Cambridge Inter-club Digital Competition 21st January 2017
Judge: Rosemary Wilman Hon FRPS, AFIAP, BPE5
Report by Richard Swinscoe (External DPI Competition Secretary)
A crisp, bright winter’s day drive up to Whittlesford with Dave Green to meet with
new member Steve Henderson, his wife Sue and 180 photographers, organisers, plus,
of course, the Judge. Rosemary Wilman Hon FRPS, AFIAP, BPE5 was faced with judging
five images from each of 36 clubs, a task she discharged effectively but not without
occasional mutters in the crowd when photos which would have received a popular vote
failed to make a top mark. Nevertheless there was no disagreement with the eventual
Our position improved over last year as we were placed joint 23rd scoring eight more
points this time. This was largely due to Michelle who scored a 20. Congratulations.
You don’t often get a 20 for a monochrome from an ex-President of the RPS in a big
Scores out of 20 and comments on our entry:
Round 1 ~ Mono
Stuff Books Are Made Of by Michelle Mackie 20/20
Image works well. The hair works well. Discussion whether a key line would improve.
Conclusion was that the way the picture floats off into the background and screen
is a positive.
Round 2 ~ People
Windows To The Soul by Michelle Mackie ~ 17 Pupils severely dilated. Wondered what
was going on. Had the model put some eye drops in? Strange to see such dilated pupils
when there is little light. (I’m sure this is what was said but does not make biological
sense.) Interesting image, subdued textures on skin but the eyes don’t fit. Doesn’t
Round 3 ~ Landscape Southend Beach by Janet Harper ~ 15 Good choice of shutter speed
to give the intermediate, splashy effect without freezing or totally smoothing the
water. No much more to the picture. ( The standard in the Landscape round is very
Round 4 ~ Natural History Postman by Richard Swinscoe ~ 16 Almost a pictorial treatment.
Colours on the butterfly are a partial camouflage against the flower. Background
OK. (Standard even higher than Landscape. Judged against the all- holds-barred Natural
History rule set.)
Round5 ~ Open Seen Better Days by Phil Stepney ~ 16 Interesting selection (crop).
Detail interesting especially the bright corner bottom left.