Our second merits competition of the year was on the subject of "Street Life". This proved to be a challenge for many members who commented how much out of their comfort zone this was. There were a number of entries in the colour, mono and projected categories for the night but we were lacking in the open print competition. There is no need to feel apprehensive about entering a print competition - if you need help with printing or with the rules for mounts etc then please do ask one of the more established members who will be able to give advice and help. The open is a great chance to stick a toe in the water and see how you go as the subject can be ANYTHING. If you're really unsure about printing or find yourself short on time then pop something in to the projected section - give it a go - we learn, improve and gain confidence the more we do something and it would be great to have some new names swiping the win!
So to the results...
The colour print was well entered the results are as follows:
1st - Sue Etheridge 2nd - Dave Pemberton 3rd - Louise Richey
Sue's print - taken at the Illuminate festival - was fab. It captured the atmosphere and was full of vibrancy and interest. Many congratulations to Sue - I believe this was one of her first entries into the print competitions and she definitely nailed it with this one!
The Mono print:
1st - Louise Richey 2nd - Louise Richey 3rd - Keith Morriss
Louise's image of bollards on the pavement reflecting people on the street was an alternate view and members clearly liked this and voted into 1st position.
Projected: 1st - Louise Richey 2nd - Dan Foote 3rd - Steve Evans
Louise's 'British Summer Time' captured the irony of the classic British summer with a wet and dull day on the Barbican outside a shop with a large plastic ice cream cone enticing people in to buy their wares.
All the images were of high quality and there were some very interesting entries - considering lots of us felt uncomfortable photographing strangers in the street - we did well!
Images from the winners are in the slideshow below.