Photographic Competition results for previous years
By the end of the year
the Society had 85 entries submitted by members for the 2011 Photographic Competition and, as always, there were some very good
ones for Derry to try and decide a winner and runner up from.
Derrys comments are below:
'Thank you for making this year's photo competition yet another difficult one to
judge. I was particular impressed by how many people had experimented with
shooting into the sun to create greater atmosphere, but equally frustrated by the
some of photographs being degraded by excessive digital plastic surgery and as with
so many other things in life - less is more. The one single thing people could do to
improve their photography is try and eliminate unwanted and ineffective foreground,
either by tweaking the zoom lens or marching a few paces further on as there is
little point in having dramatic clouds, mountains and lakes somewhere in the
distance if over half the image is taken up with a bland foreground of grass and
bracken. If that is not possible, don't forget that tighter cropping is easily
done on the computer!
Thank you all again and have a safe, enjoyable 2012.'
Winner 2011 - Lesley Ritchie Member 1201
Derry commented thus on Lesleys winning photo;
'The wall up to Low Pike is Cumbria's answer to the Great Wall of China and this particular spot is the one of the best places from which to capture its undulating
I love the composition and sharpness of the image and very much appreciate
the strong side lighting that brings out the wall's texture and construction and the
overall atmosphere is helped by having the distant fells under cloud.'
Runner Up - Colin Wilkinson Member 1091
Derry commented thus on Colins runner up photo;
'A very well lit and composed shot looking to Bowfell. Once again it is the combination of strong. low light and dark clouds that give the photograph its impact. The same photo with a cloudless, pale blue sky would have created little impact and perfectly illustrates how dependent we landscape photographers are on the juxtaposition of
sun and cloud.'
This year, as in others, Striding Edge Publications have generously donated
prizes to the winner and runner up and we are grateful to Eric and Annette
Robson for these. Thanks to Derry for his selections and to the members who
made this a competition to be proud of.
Peter Linney -
Secretary of the Wainwright Society
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 - www.derrybrabbs.com/pages/workshops.html