Open PDI Competition 29 October 2018
Our judge, Catherine Ball, was very entertaining and her style of judging – appreciative and insightful, rather than overly critical, went down particularly well with members. She was really good at making suggestions aimed at revisiting our images to get even more out of them, without denigrating what had already been presented. Unusually, she tended to give quite a lot of weight to the aptness of (witty) titles in sign-posting how the photographer interpreted his or her subject!
Phil Robson claimed first and second place on the night with two great wildlife shots. First was a squirrel study entitled Forest Friend – although who was studying who was debatable!
Phil’s second placed picture, Where Eagles Stare, was the total opposite – this bird wasn’t interested in the photographer at all!
In third place was Sunset by Les Dodd. An excellent image over the Irish Sea captured at Port Patrick in Dumfries and Galloway.
Catherine selected four images as Highly Commended. Just Hanging Around and Plastic Field, both by Helen Bradley. Primitive Pane by Hank Craggs and Pyrenean Scene by Bill Norfolk.
Knockout 17 September 2018
The first competition of the new season has arrived very early in our schedule this year but members still managed to enter an excellent selection of pictures to make the choice difficult! As usual two images are projected onto the screen side by side and members then vote for their preferred picture. The winning image continues to the next round. After several stages of voting Phil Robson’s iconic “Northern Spire” was voted into 1st place. This is a great photo taken at night to add lots of vibrant colours. Although this new Wear crossing only opened last month we’ll probably see lots more pictures of this amazing structure during the season.In second place was “Sunset” by Les Dodd – another great favourite for photographers especially over the sea – expertly captured just before the sun disappears behind the sloping hillside at Port Patrick in Dumfries & Galloway.To complete the proceeding members also voted for third and fourth places. Phil Robson’s “Butterfly” claimed 3rd place – making this a great start to the new season for Phil!And just to prove how difficult the selection process was another iconic image, this time with an aeronautical theme, was voted into fourth place. “Red Arrows” by Fara Serajian has been captured just as the planes begin their Vixen Break manoeuvre directly in front of the crowd.All of the images entered for this competition are available on our Flick webspace – click here.