Set Subject Pairs 17 February 2014

The second Set Subject of this season with the theme of "Pairs" was judged by George Ledger from Consett Photographic Society. George gave an excellent critique of all the pictures and finally selected Bill Norfolk's brilliantly captured photograph of Puffins entitled "Landing Pair" in first place.

Runner-up was Veronica Congleton with her photograph of marauding gulls entitled "Mine, Mine, Mine".

In third place was Helen Bradley with "Ram's Horns" - a cleverly duplicated image which attracted positive comments from George.

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Mine, Mine, Mine
by Veronica Congleton

Second place Mine, Mine, Mine by Veronica Congleton

Landing Pair
by Bill Norfolk
Ram's Horns
by Helen Bradley

Third place Ram’s Horns by Helen Bradley

Open Print Competition 28 October 2013

This year’s Open Print Competition was judged by Alan McCormick, who had the unenviable task of choosing between the 29 entrants to produce a shortlist of winners and highly commended entries.

His selections for the Highly Commended awards were 'Heavenfield' and 'Looking East' by Elspeth Gordon, 'Late For Church?' by Gordon Bennett, 'Paddle Power PS Lotchberg' by Frank Thomson, 'Secret Drinker' by Doug Hogg, and 'The Refuge, Holy Island' by Mike Sadler.

5th place was awarded to Elspeth with 'Sycamore Tree', 4th was Param Sandhu's 'Himalayan Tones', 3rd place went to Bill Norfolk for 'Pink Camellia'. In the runners up spot was Frank with 'Junfraujoch & Sphinx Observatory, with Gordon's 'Crossing Loch Linnhe' taking 1st place.

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Crossing Loch Linnhe
by  Gordon Bennett
Junfraujoch & Sphinx Observatory
by  Frank Thomson

Second place Junfraujoch & Sphinx Observatory by Frank Thomson

Himalayan Tones
by  Param Sandhu

Fourth place Himalayan Tones by Param Sandhu

Pink Camellia
by  Bill Norfolk

Third place Pink Camellia by Bill Norfolk

Sycamore Gap
by  Elspeth Gordon

Fifth place Sycamore Gap by Elspeth Gordon

Knockout Competition 14 October 2013

Lady Mallard
by  Elspeth Gordon

This year’s Knockout Competition started slowly with computer problems! Fortunately the second spare laptop functioned correctly and the evening eventually got underway.

It was well worth the wait though as the quality of images submitted continues to improve. This competition really forces a picture to have instant impact and members have around 30 seconds to decide which they prefer.

At the end of a long evening members selected ‘Lady Mallard’ by Elspeth Gordon as the winning picture. The final round was a difficult decision for everyone though as in second place was Ken Godfrey’s ‘Mandarin Duck’!

The unusual ‘Humming Bird Hawk Moth’ by Bill Norfolk narrowly pipped Jess Keating’s ‘London Silhouette’ in a vote for third and fourth place.

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Mandarin Duck
by  Ken Godfrey
Humming Bird Hawk Moth
by  Bill Norfolk London Silhouette
by Jess Keating

Second place Mandarin Duck
by  Ken Godfrey

3rd place Humming Bird Hawk Moth
by Bill Norfolk

Fourth place London Silhouette
by Jess Keating

Open Digital Images 30 September 2013

Jim Welsh judged a wide range of entries into our 2013/14 Open DI competition, with 45 images to choose from he admitted it was a tough choice (with quite a few images being in-and-out of contention for a prize!).

Eventually however, he chose to highly commend 'After A Bath' by Helen Bradley, 'Gloomy' by Rod Smith, 'Image 2' by Param Sandhu, 'Let's Take a Walk' by Jess Keating, and 'Pretty Pots' by Hank Craggs.

This then led to Bill Norfolk coming in 3rd with 'Poppies in Barley', Param came 2nd with 'Image 4', pipped to the post by Bill's 'Dunnet Bay'. Jim was highly complementary of all of the images, and provided a lot of constructive feedback which will hopefully make the decision even more difficult next time!

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Dunnet Bay
by  Bill Norfolk
Image 4
by Param Sandhu
Poppies in Barley
by Bill Norfolk

Second place Image 4 by Param Sandhu

Third place Poppies in Barley by Bill Norfolk