Annual Cups Panels Competition. Assessor Graham Walton DPAGB 15th April 2015.
This year’s Panels Competition was judged by Graham Walton DPAGB of Shirley Photographic Society. Graham was faced with an impressive 49 panels (147 individual prints) but handled the challenge calmly and efficiently. Indeed he recently judged a panels Competition for a neighbouring club with more than twice our membership where he was asked to assess a quarter of this number. The consensus was that he gave a clear analysis of the requirements of a successful panel and applied the criteria consistently but sensitively to each of the panels he was presented with. Consequently his assessments were felt to be fair and accurate.
There were 7 more entries than last year but one less in each of the Creative and Mono sections but almost double the number of Colour panels at 14. The Quality of the entry in the Colour section was outstanding and it was clear that at least half of the colour panels could achieve acceptances in the Great Barr Open Panels Exhibition.
Congratulations go to John Harding who won the Advanced Colour (Victorians) and Monochrome (Victorian Street Scene) sections and getting best print in both as well. A Special mention goes to Andrew Leask who came 6th overall and was the best Beginner in the Colour Panels with his ‘A Tragedy in Three Acts’. Mary Kirkby won the Nature section with her delightful ‘Playtime’ and Dick won the Creative section with ‘Something Wicked’.
A very special mention goes to Michael Robertson-Smith who was the only person on the night who had an entry in each of the 4 sections and won 3 of them in the Beginners category (Nature, Creative and Monochrome).
(Full results are here)