On Friday 28th October Gary Carter CPAGB judged The Tony Culver Trophy Portrait Competition. Gary is a member of Seaford Photographic Society, and Junior Vice President of the KCPA. There was a good entry in the competition with 26 prints and 50 PDI’s for Gary to comment upon. I was struck by the careful observations made by Gary on not only the figure forming the portrait but of every little detail in the background. Possibly because I sit in the back row many of these details would have been missed if he hadn’t given them special mention, and of course they are all part of the complete image entered. In all images the eyes were central to success, with tonality of skin tones a close second, He liked the images to ‘tell a story’ and for the models to be at ease with the photographer. Cropping and the use of a square format was recommended for some images, and light areas, as always, needed to be toned down. Gary was always positive with his comments and while there were obviously some that he preferred above others, he said they were all strong images and worthy of a second showing in other competitions.
Prints: 1st Philip Hinton with I Say a Little Prayer, 2nd Anthony Wright with Grandma, 3rd Karen Saunders with Matthew.
I Say a Little Prayer by Philip Hinton
Grandma by Anthony Wright
Matthew by Karen Saunders
PDI: 1st Chris Yates with Determination, 2nd Maria O’Connell with Bad Hair Day, 3rd Lesley Parker with Working Hard.
Determination by Chris Yates
Bad Hair Day by Maria O’Connell
Working Hard by Lesley Parker
Overall winner of the Tony Culver Trophy: Chris Yates with Determination.
Givaudan will be giving a private fireworks party to their employees next Friday so our meeting next week will be on Wednesday 2nd November when Steve Carroll ARPS will be judging our 2nd PDI Competition, and entries will be required for the 2nd Print Competition. Visitors welcome.