Major Landscape digital and Natural History print competitions

Major Landscape digital  and Natural History print competitions

The beauty of the natural world around us was celebrated by Leek Photographic Club recently in two competitions which demanded totally different skills from the photographer.  The first competition, Natural History, was judged by Tony Pioli.  He pointed out that the background of the image could be as important as the subject itself and should be complementary but not distracting.  Ideally, it might illustrate the habitat of the subject.  The bird, animal or other natural history subject must be sharp and its position in the frame is important too, as is the overall pictorial quality of the image.  Entries varied from garden birds to gorillas and there was a superb shot of ice crystals on cup lichen by Dave Graham.   Alan and Linda Battersby both had a successful evening as they had visited Florida where the superb light and relative tameness of the wild birds makes natural history photography much easier than in Europe.  Linda won the competition with a snowy egret in flight while all three of Alan’s bird images won Highly Commended or Very Highly Commended awards.  Chris Sherratt also did superbly as he achieved both second and third places with ‘Pied wagtail’ and ‘Fallow buck’.   Images by Babs Robinson, Dave Graham, Brian Ross, Will Knight and Sonja Haigh were also Highly Commended and a charming photograph of a badger by Margaret Rushton was commended.

'Fallow buck' by Chris Sherratt

'Fallow buck' by Chris Sherratt

The second competition, Landscape, was judged by John Cartlidge and he pointed out how lucky we are as photographers to observe the world around us in all its different guises.  He stressed that the quality of the light is all important in landscapes shots.  Such quality cannot be manufactured and so it is vital to take advantage of those moments when the beauty of the light is natural.  This often means being out and about early in the morning or at sunset.  Not surprisingly, many photographers had captured the special beauty of the snow and frost of recent weeks and we were treated to some stunning local scenes which illustrated how lucky we are to live in this part of the world.    Denise Kendall won the competition with a snow shot entitled ‘Last light’ which was beautiful in its simplicity and illustrated the judge’s point perfectly.  Lisa Burdett came second with a lovely image entitled ‘6a.m. Embleton beach’ in which a magnificent sunrise was reflected in the ripples on the sand, leading up to a castle in the background.  Another of Lisa’s shots was ‘Highly Commended’.  Cliff Beardmore came third with a beautiful local image of soft light on a ‘Pennine woodland’.   A new member to the Club, Clive Shenton, did very well as two of his images were ‘Very/ Highly Commended’ as were wonderful images by Don Barker and Paul Matthews.  In fact, all three of Paul’s landscape images received awards. Other photographers to receive ‘Highly Commended’ were Dave White, Kath Poole, and Ray Badderley.  Dave White also received a ’Commended award’ as did Ann Sharratt.

'Pennine woodland' by Cliff Beardmore

'Pennine woodland' by Cliff Beardmore

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