This Year's Competition
Round 2 - 7th September 2021. Theme: "Abandonment"
For the first time in 18 months, we were able to meet together for a competition session. This meant that we could share Prints as well as Digital images. Some 17 members contributed Prints and 30 entered the Digital (DPI) category. Thanks to technology and the wizardry of our Webmaster, members unable to attend in person were able to take part by Zoom.
Our judge was Jay Charnock who delivered a characteristically witty as well as instructive commentary. Read the full report on the Society's Blog at:
Images were assessed on a scale up to 20. In the Prints category, maximum scores were recorded by:
· John Murray, for “Abandoned Premises”
· Natalie Robinson, for “Burnt Out”
· Hilary Barton, for “Abandoned Russian Coal Mine in Arctic”, and
· Colin Page, for “Abandoning Red Sands Forts”
In the Digital category, full marks went to:
· Jools McLean for “A is for Abandonment”, and
· Rob Wilkinson, for “Unfinished Business”
Their images are included along with all the entries below. You can also see them in the newest Galleries on our website.
The Results of the session, and the running totals for the season to date are set out in these reports:
Internal Competition Round 2 (Abandonment) 2021 22 Results DPIs
Internal Competition Round 2 (Abandonment) 2021 22 Results PRINTS
Internal Competition Totals after Round 2 of 2021 22 Season DPIs
Internal Competition Totals after Round 2 of 2021 22 Season PRINTS
We will open up a platform for members to share comments on their own and each other’s entries, as we have done before. The platform will be open for longer, to give time for more members to add their thoughts.
Round 1 - June 2021 (Open Theme)
The first Round of our 2021/22 Internal Competition was held on Tuesday 1st June 2021. This Round was “Open”, meaning there was no set theme.
Our judge for the evening was Paul Burwood.
How the rest of the Competition will run this Season:
Entries restricted to one Print and one DPI
In response to the growing number of submissions in both Print and DPI categories over recent Competition seasons, and concerns raised by our guest judges, we have decided to reduce the number of entries in each round of the Competition to one Print image and one DPI image.
This will enable the judge to give appropriate consideration to each image and also ensure that we do not overrun our scheduled meeting times.
In the unfortunate event that restrictions on social contacts are reimposed, then we will revert to the format of having only DPI submissions (up to two per member) for any Round affected.
Themes and Judges
Round 3: Judging Session, 7th December (deadline 4th December), “Open” Theme. Judged by Peter Prosser.
Round 4: Judging Session, 1st March (deadline 26th February), Theme “Night Cityscape and Night Landscape”. Judged by Gerald Kityakara LRPS. There is a guideline also for this theme below.
March's theme of "Night Cityscape and Night Landscape"
We are looking for photos of the outdoors, whether urban or country, in the hours between sunset and sunrise.
Some useful tips for us amateurs might be found here:
- Step-by-step guide to night landscape photography (amateurphotographer.co.uk)
- photography landscape at night - Bing
Some examples that might inspire:
- 34 Magical Photos of Cityscapes at Night - The Photo Argus
- Finnish Photographer Captures The Most Otherworldly Night Pictures You'll Ever See On Instagram | DeMilked
Looking Ahead to the 2022/23 Season
The dates and themes have been agreed already, so that members have plenty of notice:
- June 7th 2022: "Open" theme
- Sept 6th 2022: "Speed": Images that give a sense of speed; it might be a moving object, a running child, something blurred or something “frozen” in motion.
- Dec 6th 2022: "Open" theme
- March 7th 2023: "A Different Perspective": This could include images that are taken from an unusual point of view or angle; it could also be an image of something or someone familiar which shows up some surprising characteristic.