Last night at The Walthamstow and District Photography Society meeting we had the first round of a print competition called The Walker Cup. The Walker Cup is actually a print and projected images competition for all members of the club, we enter three images each per round and they are assessed by an independent judge who has to whittle down the tens of entries to just four and award those 4th to 1st place. The photographer is then rewarded points based on the position their photo attained and over 3 projected image rounds and 3 printed image round those points are accumulated and an overall winner is ascertained.
The first two digital rounds have passed and I've come close to the top four once with this picture below, but missed out because of stiff competition from Gadget & Feet and Peter, and because of the large intrusive light area on the left of the photo (a clone or crop job).
Last night however, I entered three prints, two photos I really like and one judge-baiting sop. And to my total surprise and delight I was awarded second place for the first photo they showed, photo below (Titled 'Cool Eyes 2' for this competition but otherwise named 'Mother & Daughter').
Obviously I'm delighted! What I hope is an interesting and off kilter but still beautiful and storytelling image has been recognised for it's qualitites. The judge (Maggie Tear) said that she could tell the image was created by a young photographer and at first I thought that may have been a subtle dig, meant to infer it was amaturish. However she went on to say that it obviously broke the rules but that is what worked about it, she claimed it had a tension, I'll accept that because I choose it for it's intensity.