Author Archive: Gordon Brown

February Competition – Annual Portrait Competition

The Society’s Annual Portrait Competition was judged by David Hollingsworth from North East Midland Photographic Federation who provided an excellent critique of the 56 images which members presented.

In first place with “Isla” was Veronica Watson. David described this image as having excellent skin tones and the angle of the head looking across the across from the camera provided a very good composition.

In second place one of our new members with Jayne Williams with “Matt and Emmie”. This mono image had a strong composition with the two subjects engaged and good contrasts right across the image.

In third place was Sheila Rodgers with her image of the unusual Verreaux’s Eagle Owl with a nicely blurred background of the head which filled the frame.

January Competition – Open

For the January competition “Open Night”, congratulations to Sue West who won both the Individual and Group competition with her photos of Waxwings.

In joint 2nd place for the Individual competition were Nigel Jolly and Chris Reed; with Tom Carlill, Dave Baxter and David Naylor all in joint 3rd place.

For the Group, Chris Read came in 2nd with Nigel Jolly, Dave Baxter and Pam Carter all sharing 3rd place.

December Competition – Print of the Year

The competition was judged by David Kissman, and members were generally pleased with his helpful critiques and advice on how an image might be improved.

The Print of the Year winner was Sue West, with her image of a Scooter. The judge said it was a risk to photograph the scooter in motion, but it had been well executed and was in a good position within the frame, an outstanding composition.

 

Second Place was awarded to Veronica for her image of a Winter Swan. It was described as having a pleasant bluish light reflecting the fact it was taken in winter, and the backlight on the right of the image providing atmosphere.

 

Third Place was In Memoriam by St.John Burkett, which was described as having good use of light, well-positioned verticals and overall a good balance

 

Fourth Place was Peter Bower with Light Shade and Texture, which was taken in France. It was judged to have good lighting, and using the tree on the right provided a good stop.