23rd October 2013 Print Comp. Seascape and Landscape

First print competition of the year attracted 66 entries, requiring judicious pruning to give our judge John Bjergfelt a fair workload. No doubt the subject Landscape/Seascape has much appeal, no more so than with John who was much taken with the range and pictorial quality of our offers … and commented that the standard entries were well up to the quality from the experienced members.

In the standard group, third went to Early Evening, Dovey Estuary by Lester Fetherstone, second to Lough Gill at Rest by Viv Knightstone, and first to Eunice Borg with Camel Estuary, all beautiful panoramic shots with detail to pull the eye. An evocative image of moss-covered tree trunks in the Quantocks was admired by all, despite being disqualified – we'll surely see it again.

For the experienced group, third was Rough Seas by Rose Finch, catching waves in mid-break dashing against fearsomely rocky shore. Second was Mount Edgecumbe by Tom Borg, a shoreline shot of trees descending to sea, backed by a mist-shrouded island. First to Jak Lister for NoTitle No.1, a modest descriptor for a beautifully rendered monochrome of woodland with pools of light to lead the viewer through.

John's judging style was much appreciated: balanced, humorous, and encouraging credit given to the 'almost made-its' ; an enthusiastic applause reflected our hopes to see him again.