SxPF Print Competition 2017
Three accredited/experienced judges sit on the panel, with judging taking place in the morning of the competition. Each print is presented to them in random order and anonymised; prints are not judged as a Club set and each Class is judged against its peers. Each judge has 20 points to allocate, giving a combined score out of 60. In addition to the combined scores, each of the three judges gets to pick their own personal favourite and this print is awarded a Bronze Medal.
Once the judging is completed, two prints from each panel are selected and presented at the afternoon open session; judges take it in turn to provide a commentary. The selected prints are not necessarily the highest scorers, but typically those that stood out for one or more of the judges on the day.
The more often we enter, the better we understand the 'rules of engagement' and you might wonder why we have selected the images you see below. Firstly we MUST have at least five different photographers in each class. Secondly, we SHOULD be putting forward our very strongest prints and, thirdly, anybody who has a society distinction or regional award must go into the Open Class. All of this makes selection quite difficult, particularly for smaller clubs and it is further complicated if members don't come forward with possible entries for selection. Don't be shy! The most successful regional prints are frequently those that have not done particularly well in local competitions and, conversely, MCC competition winners may 'bomb' in external competitions!
BRONZE MEDAL AWARD
So, please step up with entries when we call for them. Johnnie Yates and his selection committee once again did us proud, but it would have been great to have a big pile to choose from and then maybe we can beat all of our neighbours in both classes - onwards and upwards!
Model Behaviour: Andrew Worsfold (50/60)
Judges selection: loved the pose, lighting, style and post-production treatment.
Gender Identity: Lyn Phillips (50/60)
Judges selection: intriguing story of strong male, the word 'woman' and person of indistinguishable gender.
Stairway to Heaven: Neil Treloar (45/60)
Am I Bovvered: Lyn Phillips (44/60)
Road to Nowhere: Dick Saunders (43/60)
Rabbit Hunter: Alan Fitzgerald (43/60)
Damn, Missed it Again: Trevor Staff (54/60)
A New World:John Connor (53/60)
BRONZE MEDAL: wonderful positioning with leading lines, the couple embracing (in red) and, particularly, the framing of the words to create the title.
Leaf Light: Trevor Golden (47/60)
Judges selection: loved the unusual presentation of leaves and particularly the hint of recession provided by the fading colours.
Heat and Dust: Fiona Hillier (47/60)
High Tea: Carl Smith (45/60)
English Oak: Barry Gee (45/60)