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February Open Print results

The Club was pleased to welcome a new member last Thursday evening, as well as Mike Hendon, a competition judge new to the circuit, who judged our February Open Print Competition. Still disappointed by the defeat in the inter-club competition at Warminster the previous Saturday, members were heartened by the very positive comments made by Mike in his feedback. It is refreshing to listen to a judge who accepts the entries the way the photographer takes them, and comments on the way the author communicates a mood or a feeling, as well as the more technical features of the art.

Looking for “stories, narratives and communication”, Mike had obviously taken time to consider all the entries at length, and his notes and enthusiasm kept us interested and informed for, what turned out to be, a longer than average evening. Members appreciated the opportunity after the results were finally announced, to look at a sample of Mike’s own work. A member of Bath Photographic Society, Mike, together with his wife, has visited India, most recently during last year. His images were colourful and well composed, and his tales of frustration with a new and unfamiliar camera, together with the crowds they encountered on the streets in festivals and markets, reminded us all of common problems we face in the quest to improve.
The Open Colour section was won by Jenny Short with a still life entitled “Poems Laced with Brandy” that, not surprisingly, communicated warmth and comfort! Mike Witcombe’s portrait of “Charlotte” took second place with a motor cross picture entitled “Rounding the Bend” by Graham Nicholls in third. Jeff Noad, Diana Walker and Jill Toman’s entries were Highly Commended, and Jill, Ivy Goatcher and Janice Cuer were Commended.

There were slightly fewer entries in the Black and White Open section won by Jill Toman’s moody “Balloons over Bagan”. Jenny Short had more success taking both second and third places with “A Sideways Glance” portrait of a friend and colleague with an Issey Myake taste in jackets, and a black and white version of “Alaskan Bald Eagle.” Highly Commended were Graham Nicholls, Geoff Noad and Jill Toman, whilst Geoff Noad was also Commended in this section, as were Jenny Short, Jill Toman and Suzanne Ladd.

Dan, our new member, says he was made to feel very welcome, and will be back, which is nice to hear. We told him to spread the word!! Next week an evening led by Suzanne Ladd will feature a presentation on a year with her camera. The AGM follows on 1st March, when members are reminded they need to hand in their entries for the March Open Competition.

Jenny Short 16th February 2018