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PDI Theme Trophy Competition

Report courtesy of Marjorie Burge.

On Friday 9th March, our judge for the PDI Theme Trophy Competition was Tony Bentley ARPS CPAGB of Invicta Camera Club. This is a very different competition, with the emphasis on connection rather than perfection. APS photographers had put together 21 entries, some carefully set up, some from their travels at home and abroad - brick-making in Africa, Cemeteries, Welsh slate mines, London reflections, Sea World Orlando, Yorkshire sheep, Canterbury cricket, Faversham Hop Festival, cemeteries, life on a dying ash, bees, ballerinas, flowers and even Lego - a mixture of colour and mono, straight and arty. Tony commented carefully on each individual image and also on the overall connection between images, admitting this was the first theme competition he had been asked to judge. Sometimes he felt a particular image didn't rest easily with the others, and here, occasionally he put his own interpretation on the sequence, when perhaps the title should hav…
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