Online 2022 – The Winners

Online 2022 – The Winners

Mike Barnard was asked to judge the winning images from each of the January to November rounds of the Online Competition to choose the overall winners for 2022.

1st PlaceClarke, NeilFemale Scorpionfly (small Things)Another great nature image that has done well in this competition. A little more about it than the darter as we see more of the location. Well exposed and composed. Sharp all the way through the scorpionfly. An excellent example of this type of photography. A well-deserved winner. [Mike Barnard]
2nd PlaceUpson, JohnIt Can Be A Grey Old World Out ThereReally liked this one. A good use of colour popping which seems to be out of favour in many national competitions these days. I would have taken the bright strips of light and the person with the trolly down a few steps as they are the brightest part of the image and need knocking back. At first, I thought we needed to crop above the heads to remove strips and text but we need to keep these to add to the location. [Mike Barnard]
3rd PlaceScarlett, NeilDewdropsAn image with subtle colours captures the dewdrops to their best. The diagonal composition adds to the dynamics of the picture. Good none obtrusive background a must to show off the delicate dewdrops. A good depth of field to give a sharp capture of all the dewdrops has been well handled. [Mike Barnard]
Highly CommendedScarlett, NeilDarterAn excellent nature shot that has managed to out run some of the open subjects in this competition. Well done for managing to get all of the subject sharp, not easy on a shot like this. Exposure well handled with a ‘clean’ background. Positioned well within the frame.[Mike Barnard]
CommendedSallett, SallyDad Was A Design EngineerMakes me feel old this one as I used all these drawing instruments when I started as a graphic designer. I don’t think the fill sprocket holes add anything to the image and could easily be omitted without effecting the overall feel of the image. When setting up still-life we have to be careful of what we use in comparison to each element of the composition and a brand-new set of compasses and a ruling pen would not have fitted into this at all. Everything looks as though it has brought out of that tin in the loft!! [Mike Barnard]
CommendedWells, PeterGet BackDouble the effort need to make this one work with two models to direct. The eyes on the male model could have been lightened slightly just so we can see them. I like the use of the ragged border adds to the feeling of street photography and a moment in time captured. Good tonal range. [Mike Barnard]

Well done Neil and thank you to all that entered the rounds throughout the year.