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Twins in Bluebells Jill Toman

Bluebells and Pigeons win the day!

Good advice from Gareth.
NRPS members were pleased that Gareth Martin could step in at short notice to judge the May Open Competition. Gareth is a seasoned judge and busy presenter with quite a presence on social media, and we enjoyed some very detailed, focused analysis of our efforts, delivered with great sensitivity and respect for us as amateur photographers.

A stickler for eradicating distractions, with an eye for detail, Gareth suggested simple ways to make the best of a shot, and laced his judgements with amusing anecdotes from his own experience that added to the variety of the evening’s focus. He gave a fair and balanced view, and we were delighted, not just by the extent of his undoubted photographic knowledge and expertise, but also by the varied rhythm, stress and intonation of the lively commentary delivered, as it was, in his broad, native , Welsh accent!

Gareth was warmly thanked for his contributions, and I am left thinking that I probably won’t be the only one in coming days, freezing the last of the Tulips in layers of cracked ice, seeking to capture the entombed beauty in the name of artistic licence! The photos held back by Gareth ranged widely in subject matter, and once again underlined the wealth of material for photographers that we encounter on our regular, informal, outdoor get togethers.

Jill Toman and Suzanne Ladd were worthy winners of the respective Colour and Mono sections with the iconic “Twins in the Bluebells” and the well observed “Pigeon Fancier”. Jane Richardson took second and third places in the Colour competition with “Drying my Wings” and “Man with Glasses”. Louise Bailey was Highly Commended for both her wildlife shots: “Family” and “Breakfast” and Suzanne Ladd and Pamela Bruce Lockhart were respectively Commended for “City Offices” and the intriguing shot “Stepping Books” captured in Venice.

Tony Nineham’s effort at the East Somerset Railway, “The Engineer”, came second in the Mono Competition, and Diana Walker took 3rd place with “Baby Koala” and was Highly Commended for “Inquisitive Lambs”. Jane Richardson featured again in the honours with Highly Commended for “Can I do it?”, whilst Jenny Short and Janice Cuer were Commended for “Lone Photographer” and “Time to Stare”. All these images can be viewed in the associated gallery on our ever changing website

With the Bank Holiday looming and so many Jubilee celebrations to enjoy our regular Thursday zoom will be suspended in favour of some outdoor expeditions- the first of which looks likely to be the SOS Africa abseil Wells Cathedral challenge over the next two weekends. Preparations are also in hand for the June 19th Father’s Day appointment in Dorset and the Midsomer Norton Day in early July, both of which will keep us busy during the traditional meetings break.

Jenny Short 26. 05.2022

PS Don't forget to comment on the May Challenge