This year’s Print Competition was judged by Malcolm Kus ARPS DPAGB EFIAP/B whose job was made more difficult by the large number of entries. Malcolm selected Mike Sadler’s “Forest Mist” which was taken near Cradle Mountain in Tasmania as the best entry. Mike says “There had been heavy showers that morning, and the warmth of the day began to create interesting misty effects in the forest adjacent to the balcony of the restaurant where we were lunching.”
In second place was “Road Works” by Veronica Congleton. This image captured the basic essence of the back streets in Havana, Cuba and gave many of us an insight into a country we’ll probably never have the opportunity to visit.
Third place in this year’s competition was taken by Kath Guellard with her imaginatively titled image “Dry Art”. Kath explains, “I took this shot on a hot sultry day in Barcelona when a sudden downpour sent all the scantily clad tourists running for cover in the city's museums and galleries. The long queue under the umbrellas was for the Picasso Museum - hence the ‘Dry Art’of the title! At first glance the original image looked so dark I nearly binned it: I had increased the shutter speed purely to capture the shining wet umbrellas, and ignored the rest! However, it's amazing how much detail the digital eye still records beneath the blackness. Just press the magic ‘darkness made visible’ button in PhotoShop and all is revealed: all the bits of bare flesh and inappropriate clothing under the brollies, and the silly man in the straw hat, dipping his toe in the puddle. And all the lovely little flecks of colour - ‘noisy’ but nice - of the rain splashing on the paving stones. I hate to admit it, but easy-peasy, really!”
Click here to see all of the images entered for this competition