2017 Competitions

December 2017

Print of the Year Competition
 
As is our usual end of year activity, the December meeting of the Stamford and Rutland Photographic Society celebrated Christmas with a meal and then competed for the Print of the Year, which was ably judged by Liz Kemp, a former Chair of the Peterborough Camera Club. The competition took place in the Stamford Arts Centre which hosted this year’s exhibition
 
1st Place Evening Shift - John Hillier

1st Place Evening Shift – John Hillier

The competition was won by John Hillier with his picture “Evening Shift” taken of workers and their steam trains. The image has great depth and excellent lighting 
 
The runners up were Gordon Brown, Sue West and David Harris
 
Runner Up  Gordon Brown Lancaster "Just Jane"

Runner Up Gordon Brown Lancaster “Just Jane”

Gordon captured a wartime enactment with the Lancaster Just Jane in Lincolnshire, again with very dramatic rear lighting
 
Runner Up Boy Bikers Sue West

Runner Up Boy Bikers Sue West

Sue captured the colourful and dynamic Boy Biker print.
Runner Up Wedding David Harris

Runner Up Wedding David Harris

David captured the scene just before the bride joins the wedding. He captures the interaction well between the bride and maid of honour.
 
The next meeting includes a photoshoot and the Competition topic is Open allowing members to choose any subject they wish and will take place at the Rutland County Museum in Oakham on the 25th January from 7.30pm where the Society has an exhibition of member images.
 
New members are always welcome. Please contact secretary Gordon Brown at secretary@stamford-photosoc.org.uk for more details or visit the website; stamford-photosoc.org.uk
 

November 2017

Portraits
 
At the November meeting, members of the Stamford and Rutland Photographic Society competed with portrait pictures with every photographer submitting 4 images up to A3 size and then each picture competed individually.
 
The completion was dominated by Veronica Watson and Sue West with pictures of adults and children from their travels in a number of different styles.

Veronica took individual first place with the winning image of an elderly lady smoking a pipe.Sue claimed the group prize with 3 of her pictures in the top 5!
 
Tom Carlill was 3rd in the individual and the group competition with a collection of pictures of his children
David Hodson came 4th in the individual completion with a charming picture of a young child and also claimed 4th in the group competition

October 2017

All about textures

 
At the October meeting, members of the Stamford and Rutland Photographic Society competed for the Monthly Individual and Group Image Competition where each photographer tried to capture the perfect images showing textures.

Individual First Place – Veronica Watson

Veronica Watson won both the Individual and group competitions with a range of different landscapes including desert sand dunes, a tea plantation, tree bark and the individual picture of a Sea Holly.
Gordon Brown came 2nd in the individual competition with the rocky landscape of Iceland
Tom Carlill was 3rd in the individual competition and 2nd in the group competition with a collection of rough pictures (a child on a footpath through a field and corn blowing in the wind) and smooth pictures from of the sea and of kelp.

David Baxter was 4th in the individual competition with pictures of attractive food including a runny boiled egg.
 
In the group competition 3rd place was taken by St.John Burkett with his collection of textures generated by water pictures and 4th place went to Sue Haynes with a collection of close ups of food including figs, broccoli, satsumas and an orange.
 
Following the completion the society prepared images for our exhibition, which will be on display at the Stamford Arts Centre from the 14th December to the 7th January.
 
The next meeting topic is Portraits and will take place at Great Casterton Village Hall on the 16th November from 8pm.
 
New members are always welcome. Please contact secretary Gordon Brown at secretary@stamford-photosoc.org.uk for more details or visit the website; stamford-photosoc.org.uk

September 2017

At the September meeting, members of the Stamford and Rutland Photographic Society competed for the Monthly Individual and Group Image Competition where each photographer can chose the theme of their pictures and as usual this lead to a wide range of images and subjects.
 
First Place Individual - Sue West

First Place Individual – Sue West

 
Sue West won both the Individual and group competition’s with a detailed study of a tiger. This particular tiger is based at the animal rescue centre within the Lincolnshire wildlife park and offers some great photographic opportunities.
 
Second Place Individual - Tom Carlill

Second Place Individual – Tom Carlill

 
Tom Carlill was 2nd in the individual competition and 4th in the group competition with his collection of pictures from the Burghley Horse trials. His individual image is of a rider struggling at the Storm Doris fence (the rider and horse were both ok).

 

Joint Third Place Individual  - Gordon Brown

Joint Third Place Individual – Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown came joint 3rd in the individual competition and 2nd in the group competition with a selection of images from different times of the day along the north Norfolk coast. The pictures were notable for the big and colourful skies.
 
Joint Third Place Individual  - Walter Lodge

Joint Third Place Individual – Walter Lodge

 
Walter Lodge was also joint 3rd in the individual competition with the topic of dreaming. His images captures a man dreamily looking at the docked cruise ships at a port in the Canaries islands.
 
Veronica Watson was 3rd in the group competition with a range of exotic locations from Dubrovnik to Burma via Malaysia.

July 2017

 
At the July meeting, members of the Stamford and Rutland Photographic Society competed for the Monthly Individual and Group Image Competition with a focus on the Power of Nature.
 
The topic allowed members a wide range of interpretation from the wonders of erosion and the contrast in the rocks through to people and wildlife.
Individual First Place - Gordon Brown

Individual First Place – Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown won the Individual competition with an underwater image of a White Tip Reef Shark and its companions taken in the Maldives. The lighting, the Remoras and Golden Travally added to the composition.

 

Individual Second Place - Veronica Watson

Individual Second Place – Veronica Watson

In a close scoring competition, Veronica Watson was 2nd with her monkey image
 
 
Individual Joint Third Place - Dave Baxter

Individual Joint Third Place – Dave Baxter

David Baxter and Tom Carlill came joint 3rd. David’s image the erosion of the sandstones in the southwest of the USA.

Individual Joint Third Place - Tom Carlill

Individual Joint Third Place – Tom Carlill

Tom’s image of a Red Kite taking off from a tree top.
 
In the group competition, Tom took first place with David Baxter 2nd, Walter Lodge 3rd and Veronica Watson  4th.
 
Tom’s images were a range of animals included butterflies and red kites. Davids photos cover the erosion of the sandstones in the southwest of the USA.
Group Third Place - Walter Lodge

Group Third Place – Walter Lodge

Walter’s group covered different animals from humans to a very attractive image of a bee and Veronica’s images covered plants, erosion and animals in Asia.

June 2017

At the June meeting, members of the Stamford and Rutland Photographic Society competed for the Monthly Individual and Group Image Competition and took part in a photo shoot in and around the beautiful hall of Oakham castle at sunset.
 
The Competition topic was “Reds” allowing any image with an image including or with the colour red. As the saying goes you should always have a splash of red in a photo. Photos ranged from plants to boats to plastic bags and pretty much anything in between.
Individual First Place -Telephone Box - Tom Carlill

Individual First Place -Telephone Box – Tom Carlill

Tom Carlill won the Individual competition with a red phone box and its reflection in the rain
In a close scoring competition, Sue West and Gordon Brown came joint 2nd and Veronica Watson came 4th
Individual Joint Second Place - Lady in Red_Sue West

Individual Joint Second Place – Lady in Red Sue West

Sue’s image covered her travels around Asia and include the Vietnamese tradition of having wedding photos before the ceremony and the bride wearing red.
Individual Joint Second Place - Gordon Brown - Red Buses

Individual Joint Second Place – Gordon Brown – Red Buses

Gordon shared images of travelling round London in the middle of the night on a red London bus.
 
In the group competition, Sue won with Veronica, Walter Lodge and Gordon all joint 2nd.
Group Joint Second Place - A Shade of Red - Veronica Watson

Group Joint Second Place – A Shade of Red – Veronica Watson

Veronica’s images included a young monk with parasol in Burma.
Group Joint Second Place - Fruit - Walter Lodge

Group Joint Second Place – Fruit – Walter Lodge

Walter’s images were still life of fruit

May 2017

At the May meeting, members of the Stamford and Rutland Photographic Society competed for the Monthly Individual and Group Image Competition.

The topic was “Timepiece(s)” allowing members to experiment with a range of clocks, sundials, egg timers and watches with both still life and location shots.

Veronica Watson won the Individual competition with an intricate collection of time pieces with the focal point being a vintage pocket watch.

Individual First Place – Veronica Watson

Veronica also won the group competitions with different time pieces within the collect being the focal point with egg timers and a dandelion being beautifully lit in a number of shots

Tom Carlill came second in both the individual and group competitions with a range of different time pieces with different camera techniques, including a human sundial, egg timers, watches and a clock face with a very narrow depth of field

Individual Second Place – Tom Carilli

Joint 3rd in the individual competitions were John Hillier with a detailed clock face and Walter Lodge with a nicely lit view across to St.Pauls cathedral

 

Individual Third Place – John Hillier

Individual Fourth Place – Walter Lodge

In the group competition Peter Bower was third with a range of different clocks, most notably an imaginative clockwork orange clock and John Hillier was 4th.

April 2017

At their April meeting, members of the Stamford and Rutland Photographic Society competed for the Monthly Individual and Group Image Competition.

The topic was had no specific theme but was titled “Open”, allowing members to express their creative abilities on a subject of there own choice.

Individual - First Place Veronica Watson - Open Door

Individual – First Place
Veronica Watson – Open Door

Veronica Watson won the Individual competition with a well lit indoor image titled “Open Door” taken during a trip to a monastery in Shwenandaw Monastery, Mandalay, Burma (Myanmar) a very finely carved example of a 19th century wooden monastery. It was originally part of the Royal Palace in Amarapura.

Veronica also used the theme of the Competition not just for the Individual element but also in the group of 4 images with images  of Open Window, Open Road and Open Water where she won the Group Competition as well.

Individual Second Place When I was your age - Tom Carlill

Individual Second Place
When I was your age – Tom Carlill

Tom Carlill came second with a well composed and charming image of grandfather and grandson .

Individual Third Place Synagogue Stained Glass pattern - St.John Burkett

Individual Third Place
Synagogue Stained Glass pattern – St.John Burkett

In third place was St.John Burkett’s image of a synagogue ceiling in stained glass.

Individual Fourth Place Golden Eagle by Gordon Brown

Individual Fourth Place
Golden Eagle by Gordon Brown

In fourth place was an image of a Golden Eagle taken by Gordon Brown.

March 2017

At their March meeting, members of the Stamford and Rutland Photographic Society competed for the Best Digital Projected Image.  The topic was ‘Through the Glass’, and subjects ranged in scale from a vertiginous tower-top view  to close-ups of Daddy longlegs and flowers reflected in a small glass ball.

 

The Society invited Trevor Rudkin from Kettering to judge the competition. Trevor, a judge for the Midland Counties Photographic Federation with skills in many areas of photography, commented on and scored all forty images from eleven members, applying competition standards. He gave full marks to four photos.

1st Place by Tom Carlill

1st Place by Tom Carlill

Tom Cahill won the competition with a timeless, joyous black and white image of his son by a railway carriage window.

2nd Place by St.John Burkett

2nd Place by St.John Burkett

In second place was St.John Burkett’s creative shot of a tulip distorted by the curves of a beer glass.

3rd Place by Tom Carlill

3rd Place by Tom Carlill

Tom also came third with a charming picture of his daughter looking out of a train window, and her reflection looking in.

Blue Sky Thinking by Sue West

Fourth Place – Blue Sky Thinking by Sue West

Sue West’s ladies taking coffee came fourth.

Members also viewed some high quality printed images from the recent Royal Photographic Society’s East Anglia Region Exhibition.