On Friday 15th January Paul Adams ARPS DPAGB FDPS from Bexleyheath Camera Club, a KCPA Premier Judge and General Secretary of The Disabled Photographers Society, judged our 4th PDI Competition. Paul takes his duties as a judge very seriously and every image was discussed in great detail. He looks for something extra from the photographer – “what else can we do here?” – and for something new – “ not breaking any new ground”. While some of his comments were quite critical, many if put into practice would have produced an improved image, particularly his views on cropping, and taking an image from a different angle. (It is so easy to miss, when viewing an image at home, something which becomes quite obvious when projected full size for a competition.) Paul wanted some images to be very different from the image entered, and while this may have produced something more to his liking, these photographers were indeed trying to break new ground. The variety of images captured by our photographers continues to amaze and we certainly gave Paul a lot to think about. With 78 images in the competition Paul had a long evening of judging, and inevitably many good images had to be dismissed before he could make his final selection – all of them worthy winners.
Division 1: 1st Stephen Cheek with The Hunt, 2nd Neville Marsh with Female Broad-Bodied Chaser, 3rd Garry Shorter with In With a splash.
Female Broad-Bodied Chaser by Neville Marsh
Division 2: 1st Anthony Wright with Don’t Go, 2nd George Pearson with End of a Sea Pool, 3rd Linda Thackeray with Red Deer, Richmond Park
Red Deer, Richmond Park by Linda Thackeray
A Bee with a Passion by Michael Pepper
Next Friday, 22nd January, we have an Informal Discussion evening following by a Wonkey Horizons presentation when Anthony Baines ARPS CPAGB, Philip Hinton ARPS and Martin Till LRPS will be giving us an insight into the secrets of their success. Visitors and new members always welcome.