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Open Competition 3

Judged by: B. Preston ARPS, DPAGB, BPE5*

         B. Preston ARPS, DPAGB, BPE5*

What a brilliant selection of images we had on Wednesday evening for our Open Competition No 3 (print and PDI) at Mid Cheshire Camera Club.

Thanks to all who entered and congratulations to Ray Girling who won both the print and PDI competitions!

The competition was judged by Bill Preston ARPS, DPAGB, BPE5, from Ellesmere Port Photography Society who provided his critique of 56 PDI images and 18 prints. He started by saying that the quality of our entries was good on the whole, but there were some that he personally liked more than others. He suggested ways that we could improve our images, e.g., cropping, removing distractions, highlights, etc., to give the image more impact and therefore making them stronger in a competition.


He liked clear, simple, uncluttered images that were bright and attractive - some of our images were too dark for his personal taste. In portraits, he also preferred direct eye contact with the camera.

Here are the Top 5 Prints and Top 5 PDIs from our print and PDI entries - well done to all involved!

Top 5 Prints:

1. Dancing in the Light - Ray Girling

2. Godwits - Sheila Regan

3. The Dark Side - Sam Holden

4. Majestic Mute Swan - Kath Hill

5. Cape Sunset - Sheila Regan

Top 5 PDIs:

1. Fully Vaccinated - Ray Girling

2. Gun Smoke - Joff Trotman

3. Nuthatch Looking for Danger - Ray Hill

4. Gannet Gliding on the Wind - Ray Hill

5. Kill Your Speed - Karl Hogg

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Denise Dulson

Assistant to SMS


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