Picture of the Year Competition

posted by Ian Lewis in Club Meetings

Heavens! It's that time of year already! It's the The Picture of the Year competition - or at least it was last Wednesday!

A good evening this - some of the very best images from the current season to delight our visual senses (poetic eh?) - augmented by the lilting tones of that man from North of the Border ... Stan McCartin LRPS CPAGB APAGB - och aye!!

So a mixture of prints and projected images were set before us reflecting all the stages of the ladder competition. These were all great quality pictures - after all they'd already scored high marks in previous competitions - and so there was a wide variety of subject matter. A hard job for any judge but Stan was more than up to the task - oh yes! With his habitual humour he talked in detail about each image's artistic and technical merits - superbly punctuated with his anecdotes!

In the print section all of 4 - yes FOUR - members gained 20 points! They were Nigel Fenner for "Reading Station"; Nigel Farmer for "Steel, Wood and Glass" - and two by John Sexton: "I feel Fine" and "White Tailed Sea Eagle". And the winner.... the eagle - great stuff John!

In the projected image section there were three 20s: "Glaucous Winged Gull" by John Sexton (keeps popping up doesn't he!) and two of Ceri Jones's distinctive woodland images - "Forest Dawn" and "Autumn Dawn" (looked hard but couldn't spot Dawn - must have been hiding somewhere!). And the winner of this section .... John's gull - brilliant!

But of course this was the picture of the Year (singular) so there had to be an overall winner ... and it was ...yes .... "Glaucous Winged Gull" (and dinner!) by he who's lucky not to have been eaten by some of his models...John Sexton!

Congrats to John and many thanks to all who entered this competition - and indeed all the others this season! Keep up the good work next year!!

And finally our thanks must go to Stan for making this such a great evening - see you again next year!


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