I'm sure that some members in the biggest turnout of this season may have been disappointed with her critique of their images but everyone will have gone away with a better understanding of how to present a nature image. Opinion is subjective and two judges would have awarded different images but Sheila's recurring critique was of many images lacking feather detail, the subject being too big in the frame, not seeing the nature subject in it's surroundings and not seeing the whole subject. For the many whose images didn't make the awards there is a second chance of success in the "Annual" competition with a different judge and Sheila's critique will give members something to consider before entering the annual competition. Regardless, Sheila's awarded images in the print and digital sections were excellent as you will see below.
For this competition there was a "Print" section (combining colour and monochrome prints) and a "Digital Projected Images" section with all members competing on an equal basis regardless of skill and experience. "Nature" is a difficult subject to master for our less experienced members and the results in both sections were dominated by a handful of our "Nature" specialists.
In the Print section Steve Lewis, who is our timelapse specialist excelled by taking 1st place with Margaret Sixsmith coming 2nd and Lyn Rostron 3rd.
|Print 1st - Triumvirate Yellowstone Wolves by Steve Lewis|
|Print 2nd- "Mountain Hare Stretching" by Margaret Sixsmith|
|Print 3rd - "European Brown Bear Pirttivaara Finland" by Lyn Rostron|
Digital Projected Images Section
In the Digital Projected Images section, nature specialist Margaret Sixsmith followed up on her success in the Print section by taking 1st and 2nd places with Peter Lovatt coming 3rd.
|Digital Projected Images 1st - "Red Squirrel" by Margaret Sixsmith|
|Digital Projected Images 2nd - "Young Grey Seal" by Margaret Sixsmith|
|Digital Projected Images 3rd - "Cap Cloud over Tryfan Just After Sunrise" by Peter Lovatt|
With the judging completed it was left for our club President Anthony Clarke to sum up the evening and thank Sheila Giles for her efforts before handing out the awards to those in attendance.
|Club President - Anthony Clarke|
|Sheila Giles with Print Winner Steve Lewis|
|Sheila Giles with Digital Winner Margaret Sixsmith|
|Sheila Giles with Rob Devenish|
|Sheila Giles with Peter Lovatt|
|Sheila Giles with Brian Magor|
|Sheila Giles with Diana Magor|
|Sheila Giles with Les Pickstock|
|Sheila Giles with Lyn Rostron|
|Sheila Giles with Lynette Ryan|
|Sheila Giles with Cynthia Sadler|
|Sheila Giles with Phil Sadler|
|Sheila Giles with John Sixsmith|
Our next meeting on Friday 23rd February is a "Members Night" and Peter Lovatt will be talking during the first part of the evening about how he has become a winner in magazine competitions and how to make money from your photography.
The doors of Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane West Kirby will open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. You can view our remaining program of talks and events on the Hoylake Photographic Society website or catch up on the Facebook page.