The Mad Hatter
Media City Sunset
Winners & Losers
The Black Widow
Our judge for this month was Tony Pioli, from Chapel Camera Club, who had thirty-four DPIs and fifteen prints to judge. Tony started the evening by explaining that in his opinion judges should not let their personal preferences or prejudices reflect in the way that they judged 'open' competitons and that he tried to place each image into a category eg. nature, landscape, portraiture, abstract etc, and then rank each image within the category.
Not only did Tony comment on each image, he also discussed, various presentational aspects of images including composition, the effectiveness of framing DPIs and how the eye can be tricked when viewing a dark DPI immediately following a bright one.
After carefully consideration, Tony chose three prints as equal first:The Mad Hatter by Gerry Gentry, Towards Scarfell taken by Charlie Saycell and Derek Fox's Media City Sunset.
In the PDI section, Keith Rawsthorne and Gerry Gentry were equal first-place winners with their Winners & Losers and The Black Widow respectively.
The top scorers were:
|20||The Mad Hatter||Gerry Gentry|
|20||Towards Scarfell||Charlie Saycell|
|20||Media City Sunset||Derek Fox|
|19||The Lion King||Barry Barnes|
|19||Wast Water||Charlie Saycell|
|19||Card Magician||Jen Barnes|
|19||The Goddess Sky||Gerry Gentry|
|19||Eurasian Eagle Owl||Gerry Gentry|
|18||Liverpool & Beyond||Derek Fox|
|18||Ready For Action||Vicky Mansfield|
|18||If Only||Barry Barnes|
|20||Winners & Losers||Keith Rawsthorne|
|20||The Black Widow||Gerry Gentry|
|19||Times Remembered||Brian Hartley|
|19||Eddy the Eyebrows||Gary Lewis|
|19||Conelley & Charlotte||Vicky Mansfield|
|19||Surfers' Paradise||Brian Hartley|
|19||Small Copper||Charlie Saycell|
|19||View of Ladybower Reservoir||Derek Fox|
|19||Just A Perfect Day||Gary Lewis|
|18||I'm Quite Mad You Know||Barry Barnes|
Congratulations to the winners, commiserations to all the other entrants and a big thanks to Tony for giving his time and expertise.
Polar Bear Meal
There were forty-two images 〈twenty-three PDIs and nineteen prints〉 for Mike Davis (Rochdale PS ) to judge in the first competition of the year. Mike explained his judging philosophy and said that his comments were his own thoughts about each image and that another judge may well have a different opinion. With that in mind, he ranked each image in their relative categories in relation to the others and came to the conclusion that two prints ("My Best Friend" by Vicky Mansfield and Barry Barnes's "Under My Umbrella") merited equal first place.
In the PDI section, Charlie Saycell and Mary Mansfield were equal first-place winners with their "Little Hayfield" and "Polar Bear Meal" respectively.
The top scorers were:
|20||My Best Friend||Vicky Mansfield|
|20||Under My Umbrella||Barry Barnes|
|19||Don't Count the Days, Make the Days Count||Gerry Gentry|
|18||For the Love of Horses||Vicky Mansfield|
|18||Flour Shoot||Charlie Saycell|
|18||A Colourful Reflection||Vicky Mansfield|
|20||Little Hayfield||Charlie Saycell|
|20||Polar Bear Meal||Mary Mansfield|
|19||Tawny Owl||Gerry Gentry|
|19||Puppy Love||Gary Lewis|
|19||Hot Work||Mike Wheeller|
|18||Puppy Dog Eyes||Craig Combs|
|18||Jumping Jack||Stuart Vaughton|
|18||Extreme Makeover||Barry Barnes|
|18||Winter is Coming||Vicky Mansfield|
Congratulations to the winners, commiserations to all the other entrants and a big thanks to Mike for giving his time and expertise.