Courier Report 8th March 2024

Date Published 
Sun 3 Mar 2024
As spring is just around the corner it seemed a good time for the Isle of Man Photography Club to hold its annual Nature Competition. The Nature Competition, ironically held on a very wet Wednesday evening, is a competition that often brings out the best in club members with an array of images covering a spectrum of genres from magnificent landscapes to the macro images of small and colourful insects. The judge for the Nature Competition was Dave Salter, Vice Chairman of the Western Photographic Society here on the Isle of Man. Dave is a very accomplished photographer and the ideal judge for this competition, given his own expertise and passion for all that is nature.    
The Nature Competition was supported by an entry of 41 digital images, with a small but enthusiastic audience being treated, in the judge’s words, to an “absolutely superb standard” of entry.
Dave’s expert analysis, entertaining and informative 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 presented to a competition standard with direction and support in regard to the make or break components of shutter speed and exposure. The rules governing a Nature Competition are very strict ensuring there is no overt manipulation, in the modern day darkroom.
Seven entries received a score of 19 points from the judge, Sue Blythe’s “Waxwing on White Rowan”, “Fish Supper” and “Singing Zittings Cisticola”. Barry Murphy’s “Life on the Edge”, “The Winkie & Aurora”, both scoring 19 points, with Barry receiving a “congratulations to the photographer” from the judge, for his image of the Point of Ayre Winkie. Jeremy Broome-Smith also picked up two sets of 19 points for his “Guillemot with Fish” and “The Worlds on Fire” the latter being described by the judge as the best landscape image he had seen in a long time. However, the judges preference on the night receiving a maximum 20 points, went to Sue Blythe’s “Barn Own at Dusk” described by the judge as a perfect composition and a lesson in photography.
The next gathering of the Isle of Man Photography Club will be on Wednesday 13th March at 7pm at the St John Ambulance HQ, off Glencrutchery Road, this will be the Mobile Phone Competition. All guests will be welcome on payment of a modest admission charge.

By Jonathan Carey