The Western Photographic Society was delighted to welcome local professional photographer Andrew Barton to judge the Annual Competition. He is well known as an excellent judge, always very consistent in his marking, and his commentary always warm and helpful.
A very wide range of prints in both the A4 and A3 categories together with (surprisingly) a rather smaller selection of digitally projected images were entered in the competion, however, all were of the highest quality, something Andrew was able to confirm in his opening remarks. Theoretically, these should be the best of members' prints and digital images from the season's earlier competitions, although new images can be shown as well.
There are two major trophies in the Annual competition - 'Photographer of the Year' for the maximum scoring points in the competition, and the Moore Stephens Trophy for the best individual image in the competition. All entrants were entitled to enter a total of 5 images the marks then being accumulated so that the photographer with the most points could then claim the title of 'Photographer of the Year.' It proved a very close battle, with the top marks of 93 from a possibe 100 being earned by two members, Ruth Nicholls and Dave Salter. Therefore Ruth and Dave, being joint 1st will share the Trophy. Ian Knight and Dennis Wood were joint 3rd. Dennis fought back, however, winning the individual image trophy with his distinctive 'Dublin Arrivals' - a well timed shot of an aircraft coming in to land above part of the airport building in Dublin.
The WPS weekly meetings will now be in recess during the summer months, resuming regular meetings in September. However, there will be a summer programme of photographic outings and events to which anyone with an lnterest - maybe even an enthusiasm or passion for photography - wil be very welcome to attend. These events always have a social flavour, and usually a meal, included.
Please contact the Secretary for more information -