There was a pleasing increase in the number of prints and DPIs submitted for this, the first competition of our new year. There was no theme, which some members prefer, whilst others like to have the focus of a specific subject for the competition. And that's why we have two themed and two open competitions within the year. This time, subjects were as varied as architectural abstracts, travel pictures, and landscapes to closeups of flowers, several portraits and forked lightning.
We were pleased to welcome as our judge for the evening, Rosemary Wilman, Hon FRPS, known to many of us through her presidency of the Royal Photographic Society. Her own work can be seen here.
Rosemary looked first at the prints we had submitted and as she awarded scores ranging from 13 to 20, she offered advice and suggestions about composition, presentation and printing. It was also apparent that some of our titles were not the most helpful in illuminating the intention of the photographer, although Dave the pigeon was self-explanatory and larger than life.
After the break, we presented our projected images, and again, Rosemary was encouraging and helpful, explaining carefully her choice of mark and how an image might have been improved. A specific point was to recommend adding a subtle key line on certain DPIs to define the edges. By the end of the evening, there was a satisfying number of top marks and those members are to be warmly congratulated. The images are now on the gallery page
. Many thanks to Rosemary for her time and wise words, to our print handler Brian, to Ben and William for managing the logistics, and to Terry for the photo above.