20th May 2015 - Final Competitions of the year. 'In Motion' and 'Open' - prints
To close its photographic year before its summer break, Wellington & District Camera Club staged its final competition and what a good one it was. Over 50 excellent prints were entered in the two sections judged by the admirable Margaret Collis of Nailsea, herself a very well qualified photographer and past president of photographic organisations.
It might seem unkind to say that Margaret has ‘been around a long time’ but in fact she alluded to her longevity in the amateur photo world several times. And with age came plenty of experience as well much useful up to date advice on how to get the best out of images by careful post-processing. Although as she said, ‘I get lots of good advice that I don’t take!’
She judged the Open print section first where traditional land and seascapes competed against experimental images such as carpark puddles or the recurring arches of the Balcombe Viaduct. Several images came close to awards but in the end 1st went to Rachel Hutchings for ‘Evening Hunter’ – a great shot of a barn owl; 2nd went to Paul Carter for a very peaceful image called ‘Great Egret’; 3rd went to Andy Howson for ‘Overgrown Austin’ a mono shot of the vehicle almost hidden in undergrowth. Highly commended were Frank Colebrook, Maurice Sadler and Polly Knowles.
The themed section was ‘In Motion’. Margaret was very clear about how prints qualified for this section – they had to show movement! Something that was moving but frozen just did not cut it. Once again many really good interpretations of motion had to miss out but that is a testament to the high standards now being reached by club members. In this section Paul Carter came 1st for the superbly caught ‘Vulture Flying ‘and also 2nd for ‘Over the Speed Limit’; Tom Borg was 3rd for ‘The Beast Awakes’. Highly commended were Peter Tickner and Rachel Hutchings. All in all the evening was a fitting end to what has been a very successful season for this very popular club.