Peter Hughes - ARPS Panel
Last weekend was a busy time for the Club – both at home and away. On Friday night Peter Hughes, a past chairman displayed the images he had submitted for the successful award of Associate of the Royal Photographic Society. Describing the venture as a journey during which he learned much about his subject as well as his own approach to photography, Peter admitted that he had undergone a less- than- enthusiastic period of a few years following his Licentiate award from the RPS but recovered his appetite after a visit to Valencia in Southern Spain.
The architectural beauty of the Arts and Science Park in that historic city sparked a revival of his interest to such an extent that he planned a second visit to capture the images he knew he would need to build a comprehensive portfolio . His fifteen monochrome pictures offered a graphic portrayal of the futuristic architecture which reminded Peter of his boyhood love of space travel, science fiction and glimpses of the future. Entered in the Contemporary section his panel so impressed the judges that they used them as a demonstration set for other aspiring award seekers in England and Wales. Continue reading
After the whole summer to capture potential prize-winning pictures the members of North Down and Bangor Camera Club arrived with armfuls of entries for the first competition of the season and as the theme was Open there was a healthy selection of images in all the main categories. The judge for the evening was Malachy Connelly , an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society and a mem -ber of the Christian Brothers Past Pupils’ Union Camera Club and even allowing for the big entry he took the time and trouble to comment on each individual entry.
Winners af Round 1 with Malachy Connolly
Shirley Graham’s whoop of joy signalled her delight in winning the Foundation Monochrome section with a still life- Trevor Reid and Ricky Richardson taking the places. In the Colour section Trevor Reid topped thirty entries with a tranquil depiction of a log in a lake. Stephen Johnston provided both second and third places.
The judge mentioned that when it came to the Advanced competition he expected much higher all round quality in composition and presentation and added that he had not been disappointed . Alan McMorris’s interior of a traditional pub took the judge’s eye and first place in monochrome – Alan Hartley was second and Ray Magill third.
With over forty entries in the colour competition, selection took a little longer but when the dust had settled Nigel Snell’s high key image of a tern in flight soared into the number one spot with Brian Watt providing both the runner-up positions.
Noel Maitland’s seascape took the eye and the honours in the Advanced Digital Projected Image selection ,followed home by David Roberts and Jack Thompson and in the Foundation section Trevor Robinson took first and third spot with Jane Richardson second.