Photographer Of The Year, 2016/17
Winning images by Dave Salter
Write Up by Tony Faragher
The Western Photographic Society holds the Photographer Of The Year following its annual end-of- season contest to choose the best images and the most successful contestants who participated over the past eight months.
After an entertaining night in which the judge, Adrian Cowin appraised dozens of prints and digitally projected shots, mono and colour, David Salter was awarded the coveted top prize after producing consistently high quality work throughout.
Dave has produced highly successful work throughout the season, his images being consistently placed or highly commended during the competitions the club runs during the autumn and winter months at their Peel Legion Club venue each Thursday night. Dave also won the Bob Martin Trophy, John Cowell Cup and the John Hall Trophy.
Open comps like this are split into five classes, smaller A4 prints, larger A3, mono then colour, and digitals (DPIs) mono then colour. Competitors may enter the maximum number of five images, but can choose any category to put them in.
As has been his trend throughout, Dave chose to spread his entries across the five classes, and it became clear early in the night, that all were scoring very highly.
This highlight of the club’s calendar gives its members the chance to bring out their winning images from earlier comps.
Adrian's scoring gave a total of ...... marks out of 100 and first place to Dave Salter, 81 marks and joint second place to Chris Nicholls, Dennis Wood and John Keelan. In third place with 79 marks was Gordon Corrin, whilst Doug Allan, Doreen Kelly and Tony Faragher tied in fourth with 78.
A vote of thanks for his excellent judging ability was proposed by Ruth Nicholls who expressed the widely felt views of the Society that Adrian Cowin had coped with a very difiicult job ,with such a large entry which was one of the best in such capacity for some time. He will be invited again next season to judge one of our comps.
All awards, cups and trophies will be presented at the club’s annual dinner in Filbey’s Restaurant on Peel Quayside next Wednesday May 3rd , with Adrian Cowin and his wife guest of honour. All the winning and commended images can also be viewed by following the links on www.westernphotographic.org.
Results: These can be found on the 'Results' page of our web site.
Annual Open Presentation Pictures
Awasrds presented by WPS President Doug Allan and Vice President Eddie Fryer,
Class Winners Were;-
Jim Lace, Mono Prints, with 326 points. He also won the Jim Gorrey Trophy.
John Keelan, Colour Prints
With 321 points
Carol Basnett, A4
With 342 points
Ian Knight, Mono dpi's
with 248 points
Doug Allan, Colour dpi's
with 335 points
Award Winners Were;-
Best in Prints, Colour and Mono, in Newcommers Points Chamionship
John Hall, Best A4 in President's Comp
The Nicholl's Trophy
Khadija Parys, Beginners points Championship
Dennis Wood, won;
Jack Pugh Memorial Cup,
Newcommers points Trophy
Reuben Allan, Junior championship
Best Colour Dpi in President's Comp.
Beaumant Cup and
`Moore Stephin's Trophy