Sunday, 11 October 2015

Open Competition Results

On Friday 9th October, Hoylake Photographic Society first monthly club competition, which was an "Open" competition was judged by our guest Sandy Pownall LRPS. Sandy gave a positive critique of the prints and images put before him adding his own sense of humour on the night.

As always our monthly competition is split into "Prints" and "Digital Projected Images" with prints split into mono and colour. Club members compete in the "Print" section as "Novice / Intermediate" or "Advanced" photographers but compete together on an equal basis in the "Digital Projected Images" section.

To complicate matters somewhat, the "Open" print competition had two sub competitions running within it of best "Altered Reality" and best "Landscape".

Print Competition

In the Novice / Intermediate Mono, Lynette Ryan came first with a landscape image "Worth a Visit" while in the Novice / Intermediate Colour Michael Severn came first with "West Kirby Sunset", Lynette Ryan finished second and Michael Severn came third in the colour print competition. Sandy Pownall judged that the best of the two winning prints were "Worth a Visit". Well Done Lynette.

In the Advanced Mono, Paul Anderson came first with an oriental image "Mystical Bridge" with Rob Devenish coming second with "Kashmiri Goat" which was judged to be the best "Altered Reality" print. Anthony Clarke came third with "The Avenue, Manchester".

In the Advanced Colour, Noel George came first with a cityscape image "The Shard" with Paul Anderson coming second with "Gili Meno at Dawn". Rob Devenish came third with "The QE2 Visit to Liverpool" which was judged to be the best "Landscape" print. Congratulation Rob on winning both sub competitions.

Digital Projected Images Competition

The Digital Projected Images section is competed for by all members irrespective of their skill or experience and there were 52 images for Sandy Pownall to judge. The standard of photography was high but Sandy gave his top three positions to very different photographs.

The top digital image was "Lady in Waiting" by Paul Higgins. Paul has been a club member for less than a year so he can feel proud to have beaten many experienced club photographers with this cracking portrait.
1st "Lady in Waiting" by Paul Higgins
Second in the digital image competition was a coloured infrared image of Flaybrick Cemetery titled ""Umbrella of the Deceased" by George Evans
2nd "Umbrella of the Deceased" by George Evans
And third place in the digital competition went to "Ice Fractures" by Peter Larkin. An abstract of subtle tones of blue.
3rd "Ice Fractures" by Peter Larkin
Well done to all of our photographers who won awards, too many to mention here and commiserations to those who weren't successful this time. Success is fleeting and it will be your turn next month with a new judge.

Our next meeting is on Friday 16th October which is a "Members Night" where some of our members will be taking over to talk about their photography. You don't have to be a member to attend our meetings as you can attend as a non member paying only £2 on the door.

We meet every Friday at Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby with the doors opening at 7.30 pm for a 7.45 pm start and a 10 pm finish.