03 February 2022 (Set Subject Competition – Travel in Scotland)

The second of our 3-part set subject competition took place this week.  The competition was judged by George Todd, who won last year’s competition.  13 members had entered 39 images altogether. The theme of “Travel in Scotland” had been interpreted fairly loosely. Some images showed beautiful Scottish landmarks or landscapes which could be reached by travelling in Scotland. A group of trees with a beautiful sky were assumed to be in Scotland. Other images showed Scottish transport, such as a road, ferry, bridge, railway station or viaduct.

George commented on the composition of each image. The landscape images were stronger when they contained three elements: an interesting foreground, a middle ground and a distant background. Some of the images were good in part but were spoiled by containing too much of a particularly uninteresting element, such as a car park or an expanse of water, grass or greenery. George suggested cropping these area to reduce their dominance and rebalance the image. Some of the images showing an empty scene would have been improved by a focal point, such as a person standing in the railway station or a boat on the water.  Images of landmarks were better if they could tell a story by including some characters, and there were some fun images of highlanders, tourists and highland cattle.

The top scorers were (in reverse order):

  • 5th place (47 points)
    • Lorraine Roberts
    • Kevin Johnston
  • 4th place (48 points)
    • George Smith
    • Jennifer Davidson
  • 3rd place (49 points)
    • Malcolm Roberts
    • Gordon Davidson
    • Carol Edmund
  • 2nd place (50 points)
    • Joe Fowler
  • 1st place (51 points)
    • Steven Beard
    • Mike Clark

The top images were:

  • Glenfinnan Viaduct (Steven Beard) – 20 points
  • Racing Along (George Smith) – 19 points
  • Bow Fiddle Rock (Mike Clark) – 18 points
  • Hebrides to Uig Ferry (Jennifer Davidson) – 17 points
  • Scotland for Ever (Joe Fowler) – 17 points
  • Scotland the Brave (Joe Fowler) – 17 points
  • Packhorse Bridge Carrbridge (Malcolm Roberts) – 17 points
  • Mystery Island Cruise (Mike Clark) – 17 points
  • Blue hour at the 3 Bridges (Gordon Davidson) – 17 points
  • Melrose Abbey (Carol Edmund) – 17 points

Steven Beard and Mike Clark have both won the right to judge next year’s competition! Well done to both. The league table after two competitions looks like this:

Joe Fowler (52 + 50 = 102)
Mike Clark (50 + 51 = 101)
Steven Beard (49 + 51 = 100)
Carol Edmund (49 + 49 = 98)
Malcolm Roberts (– + 49 = ??)
Gordon Davidson (45 + 49 = 94)
George Todd (47 + — = ??)
Lorraine Roberts (– + 47 = ??)
Kevin Johnston (– + 47 = ??)
Jennifer Davidson (45 + 48 = 93)

Joe Fowler is in the lead, but only 1 point separates the top 3 places. Entries for the final part of the competition on “Street Photography” are due on 3th March 2022.

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