Macro and Close up Competition

Despite the bitter weather there was a good turnout for the annual Macro Competition where members could submit either digital or print images for internal judging. Unlike the Shoot a Theme competition, where prints swept the board, this time digital images took the first three places. In third position was Roger Gibson's superbly sharp shot entitled "Ticking". Runner up was Sarah Simpson with her beautiful composition "Kaffir Lily" and the winner was Jay Warnes with his imaginative image "Fire Wood”.

The macro competition is a fairly new addition to the club's calendar but is proving very popular. It was gratifying to see an increased number of entries and a much higher standard of photography compared to last year. The variety of subjects certainly ensured that judging was a challenge.

During the coffee break, members were shown images taken from the evening photo shoot to Shaftesbury which took place earlier in the month. The "blue" hour/evening photography is a new aspect of camera work for many members so being in a group offered the opportunity to ask questions and obtain tips. For those unable to join the outing, seeing the images certainly provided encouragement to give this genre of photography a go!!! Please refer to the Photoshoot section of this website to view some of the photographs.

Spiderlings - Chris Dowding
Spiderlings - Chris Dowding
Uphill Climb - Elizabeth Jubb
Uphill Climb - Elizabeth Jubb


Last Tuesday, we had our Macro and Close-Up competition. Encouraged by John Bebbington’s excellent presentation on the 14th February some interesting photographs were shown, demonstrating a wide variety of approach on the subject.

The winning shots were:

1st Chris Dowding with Spiderlings

2nd Michael Windridge with Golden Honey

3rd Elizabeth Jubb with Uphill Climb

Many of us were inspired to acquire some rudimentary macro gear and have a dabble in this fascinating field. I think we will be seeing a lot more close up work next year as a result of this very competition!