2022 Maurice Biglin

2022 Maurice Biglin

Each year Wakefield camera Club holds a competition in honour of long term member Maurice Biglin who was known for his flora images. David Kershaw was the judge for this years Maurice Biglin competition.

Applied Photography is factual, illustrative, photography providing pictures of subjects for the purpose of study and education. The aim should be sharp subjects with good detail and minimal distractions. Titles must be factual, giving subject details only: images may be rejected or marked down otherwise.


1st Place – Red Clover by Neil Clarke – Tryfolium pratense – This is an important agricultural crop, grown to add Nitrogen to the soil and thus increase fertility. Strictly speaking it is a commercial plant, but grows wild all over the world now. This image is sharp, shows me the leaf as well as the flowers and is perfectly exposed.

2nd Place – Common Spotted Orchid by Tim Jonas – Dactylorhiza fuchsia – This is a great shot of a flower that tends to grow in overgrown grassland and low fertility areas. The low angle that the flower was taken from gives us a view into the ‘hood’,so often this is not visible in photographs. The background is suitably out of focus. If I have one criticism, I would have liked to see a little more leaf.

3rd Place – Allium Triquetrum (three cornered leek) by Angela Crutchley-Rhodes – Not really a native wild flower, it was introduced in the 1750s from Mediterranean Europe. You can buy bulbs from most garden outlets, but I’ll give you the benefit out the doubt as the plant has been spreading across the country over the last couple of centuries. A good try at selective focusing, but the wooden fence and the plant in front of the Allium distract. I thought long and hard about this image, it shows location, growing conditions and a significant part of the plant, but the out of focus plant in front gets up my nose.

Highly Commended – Meadow Cranesbill by Neil Clarke – Geranium pratense – A true native wildflower, though I grow a cultivated form ‘Geranium Rozanne’ that is a real thug. The detail in the flowers is really good, though one or two of the buds look a little soft. – I may have been a little harsh when I marked this image, it grows on me!

Commended – Greater Knapweed – Centaurea scabies by Sara Cremer – Well exposed. I just wish all the Knapweed was in focus. The background is good, the saturation is good (not over done), it’s just those out of focus flower heads that distract.

Commended – Ragged Robin Silene flos-cuculiby by Steve Womack – If ever an image stimulated a memory, this is the one for me. I spent some time wondering about on the Shetlands and slept in a one man tent pitched in a meadow of Ragged Robin ( however that was nearly 50 years ago ). Back to the photograph. This is so nearly right, the composition is good the background is suitably out of focus, but gives you an inkling of the leaf structure. For me the only fault is the lighting; it is too contrasty. We have some burn out on the petals and I can’t see the hairs on the stems. 


1st Place – Orange Hawkweed by Neil Clarke – Pilosella aurantiaca (used to be called Hieracium aurantiacum) This is a common weed in neglected lawns. It has various common names – fox and cubs, tawny hawkweed, devils paintbrush. As this is an Applied competition and subject detail is more important than artistic interpretation, it would have been nice to be able to see distinctive circle of long oval hairy leaves, but that would have made it difficult to show the flower head in detail. As it is, I debated just how important it would be to actually see into the flower, but came to the conclusion the view presented helped to show the structure of the flower head. The exposure is good, if a little oversaturated. The background is near perfectly out of focus, the detail is outstanding, a great picture.

2nd Place – Purple Dead Nettle by Neil Clarke – Lamium purpureum (you can eat it – sweet flowers, tasty leaves) It’s a good shot, but I would have liked to see more of the actual flowers and possibly a little more light into the head of the plant. Background is nicely out of focus. A competent image.