This year’s print competition presented a bumper crop of 65 images for our judge, Dave Richardson APAGB from Ryton & District Camera Club, to decide over. This is another competition at Ponteland where the standard of entries has increased dramatically over the last few seasons. Dave mentioned several times that photographs which would have won or been highly commended in previous years are now becoming the ‘norm’ and the bar is continuing to rise.
The winning print selected by Dave was Frank Thomson’s “Cornered”
Here’s Frank’s notes on taking the photograph;
“I was staying at Yew Tree Farm near Coniston, when a young untrained collie jumped into the walled paddock and chased the Herdwick lambs. They took a very dim view of such goings on and retreated into a corner.
I had my Canon 40D to hand and captured the image : 1/200th at f/10, ISO 400 taken at 59mm on the EF-S 17-85 image stabilised Canon lens.”
Second place went to Alastair Ruffman with his “Fairtrade” print of a cup and teapot together with the hoard of coins he keeps in it!
Mike Sadler claimed third place with “Common Blue” which had impressed the judge because “they never stay still long enough for me to photograph.”
Mike and Frank also had entries selected as Highly Commended, “Garden Visitor” and “The Altar” respectively. Also Highly Commended was “Victory” by Ole Gunnberg one of his expertly captured sporting photographs.