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Results of the Rural Landscape competition

Report courtesy of Marjorie Burge.
On Friday 9th February Kev Bell LRPS of Parkwood Camera Club was our judge for the John Wigmore Rural Landscape Competition. There were 72 images in all – 46 PDI and 26 Prints. This is always a popular competition, landscapes being available to all whether they travel abroad or stay close to home, and our photographers had excelled themselves. Our judge was immediately aware of the difficulty he faced in having to choose only three images from such a quality entry. He had researched the definition of 'rural landscape' and decided 'away from any urban area' would be his approach. His careful assessment of each image contained no harsh criticism but he pointed out where improvements could be made – cropping, as always, lighting too bright, positioning of horizons, and bringing out detail. There were quite a few black and white images, and it was clear that the prints (quite a few of which were from the darkroom) won over the PDIs where he expected use of manipulation to bring out detail, to hold back and to emphasise. There were some lovely English landscapes (even cricket on the village green), lots of water and rocks, misty trees, artistic rivers and sunsets, and an amazing Milky Way. But, as Kev said, even some superb images had to be lost in making his final choice.


1st Stuart Thompson with Highland Beams
2nd Chris Shore with Towards Dungeness
3rd Anthony Wright with Twilight at Loch Broom


1st Neil Owen with Tranquillity
2nd Anthony Wright with Last Light
3rd Neil Owen with Oxbow Bend Sunrise

Overall winner of the John Wigmore Rural Landscape Trophy was

Neil Owen with his PDI of Tranquillity.

Tranquility by Neil Owen
Last Light by Anthony Wright

Oxbow Bend Sunrise by Neil Owen

Highland Beams by Stuart Thompson

Next Friday, 16th February, is Informal Discussion evening when APS members have an opportunity to offer ideas and suggestions for change and improvement to the running of their club. This will be followed by two of our members, Karen Saunders and Di Long, showing their photography and explaining what it is that inspires them to go out with their camera.

We meet every Friday at Givaudan Sports and Social Club, Kennington Road, Ashford TN24 0LT starting at 7.30, with coffee and bar facilities. As we are more than half way through our season now, you can join to the end of the season with a reduced subscription.  We are a very friendly club with photographers of all levels; tuition is given at workshops for members and on club outings members can team up to gain experience. You are welcome to come along as a visitor, talk things through and make some friends, before making that final decision. Find out all about us at or telephone our secretary Katrina Devenport on 01303 814842 if you have any questions.