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Competition 4 (Belonging)
By Deborah L Smyth
Posted on 3/3/2020 11:00 PM
We welcomed Tim Morland, ARPS, Chairman of Kingston Camera Club, to be our judge for the fourth and final competition of the society's year. Tim is himself a keen sports photographer, and also a landscape and cityscape devotee. You can see some of his work at his flickr account.

The theme for this round was “belonging” and, for the last time under these rules, members were each invited to enter up to two prints and two digital images. There was an enthusiastic number of both prints and DPIs submitted. The theme was quite challenging, and interpretations varied widely, bringing us dancers, penguins, cyclists, canoeists, baboons and more.

Tim gave us clear and thoughtful critiques, with a good sense of humour to soften the sometimes disappointing mark. His scores were clearly based on a combination of composition, use of light, sharpness and successful post-processing, plus matching the theme.

Tim seemed to enjoy judging as much as we enjoyed hearing his comments. The ‘held back’ pile grew slowly initially but soon gained height.  He certainly met his earlier promise of creating suspense.

The following members are to be congratulated for their successful images, earning the 20 accolade:

For prints:
    • Hilary Barton, Will I ever be one of you
    • Natalie Robinson, The departed never leave their families in Mexico
    • Paul Shelley, Salsa in the Park

For DPIs:
    • Jean Jameson, Cousins on Holiday
    • Susi Luard, Gentlemen Club
    • Paul Shelley, Wheelie Good Fun

Galleries of the DPIs and prints are now available online, and those with 20 may go forward to any external competitions the society decides to enter.

Paul thanked Tim for his excellent judging, and passed thanks to the team for their efficient, as-ever, organising of the night.

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