Picture of the Year Competition

posted by Alan Copeland in Club Meetings

That certain time of the year has arrived again - the culmination (that's a long word for this time in the evening!) of the ladder competitions to decide on the finest, the outstanding ..the PICTURE OF THE YEAR!

This was when we see all those colour and monochrome prints and digital photographs which have achieved high scores in the ladders, and it's decided which one is the best of each type and, ultimately, which is the best image of all!! Considering the marvellous photographs we've seen throughout the year as the ladders have progressed, this was not going to be an easy task - so who was going to be the judge who would take on such a demanding role? None other than the legendary Peter Jackman, well known to us over many years - a truly unmistakeable figure who gave a truly memorable performance.

Once again, as the evening progressed, Peter showed his keen eye for composition and technical detail within photographs, making very perceptive comments tinged with his unique style of humour which had been honed to perfection.. At least we know one thing for another year - he doesn't like the thought of standing in water to view the photographs but he is a secret admirer of ducting pipes!

Well, Peter awarded several 20s and congratulations to all those with the top score. They were, in the Print section, Tony Bates for "Derwent Water Storm Clouds" which was selected as the best Monochrome Print and "Bench with a View", Nigel Farmer with "The Salute", Jon Scourse with "Moulsford Bridge Reflections" and John Sexton with "Grizzly Bears" which was judged the best Colour print. In the digital images there were a further three 20s which went to David Smith with a strikingly graphic "Alien Nation", Ian Nash with a geometric "Switch and Crossing Works at Bristol Docks" and Tony Bates with a beautiful church interior shot titled "Seeing the Light".

The final part of the evening is always the most difficult - choosing the overall best image out of the excellent winners from the three categories. After much deliberation and contemplation, Peter selected Tony's "Seeing the Light" as our Picture of the Year, a very popular choice and one which met the approval of everybody in the hall.

We always enjoy Peter's unique style of judging and his perception and sense of humour just gets better and better every time we see him.

Thank you, Peter. I can't wait to do it all over again in twelve months time.


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