The Society’s Second Open Competition took place on Wednesday 20th November and the judge was Gerald Chamberlin, DPAGB, EFIAP from Carlisle. Gerald is a Northern Counties Photographic Federation judge, judging club, inter-club and Federation competitions. Although for this competition all the images were required to have been taken in the British Isles, there was still a wide range of photographic genres entered, including nature, creative, landscape, sport and portraiture. Gerald commented on the high quality of the photography and printing which made differentiating between the images, as regards scoring, far from easy. The prints and digital images were given a score out of twenty and, before awarding the score, Gerald discussed each image, commenting on the good points and often suggesting where improvements could be made.
The judging commenced with the thirty-four photographic prints. Three pin-sharp images were awarded a top score of twenty: ‘Be My Valentine’ by David Woodthorpe which featured a delightful image of two harvest mice perched face to face on top of a drooping pink rose;
‘Whose Idea Was it to Shelter Here’ by Alan Walker, a captivating image of two little owls sheltering from the rain under a large leaf;
and ‘Gannet Coming in to Land’ by Tricia Rayment.
Gerald selected ‘Be My Valentine’ by David Woodthorpe as his overall winning print image. A score of nineteen was awarded to four images: ‘Little Egret Strike’ by Tony Marsh; ‘A Brief Encounter’ by Alan Walker; ‘Brown Hare’ by Ronnie Gilbert; and ‘Skye Blue’ by Ken Rennie. A further eight images received scores of eighteen: ‘Meadow Pipit with Insects’ and ‘Razorbill’ both by Carol Minks; ‘Angel Descending’ and ‘Redshank on Duddon Sands’ both by Keith Snell; ‘Male Stonechat on Gorse’ by Tricia Rayment; ‘Preparing to Dance’ by Julie Walker; ‘Early Morning Glen Affric’ by Ken Rennie; and ‘Dirt Bike Riders’ by Ronnie Gilbert.
After the break for tea and cake the forty projected digital images were judged. ‘Backlit Kestrel with Mouse’ by Alan Walker
and ‘Barn Owl Dispute’ by Julie Walker both achieved a top score of twenty. The overall Digital Image of the Competition was awarded to Julie Walker for ‘Barn Owl Dispute’, a superbly captured image showing the interaction between two barn owls having a dispute.
Gerald awarded high scores of nineteen and eighteen to a total of nine images. Three images scored nineteen: ‘A Lucky Find’ by Marilyn Woodthorpe, ‘Spot the Ball’ by Alan Walker and ‘Kingfisher on a Bullrush’ by Ronnie Gilbert. Images scoring eighteen were ‘Red Squirrel in Rain’ by Julie Walker, ‘Fluffed Up Goldfinch’ by Tony Marsh, ‘A Sustainable Future’ by David Woodthorpe, ‘Introspection’ by Keith Snell, ‘The Splash Pool’ by Ken Rennie and ‘Taking Flight’ by Tom Stenhouse
All the images can be viewed on our gallery pages