2015 10 - Season’s First Competition

18th October 2015
Retford & District Photographic Society - Press Release - Joy Allison
12th October 2015
Images by Jayne Mair, Des Lloyd & Geoff Stoddart

Season’s First Competition

Retford members have been busy over the summer taking photographs for the new season. We were delighted that several new members who have joined this season also decided to enter some of their work. It was with great anticipation that everyone sat down to see what delights we had in store at the first competition of the season. Our judge on this occasion was Bill Hall from Rolls Royce Derby Camera Club. This club routinely wins many prizes in the annual regional competition, so we knew we had a judge with us who was used to seeing the very best images. He was a lively judge, with a ready stream of constructive comments and valuable advice for all members.

There was a large entry of 52 images for the colour print class. The judge normally holds back the images he considers best as he comments on them, while scoring those not in contention for top honours as he goes. All scores are out of 20. In this category eight images were held back, six of them being of wildlife and giving the impression Bill was a wildlife photographer himself. The eventual winner was Des Lloyd with a picture of a wild cuckoo, which Bill described as a rarely seen bird, perfectly captured by Des.

Joint runners up were Gerald Kemp, Jayne Mair and Geoff Stoddart. The only fault Bill could find with Gerald’s beautifully sharp damselfly image was that some areas of the grass on which it was sitting were bright and somewhat distracted the eye. Jayne’s was of a gannet taken at bempton Cliffs was the most successful of the sea birds entered following the club’s group trip to the Farne Islands in the summer. Geoff was complimented on managing to find such a good vantage point for ‘Lumsdale Cascade’, which enabled this long exposure to show both the milky flow of the water and the landscape above it.

Des and Geoff also scored 18 points with their second entries. New member, Colin Plummer was congratulated on his score of 17 in his first competition with us with an interesting print entitled ‘Come Join Me’, showing himself in different poses around a table in his garden. We look forward to seeing more of his work.

There was a good entry of 29 images for the Monochrome class. Two images of a gypsy girl on a horse in the river were taken by Barry Inman at Appleby Horse Fair. Bill remarked on how photogenic these events can be and gave a higher score to his preferred image shot with the subjects larger in the frame. Des Lloyd’s Wild Barn Owl came second in this class with 19 points, gaining praise for the perfect lighting and sharpness. The judge felt it would also work well in colour. The category winner scoring 20 points was Geoff Stoddart with another of his interesting images taken at Spurn Point. This time it showed the remains of a groyne with a bottle of water in the foreground reflecting the old posts.

There were also 29 digital entries, probably fewer than there might have been because people were sceptical about the reproduction of their work given the difficulties we experienced with the projector last year. To everyone’s delight our newly acquired, Lottery funded, projector, in use for the first time threw a bright, sharp and accurate view of the images. Bill volunteered his opinion that the projector was doing justice to the work, reproducing the colours well and not burning out bright white areas such as snow.

In the end, Bill held back only two images and President Alan Burkwood scored 18 points with his ‘Colliery Steam’. Alan deliberately chose a vantage point towards the top of an incline, knowing the train would be labouring on the ascent, providing him with great billows of smoke and Bill complimented him on his perfectly captured landscape. Geoff Stoddart emerged as the winner of this class with a beautiful image entitled ‘Silent’ showing a barn owl in flight at dusk, which scored 20 points. Russell Nye, Jayne Mair and Alan Burkwood were close behind with their scores of 17 points.

We are looking forward to November 2nd when Steve Bond will speak about ‘Sport Photography and Freelance Photography’, followed on 9th November by our second open competition of the year.