Last Friday members of Bangor and North Down Camera Club welcomed Martin Spackman to judge their annul panels competition. Martin is no stranger to the club though on this occasion the meeting-took place by the now customary Zoom.
Martin confided that he had always enjoyed coming to The Bangor club and was always aware of the high standard of work displayed by the members. Martin who had during the precessing week had seen all 150 entries and referring to his notes began his deliberations.
Panels is a group of six images with a well defined theme or relation displayed in an harmonious and visually pleasing manner to state something more about a theme or topic than normally can be said in a single photograph.
It is also regarded as a prelude to seeking a distinction from The Royal Photographic Society or The Irish Photographic Federation. Both these organisations operate in a broadly similar manner and offer three levels of accreditation Licentiate, Associate and Fellowship. Many members of the club have attained such distinctions at all three levels.
Advanced Black & White
Martin commenced to consider the advanced mono entry and took time to consider each image outlining all he liked in an image and gave advice on how a photographer
might make some amendments or improvements .
Abstract architecture images, wild life ,flowers and still life all featured and those with strong well lit, sharp and with excellent tonal qualities were rewarded with high praise.
In the end Martin gave first place to Ray Magill for his superb abstract panel entitled
Second: Edward McCavana for another untitled architecture panel
Third: The Palm House by Mandy Milliken
Novice Black & White
First: Ultimate Strongman by Brian McMullin .
Advanced Colour Print
Turning to Advanced Colour Print Martin observed what took his eye with the juxtaposition of blue and orange colours, a contemporary panel of post boxes telling a story by David Best was much admired. Colourful fruit and vegetable images were also evident as were birds and-wild life subjects.
However it was the delicate minimalist and beautiful crafted images entitled Kelp Edges by Judith Kimber that was awarded top place.
Second: Titanic Reflections by Alastair Bell .
Third: Birds of Strangford Lough by Harry Graham
Highly Commended: Post Boxes by David Best
Projected Digital Images (PDI)
First: Tulip Buenos Aires by Alastair Bell
Second: Images of Bricks Eroded by the Sea by John Sullivan
Third: Autumn Leaves by Mandy Milliken