Courier Report 3rd November 2023

Date Published 
Mon 30 Oct 2023
It's show time as the Isle of Man Photography Club held its first competition of the new season. With a number of changes being introduced by the committee, tonight was the first opportunity to test the new open competition format. Out have gone the Intermediate and Advanced Classes to be replaced by one single all-encompassing class. This was always going to be a potentially controversial decision, which on the first night of competition has been supported by a very buoyant entry of 47 digital images. It was also fantastic to see some new members and some former members returning to Club, all were very welcome.
Judging tonight was entrusted to the very capable hands of Patricia Tutt a member of the Western Photographic Society and a regular and very welcome visitor to the IOMPC.
Pat’s expert analysis and succinct commentary ensured every entrant was left with something positive to take away from the competition. In the Digital Colour Class two entries received the maximum 20 points, Barry Murphy’s “Naomi on Bass” and Nigel Owen’s “There goes The Sun” with Nigel’s image of Brighton Beach just edging out Barry in receiving the judges preference.
The Mono Digital entry was of an equally high standard again with two entries receiving the maximum 20 points Sue Blythe’s “Cycling through The Eye” just losing out to Ruth Nicholls “Time for Coffee” an image captured in the Musee d’Orsey, Paris.
However, the rules dictate there must be an overall winner and so it came to pass, that Nigel Owen’s “There goes The Sun” received the accolade of being tonight’s judge’s preference.
The new format for the IOM Photography Club meetings ensure a mixed menu of activity and this was no exception. Having survived the suspense of the Digital Image Competition the club were then treated to a presentation by Colin Russell a Manx born landscape photographer who has a large portfolio of images from both the Isle of Man and further afield.
Colin delivered an excellent presentation of his work, with a particular emphasis on the Island’s waterfalls and glens, whilst also taking the time to explain to the audience his methodology in producing such a high standard of image. I am certain the club members left with a greater understanding of composition and exposure. Many thanks to Colin for taking the time to talk to the Club. More information can be found on Colin’s website, 
The next gathering of the Isle of Man Photography Club will be on Wednesday 8th November at 7pm at the St John Ambulance HQ, off Glencrutchery Road. This will be the first open print completion followed by a presentation by Brian Goldie on Sports Photography. All guests will be welcome on payment of a modest admission charge.
By Jonathan Carey