The Theme for 2018 was “It’s the little things.…”
Judges – Russell Hunt and Mike Carrington, Leaders of U3A Photography group
Thirty five contestants submitted 79 entries to this year’s competition. The equipment used encompassed the whole range of tools available to today’s photographer; from mobile phones to high end DSLRs. The entrants exhibited a similarly wide range of photographic skill.
The winning and highly commended photos are shown below, along with the judges comments.
To choose a winner, the judges looked at:
- Interpretation of the theme: Did the image clearly illustrate the theme of the competition? Was the theme interpreted imaginatively?
- Composition: Had the photographer selected the scene and/or cropped the image to create a pleasing composition?
- Lighting: Had the photographer used light to best effect?
- Image quality: Was the image noisy, or suffering from unwanted artefacts?
- WOW! Did the image have that Wow factor that makes the viewer look twice, then look again.
Susanne Leyh was the overall winner, with this outstanding photograph. The photograph also won the ‘People’s Choice’ Award, voted for by those present at the AGM.
“Under the Magnifying Glass” by Suzanne Leyh:
This image clearly shows that the photographer has thought about the theme for the competition, worked out a way to illustrate it, and executed their concept skilfully. It shows the difference between taking a photograph and making an image. The ants are beautifully sharp and remind us how the little things are fundamental to the environment. A worthy winner!
The following photos all received ‘Highly Commended’ from the judges:-
‘Fleet Pond Mist’ by Mark Bishop:
This is a lovely image. It is shot in beautiful light with the sun just breaking through the mist and reflecting in the water. There is a very pleasing symmetry to the image, although I would have preferred the intruding branches (left hand side) to be cloned out. Unfortunately it does not clearly illustrate the theme; otherwise it would have been a strong contender for overall winner.
‘Big Foot’ by Chris Marney
This is an intriguing image, well spotted and taken. The detail in the cygnet’s feathers and leg is excellent, and the slightly out-of-focus leg of the parent bird frames the image well. The image is somewhat noisy, and the specular reflections behind the cygnet’s head are a distraction.
‘Fungus’ by David Potts
This is a very well-constructed photographer’s photograph, using a shallow depth of field to concentrate attention of the rim of the fungus and interesting lighting. The grass leads the eye nicely to the main image, although I would have been tempted to get out my scissors and snip the out-of-focus blade of grass on the right-hand third.
“It’s the little things …” by Robert Blight
Who can resist a Robin? This one is beautifully sharp around the eye, the colour is excellent, and the detail in the feathers is astonishing. The image loses some focus around the legs, and the light background in the lower half of the image tends to lead the eye away from the subject.
Congratulations to everyone who entered, and of course, to our winner.