We are very grateful to Mike Oakes, who judged our colour prints. Mike put aside his love of camera phone images, square format and Instagram posts to judge our pictures. He was impressed with the high standards of prints and said that it was an impossible task choosing the final ones for awards. He related that it was over a day’s work to complete the task, so a very big thankyou to him.
In first place was John Illingworth’s picture entitled “The seated man”. Mike commented that despite the strong backlighting every detail was visible in the front of the image including small objects such as the wedding ring on the seated man’s finger. He liked the composition of the print, with a low view point and the way the man looks across the image.
Alison Taylor was second with her delightful rendition of “Rydal Mist”. Mike felt that her picture jumped out to be chosen and the way in which Alison captured the light across the whole photograph was magical.
“Daffodil in Woodland” was in third place, the picture being taken by Peter Bayliss. The impressionist feel to the image with vibrant colours immediately evoked the essence of Spring.
Prints by John Illingworth “Reflected”, Chris Hart “Feast before the Storm” and Ian Smith “Barn Owls” were highly commended.
Commended prints were “Christmas at Kew” by Alan Harris, “Below Buttermere” by Derek Chatburn, and “Petit Piton Reflections” by Alan Harris.