skills at all the stages of image production and many grabbed it with both hands. Rodney had clear and apposite remarks on all the images as they were displayed in front of a very good attendance. In the end there has to be a winner and in this category Phil Gledhill took both third with “Power Lines ” and second with “Hope Valley Sunrise ” but taking first place was David Carr with “Evening Train at Corfe Castle “. Congratulations to the two of them.  For everyone else – there’s always next year!

Here are the winners.

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