Report - Landscape Print Competition

How lucky we are to live close to the beautiful scenery of the Staffordshire Moorlands and the Peak District. This was well illustrated at the recent Leek Photographic Society Landscape photography print competition. Although there were a few photographs of exotic beauty spots from around the world, it was noticeable that many photographers had chosen to enter dramatic shots of local scenes. The judge, Peter Clark of Cannock, commented that a good landscape image needs emotion and atmosphere and he twice emphasised that he admires anyone who is prepared to get up at dawn. He stressed that landscape photography is all about the light and reminded us that mist can be a friend, adding that mysterious quality to an image.

Chris Sherratt is particularly attracted to local scenes and was prepared to suffer ‘perishing’ cold and early morning starts to achieve special images. His dedication was well rewarded as he gained both first and second places with ‘River Lathkill in the early morning’ and ‘Frosty morning in the Peak District’. Don Barker came third with yet another local scene, ‘Dovedale water meadow’. Another of Don’s images ‘Crop of Gold’ was Very Highly Commended as was ‘Two sides of Mother Nature’ by Tony Kinder. Four images were Highly Commended: ‘Norfolk’s Gold Coast’ by Brian Ross, ‘Bluebells and garlic’ by Tony Kinder, ‘Isle Ornsay lighthouse’ by Linda Battersby and ‘Towards the Mermaid and Morridge’ by Bernard Beech. There were also four ‘Commended images’: Tittesworth dawn’ by Dave White, ‘Limestone pavement country near Malham’ by Keith Johnson, ‘Lumsdale falls’ by Don Barker and ‘Lone tree and Butterton Moor’ by Rob Gough.

This was the final scoring print competition of the season although two further projected image competitions are yet to come. A look at the results table on our website shows that there was a tough fight at the top between Rob Gough, Sonja Haigh, Tony Kinder and Don Barker but Don just pipped Tony to the post by one point.

Tomorrow, March 26th, the Club will have an invited speaker, Dave Butcher, a professional photographer and author who runs courses in Black and White landscape photography. He will give a presentation entitled ‘Travels in Monochrome’. We will surely learn a lot about a different and interesting aspect of photography. So do come along to the Dove Room, Moorlands House at 7.30, visitors £2.

Report by Linda Battersby

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