Competitions

Character Study – Competition October 22nd 2020

The Set Subject of Character Study was embraced by the 12 members who entered, with about 60% of entries in the category.  The inclusion of Animals in the definition surprised judge, Geoff Smith, but he embraced the concept, appreciating that animals can indeed display character in their expressions and actions.

Geoff was impressed with Huli Wigman by Judy Sara and Helen Whitford’s Quizzical.

In Open category he liked new member Frances Allan’s In the Moment and Heather Connolly’s Painted Lady.

Rounding out the high scores were James Allan’s Climbing Boy, Duart McLean’s Linked Pair, Paul Hughes Love at First Sight and Judy Sara’s Elle.

 

As an Editor’s Choice I select Frances Allan’s Playing with Light, which I saw as a beautiful serene scene, although it perhaps didn’t display as well on the large screen as on a computer.

Frances Allan_Playing with Light

That’s it for regular competitions in this unusual COVID year! All that’s left is the Annual Exhibition and I would encourage EVERY MEMBER to ENTER!  Even if you don’t feel “competitive” this is your opportunity to share your work and and have it seen in a public space! We anticipate showing a slideshow of images in a public display after the Annual Exhibition and Awards night and all images will be displayed on this website.  Why not join in and perhaps put yourself in the running for one of the special 2020 trophies for Portrait and Nature images!  Entries are due by 7pm Monday November 2nd.

 

Here is a slideshow of ALL of the images in this competition and you can look back over the best images throughout the year here.

 

 


Product Photography – Competition September 24th

We had fewer images than usual but a small, enthusiastic audience enjoyed those that were on show with our judge, Susie Lipert, providing thoughtful comments.
The Set Subject, Product Photography, may have been a little daunting for some members – perhaps part of the reason for the low number of entries – and in fact the most common criticism from the judge was the lack of contextual detail in the images to help “sell” the product.

The most “advert-like” images were probably Judy Sara’s Bluetooth Earphones and Helen Whitford’s DeLonghi….for Living.  Meredith Retallack’s Bake your Own made quite a strong Product image though it could have benefitted from contextual elements.

Although perhaps not seen as a strong Product image Susie was intrigued and impressed by Vicki Kramer’s The Handbag – an interesting and quirky composition.

Vicki Kramer_The Handbag

The Open section entries were quite varied in subject matter but it was a couple of nature shots which most impressed Susie.

All of the images from this competition appear below and the Top Images from all of the 2020 competitions can be found here.

 

 

We have one regular competition remaining, “Character Study” October 22nd, before our Annual Exhibition competition which will be judged off-site on November 7th.

Like everything else the Annual will be different this year with a digital-only competition.  Members will be able to enter up to 6 Colour images and 6 Monochrome images.  Within these 12 images members can nominate any number to be in contention for the WEA Australian Landscape, Portrait or Nature trophies.  Colour, Monochrome, Nature and Portrait winners will receive a one-off individual award while the WEA Australian Landscape trophy is a perpetual shield.  The other perpetual competition shields will not be awarded for 2020 as those competitions were cancelled.
So start preparinging your entries and take a chance on bringing home one of these unique COVID year awards!

Details of the competition and Entry Forms will be emailed to all members soon.


Wind Powered – Competition August 13th

A competition with a difference!  As our scheduled judge was reluctant to meet online we took the opportunity to try community judging on Thursday night.  James and Duart found a way to make it work and although only a dozen members joined in it was an interesting and empowering exercise for all.

Entry numbers were down but interestingly monochrome images were up, particularly in the Open section.  All of the entries were available for  preview on our members’ Facebook forum and indeed are still available fpr view and comment.

James Allan’s Southern Cross in Action was acclaimed as the image which best captured the power of the wind with real impact and Judy Sara’s The Old and the New made the biggest impression in Monochrome Set Subject.  There were quite a few windmill shots!

In Open, Helen Whitford’s Feather and David Hancock’s Happy Wash appealed to the majority of member judges.

It was an interesting experience having everyone participate in picking the best images and listening to the reasons why certain images held appeal for different people.  It was generally agreed that the results were probably similar to what they would have been with a single, experienced judge.

Here are all of the images.

The Top Images can be found here and members can visit our Facebook Forum to see what others had to say and to add your own comments.


Letters and Numbers – July 16th Competition

No, not the TV Show (although I did consider taking a photo of my galah watching the show on the TV.)  The Set Subject was quite well subscribed, providing more than half of the entries.

There was a variety of interpretations including a couple of obscure  entries from James Allan and Helen Whitford.  (When collating the images I googled Ascii 1 to check that it was what I thought it was!)  Our judge, Robert Dettman, was impressed with both the creativity and technical skill in Splash of Lemon.  I knew I was taking a risk with an image about numbers which actually showed no numbers!

Sheila Gatehouse impressed with Welcoming and Heart of the Festival State.

Although our numbers were down a little, both in terms of images and participants in the meeting, it was a great night.  Robert gave thoughtful comments on every image and we thank him for his efforts!

Below are all of the entries and the Top images can be found here.

 

 


The Colour Black – Competition June 4th 2020

This was our second online competition, this time using Zoom which was well-accepted by all participants.  Our judge, Peter Barrien from Adelaide Camera Club, was very comfortable with the format and gave serious consideration to, and thoughtful comments on, every image.  There were 63 images, evenly divided between Set Subject – The Colour Black – and Open.  While it was apparent that there was some variation in interpretation of the definition it was good to see the range of styles.

In Set Subject Peter was most impressed by James’ Bella and Suzie’s Reynisfjaara.

In Open the following images gained a 10.  James Allan’s Sheep made a real impression on Facebook with several comments about the sheep appearing powerful or menacing – unusual attributes for sheep.

Meredith’s Drought -stricken took the judge by surprise but was very popular in post competition discussion.  I’ve never seen sand look so much like trees!

Meredith Retallack-Drought Stricken

And my Editor’s Choice is this beautiful Pink Robin (who knew they existed?) by Suzie Smith.  The wispy moss complements the exquisite little bird and the knotty bough balances him perfectly.

Suzie Smith_Pink Robin

 

Below is a gallery of all of the images entered.

 

All of the Top Images can be found here.
For those still sitting around with time on your hands you may be interested to view the galleries of Top Images from recent years

It was great to see a good number of members entering this month’s competition and good to know that going online has not dampened our enthusiasm!  Our next competition is Letters and Numbers so it’s time to start thinking outside the box and looking at things around us in an innovative way!  Keep enjoying your photography whether you’re home or starting to venture out and about!