This week was the second of our three set subject competitions, this time on the theme of wildlife. The competition was judged by me, and I tried to keep to the high judging standard set by George in the previous competition. 55 images were entered, covering all kinds of wildlife, ranging from birds and foxes photographed in the garden, to tigers, moneys and wildebeest photographed abroad. The images were of a consistently good quality, making the marking difficult. They were marked on the quality of the focus, sharpness, exposure and composition. Some images of light coloured animals (particularly swans) were overexposed; caused by the camera’s autoexposure trying to expose for the background. The best images were the ones taken at eye level, with the subject either engaging with the viewer or telling a story. The best images were also the ones where the subject was distinct from the background and where the background still looked natural. Some attempts to blur the background had resulted in unnatural-looking shapes. Strong colours in the background also had a tendency to distract from the subject.
A special mention goes to the image “Feed Me Please” by new member Linda Neilands. Linda had captured an image of a parent bird in mid flight feeding a chick. Timing that image correctly must have taken a lot of patience.
The top scoring images were
- Lovely Eyes (Joe Fowler) – 20 points
- Little Blue Tit (Mike Clark) – 19 points
- Angry Swan (Joe Fowler) – 18 points
- Macaque Monkey (George Todd) – 18 points
- Yellow Tailed Ashy Skimmer & Lynx Spider (George Todd) – 18 points
In the end, there were several top scorers:
- 4th = place (46 points)
- Patricia Sharp
- Simon Wilkinson
- 3rd = place (47 points)
- Jennifer Davidson
- Malcolm Roberts
- Ken Sharp
- 2nd place (52 points)
- Mike Clark
- 1st place (53 points)
- Joe Fowler
- George Todd
Well done to Joe and George. Since George has already judged a competition this year, Joe Fowler will judge next years’ competition.