At their June meeting, members of the Stamford and Rutland Photographic Society competed for the Annual Portrait Cup competition.
The Society invited Jim Hartje from Peterborough to judge the competition. Jim, a judge for the East of England Photographic Federation with skills in many areas of photography, commented on and scored all images from the members, applying competition standards.
Veronica Watson won the competition with a delightful image of a young girl in a light coloured dress but unusually for a portrait she was in profile.
In second place was Tom Carlill’s creative shot “I have nothing” showing a poker player with the face of the cards reflected in his glasses
Gordon Brown came third with his image of a young woman looking over her shoulder with clear bright eyes and Dave Baxter came fourth with his colourful portrayal of a Morris Man.
The April competition created a real challenge for members with the topic of Emotion, however a wide range of images were presented. The individual image was won by Andy Hunting with a classic wedding image with loads of emotion and a good composition. One can only guess as to the reason for the emotion. Andy took first place in the Group Competition.
Second place was taken by Sue West with an image showing “anxiety” showing excellent contrast between the skin and the lined face. Sue also took second place in the Group competition.
Third place in the Individual competition and fourth place in the Group were taken by Wally Lodge and St.John Burkett was fourth in the Individual and third in the Group competition.
The Stamford and Rutland Photographic Society held their Digital Projected Image competition in March with the theme of Yellow. The competition was judged by Gareth Gough who had a difficult job due to the high quality of the 48 images entered into the competition. The final results showed a diverse range of subjects and photographic techniques.
Andy Hunting dominated the competition with a range of pictures that showcased his travels and a range of bold yellow objects
Veronica Watson was 2nd with a mixture of flowers and easter chickens that showed excellent composition and imagination
Gordon Brown was 3rd with a collection of wonderful underwater images showcasing clever lighting in difficult conditions
St.John Burkett was 4th with a range of different yellows. These included an image of a dew-spangled flower in which he had immaculately captured the details
The competition subject for the February meeting of the Stamford and Rutland Photographic Society was “Speed” and this resulted in a wide interpretation of the subject being entered, including motorbikes, trains, bicycles and cars
Veronica Watson won the Individual monthly competition with her image of a cyclist at speed taken using a panning technique to freeze the cyclist but blur the background. Veronica was also successful in the Group competition where her selection of images took second place and wowed members with her selection of four images demonstrating a solid technique.
Tom Cargill came second in the individual section with strong image of two motorcycle speedway bikes in action. The red jacket of the front rider and the sharpness of the image making it very eye catching. This photo was also included in his series of images for the Group competition where he came first. All his images were on the same theme, accurately recording the riders’ speed and control of their machines.
Andy Hunting’s image of a Red Car in Cuba came in third place in the individual competition but his skilfully crafted selection of images including a horse with rider, canoeist and display aircraft resulted in third place as well in the Group competition.
A young surfer was the subject of St.John Burket’s fourth placed entry, capturing the excitement of the ride on the wave.
The next Stamford and Rutland Photographic Society meeting will be on Thursday 21stMarch, 8pm, when we the competition will be Digitally Projected Images with a subject of “Yellow” .
The competition topic was Open and allowed members to have a wide range of topics. First place in the individual competition was Andy Hunting.
In second place was Veronica Watson with her monochrome image taken in the market square of a French village last autumn
In third place was Sue Haynes with her well composed image of a ballerina sitting on a wall.
In fourth place was Tom Carlill with his image of Capt. Cook in front of the rising moon in Whitby
The Stamford and Rutland Photographic Society held their Print of the Year competition in December. For this, members can present one print (up to A4 in size) of any image of their own, with the proviso that it was taken during the course of the year.
The Society was pleased to welcome Andrew James from FotoBuzz – the online photo community – as the adjudicator for the evening. In a friendly and easy-going manner Andrew gave in-depth and very constructive critiques of all the images submitted. He was impressed by the standard of the photography displayed, but eventually selected the first four places as follows:
Tom Carlill achieved first place with his atmospheric image of a Vulcan Bomber, taken at Wellesbourne Airfield in rather wet and challenging conditions.
Veronica Watson came second with a rich and intricate image of autumn leaves and fruits.
Sue West took third place with her photograph of a beautiful rainbow in a darkened sky over the great salt marshes of the North Norfolk coast.
St John Burkett was fourth with an engaging image of a lone boy and his reflection among the fountains in Nice.
The 2019 programme of events has been updated and includes all the topics for the monthly competitions.
Have a look at http://stamford-photosoc.org.uk/meeting-schedule-2019
We have also arranged for the Society to exhibit member’s photographs in the Stamford Arts Centre from 4th to 18th March 2019 and at Rutland County Museum between 7th December 2019 until 25th January 2020.
1st in the individual competition was St.John Burkett with a beautiful reflective picture of a boy playing with water
Tom Carlill was 2nd in the individual and 2nd in the group. Tom’s pictures celebrated 100 years of the RAF.
Andy Hunting was 3rd in the individual and 4th in the group. His individual picture was a silhouette of a lady in a tunnel.
Sue West was 4th in the individual and 3rd in the group with a series of images representing black and white curves
Veronica Watson was 1st in the group completion with a clever collection of games such as chess and scrabble.