1st Set Subject Competition, November 11th, 2020

Keswick Photographic Society held its first set subject competition of the season on Wednesday 11th November. The subject for the competition was “Using Monochrome for Impact”. These competitions are judged by our more experienced members and are intended to assist through the constructive criticism of images in an informal and friendly environment. The judge on this occasion was Alan Walker who is an experienced photographer. He has judged many competitions at club, national and international level.

Alan explained at the outset that, in judging the images, he would be taking in to account the extent to which they made good use of monochrome.  As the evening progressed, he offered well targeted and helpful advice to members on how to improve their images by appropriate cropping, adding contrast to achieve a good range of tones from white through to black and enhancing compositions by choosing strong focal points. In a few cases he felt that the images would have been better left in colour.

There were sixty-nine entries in total by twenty-three members, which included a number by this season’s new recruits. The images covered a wide range of subjects including landscapes, portraits, creative images and natural history.  After critiquing each image individually Alan selected thirty-one that he felt would score well in open competitions. Included in these were several images from relatively new recruits Ann Healey, Chris Burgess, Sue Rugg, Antony Melling, David Leighton, Marcus Mackay and Gordon Train. The high standard of their work augers well for the continuing success of the Society. In addition, amongst the best, there were images from longer standing members Fred Bell, Carol Minks, Marilyn Woodthorpe, David Woodthorpe and Ken Rennie.

Alan awarded “Overall Best” to Keith Snell’s “Exposed to the Elements” an exquisite fine art nude image of a young woman posing on a rock.


In accordance with a recent decision to introduce a wider range of awards Alan also selected Fred Bell’s “Diamond Beach Iceland” as “Best Landscape”, a beautiful image of water flowing around ice taken with a slow shutter speed.


Deborah Tippett’s “Mr Pan”, a well-lit and highly competent image of an Asian gentleman smoking a pipe, was awarded “Best Portrait”.


Richard Jakobson’s “The Pour” was awarded “Best Creative”. This was an image of steaming water being poured in to a glass cup which looked as if great care was needed to avoid being scalded.


Finally, Tony Marsh’s “Dunlin”, a beautiful high key image, was chosen for the “Best Nature” award.


All entered images can be viewed on our gallery pages at

2020-2021 Competitions