Digital Cream – The Best Digital Images of 2018

On Monday evening of 1st October the club had the judging for the Annual Digital Projected Image Competition. Although there are many competitions, each with their own rules, throughout the year, there are two competitions reserved for the end of the year where members can enter what they consider is their best work of the year, even if it has been entered for the other competitions. These are the Annual Digital Projected Image and the Annual Print Competitions. On that basis these can be seen as the “best of the best”. Tonight was the judging of the  Annual Digital Projected Image Competition and not surprisingly there was a packed room to witness the judging. Roger Poyser had the weighty responsibility of commenting on every image submitted and sorting out the winners. He had had the images for some time to pore over and sort out his comments. In this competition there are two categories – Applied and Open. Roger started proceedings with the comments that there were a lot of interesting images and the standard was high.

In the Applied section very little, if any, post image capture processing is allowed and there are strict rules covering the subjects and even the naming of the image. Possibly due to these rules there are generally fewer entries in the applied section and so it was pleasing tonight that there were quite a lot. The judging of the Applied section took the whole of the first half.  The standard in the Applied was high and a full range of subjects was on show. Roger gave each image due consideration and provided plenty of useful feedback for each one of the entrants.  In the end there had to be winners and receiving a Commended were “Huddersfield Rail Station, Front Elevation” by Steve A Wood and “Arctic Tern” by Michelle Howell. Receiving Highly Commended  was “Green Frog-Legged Beetle” by Paul Wagstaff. In third place was “Golden Tree Frog” by Peter Wells and in second place was “Harvest Mice on Catkins” by Michelle Howell. Taking the top prize, though, was “Gannet” by Paul Wagstaff.

There were even more entries in the Open section where basically “anything goes” – there is no restriction on subject, treatment, processing or title so free reign is given to the creative talents of the entrants. Roger was very conscientious in giving every single image a good and apposite critique. It was not easy to judge as the subjects covered just about everything – flora and fauna, landscapes, portraits, architecture, sport, studio work – you name it, it was there. In the end  Roger had to decide and he highlighted his winners at the end. He felt that “Prison Windows” by Angela Crutchley-Rhodes and “Grit and Determination” by Paul Wagstaff both deserved Commended. One step up in the Highly Commended category was “Breast is Best” by Sally Sallett.  Then on to the top three  and in third place was “Mud Wrestlers” by Jane Lazenby and in second place was “The Plughole, Ladybower Reservoir”” by Michelle Howell. Taking top spot was “Silver Plated” by Jane Lazenby.

Well done to all the winners and thanks to Roger for all his accurate and fair comments which everyone found most valuable. A gallery of the winning images is below and on the front page.

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