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Photographic Competition results for previous years
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Wainwright Photographic Competition 2009
There were 65 images entered this year by 27 members containing many
stunning entries.

The late December snowfall encouraged a number of our photographically
minded members to get out and take pictures, The result was some great
snow scenes and nearly 50% of entries arriving from Christmas Eve onwards!

Honorary Member Derry Brabbs has once again officiated as judge and has selected a Winner and Runner Up. He comments:
'The competition has again been difficult to judge due to the improvement on the particularly standard high set by members last year.

I have given up moaning about digital 'tweaking' and have tried to simply judge the images as presented, rather than wondering what they might have been like before Photoshop witchcraft was employed (whoops, on the verge of a moan!)

What I would say is that some images really have been overcooked in the processing and there is a fine line between enhancing an image and totally transforming it with the photographic equivalent of silicon implants!'

The Winning picture, taken by Sean McMahon, is well composed, exhibits excellent colours and textures and has a fabulous atmosphere generated by the sun backlighting the driven snow.

Judy Leak, last year’s winner, is this year’s Runner Up and her photograph portrays a perfect day in the Newlands Valley with lovely colours and shadows and I do like the way the heather has been used in the foreground.

'Thank you for inviting me to share your work again.'
Derry Brabbs

The Wainwright Society would like thank Derry once again for undertaking the unenviable task of selecting the winners who will each of which receive a
prize courtesy of Striding Edge Publications

Photography Workshops with Derry Brabbs
Any keen amateurs who have admired Derry Brabbs’ landscape photography, (either through his Wainwright books or illustrated presentations to the Society’s AGM), now have the chance to discover at first hand how those stunning images were taken and consequently improve their own creative techniques.

Derry has suspended (but not altogether abandoned) conventional, group workshops in favour of working exclusively with individuals (or couples). Despite restricting guest numbers, he has been unable to devote more time to each photographer, and although individuals will now have to pay slightly more than applicable to previous group rates, he believes the benefits derived from such intensive tuition and advice will be ample compensation.

For more details, visit Derry’s site -