Open Competition - Black & White/ Mono/ Infra Red (PDI)
WoW - what a massive entry 89 entries from 26 members brave enough to enter! and what a great Standard!
The Judge – Dave Tucker EFIAP/b, DPAGB, CPAGB, BPE3* - held back 32 images which made for a nail biting second round but meant many “hopefuls” with excellent images either did not make the cut, or fell at the last review. To those I say PLEASE keep trying, keep entering and above all keep taking what you like and SHARING with us - we all love to see images.
Many members had close run things with VERY high standards across all their entries... notably Ray Baddeley and Tony Kinder who had 3 out of 4 brilliant images with awards but not quite matching Len's 4 out of 4 in the first competition. However, the league table now has a very different look and it's anybody’s race - a big spread of names in both awards and entries, GREAT to see that. Congratulations to Cliff Hughes, a worthy winner with The Barracks, (Cymorthin).
Yvonne had the unluckiest of nights with exceptional images including my favourite - that enigmatic Swan Feather.... a theme I would like to see more of, while the Wild Rabbit and Magpie Mine surely deserved more? Personal favourites of mine were the Gentoo Penguins, The Tattooist, Leaps and Bounds and Jet Pilot, what great images that in this case did not catch the judge’s eye. GREAT EVENING, please keep entering to make other evenings as great! But if like me your favourite image [the chicks as Bathing Beauties] were overlooked, don't give up.... the next judge might see things differently