Competitions

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!


Social Documentary Competition April 23rd 2020

Well this is our first competition amid COVID 19 restrictions but I’m pleased to say that we had around the same number of entrants as in the previous two competitions!

Our competition structure has been completely revised as we obviously cannot hold a print section.  Aggregates for the normal sections have been abandoned and tonight we begin special new aggregates for 2020 only.  Members can now enter three colour images and three Monochrome images, spread across Set Subject and Open in the usual way.

The Set Subject is Social Documentary, defined for this competition as “A Social Documentary Image can be described as one that captures the brutal reality of life around us.  Closely aligned to Street Photography, SD is more ‘edgy’ or ‘gritty’, generally showing pathos.  See how you interpret this subject.”

Below are all entries in the order of judging.

Heartfelt thanks to David CG Smith who has kindly learned new technology and got out of his comfort zone to try live judging on Facebook for us!  Your efforts are really appreciated David! Unfortunately technology got the better of us and David was unable to judge live but he was able to give scores and write comments which Helen was able to read out live so we were half way there!

There was a pretty good turn out to watch the live feed.  For any members who are in the Facebook forum group you can still watch the video and see and comment on all of the images.  It would be good to see more comments on images, just as you might have done after a live judging in the hall!

Congratulations to everyone who entered for being part of this brave new world!  Well done to those who received top scores!

All of the Top Images can be found here.

 


Multiple Exposure – Competition March 12th

Following our inspiring and educational workshop on Multiple Exposure (thank you James, Judy and Ray) it was great to see the number of members venturing into this creative genre and exciting to see the variety of applications and techniques employed.  Although many of us had felt challenged by the idea of creating Multiple Exposure images, Set Subject entries significantly outnumbered Open category images and two thirds of entries were prints!  This trend sets BPC apart from many other clubs where prints are giving way to PDI’s (Projected Digital Images).

Here are some of the different interpretations of the subject.

Our judge, Keith Seidel, shared many useful tips and suggestions, carefully explaining the reasons for the scores he gave.  He appreciated storytelling, good composition and creativity when well executed.  The most common  flaws he noted were distracting elements such as bright patches or lines leading the eye away from the subject or out of the frame. It was encouraging to see the awards were spread among 10 of the 17 members who entered the competition.

Come back in a few days to see more of the Top Prints and you can find the Top PDI’s here.