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2020/2021 Exhibition - Judges feedback

On Friday 23rd April 2021 we had our clubs yearly Photography Exhibition with a staggering 234 entries which were divided into ten categories with a majority of categories having both Advanced and Novice entries.


We had the pleasure of Vittorio Silvestri from CPA Camera Club to judge our members entries. Vittorio had quite a challenge to judge such a high number of photographs, but completed his task with brief but constructive feedback for each photo.


The judging opened and Vittorio worked his way through a broad range of photography subjects. These included Sports, buildings, animals, nature, abstract, landscape, portraits and others. He gave valuable feedback and advice as to how the members photographs could be improved, for example .. composition, trying different crops, altering light, to name just a few.


Vittorio also balanced his judging with pointing out the positives in members photographs including good perspective, scale, right lighting, composition and so forth.

After judging was over Vittorio was asked to pick a few more winners before escaping which are as follows.


Top Mono which was “The Cyclist” by Gerry Coe, Top Colour which was “Strawberry Blonde” by Alastair Bell and Top PDI which was “Cliffs” by Gerry Coe.


The Club would like to thank Vittorio for all his hard work, it was greatly appreciated. Congratulations to all the winners, those who were placed and also a massive thank you to everyone who entered their images into the exhibition. We wouldn’t have had such a successful competition without you all.


Finally a thank you to The Exhibition secretary Alan McMorris and Competition Secretary Harry Watson for their hard work to make everything run smoothly.


All the entries from the club's 2021 Exhibition can be viewed by clicking on 'Exhibition 2021' above.


General Colour round results :

Advanced Photographers:


First … “Grey Oyster” by Mandy Milliken

(Judge said this was a cracking image and its not easy to photograph these as many people will try but there's always something distracting in it and its not sharp because the depth of field has gone but his has lovely tones, colours and the sharpness is there )

Second …. “Over the bump” by Jack Thompson

Third … “Lanzarote Church” by Alastair Bell

Highly Commended … “When the Balloon goes up” by Alastair Bell

Commended … “Lilly the pink” by Alan Field



Novice Photographers:

First … “Bouys and a Boat” by Bobby Peacock

( Judge said he liked the tower in the top right corner as it fills that part of the image, there's also a nice lead with the buoys from the bottom right corner right out to the boat and the judge liked the overall lighting )

Second … “Relax” by Leanne Simpson

Third … “Girl in a green scarf” by Bobby Peacock

Highly commended .. “Do you need a tow” by Leanne Simpson

Commended … “ Busy Bee” by Leanne Simpson


General Mono round results :

Advanced Photographers:


First … “The cyclist” by Gerry Coe

(Judge said he really liked this the white border works, looks like a crinkled piece of paper. He like the texture of it and the cyclist is well placed and all the lines and tones work really well)

Second … “The Blue Planet” by Hugh Rooney

Third ... “Taking the Call” by Ray Magill

Highly Commended … “Bullring” by Hugh Rooney

Commended … “Spiral” by Hugh Rooney












Novice Photographers:

First … “Shady Steps” by Leanne Simpson

(Judge said they’ve been captured well but would like to see what's at the top of the steps or have a person sitting on the steps)








General PDI round results :

Advanced Photographers:


First … “ Guggenheim” by Gerry Coe

(Judge said it was a strong image and he liked the shapes and the triangle in the center which is darker and all the ripples on the image works very well)

Second … “Undercover Ladybird” by Alan Field

Third … “Dream Apartments” by Ray Magill

Highly Commended .. “A wee drop” by Alan Field

Commended ... “Doorway from Hell” by Alan Field









Novice Photographers:

First … “Passing time in the rain” by Leanne Simpson

(Judge said great shot, really well done and a strong image)

Second … “Walking on air” by Leanne Simpson

Third … “Fire and Light” by Leanne Simpson

Highly Commended … “A walk in the snow” by Leanne Simpson

Commended … “Paddling Horse” by Velia Martin








Landscape Colour round results :

Advanced Photographers:


First … “Long Hole Sunset” by Mandy Milliken

(Judge said he liked this a lot, symmetry is what its about. The position of the two figures in the brightest part of the water. It’s a strong image)

Second … “Murlough” by Ray Magill

Third … “Sky at Ballyholme” by Gerry Coe

Highly Commended … “Strangford Lough” by Harry Graham

Commended … “Church, Asturias, Spain” by Gerry Coe



Novice Photographers:

First … “Soft reflections” by Leanne Simpson

(Judge said theres a lovely sky and the reflections have been well caught)

Second … “Footprints in the sand” by Leanne Simpson

Third … “The three towers and the Mournes” by Leanne Simpson



Landscape Mono round results :

Advanced Photographers:

First … “Arashiyama Baboo Grove” by Hugh Rooney

(Judge said when he first saw this photo it stood out right away. It was different and he really liked the image because of the convergence of the verticals )

Second … “Ancient Rocks” by Gerry Coe

Third … “Donegal” by Gerry Coe

Highly commended … “Ploughed Desert” by Alistair Bell

Commended … “Shirahige” by Hugh Rooney



Landscape PDI round results :

Advanced Photographers:

First … “Cliffs” by Gerry Coe

(Judge said he really liked this shot, the tones of the blacks, whites and greys work really well. Theres a very good leading line to the end of the cliff, It’s a strong image)

Second … “Ballyholme Sunset” by Mandy Milliken

Third … “Framed” by Noel Maitland

Highly Commended … “Scrabo” by Jack Thompson

Commended … “Rippling sands” by Alastair Bell





Novice Photographers:


First … “Sundown” by Velia Martin

(Judge said the silhouettes of the houses just across the middle was nice, there's a little bit of detail coming into the houses but the top of the houses are nice and black against the sky, Well done)

Second … “Starling Murmuration” by Leanne Simpson

Third … “Tranquil Sky” by Leanne Simpson

Highly Commended … “Evening Sky” by Velia Martin

Commended … “Towards the Light” by Leanne Simpson


Portrait Colour round results:

Advanced Photographers:


First … “Strawberry Blonde” by Alastair Bell

(Judge said this is a strong image. The placement of the hands work. The Strawberry also being the same colour of the hat works well)

Second … “Old Man” by Alan Field

Third … “Cheers” by Alastair Bell

Highly Commended … “Celia” by John Sullivan

Commended … “Happiness” by Edward McCavana


Portrait Mono round results:

Advanced Photographers:


First … “ Jessica” by Nigel Snell

(Judge said this photo was well captured, the wee girl looks very happy doing what she's doing, background is well handled for her hair. Low-key and she stands out well against it)

Second … “Only one left” … by Gerry Coe

Third … “Carla” by Alastair Bell

Highly Commended … “Street Seller” by Gerry Coe

Commended … “Scribe at work” by Alastair Bell





Portrait PDI round results:

Advanced Photographers:


First … “Devil in Disguise” by Alan Field

(Judge said I like this photo, it stood out as soon as I saw the image. Its been well done and the background compliments the colours of the lipstick and eyebrows)

Second … “Hot Lips” by Alastair Bell

Third … “Giving it some Wellie” by Alastair Bell

Highly Commended … ”House Arrest” by Alan Field

Commended … “Just Waiting” by Alastair Bell





Chair’s Challenge round “Still life” :

Advanced Photographers:


First … “Five Crab Shells” by Judith Kimber

(Judge said this was an outright winner, it was fabulous. The shells are well positioned and the judge liked the tones of the shells. The background adds to whole image)

Second … “Wildflower” by Jack Thompson

Third … “Vase,Vase or Vase” by Edward McCavana

Highly Commended … “Chair” by Gerry Coe

Commended … “Feeling Wilted” by Alastair Bell




Novice Photographers:


First … “Nuts” by Bobby Peacock

(Judge said he like this image, the light on the nuts worked well and the reflection on the black glass below came through

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