RCPS Press Report 17th December 2015

Photographic judge Brian Hemsworth stepped into a world of Altered Reality when he travelled to Ripon from his Leeds base to give his views on the 30 plus prints and 50 plus digital projected images (DPIs) entered for our recent competition. He said that Altered Reality competitions were still in their infancy but growing in popularity with camera clubs and this was the second one he had judged in around two decades of competition assessments. There were many interpretations of the title with images ranging from Star Wars style apocalypses to abstract natural history shots of trees and montages, to name but a few that were in monochrome, colour or a combination. Brian gave his considered assessment of each print or DPI. Departing from the usual protocol of holding back results to the end he pricked the bubble of expectation by awarding each print or image a mark out of 20. Quite how he sorted out those on maximum marks into 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places was not explained, however the outcome was as follows. Overall winner; David Morland for his DPI of Poppy Needs a Hand. Digital placings: 1st David Morland for Poppy Needs a Hand, 2nd John Elvin for Night Rider to the Rescue, 3rd David Morland for Remembrance. Highly Commended were: Shaun Argent for Tall Trees, and again for Autumnal Impressions, Emma Littlefair for Kathy’s Moon, Lyndsay Campbell for Fallen, and Stuart Holmes for Precarious. Commended were: Emma Littlefair for Faceless Horror, Andy Dobbs for Mini World, Stuart Holmes for Advance of Stripey Man, Margaret Vallely for Forest Impressions and David Uffindall for A Drink Too Many, A Bridge Too Far. In the print section the winner was Emma Littlefair for Storm Dancer, 2nd was David Morland for Who’s Afraid? and 3rd was Helen Tabor for Check out his Little Mates. Highly commended were: Helen Linfoot for Imperfect Interface, Nigel Peacock for Travelling Trio, Derek Hodson for Flowers of the Forest, David Morland for Flaming Tree and Emma Littlefair for Grass Tracking Art. Commended were: Derek Hodson for “I thought you said ‘Turn the flower round’”, Nigel Peacock for Into the Blue, and David Uffindall for In matters of War, History is a Poor Tutor.
The next competition is Landscape, (details on our Facebook page, in the Members’ Book and on our web site), with entries due in on 4th January 2016, which is our first night back after the festivities. On that evening we will have Paula Beaumont as guest speaker but more of that anon.