Results from the Second Clubman Competition

The evening of Monday 30th March saw the judging of the second round of the Clubman Competition. As usual it was a large attendance to view lots of prints and digital images. The second round of the competition was classed as an “Open” round which basically means that anything goes – any subject, any treatment, anything the photographer wants to do. Tonight’s judge was Rodney Smith and he had the unenviable task of comparing landscapes with portraits, architecture with birds, colour with black and white, etc. etc. It was never going to be an easy task and Rodney remarked that it had been made difficult due to the overall high quality of the entries.

Rodney managed to comment on every single print and image, identifying the good (and not so good) points of each print or digital image. He always tried to show where they could be improved, if it was possible so this form of judging is a great way for anyone to learn what makes a great photograph. As a photographer it is also a great way to measure yourself against other members and to identify how you culd improve.

First up were the 33 prints and after all the scores had been decided on the following were Highly Commended – “Goldfinch” by Glen Shute, “Oh joy – another foggy day in Cleethorpes” by David Kershaw, “Long Tailed Tit” by Steve Ininns and “Blue Tit” again by Glen Shute”. However in third place was Phil Watson with ” Hebridean Sunset”, in second place was Sally Sallett with “Single Stem” and the winner was a superb “The Watering Hole” by Steve Ininns. Congratulations to them all.

After a break came the 51 digital images. The standard was again high and Rodney gave a whole fistful of Highly Commended – “Crossing the Cob” by David Carr, “Danger at Dusk” by David Kershaw,  “Falling Star” by Phil Gledhill, “Harsh Climate” by Steve A Wood, “Time Waits for No Man” by Les Forrester, “White Morpho Butterfly” by Peter Wells,  “White Rose” by Sara Bindon, “Permission to Land” by Steve A Wood and “I said Two Pints please, Not Two Pies” by Trevor Bottomley. The top three in the digital were – third place “Welsh Highland Steam” by Peter Marsh, second place “Raiding Bonxie” by David Jones and first place “The Fly” by Steve Ininns. It certainly was his night with both first places and a Highly Commended. Again congratulations to them all. You can see the top three images in each category by clicking here.

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