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Cuts, Cows and Captions, but Reflections and Dragons came through!

Pamela and Janice take the honours in the FEBRUARY 2021 Open Competition
The February Open Competition drew a large entry in both Colour and in Mono sections, and the winning shots chosen by new to the club judge John Taylor covered a range of subjects as well as rewarding members for continued practice and determination to improve over the past months in lockdown. John proclaimed himself “not overly techy” in his judgements, with a preference for photos with a “wow” factor and those that were aptly titled. He gave encouraging, mostly positive, feedback that was delivered sensitively, and with appreciation for what the photographer was attempting to do. He did have a tendency to suggest crops and take-out spaces where others might not have done so, but he threw in the odd historical fact about images that had caught his interest and kept us interested with his humour.

The Colour section was won deservedly by Pamela Bruce-Lockhart with “A Moment of Reflection”, with Tony Nineham ‘s “Chanterelle Mushrooms” in 2nd and jane Richardson’s very simplistic “Rope with Leaves” in 3rd. Jill Toman, Janice Cuer and Bill Collett were all Highly commended and both Jill and Janice were Commended together with Dan Clarke for his “Tor View”.

Janice Cuer was successful in taking 1st place in the Mono Section with “Dragon”, whilst Suzanne Ladd came 2nd with “Capturing the Desert” and Louise Bailey was 3rd with her “Dandelion”. Jill Toman, Bill Collett and Dan Clarke were Highly Commended and Commended were Graham Nicholls, Janice Cuer and Louise Bailey . Cows appeared to feature strongly in this section!

Well done to all those winners. The quality and quantity of the entries bode well for a small club that really supports its members in their l efforts to improve. The images will be in the Competition Gallery for February 2021 so take a look.
Thanks also to those who enter the weekly Challenges and also those who take the time to comment on the galleries regularly. This week the Challenge will be “Juxtaposition”. Suggested by Suzanne Ladd as something we might usefully revisit from a tri battle focus of some years ago, I expect some interesting interpretations.

Next week we will sit back and enjoy the work of the AV Group who sadly have been unable to meet this year, but whose past work should prove entertaining. If anyone not on our mailing list wishes to attend the Virtual AGM on Thursday March 4th, they will need to contact me through the Contact Us section of the website with their e mail address, so that I can send the Zoom invitation to them.

Keep snapping safely!

Jenny Short 19.02.2021