Results of the Nature Competition, September 2014

You know the new season of the RA Photo Club is well underway once the Nature competition has been held and ribbons awarded. In addition to many fine images, the night featured four promotions.

Advancing from the Junior to Intermediate level

Charles Murray
Slide of the night, and first place, on-topic slide: Hopped the Wrong Way (26 points)
Second place, general slide: The Spectator (23 points)

Kenneth Hum
First place, general slide: Open Wide … Say Aweee (24 points)
Second place, on-topic slide: The Landing (25 points)

Celso Bressan
Honourable mention, on-topic slide: A Passage in the Negev (21 points)
Honourable mention, general slide: Early Morning Mist (21 points)

Jaliya Rasaputra
Honourable mention, on-topic slide: Barred Owl (21 points)

First-Place Ribbons

On-topic Slide
Senior, Corry Berghout: Breakfast (24 points)
Senior, Heather Dawe: Bold Gaze (24 points)
Senior, Robert Matyas: Immature Seal (24 points)
Intermediate, Daniel Parent: Sunrise over Algonquin (26 points)

General Slide
Senior, Jamie Johnson: Patagonian Sunrise at Tecka (24 points)
Senior, Robert Matyas: Remnants (24 points)
Senior, Howard Sandler: Orchids Backlit (24 points)
Intermediate, Darren Boucher: Untitled (24 points)
Intermediate, David Burt: Building the Nest (24 points)
Intermediate, Yogadhish Das: Gatineau Fall Colours (24 points)
Intermediate, John Elliott: Long Point Lighthouse by Moonlight (24 points)

On-topic Print
Intermediate, Jerry Lam: Sun and Tree (21 points)
Intermediate, Ian Leslie: Untitled (21 points)

General Print
Intermediate, Mike Howarth: Sunflower (23 points)
Junior, Anna Nitoslawska: Dandelion Seed Head (21 points)

slide of the night
Slide of the Night
Hopped the Wrong Way
Charles Murray

To see larger versions of all the winning images, check out the winners’ gallery.

Judges for the evening were Pierre Gauthier and Bill Young, both accomplished photographers and long-time members of the RA Photo Club.  Our guest judge was Jean-Marie Philippe, president of the Club de photographie polarisé de l’Outaouais.

Jean-Marie Philippe, Pierre Gauthier and Bill Young, judges for the 2014 Nature Competition

During the judging, Bill Young noted that it is important for members to encourage each other. He suggested that when a member likes a particular image (whether or not it was awarded a ribbon), they should share their appreciation with the creator. Not only does that encourage the image maker; the person commenting can potentially learn something about the techniques used and, more importantly, engage in the process of thinking about images critically. Being able to articulate the strengths and weaknesses of another’s photographs can only have beneficial effects upon one’s own photographic work.

A final note about the awarding of ribbons

Newer members are sometimes confused when an obviously worthy image does not receive a ribbon of any kind. It all has to do with the level of the photographer who entered that photo.

Junior- and intermediate-level members must score a minimum of 21 points to receive a ribbon or an honourable mention (only junior-level members are awarded honourable mentions).

Senior-level members must score at least 24 points, and master-level members must score at least 26 points to be awarded a ribbon.

Slide of the Night and Print of the Night awards are given to the highest scoring entry as long as the score is 26 or more.



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