1st Open Competition, October 14th, 2020

The Society’s First Open Competition of the new season took place via Zoom on the evening of Wednesday 14th October. Our judge was Kevin Hilton from Hexham. Kevin is Vice President of Hexham & District Photographic Society and is a Northern Counties Photographic Federation judge. Twenty-four members each entered three digital images and there was a wide range of photographic genres represented, including nature, macrophotography, creative, landscape, cityscape, travel, portraiture and sport. Kevin was sent the images a fortnight before so he was able to view the images and decide on his scores without having to come to quick decisions on the evening.

Four images by two members achieved the top score of twenty. These were ‘No Turning Back’ by Sue Rugg


‘Luskentyre Pony’ by Sue Rugg


‘Sitting Gracefully’ by Julie Walker


and and ‘Pelican on Ice with Fish’ by Julie Walker.

At the end of the judging Kevin chose ‘Luskentyre Pony’ as his overall winning image.

An impressive score of nineteen was awarded to eleven members for their images and these were ‘In the Enchanted Glade’ by Keith Snell, ‘Christine’ by Julie Walker, ‘Fighting Iguanas’ and ‘Contemplating Nature’ both by Alan Walker, ‘Evening Trees’ by Ann Healey, ‘Dramatically Delicate’ by Carmen Norman, ‘Confrontation’ by Ronnie Gilbert, ‘Red Squirrel in the Snow’ by Carol Minks, ‘Banded Demoiselle on St John’s Wort’ by Tony Marsh, ‘Early Morning at St Michael’s Mount’ by Ken Rennie and ‘Vidaredi’ by Deborah Tippett. A further thirteen images received scores of eighteen and these were ‘Out of the Deep’ by Sue Rugg, ‘White Throated Dipper’ and ‘Rabbit’ by Gordon Train, ‘Cimon della Pala’ by Carmen Norman, ‘Misty Morning Dead Vlei’ by Graham Smith, ‘Juvenile Robin’ by Tony Marsh, ‘Inversion on Derwentwater’ by Michael Rowlinson, ‘End of the Day’ by Marilyn Woodthorpe, ‘Deepdale’ by Ken Rennie, ‘Awakening’ by Deborah Tippett, ‘Reclining in the Evening Light’ by Alan Walker, ‘Mountain Hare by its Form’ by Carol Minks and ‘Family Group’ by Ronnie Gilbert.

David Woodthorpe, the Society’s chairman, thanked the judge for all his hard work awarding the scores and giving a critique of the images, all done under the constraints of a virtual meeting.

Tricia Rayment

All the entered images can be viewed via the gallery page of the website:

2020-2021 Competitions