THE final stage of Ribblesdale Camera Club’s annual competition was judged by Dave Bibby from the Hassra Fylde club. This was for nature prints and an open competition for slides.
Considered first were the prints, which were of a generally high standard, the best of them superb. As usual with the nature section there are some uncertainties. Can a free range chicken be described as “domestic”? Is a picture of a zoo animal acceptable – or only one taken on safari? And what are the ethics of that?
The club entrants, however, avoided the problems by stating whether an animal was free or controlled and whether a wild flower was photographed “in situ”.
Stephen Robinson’s insect pictures are quite extraordinary and it was no surprise his “Forest Bug Nymph” was placed top with “Kiss of Death”, a Scathophaga Stercoria fly having its lunch by eating a smaller fly, in second place. The judge said his choice of top was influenced by the nymph picture being more comfortable to look at! Stephen also had a highly commended and David Conroy was placed third with “Surprised Deer”. Bob Smith, John Fletcher and David Conroy had commended entries.
The open slide competition attracted more entries than expected with a surprising number of images taken in recent months. Peter Seaver’s “Tomb Effigy, Sir William Ingram” was placed first, with “Fish Monger, Cadiz Market, “Looking over the Upper Hodder Valley” and “The Library”, all by Ken Geddes, in second, third and fourth. Peter collected a Highly Commended, while Ken and Eleanor Friend both had commended entries.
The club meets at 7-30 on Tuesday evenings at West Bradford Village Hall. See www.ribblesdalecameraclub.org.uk for more information about this friendly club, which welcomes new members of all abilities and is a great way to improve your photography skills.