The judging was split into two classes (amateur and advanced) and two types of entry (mounted and electronic images or slides).
On the basis that I had just joined and never been a member of any club before I was placed in the amateur category for this year (fine by me!!).
The standard all throughout was very good, with a real bias towards particular types of images (interesting to see judges individual tastes coming into play).
I was over the moon to come out with a 3rd place in my first judging evening. This was for the image below which received a score of 18/20:
The other two entries that I put in are below:
Contemplate (16/20 I think)
Sun Sets over Lynnau Mymbyr (18/20)
A good friend of mine Eddie Miller (also new to Mold Camera Club) also grabbed 3rd place within the advanced category for his excellent image of Manchester Chinatown
I made some notes however on critical points to be aware of when submitting entries in future. I hope that these are of use to anyone submitting images to any club(s).
- If there is lots of sky within a landscape image, ensure that there are items of interest within the sky i.e colours, clouds
- Do not over sharpen
- No lettering on the print mount (Image title)
- Smaller images that are sharp are better than large images that have lost their crispness due to over enlarging
- In full body shots, do not cut off any limbs (keep feet in image)
- Pay particular attention to detail lost through blown highlights and pure blacks
- watch for colour cast
- Avoid strong lights in corner of compositions this detracts from the main subject.