It’s always a pleasure to have Chris Palmer with us, whether as a speaker or, as last night, as a judge for the first of the print competition rounds with the Advanced prints. That’s not least because he’s always so very complimentary about the Club! He told us that a visit to Chichester was akin to a trip to a Michelin starred restaurant as he always knew the menu would be interesting and of a high standard. And as Stephen Marsh said in his vote of thanks, we were pleased we had presented him with plenty to tickle his palate.
That said, Chris is a very thorough judge and his comments and analysis of our work were highly informative. Chris is a very highly experienced judge, both at club level and on the PAGB circuit, where he holds both a DPAGB and an APAGB for services to photography, right up to international level. With his Fellowship of the RPS and an EFIAP he’s also a very successful and enthusiastic photographer whose pleasure in photography shines thorough into his enjoyment of seeing the work of others.
Chris recognises the element of subjectivity in judging, but as you can see from his top scoring images (below) had a wide range of genres that met his high technical and aesthetic standards. I was of course delighted with his positive response to my Rain Clearing Luskentyre but the evening has to go to Phil Shaw. Phil’s a new member and a superlative natural history photographer who took three perfect tens for his wonderful images. Well done Phil!
With good reports back from the external competitions, both the first round of the Southern Counties Photographic Federation league and the Sussex Photographic Federation (reported fully on separate posts) and Guy Partington’s good showing in the Small Print Competition (also reported separately) it was a very competition-orientated evening!
Phil Shaw’s Pied KingfisherPhil Shaw’s Little Bustard Display FlightPhil Shaw’s Walking with IntentSheila Tester’s Mycena with SpiderGeorge Atkin’s Back Street PoacherLorna Brown’s Rain Clearing Luskentyre