Top Prints of 2016 – The Annual Print Competition Is Judged

On Monday evening of 5th December the club had the judging for the Annual Print 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 Print Competition and Christine Hodgson had the weighty responsibility of commenting on every print submitted and sorting out the winners. She holds a First Class BA with Honours (photography) and was without doubt a knowledgeable adjudicator for this evening’s assessment of our Annual Print Competition. She had had the prints for some time to pore over and sort out her comments. In this competition there are two categories – Applied and Open. Unlike the Digital Projected Image competition, this one places an extra demand on the photographer – that of printing to a high quality. Many a good image has been let down by poor printing so the pressure really is on. What a good evening this was with 14 images in the Applied section and 28 in the Open section. Chris gave an excellent commentary with constructive remarks about each of the photographs; rather like a tutorial evening, really, from which we could all have benefited in one way or another – no negative innuendos or disparaging remarks! She felt that the overall standard was very high indeed. Chris passed through all the images observations like “good detail”, “sharp image”, “good composition”, etc. Occasionally a constructive remark to offer her thoughts to maybe improve a good image into a better one!

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. The standard in the Applied was high and a full range of subjects was on show. Christine Hodgson gave each print due consideration and provided plenty of useful feedback for each one of the entrants. In the end there had to be winners and in third place was last year’s winner Nigel Hazell with “Upper Façade, The Sentinel Building”, in second was again Nigel Hazell with “PwC Building By Night” but the overall winner of the Applied section was Liz Beattie with “Polar Bear”. Congratulations to the two of them.

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. Christine 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 – you name it, it was there. Again though there had to be some decisions made. Commended were Steve Wood with “The show must go on” and Sara Cremer for “Beach Huts”. Going one better Sara Cremer also achieved a Highly Commended with “Allium”. Taking the top places in the Open Section this year were last year’s winner Steve Wood in third place with “The Spider”, Sally Sallett  in second, as last year, with “The Nibbler”, but she went one better this year and Sally Sallett claimed top spot with “Thomas Aground”. Well done everyone and thanks to Christine Hodgson for what was a long and difficult task well done. You can see a gallery of the winners or with the rest of the annual competitions winners  here.

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