Courier Report 15th December 2023

Date Published 
Sun 10 Dec 2023
During the dark days to Christmas the Isle of Man Photography Club provided some very welcome illumination by holding its first assignment competition of the new season. This assignment competition was also a first for the Club with Terry Donnelly judging the competition via a Zoom link. Terry is a well renowned and highly acclaimed photographer who is based in the North West of England. Terry also has ambassadorial roles for Sony, Rotolight and Fotospeed which endorsed the honour to have him judge this particular club competition. More information and an opportunity to view his excellent portfolio can be found on Terry's website,
The assignment competition had a sport theme and was supported by an entry of 31 digital images, with a large audience venturing out in support, on a cold December night. The entries covered a broad spectrum of sporting themes with both local events and those from much further afield covered.
Terry’s expert analysis and educated commentary ensured every entrant was left with something positive to take away from the competition. However, he was also very eager to ensure the entries were all presented to a competition standard with direction and support in regard to the technical elements of editing and in particular the make or break components of shutter speed, colour temperature and the art of removing distracting elements in the image.
Four entries received “Terry’s maximum” of 19 points, Martin Sanderson’s “Sand Race”, Chris Blythe’s “Eyes Wide Shut”, Barry Murphy’s “She Surfer” and Jeremy Broome-Smith's "Miss the Pole". Ultimately it was Chris’s fabulous image which received the judges preference and the well deserved maximum 20 points earning the top spot.
The new format for the IOM Photography Club meetings ensures a mixed menu of activity and tonight was no exception. Having survived the suspense of the Sports Assignment Competition the club were then treated to a presentation of images from the October and November monthly challenges. Octobers challenge offered an array of images with the theme being “Stones” and November’s “Autumn” theme being a rich palette of colour from venues across the Isle of Man and also adjacent Isle.
The next gathering of the Isle of Man Photography Club on Wednesday 20th December at 7pm at the St John Ambulance HQ, off Glencrutchery Road. This will be a presentation of the "Year That Was" by Dave Kneale - Chief Photographer IOM Newspapers alongside the Christmas Social Event. All guests will be welcome on payment of a modest admission charge.

By Jonathan Carey