Open Theme Print Competition

08 April 2024

Colour section Results

Childhood memories of 143 steps

First Place

Bee on a Leaf

By Lee Butler

Childhood memories of 143 steps

Second Place

Burning Desire

by Martyn Blair

Childhood memories of 143 steps

Third Place

Purple Rain

by Faye Melhuish

Childhood memories of 143 steps

Highly Commended

Enjoying the View

By Amanda Graham

Childhood memories of 143 steps

Highly Commended

Canal reflections

by Robert Watts

Childhood memories of 143 steps

Highly Commended

Reflections

by Sal Rigione

Childhood memories of 143 steps

Commended

Cariad

By Robin Elms

Childhood memories of 143 steps

Commended

Hunting Barn Owl

by David Parker

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Monochrome section Results

Childhood memories of 143 steps

First Place

These feet have done some walking

By Penny Simpson

Childhood memories of 143 steps

Second Place

Dodgy Geezer

By Martyn Blair

Childhood memories of 143 steps

Second Place

White flowers

By Robert Watts

 

Childhood memories of 143 steps

Highly Commended

Mad Hatters Clocks

By Jennifer Box

Childhood memories of 143 steps

Highly Commended

Jumping Spider

By Lee Butler

Childhood memories of 143 steps

Highly Commended

Abstract Paper

By Robin Elms

 

Childhood memories of 143 steps

Highly Commended

Grey Ladies

By David Parker

 

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Judges Comments

Monochrome section

Mad Hatters clocks- beautifully photographed. Focal point in centre is good and framing/cropping is excellent. Mono works really well. Highly commended.

Tranquillity- aesthetically strong. Really sharp and sleek. Curious as to why chosen black and white. Light on water is excellent. Is there a filter used to help tone the sun. Very calm photo, may want a bit more drama. Ripples in foreground could have been more of a focus.

Grey Ladies- like the depth of field. Tree leads the eye in and onwards. Toning is slightly strange on the print. Detail in wall and trees is good. Highly commended.

And the winning Stallion is Hercules Catching Fire- action photos are really tough so done well to get it sharp. Slight blur in feet could be deliberate. Captures an interesting event. Needs either more blur or perfectly sharp.

Medieval door man- really good photo. Lends itself to black and white. Model needs to look a bit more relaxed, looks too stiff. Possibly intentional. Looks slightly overworked in the eyes- doesn’t need it.

Dodgy geezer- beautifully posed and lit. Costuming and props excellent. All beautifully in focus and deliberate. Expression is great. Second.

White flowers- unusual subject for black and white but works really well. Depth of field well controlled. Very intriguing. Third.

Forgive me- great photo. Really curious as to location. Really well framed with centring. Lots to like. Needs more tones within the greys. Underexpose by a stop to make less bright and get more detail.

Jumping spider- lends itself well to black and white. Great detail. Illustrates well how to use black and white. Highly commended.

Wolf moon- assume it’s a composite. Looks almost 3D. Great framing. Lower the wolf within the frame to make it look more realistic. Looks too illustrative.

Resting between bridges- captures a moment perfectly. Needs the title to support the image. If cropped on the right would make the two bridges have equal importance. Almost too much in focus, doesn’t lead the eye.

These feet have done some walking- great photo, looks like a drawing. Makes you curious. Beautiful image. Tones are excellent. First.

Away from the routine- great shot, so much in focus with detail. Great leading line. Well executed. Great tones. Held.

Meet my family- lots of thought had gone into it with the composition. Well balanced. Works really well. Slightly softer with more tones in the main character- tones could be more evenly matched.

Back in time- really nostalgic. Could have made the black and white a bit harder. Lost some of the detail in the highlights. Slightly off the level.

Can’t you get any closer- works well Tones in fur are excellent and great in black and white.

Poise- works really well. Colour of background works well and model stands out. Lighting is excellent.

Abstract paper- beautifully done. Fills frame well. Highly commended.

 

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Hunting barn owl- light is great. Really nice image. Very hard to get sharp and in focus- this is good. Background is good. Commended.

Cariad- well done. Rich colours are excellent. Well lit with good depth. Placement of model slightly to the left to have more separation from background. Commended.

Sea shell- fabulous, great colours. Good use of thirds. Writing could be clearer- step to the right maybe? Held.

Bee on a leaf- fabulous. Great colour stands out well against background. First.

Catch me if you can- good depth of field. Twigs at top right slightly distracting, could it be cropped in much closer?

Time to rest- lovely light. Shadows and reflection very good. Try to bring out more detail in the steam. Composition very good.

Winter walking- fits the title! Colour very good. Could be darkened down in sky and foreground to draw the eye. Too many points of focus.

Enjoying the view- foreground matches the tail. Nice use of thirds and detail in the grass. Highly commended.

Gentleman Joel- great posing and portrait. Skin tones slightly red, could be more natural. Redness in eyes as well- could be deliberate.

White hellebore- yellows are good. Focal point is hard to judge with bottom right bud. How was it done? Well lit.

Hello Dad- title works well. Subject is slightly out of focus. Great depth of field. Feet work well and barbed wire is a good mirror.

A plethora of patterned scarves- colours and patterns are great. Slightly too warm tones due to lighting, introduce a bit of blue. Would benefit from a defined focal point, bit overwhelming.

Purple rain- beautiful. Works really well. Curious about green tones, slightly too dark. Other colours look perfect. Great cropping, framing and depth of field. Third.

Canal reflections- love how abstract it is. Great colours. Highly commended.

Mellow yellow- how was it achieved? Model is in focus with nice colours.

Got it- well executed. Good depth of field. Definition in horse and caught the concentration well.

Flamenco dancer- dancer is slightly out of focus, but background is sharper which disconnects it. Move the dancer back in the scene.

Reflections- makes you want to look for longer. Well executed. Highly commended.

Burning desire- enough detail to hold attention. Some grain works well. Second.