• John Sayers Landscape Cup

    Just twelve members attended this week's meeting to enjoy fifty-four fascinating landscape images submitted by ten fellow club members. A warm welcome was given to our judge for the evening, Dick Saunders from Middleton Camera club, who gave his expert opinion on each of the PDIs entered for 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 something of interest within the landscape to provide a focus for the viewer. 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, eight pictures had been awarded eighteen marks or more as follows:

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

    STEAMING THROUGH MID HANTS by Tony Storey

    MOUNTAIN PASS and REFLECTION both by David Richardson

    POMPEY SUNSET ECLIPSE by Dick Read

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

    CANAL D’AMOUR CORFU by Margaret Cooper

    SHARD SKYLINE by Dick Read

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

    BEATS BEING IN THE OFFICE by Pony Moore LRPS

    NEW YORK NEW YORK by David Richardson

    After further careful consideration, Dick announced that the overall winner, and eventual recipient of the John Sayers Landscape Cup, should be David Richardson for his stunning picture of the New York skyline photographed by him from the top of a passing cruise ship.

    The evening concluded with the Club Chairman congratulating David, our worthy winner, and on behalf of all the members, thanking Dick Saunders along with all the contributing members, for giving us such an interesting and enjoyable evening.

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