The Fourth Round of the Clubman Competition is Judged

The evening of Monday 12th September  saw the judging of the fourth round of this year’s Clubman Competition. As usual there was a large attendance to view lots of prints and digital images. This 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 Martin Lichfield 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 Martin remarked that it had been made difficult due to the overall high quality of the entries. He had lived with the prints and images for over a week and had examined them frequently, displaying the prints in his lounge so that he could look at them for a long time. On many occasions during the judging he commented on an image or print to say that it was very good but in this evening’s set of entries he couldn’t give it a high mark because of the quality of “the opposition”! Martin 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 be helpful and show where they could be improved in a positive manner. This form of judging is a great way for anyone to learn what makes a great photograph. Just listening to these appraisals is as good as a photography course and is also a great way to measure yourself against other members and to identify how you could improve.

First up were the prints and after all the scores had been decided on the following were Commended  – “Harvest Mouse” by Michelle Howell and “Free as a Bird” by David Kershaw, Highly Commended – “Audi R8 e-tron Le Mans” by Nigel Hazell. However in third place was “Venetian Lovelock” by Michelle Howell, with “Deep Reflection” by Steve Womack in second and pick of the crop in first place was “Gannets Fighting over Food” by Paul Wagstaff. Congratulations to them all.

After a break came the digital images. The standard was again high and Martin gave Commended to  “Reflection of the Past” by Michelle Howell and “Ayla Rose” by Paul Wagstaff. Highly Commended was “Swoop” by Peter Wells. The top three in the digital were – third place “Into the Bend” by Sally Sallett, second place, “Marbled Reed Frog”” by Michelle Howell and in first place with  “Mine all Mine” by Steve Womack. Again congratulations to them all, but especially to Michelle Howell with two commended’s a third place and a second place – it has to be first next time! You can see the top three images and Commended in each category below or by clicking here.

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