Informal club competitions

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All the PDI images that had scored 6, 8 and 10 club points – that is all the images that came first, second and third in our monthly PDI competitions – were loaded onto a CD and given to Tony Redford from North Cheshire PS to judge and select one that he considered to be the best image.

Our scoring system in 2013 meant that on occasions several images achieved these positions as we are not restricted by having one image in each position. There were 94 PDI in total, and as an aid Tony was given a list of all the images by title only.

He was very impressed with the overall quality of the images, and admitted he had “a very difficult task” to pick out just one image.

In no particular order his comments were as follows:

Apart But Always Together” by Paul Baybut was “striking, technically very good and thought provoking” but he felt “perhaps there were just too many elements”

He liked “Praying Mantis Silhouette” by Richard Towell as it was “great to see a different approach to Natural History” and said it was “so well executed.”

Baboon, Evening Light, Kruger” by Brian White was “an arresting subject ideally lit by the warm light. A fine frame filler”

Common Sandpiper” by Adrian Drummond-Hill, “Gotcha…Nearly” by Richard Towell, “Grey Wagtail” by Richard Towell, “Kingfisher” by Richard Towell “Monarch Butterfly” by Nina Thomasson, “Oriental Skylark” by Adrian Drummond-Hill, “The Elegance of a Little Egret” also by Richard Towell were “all very competent Natural History submissions, each worthy of a special mention.”

Autumn at Padley Gorge” by Phil Durkin, “Gatesgarth” by David Hawkins and “Sunlit Trees, Pitlochry” also by David Hawkins were all “beautifully lit, carefully composed and very attractive traditional landscapes.”

Boy on the Bus” by John Durham, “Peruvian Child” by Chris Evans and

Tea Child” also by Chris Evans were Tony’s “favourite portraits” He said they were “simple, but powerfully appealing.”

Waiting at the Door” by David Hawkins was a “very strong pattern picture plus a well placed human element”

There had to be just one winner, and Tony chose “Trees, Loch Tay” by David Hawkins “for its sheer simplicity, which makes it stand out from the crowd. The little touch of warm colour in the grasses is a bonus” Tony said it “possesses the fine quality demanded by its minimalist content.”

Congratulations to David Hawkins and to those members whose images were singled out by Tony, and to all those members who achieved a top place in our monthly open competitions in 2013. Thanks also to Tony for rising to the challenge of judging our winning images.

A full list of all the images and authors can be viewed by opening the pdf attachment below.

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