IOMPS President Tony Curtis presents our Annual Competition Judge Christine Widdall, MPAGB EFIAP FBPE with a clock encased in locally sourced wood
The IOM Photographic Society held its Annual Print Competition this week, and the members were privileged to have Christine Widdall, MPAGB EFIAP FBPE, President of the Oldham Photographic Society and a long-standing senior executive member of the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union as their judge. She is an acknowledged expert photographer with years of experience, charm and charisma, and loaded with enthusiasm – so a packed audience eagerly awaited her commentary, and she did not disappoint! An entertaining and often amusing commentary with lots of helpful asides passed all too quickly.
As the sole entrant in the Standard section, Jonathan Carey’ s entries were judged as a group, his “Every Penny Counts” – a pleasing and well printed image of a young boy donating to a street musician – deservedly gave him a first place. In both the Intermediate and Advanced sections, the awards were well spread out, and demonstrated the wide range of talent in the Society. Barry Murphy swept the board in the Intermediate Mono section with a 1, 2 and 3, his portrait of “Tom Jackie” proving the winner. Hazel Walsh showed her skills, winning both the Colour section (with “The Bone Collector”) and the Creative (with “Man and Machine”, a composite of a rider and his motor-cycle). The Natural History section was won by Sue Leeming with her shot of a heron in Douglas Bay, whilst Shirley Lotfy completed the Intermediate group by winning the Record section with “Street Art, Belfast” – an image exactly as titled.
“Truelips of Man” by Nigel Owen was awarded Best Monochrome Print in the IOMPS 2017 Annual Competition
The Advanced group proved very competitive, with a large and high quality entry, particularly in the Mono and Colour sections. Nigel Owen showed yet again his mastery of Mono with “Truelips of Man”, a delightful shot of three tulips, the stems “bent” into the Manx triskele. Chris Blyth took the Colour section with “Frozen”, an image of two roses frozen into an ice block, whilst Sue Blythe’s beautiful shot of a mother polar bear and cub won her the Natural History section. A “Vase of Tulips” gained Ruth Nicholls the Creative section – the flowers given a very soft, diffused finish in a highly artistic treatment. The competition concluded with the Record section, Ron Shimmin taking both first and second place with two of his meticulously printed shots, the winner being “Lamentation Panel – the Louvre” a bas relief image of a sculpted marble panel, almost 3D in its effect.
Christine completed the evening with a presentation of some of her own images – with an emphasis on her joy at photography, and the fun aspects of her work. Reluctant to go anywhere without her camera, she made clear that the essential point was not to produce “competition standard” work but to take advantage of the light and whatever the weather conditions, to take images to enjoy – and just maybe, with serendipity, some exceptional images as a result – and which her presentation clearly showed. Landscapes of Saddleworth Moor (her home), Snowdonia and of the Lake District, pets at play in the river, architecture at Salford Quays all demonstrated high technical skill with a great eye for an image. Tony Curtis, Club President, gave the vote of thanks.
“Polar Bear and Cub” by Sue Blythe was awarded Best Colour Print and Best Natural History Image in this years Annual Competition
Results – Standard Group : Mono Prints – Jonathan Carey (VHC). Colour Prints (Woodbourne Cup) – Jonathan Carey (1 & 2). Intermediate Group : Mono Prints (Ballure Cup) – Barry Murphy (1,2 3 & 2xC), Sue Leeming (VHC & HC), Richard Shafto (C). Colour Prints (Coombe Cup)– Hazel Walsh (1 & C), Barry Murphy (2 & C), Sue Leeming (3 & 2xC), Joy Brodie (VHC). Natural History (Ballaragh Cup)– Sue Leeming (1,2 & VHC), Richard Shafto (3, VHC and C), Barry Murphy (C). Creative (Carnane Cup) – Hazel Walsh (1). Record (Lezayre Trophy)– Shirley Lotfy (1 & 3), Beryl Quayle (2). Advanced Group : Mono Prints (Bridge Cup)– Nigel Owen (1), Jeremy Broome-Smith (2), Sue Blythe (3 & VHC), Ruth Nicholls (2xVHC, HC & C), Bob Servante (HC & C). Colour Prints (Sanderson Cup) – Chris Blyth (1), Ruth Nicholls (2), Sue Blythe (3 & C), Jeremy Broome-Smith (VHC & HC), Bob Servante (VHC & C), Chris Nicholls (VHC), Janet Servante (HC). Natural History (Caraghan Cup) – Sue Blythe (1,3 & VHC), Jeremy Broome-Smith (2 & VHC), Chris Blyth (C). Creative (Snaefell Cup) – Ruth Nicholls (1), Jeremy Broome-Smith (2), Nigel Owen (3). Record (Glenrigh Cup)– Ron Shimmin (1 & 2), Chris Nicholls (3). Best Mono Print In Competition (Mackie Cup) – “Truelips of Man” by Nigel Owen. Best Colour Print (Redwood Trophy) – “Polar Bear and Cub” by Sue Blythe.
By Chris Blyth
27th April 2017 - Annual Competition 2017 - Digital
‘In Safe Hands’ by Barry Murphy gained Best Digital Image in this years Annual Competition
The annual photographic competitions are the high spot of the year’s work. Because of the importance of these competitions, a highly qualified judge from the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union (L&CPU), to which the Society is affiliated, is invited to scrutinise the entries.
As was reported in the Courier recently, making a welcome return visit to the Island and to the Society, this year’s judge was Christine Widdall MPAGB, EFIAP, FBPE, a former President of the L&CPU.
On day two of our Annual competition Christine judged the Digital Projected Images. Being keen on personal development, she began by suggesting various ways in which the skills of club members generally might be improved. She then proceeded to give her personal opinion on the images she considered worthy of an award or special mention. Her natural enthusiasm and easy sense of humour shone through as she explained why these images had given her particular pleasure. She delighted her audience by saying how pleased she had been with the very high standard overall.
Her preferred approach was not to look specifically for weaknesses, but to concentrate on the positive aspects. She had been pleasantly surprised by the level of skill in handling the available light sources and her assessments on each image reflected their emotional appeal to her and the story the photographer was trying to convey. She had not found it easy to rank the entries because of the high standard but her choices were delivered with such clear authority that her conclusions were understood and accepted.
In the Standard Group, Patricia Larkham cleaned up with first, second and third in the colour section, her ‘Wells Cathedral’ taking the top honours. She then took first place in the natural history section with ‘Kingfisher’ and her ‘Christmas Altar’ came first in the record section. Michael Howland’s ‘Super Moon’ was awarded first place in the monochrome section.
In the Intermediate Group, Barry Murphy’s image of ‘A Grand Day Out’ was placed first in the monochrome section, whilst his ‘Puffin’ topped the natural history section. He won the colour section with ‘In Safe Hands’, which was also judged to be the best overall digital image across all sections. Beryl Quayle’s ‘Golden Eyes’ won the creative section and her ‘University Building, Liverpool’ was judged the best record shot.
In the Advanced Group, there was little to choose between many of the entries, such was the consistent standard. However, ‘Smokey Old Town’ by Chris Nicholls was selected as the best colour entry and his ‘Indoors People’ as the best monochrome image. Sue Blythe maintained her successful year by winning the natural history section with ‘Polar Bear Jumping’ and Ruth Nicholls came first in the record section with ‘Holocaust Memorial Venice Ghetto’. Jeremy Broome-Smith completed the list by winning the creative section with ‘Splash’.
The second half of the evening allowed Christine to impress us with a range of images featuring her own work, some of which had done well in national and international competitions.
Tony Curtis gave the vote of thanks for two entertaining days and presented Christine with a suitable memento of her visit.
Standard Group :
Colour – (Henry Roy Welsh Memorial Cup) : Patricia Larkham (1st, 2nd and 3rd).
Mono – (Barrule Cup): Michael Howland (1st and 2nd).
Natural History – (York Trophy): Patricia Larkham (1st).
Record – (Atlantean Trophy): Patricia Larkham (1st); Michael Howland (2nd).
Intermediate Group :
Colour – (Brockenhurst Cup): Barry Murphy (1st and 2nd plus HC); Beryl Quayle (3rd and VHC); Sue Leeming (VHC, HC and C); Hazel Walsh (C).
Mono – (Glen Darragh Trophy): Barry Murphy (1st, 2nd, 3rd and VHC); Sue Leeming (VHC and C).
Natural History – (Jensen Trophy): Barry Murphy (1st and C); Joy Brodie (2nd); Sue Leeming (3rd).
Creative – (Sheiling Cup): Beryl Quayle (1st); Hazel Walsh (2nd and 3rd).
Record – (Summerhill Cup): Beryl Quayle (1st); Shirley Lotfy (2nd); Joy Brodie (3rd).
Advanced Group :
Colour – (Andrew Barton Cup): Chris Nicholls (1st, VHC and C); Sue Blythe (2nd); Jeremy Broome-Smith (3rd and C); Ruth Nicholls (VHC); Bob Servante (C).
Mono – (Glendown Trophy): Chris Nicholls (1st); Sue Blythe (2nd and 3rd); Jeremy Broome-Smith (C).
Natural History – (Kelly Cup): Sue Blythe (1st and VHC); Chris Blyth (2nd) ; Jeremy Broome-Smith (3rd); Ruth Nicholls (VHC).
Creative - (Malew Cup): Jeremy Broome-Smith (1st and C).
Record – (Dreeym Beary Trophy): Ruth Nicholls (1st); Chris Nicholls (2nd).
BEST OVERALL DIGITAL IMAGE : Barry Murphy with ‘In Safe Hands’ (from the Intermediate Section).
By Antony Hamilton