• Paul Ubsdell Wildlife Trophy

    Our annual wildlife competition this week provided the sixteen members and visitors with a great show of digital images - forty six in total submitted by eleven members. They depicted a wide variety of subjects including birds, mammals, insects and plants as well as a number featuring big cats !

    A warm welcome was extended to our judge for the evening, Walter Benzie Hon FRPS and former President of the Royal Photographic Society. Following the usual preview, each image was displayed for Walter to comment upon and give a mark out of twenty. Throughout the course of the evening some very helpful feedback was given by Walter, including some suggestions aimed at helping members to improve the composition and overall quality of their wildlife pictures.

    For example, Walter emphasised the importance of achieving an appropriate depth of field and correct exposure for wildlife pictures. In particular, when shooting in RAW, he suggested that a small degree of over exposure can prove helpful. Walter also drew attention to the problem of burnt out highlights and also over pixellated areas of an image caused by digital over sharpening. As an aside, Walter also recommended the making of prints from favourite PDIs as a way of preserving the pictures in perpetuity in a way that may well not be possible with digital storage.

    By the end of the evening eight images had been awarded high marks, thus gaining certificates of merit for those members.

    Of those, the following five received eighteen marks:

    MORNING HUNT by Graham Ainge

    HIS MAJESTY by Bob Hoare

    GIRAFFES by John Jeyes

    ALL PUFFED UP by Dave Johnson


    One gained nineteen marks: DRAGONFLY by Dave Johnson

    Two gained twenty marks:

    SURFING OSPREY STYLE by Graham Ainge and WHITE FEATHER by Bob Hoare

    Of these two, Walter announced that the evening's overall winner would be Bob's very original and subtle picture of a white feather caught amongst some green leaves which, by inference, brought together the two themes of flora and fauna most effectively.

    The evening concluded with club chairman Tony Storey offering a vote of thanks to Walter Benzie, to the evening's winning member, Bob Hoare, and to all the members who had contributed their work for what had been another interesting club night.