• John Sayers Landscape Cup

    Twenty three members attended this week's meeting to enjoy a fascinating collection of landscape images submitted by eighteen fellow club members. Altogether an impressive eighty four PDIs had been submitted originally but that had to be reduced to seventy, making a more manageable number for a club night and for the judge to consider. (Members entering the club maximum of five images were asked to exclude one each).

    We welcomed our judge for the evening Dick Saunders from Middleton Camera club, who gave his expert opinion on each of PDIs taking part in this popular annual competition.

    Following a preview of all the images, each one was brought up on the screen for us all to see and for Dick to comment upon and give a mark out of twenty. As always, it is fascinating to view the work of fellow club photographers, and I believe we all learnt a great deal from hearing Dick's interesting and helpful feedback.

    Dick drew attention to a number of compositional factors affecting the quality of landscape pictures including the importance of the foreground, middleground and background each showing something of interest. He commended landscapes that reflected the "Rule of Thirds" and the addition of a person or people in the landscape to give a sense of scale. Dick also stressed the importance of "Lead-In Lines" starting from a corner of a picture and taking the viewer's eye into the picture rather than out of it. Dick also suggested cropping out areas of a picture that didn't greatly contribute to its overall quality.

    By the end of the evening, seven pictures had been awarded eighteen marks or more as follows:

    With eighteen marks, the following qualify for a bronze certificate of merit:

    FRESH AIR by Richard Clarke-Adams


    With nineteen marks, the following qualify for a silver certificate of merit:

    THE MILL ON THE HILL by Richard Love


    With twenty marks, the following qualify for a gold certificate of merit:

    HALNAKER by Dave Johnson

    MEANDER TO THE MOUNT by Michael Marrinan

    PURPLE HAZE by Steve Newman

    After further careful consideration, Dick announced that the overall winner, and eventual recipient of the John Sayers Landscape Cup, should be Steve Newman for his very atmospheric picture of the since demolished Selsey Lifeboat House entitled "Purple Haze". Warmest congratulations to Steve who has now won this competition for three consecutive years !

    The evening concluded with a vote of thanks to Dick Saunders from Club President David Nicholls and thanks also to all the contributing members for giving us a most a most interesting evening.