Shoot a Theme - Wood

An exciting evening was enjoyed by all with the annual Shoot a Theme competition where members submit up to three images (digital, print or a mixture of both) for internal judging. A total of 15 points can be awarded under three sections, each carrying 5 points, namely technique (composition, photographic technique, colour) creativity (interpretation, originality, artistry) and personal opinion.

This year, the theme was "Wood" and with 40 digital images and 10 prints, competition was fierce. Wide interpretation of the theme and some very original subject matter made judging extremely difficult but also stimulating. It certainly forced everyone to think carefully about how they awarded their marks.

Although fewer in number, prints swept the board, taking first, second and third places with Brian Clarke proving a worthy winner with his mono image entitled "Seen Better Days". It was a delight to see Janet Matthews gain her first competition placing, coming second with her beautiful colour print of a woodland scene. In third place, relative newcomer Pam Watts built on her winning reputation with a wonderful moody print, also black and white, of a boat wreck on the shore. Congratulations go to all three and we look forward to learning what theme Brian selects for next year's competition.

In the coffee break members hugely enjoyed a slide show of images taken at the recent night photo shoot at Weymouth, some of which can be seen in the Photoshoot section of the website.

Brian receiving the Shoot a Theme trophy from Malcolm


Shoot a Theme - Glass

Members judged the “Shoot a Theme” competition, which this year presented us with a real challenge - 'Glass'. Marks out of five were awarded under three headings, and at the end of the evening the winning shots were presented.

First place was 'Angels at the Door' by Malcolm Balmer

Second place was 'On the Rocks' by Elizabeth Jubb

Third place was 'Saying Goodbye to Wales' by Gary Doodney

This competition is always hotly contested, keeping up the standard of submissions year on year.