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Result of our new Best of British Competition 31st May 2018

Judge, Ralph Snook ARPS DPAGB EFIAP/b

The presenters comments.

The intention of this competition was to capture the diverse and spectacular environments found within the British Isles during the course of a year, whether it be the natural world, our varied landscapes or the diversity of  plants and gardens which are all around us. We only have to see the excellent pictures from international exhibitions to become aware of the lack of images taken within our own shores.

The largest entry for this competition was in the Nature Sections. Even though we had a reasonable entry in the other two PDI sections, there were not sufficient print entries in either the Landscape or the Plants and Gardens sections, so a decision was made to combine the advanced and general in both of these print categories.

Unfortunately, due to circumstances we were not able to hold the evening when the results were to be announced and the exhibition shown.  I hope that in the near future,  I will be able to arrange a Natural History Group evening when we will be able to see the images submitted.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who entered images for this competition and I know that our selector Ralph Snook, ARPS, DPAGB, EFIAP had some difficult choices to make in selecting the winners.

Also I would like to take this opportunity of thanking Roger and Judith for their support and also Alison Fryer and Ray Shorthouse who helped on the selection day as well as John Moore for his efforts in arranging for the results to be put on our website.

Finally, I would like to thank Ralph for the excellent job he did in selecting the award winning images and for the time he has devoted to this exhibition, it was very much appreciated.

Barbara Lawton

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The judges comments.

There is a tendency for salons to be dominated by ‘exotic’ subject matter with many entrants, and I include myself here, rarely submitting images taken in the UK.  With this in mind I think a nature competition limited to British subject matter was an excellent idea, and I was very pleased that Barbara asked me to act as judge for it.

The entry as expected contained some very strong images in all sections and it was noticeable that quite a number of the images in the general sections would have fared well in the advanced.  This is particularly true of the Nature Prints.  As with all nature competitions images of birds make up a large part of the entry, although there was more diversity in the general section.

In choosing the awards, having arrived at the ‘top’ set of images in a section I endeavoured to take into account how much the subject matter reflected the competition objectives as well as the obvious element of quality.  In the end my choices as always are influenced by a degree of subjectivity and I am sure there will be plenty of people who disagree with my choices.  However, I believe that the awarded images all deserve their place at the top table and there are others that just missed out that are also of a high standard.

I enjoyed viewing the images, thanks to all entrants for submitting their work and making sure the selection was not an easy task. It was a pleasure.



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Andy Fryer