A warm welcome this week was extended by Chris Reekie to the members attending the society’s first internal competition of the season. We were privileged to have judge Alan Gaulthorpe, a former president of the S.P.F. who’s a knowledgeable and well-known Scottish photographer, hailing from Aberdeen. Alan regaled us with humorous anecdotes along with serious and informative advice on the many photographs submitted by members.
The most important lesson to be learned from Alan was that in competition, “less is more.” Also to make sure that your central subject tells its story.
The Projected Digital Image, or PDI, section saw a healthy number of 38 images get submitted. In joint 3rd place: “The View from 67” by John Drummond and “Footloose” by John Cuthbertson. In joint 2nd place, “Plover in Sea Drift” by Chris Reekie, “Lunchtime” by Neil Taylor and “Italian Garden” by Fritha Gilbert, with Monica Vella taking 1st place for her evocative “Down Under.”
In the Mono Print section, 3rd place went to “Waiting to Cross” by Mat Schwartz, with 2nd place going to “Skyscraper” by Emily Noakes and in 1st place, Howard Chapman with his moody “Recessions Towards North Harris.”
In the Colour Print section: 3rd place went to “Early Morning Light” by Emily Noakes, 2nd place to “Supermoon Over Irish Bog” by Howard Chapman and in 1st place, Mat Schwartz with his thought-provoking “The Sinderins in Dundee.”
The audience thanked Alan for his diligence and expertise, showed him their appreciation, and hoped we might see him again soon back at the club.