RCPS Press Report 7th December 2017
On the 27th November the society met for the judging of the ‘Sport’ competition. Christine Hartley travelled from Barnsley to judge the prints and images entered into this category. Chris couldn’t have been a better choice for the club and we were very grateful to her (and also Peter who accompanied her) for travelling to join us, it turned out that not only was she a sport enthusiast, but was exceptionally knowledgeable about motor racing, a keen biker herself and a published sport photographer.
The entries varied from a mud covered line-out, a football foul, a golf ball suspended in the air in a bunker, desperately tired fell runners, swimmers and triathlon competitors to school sports day and paddle boarding. however the majority of entries were based around cycle sport. 
Chris was able to help us understand the importance of position when taking sport photos, getting the whole cycle in the shot, avoiding distracting background and ensuring that the shutter speed allows for some blurring to give the image movement. Clearly this isn’t the easiest thing to achieve as a spectator and a lot of knowledge and patience was needed to get that one great shot. A lot of the shots met the criteria for a great journalistic photograph but not for competition winners.
The members that achieved recognition for their clear, well constructed images were : David Morland (HON) the overall winner with “3 in a Line” a lovely monochrome image of three cyclists during their races, Stuart Ward was awarded second place in the digital image category with ‘Fell Runner’, showing all the emotion of the struggle battling the elements on foot; third place went to Sarah Swinscoe with an image showing ‘Triathlon in Full Pelt’.
In the print section Alistair Peterson took first and third place as well as a commended award for his images of motor cycles racing, showing the speeding cycles taking dramatic corners, knee touching the ground. Tim Nichols was awarded second place for the well composed sharp image of the Tour de Yorkshire on Blakey Ridge. Sara Richer was also awarded commended in the print section. In the digital section the commended awards went to Stuart Ward and Stuart Jackson.
The whole evening was held together by the knowledgable commentary of our judge, there is so much to be learnt about Sport photography and it definitely isn’t easy to get the balance correct to allow for sharpness of image while still giving the viewer a feeling for the sport being portrayed. 
Next week we look forward to our ‘Pictorial’ competition being judged, so along with coffee and cake, this should be an entertaining evening of images that elicit an emotion from the viewer, should you like to join us