A really good evening at APS on Friday 29th January when Richard Walton FRPS MPAGB EFIAP BPE3* judged our 3rd Print Competition. Richard, a long-time friend of APS, is a member of Invicta Camera Club, sits on the RPS Distinctions Panel for both A and F grades, and has many years of experience in the world of photography.
Richard is a good speaker and kept us informed and entertained as he worked his way through the many prints entered in the competition. He was looking for sharpness (‘crisply sharp’) where essential to the image (although not always required), input from the photographer (that something extra), imagination, and was more than happy to find photographers pushing the boundaries. He was very thoughtful in his judging, inspected all images very closely, gave good advice in relation to improvements, was very careful with any cropping suggestions - sometimes suggesting obvious cropping and then rejecting it. There were, he said, times when rules could be broken to advantage, but emphasised that opinions offered were his own and other judges might advise differently. He mentioned images that were ‘title dependent’ pointing out that in many large competitions titles were not mentioned and an image should be able to stand alone. Having said that, there should be a clear connection between an image and the title given. From a large quantity of high quality images, Richard chose the following:
Division 1: 1st Chris Shore with Blowing Hard, 2nd Anthony Baines with The Drowned Pool, 3rd Anthony Baines with Spitfire Summer.
The Drowned Pool by Anthony Baines
Division 2: 1st Kyle Tallett with Frightened And Alone, 2nd Sean Harding with Mini Spread, 3rd Chris Yates with End of the Line.
Mini Spread by Sean Harding
Division 3: 1st Avril Christensen with Contemplation, 2nd Les Gordon with Kingfisher Up and Away, 3rd Dominique Huxley with Having a Snack.
Contemplation by Avril Christensen
Next Friday, 5th February we have Vivecca Koh FRPS showing her photography under the title ‘From iphoneography to Fellowship – my continuing journey). Members will remember Vivecca giving us part of her photographic journey last season, so we know we are in for another good evening.