Last night was the Colour Rosebowl competition. Our judge was Ben Harman from Stills Gallery in Edinburgh. We were truly, genuinely impressed by the standard of the entries. Great picture after great picture kept coming out of that black box. The judge said he had a hard time making a decision, but in the end he made his choice .
First place was Stewart Riddick with one of his carefully observed pictures of a character in a Greek village strolling past a wall with three pained birds on it. Well done Stewart!!
Second was Mike Bell with a lovely landscape showing a massive rain cloud over Knoydart.
Third was Raymond Leinster with one of his masterfully executed portraits of a red squirrel with a snowflake on his nose.
Highly Commended was David Hay’s “Lone Seagull”. At first – you just see a blue iceberg – but then your eye finds its way to the tiny seagull in flight. Nice.
And Commended went to Jimmy Herd’s remarkable picture of a golf professional from, I believe, the Dominican Republic (?) who has lost a leg and now plays standing on one leg. Amazing.
To finish off the evening Ivy-May and David Hay gave a short summary of our club performance in the recent SPF Print competition. And we did very well indeed!! Both Ivy-May and Richard Hunter scored 14 points with their B&W images – and Richard’s was awarded a “Highly Commended”. Raymond’s pictures also did very well in the Wildlife category. I understand we came 4th in the B&W and 9th overall. That is quite an accomplishment for our relatively small club.
Next week should be an interesting talk. Duncan McEwan will talk about “The Games” – his experiences as a professional photographer covering the last three Commonwealth Games.