What a difference a year makes! That was the verdict after Knaresborough Camera Club’s 2012 portrait competition night.
The club committee said photographs that would have secured high placings, last year, had been eclipsed by images of an even higher standard this time around. This meant members were putting into practice what they had learnt since last year’s event.
Local professional photographer Jill Archer, who judged the contest, said the competition bar had been well and truly raised with images that demonstrated a keen eye for composition, skilful cropping and superb use of natural and artificial light. She added: “The winning images are exceptional and inspiring.”
Chairman Richard Bryant said:
We’ve put a lot of effort into our programme to ensure that members gain valuable practical and theoretical insights and this is paying dividends.
The competition is proof they have taken the learning on board because the images have been truly amazing.
Our philosophy is about learning together. A competition like this shows that even people who are relatively new to the hobby can build their confidence in the right environment and gain much more from taking photographs.
The results were
Print category: 1 Mark Webster Golden Girl; 2 Mervin Straughan Pirate Shoed Punk; 3 Norma Holmes Jamie; 4 Richard Littlefair Samson. Highly commended were Jean Hiscutt Lady in Grey; Richard Bryant Driver of 08-45 and Mike Wood Painted Lady.
Projected category: 1 Karen Noble Reflections; 2 Karen Noble That’s My Boy; 3 Gillian Duckett The Snake Charmer; 4 Mike Wood GI. Highly commended: Andrew Munden for Mummy I’m Bored and Mischievous Thoughts.
Projected plus: 1 Janet Tankard Demure Girl; 2. Mervin Straughan On Stage in Five 3; Mark Webster Mary; 4 Mervin Straughan Prom Night. Highy commended: Mark Webster He’s Just Messing and Richard Bryant No 58
The club meets at Park Grove Church Hall on Wednesdays during its winter programme and organises outdoor photo shoots during summer. It welcomes new members of all levels.
For further details, visit www.knaresboroughcameraclub.blogspot.co.uk or check out its images on Flickr or contact club secretary Steve Moull on 01423 542884.