Monday, 16 February 2015

Nature Competition Results

On Friday 13th February, Hoylake Photographic Society witnessed the judging of their monthly photo competition which was "Nature", judged by the experienced Ian Whiston DPAGB, BPE3*

Friday 13th was a horror night for some members as Ian set the bar very high with his judging of a large entry of "A4 Unmounted Prints" and "Digital Projected Images" but he also praised the quality of the images in the competition which perhaps explains the attention to detail that he expected in a top quality nature photograph. Ian's high standards were certainly reflected in his choice of award winners on the night.

Breaking from the usual format, this monthly competition was divided into an "A4 Unmounted Prints" section with all members competing on an equal basis regardless of skill and experience, and the "Digital Projected Images" section run along the same lines.

A4 Unmounted Prints

A4 unmounted prints are very popular with members and encourages a larger entry of prints than is the norm, therefore Ian had his work cut out when choosing his award winners. Hoylake Photographic Society have a number of specialist nature photographers and husband and wife team Margaret and John Sixsmith were very successful in their specialist subject. Margaret Sixsmith took 1st & Cup with "Angel Wings" while John Sixsmith came 2nd with "Caddis Fly". Margaret also took 3rd place with "Common Blues" with John gaining a very highly commended.

Digital Projected Images

There was also a large entry in the "Digital Projected Images" section and Gill Lewis took 1st and Shield with "Cardinal Fritillary" Unfortunately Gill wasn't present but she'll be absolutely delighted with her success. Again Margaret Sixsmith took 2nd and 3rd place with "Stag Roaring 3" and "Toad". John Sixsmith also gained a very highly commended.
1st & Shield - Cardinal Fritillary" - Gill Lewis
2nd - Stag Roaring - Margaret Sixsmith
3rd - Toad - Margaret Sixsmith
Congratulation to all of the award winners in both sections. There were too many to mention. Commiserations go to those members who failed to have their work recognised in a very high quality competition. The full list of award winners is below.
Nature is such a difficult subject to capture correctly and Ian Whiston's advice during his judging of the competition can only be of benefit to club members when the subject comes up again.