It was Buy One Get One Free night at the club competition on Friday as in all but one of the six categories the winner also took the runner-up spot as well. The event was the Audrey Argue Wildlife Competition, held annually in honour of the former Vice-Principal of Glenlola Collegiate School, a past chairman of the club and a lover of conservation.
The guest judge for the evening was Paul Hanley of the Belfast Photo Imaging Club (BPIC) and before selecting his preferences he offered an insight into his method of separating the winners from the rest of the field. While technical details, such as focus and print quality were important so too was the overall impact a print could make on the eye when viewed for the first time. He was enthusiastic in his praise for the overall quality of the entries.
Trevor Reid took first and second place in the Foundation Monochrome section with images of an ostrich and a fluffy chick. Helen Fettus was third. Trevor then followed his success with another double in the colour competition. A gull in flight and a portrait of a turkey gained him another one-two with Helen again third with a shot of a robin. In the Advanced contest it was the turn of Ray Magill to do the double –his depiction of a pair of pelicans caught the judge’s eye for first place while a couple of zebras won second.
Nigel Snell’s tern was third. Nigel then reversed the order by booking the first two spots in Advanced Colour – puffins and pheasants his subjects . Anthony Crosbie was third. In the Digital Projected Image competition it was macro photography which took the honours and the first two places in the Foundation section for Michael Rice.
His lens got up close and personal with insects and thistles while Michael Graham really got down to it with a snail’s eye view …of a snail. In the Advanced showing Drew McAvoy was successful with an image entitled cold feet; Jack Thompson and Nigel Snell took the placings.