• Maria Pearce

Round 1 PDI, Judged by Roy Thomas


We had a fantastic 48 entries for this first round of PDI competitions. Our judge for the night was Roy Thomas, who has judged for the Club many times in the past, but this being the first time at our current venue in the bowls club. He had been presented with the images a couple of weeks in advance and as usual the scoring was out of 20.

There was a good range of subjects, including wildlife, landscape, sports, portraits and street life, with several monochrome images. Roy stated from the start that he always tried to judge objectively and indeed he didn’t really let on as to his favourite subject or type of image or what he liked to photograph. He was overall impressed with the standard and mix of images presented and had enjoyed judging them. He was constructive in his criticisms and picked out the strong points of all the images and he didn’t expect or encourage excessive post processing.

The full range of marks can be seen on our results page on this website, but here is a summary of the results. The scoring ranged from 13 - 20 the average score being 16. 3 images achieved 20. These were Guy Martin by Alan Fitzpatrick, Hand by Saul and In The Clouds by Nicky McAllister-Freeman (the latter 2 authors unfortunately not being present to bask in their glory)! As you can see 3 completely different images. Roy then ranked these 3 in order of his favourite, with Hand coming 1st, In the Clouds coming 2nd and Guy Martin coming 3rd. Of Guy Martin the judge stated that it was an extremely powerful shot, especially with the shadows coming across the bike and rider and of course the strong red colour of the bike. Roy commented that In The Clouds was a cracking landscape, sharp front to back, great exposure and very strong composition. Roy particularly liked the simplicity of Hand and commented on the detail portrayed, stating that it was a cracking piece of mono work!

Well done and congratulations to these 3 and to all who entered, it was good to see that some of our newer members had also taken part - it’s much more interesting when we have a wide range of authors. Thank you to our Competition Secretary, Jo for her hard work compiling all the images, liaising with the judge and presenting the images on the night.

Next week, 26 October, is another internal night with more Lessons in Lightroom. Please bring along any images that you would like help processing in Lightroom. Also those of you who took part in the Safari earlier this year please remember to bring along these images so that Jo can have them ready for judging on the 2 November.


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