Photography News issue 28

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Photography News Issue 28 absolutephoto.com

Camera Club of the Year IN ASSOCIATIONWITH

Round 3: Patterns & textures You’ll find possible subjects for this month’s theme everywhere so be selective. Enter images that demonstrate excellent vision and great creativity

Round 3’s theme is Patterns & textures, so it’s very broad and a good challenge for your ‘seeing eye’. There are shots everywhere, from drystone walls across the landscape to the intricate detail of a spider’s web. Patterns & textures are, literally, all around us. However, while the theme sounds straightforward, you’ll need to work hard to make your club’s entry stand out from the crowd. So, if you do want to send in a close-up of a spider’s web and you want a good score it needs to be truly exceptional, pictorially and technically. Nothing less will do. And don’t forget, all five entered pictures are scored so the club entry needs to be of a consistently high level too. With competition so

intense, one comparatively weak image can make the difference between winning the round and qualifying for the final or just missing out. You only have to look at scores from the first two rounds to see how little separates the leading contenders. Your club’s entry does not have to comprise five landscape entries. Close-ups, studies of the human body, patterns on the road are all eligible. Just make sure the light is great, the composition beyond reproach and technically every shot is absolutely perfect. That is the way to maximise your score, so when your club entry is being finalised, cast a critical eye over the images and only choose the best you possibly can.

Make sure the light is great, the composition beyond reproach

Above Start looking and you will find patterns & textures everywhere, so all you need to do is get creative.

Round 2: Results

The second round was all about winter shots, so who came out on top this time around?

Scores Harpenden Photographic Society Cannock Photographic Society

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90 89 89 89 88 85

Well done to all the clubs and societies who tackled Camera Club of the Year’s Round 2 theme of Brr, it’s cold! Although the images were chilly, the quality brought a warm glow to the judges’ hearts, but while there were some great entries across the board, of course there could only be one winner. That honour fell to Harpenden Photographic Society, which now qualifies for the final and you can enjoy its winning entries here. Harpenden can also look forward to receiving a Canon PIXMA Pro‑100S professional A3+ printer very soon. Honourable mention goes to Cannock Photographic Society which came a very close second.

Shivermewinners! This month’s winning club, Harpenden Photographic Society, entered a range of subjects, but all stuck to the winter theme like a tongue to an ice cube. Fromtop left Horizontal Snowstorm in the Quiraing by Paul Johnson; The Intrepid Photographer by Brian Cooke; Coming Through the Blizzard by Graham Jones; and Mind the Step by Peter Stevens.

Macclesfield Camera Club

Smethwick Photographic Society

Wisbech and District CC Chapel Camera Club Ayr Photographic Society Deal & District Camera Club

85 Peterborough Photographic Society 84 Stirling & District Camera Club 84 Cymru Monochrome 83 Dorchester Camera Club 83 Earl Shilton Camera Club 83 Fraserburgh Photographic Society 83 Harlow Photographic Society 83 Beckenham Photographic Society 81 Buckingham Camera Club 81 Parkwood Camera Club 80 Wokingham& East Camera Club 80 City of London & Cripplegate 79 Halstead & District PS 79 Wakefield Camera Club 79 Blandford Forum Camera Club 78 Park Street Camera Club 78 Skegness Camera Club 77 Tonbridge Camera Club 77 Amersham Photographic Society 76 Bath Photographic Society 76 Newent & District Camera Club 76

Freezy does it! Harpenden’s Trish French impressed the judges with her shot of ice on the shore of the Jökulsárlón lagoon, Iceland.

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