It is only a few weeks from the start of the new 2021-2022 season and already the pace had gathered with round one of The Inter-club NIPA [Northern Ireland Photographic Association] competition.
This was an open round meaning any subject matter of the authors choice is allowed with entries in three categories: Colour Print, Mono Print and Digital Projection and with separate groups for novice and advanced photographers.
Gerry Coe was the judge for the evening and commenced his deliberations with Advanced and Novice Colour Print. Gerry spoke and gave his opinion on every image, noting aspects that were pleasing but also to gently offer advice where improvements could be made by an author. Matters of focus, composition and areas of a photograph which could be toned down, or on the other hand could be lightened to make a better image for competition purposes.
Subject matter ranged from landscape, portrait, Still life, animals, birds, delicate abstract images, seascape and flowers.
Moving on to Advanced and Novice Digital Projection, Gerry applied the same principals to his judging commenting and giving time on every image on display.
Next came Advanced Mono Print where in addition to the subject matter outlined above many had submitted architectural subjects, which seems to be a genre gaining popularity at this time.
The evening was rounded up with Novice Mono Print.
The film director Samuel Goldwyn once said “We want a story that starts out with an earthquake and works is way up to a climax”
It was thus that Beverley Stevenson gave a climatic ending to the evening with a beautiful mono flower image.
COLOUR PRINT ADVANCED
First: Nigel Snell - Common Peasant
Second: Judith Kimber - Knotted Wrack Quartet
Third: Alan Field - Star Gazer Pink High Key
Highly Commended: Leanne Simpson - All Alone
Highly Commended: Ray Magill - Titanic Quarters
Commended: Alastair Bell - When The Balloon Goes Up
Commended: Ray Magill - Fly Fisherman Commended: Ray Magill - Murlough Bay
COLOUR PRINT NOVICE
First: Beverley Stevenson Peony
Second: Velia Martin Next Collection
Third: Velia Martin Fresh Pink
DIGITAL PROJECTION ADVANCED
First: Nigel Snell - Grey Heron Mobbed
Second: Alastair Bell - Tower and Triangle
Third: Jack Thompson - Spitfire and Scrabo
Highly Commended: Nigel Snell - Robin
Highly Commended: Alan Field - Colourful Clock
Commended: Alan Field - Catching Rain Drops
Commended: Judith Kimber - Pipes
Commended: John Sullivan - Tit
DIGITAL PROJECTION NOVICE
First: Beverley Stevenson - Breaking Free
Second: Velia Martin - The Train
Third: Velia Martin - Poppies
MONO PRINT ADVANCED
First: Judith Kimber - Velvet Swimming Crab
Second: Alan Field - Car Jack
ThirdRay Magill Berlin Apartment
Highly Commended: Ray Magill - Steeping Down
Highly Commended: JohnSullivan - Lloyds Building
Highly commended: Nigel Snell - Robin
Commended: Alastair Bell - Estuary
MONO PRINT NOVICE
First: Beverley Stevenson - Summer Still Life
Thanks to Gerry Coe for his judging Duties.
Next Week Visiting Speaker Jane Lazenby.
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