The Best Digital Images of the Year 2017

On Monday evening of 2nd October the club had the judging for the Annual Digital Projected Image Competition. Although there are many competitions, each with their own rules, throughout the year, there are two competitions reserved for the end of the year where members can enter what they consider is their best work of the year, even if it has been entered for the other competitions. These are the Annual Digital Projected Image and the Annual Print Competitions. On that basis these can be seen as the “best of the best”. Tonight was the judging of the  Annual Digital Projected Image Competition and not surprisingly there was a packed room to witness the judging. Ray Brammall ARPS DPAGB APAGB EFIAP had the weighty responsibility of commenting on every image submitted and sorting out the winners. He had had the images for some time to pore over and sort out his comments. In this competition there are two categories – Applied and Open.

There were far more entries in the Open section where basically “anything goes” – there is no restriction on subject, treatment, processing or title so free reign is given to the creative talents of the entrants. Ray was very conscientious in giving every single image a good and apposite critique. It was not easy to judge as the subjects covered just about everything – flora and fauna, landscapes, portraits, architecture, sport, studio work – you name it, it was there. As he was impressed by the high standard of the entries Ray felt that there had to be quite a few Commended and Highly Commended, certainly more than he would normally give. He felt that “Scotland Sunrise” by Sara Cremer,”The Frog” and “Moody Bagh Steinidigh” both by Steve A Wood, “Fab Four” by Sally Sallett and “Earth Girl” by Steve Womack all deserved Commended. One step up in the Highly Commended category was “Shall We Dance” by Jane Lazenby.  Then on to the top three  and in third place was “Dead Vle” by Liz Beattie and in second place was “In The Woods” by Sara Cremer. Taking top spot was “Old Lighthouse, Spurn Head” by David Kershaw.

In the Applied section very little, if any, post image capture processing is allowed and there are strict rules covering the subjects and even the naming of the image. Possibly due to these rules there are generally fewer entries in the applied section and so it was tonight. The standard in the Applied was high and a full range of subjects was on show. Ray gave each image due consideration and provided plenty of useful feedback for each one of the entrants.  In the end there had to be winners and receiving a Commended were “Canon AV-1 Dismantled” by Steve A Wood, “Painted Hopper” by Michelle Howell, “Pellucid Fly” by Paul Smith and “Ruby Eye Tree Frog (Leptopelis Uluguruensis)” by Sally Sallett. Receiving Highly Commended  were “Gannet in Flight (Morus Sulidae)” by Robert Bilton and “Thai Cruiser Butterfly (Vindula Erota Erota)” by Peter Wells. In third place was “Panther Chameleon (Furcifer Pardalis) by Peter Wells and in second place was “Green-Banded Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilionireus)” by Paul Wagstaff. Taking the top prize, though, was “Amazonian Milk Frog” by Michelle Howell.

Well done to all the winners and thanks to Ray for all his accurate and fair comments which everyone found most valuable. A gallery of the winning images is below and on the front page.

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