Set Subject Competition: “People in Motion” 13th February, 2019

Tonight we held our second set subject competition of the season. The subject for this competition was “People in Motion” which was set by the judge Tom Stenhouse. Tom is a long standing member of Keswick Photographic Society and has been judging club competitions locally for several years.

The set subject competitions are fun evenings intended to assist members to improve their photography by providing constructive feedback on their images. Tom’s critique of the images included an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of each image as well as helpful tips on how they might be improved. He emphasised the need for at least some element of the image to be sharp. He felt that this particularly applied to people’s heads and faces.

There were 47 entries in total. A variety of techniques were demonstrated including the use of high shutter speeds to freeze action, slow shutter speeds to blur action and panning.   There were also some imaginative surreal entries.

Most images portrayed sport, dance or street scenes. Cycling proved particularly popular with a number of images taken during  road races including the Tour of Britain. Football, horse racing and surfing were also popular subjects as well as local sports events.    A few images were taken abroad  including street scenes in Vietnam, horse riders in Mongolia and rodeo in the USA.

As this was a fun evening, rather than giving individual scores, Tom divided the images in to three categories.  He placed ten images in the highest scoring category. These included two images by Ronnie Gilbert, two by Julie Walker and one each from Marilyn Woodthorpe,  Alan Walker, David Rayment, Tony Marsh, Carmen Norman and Wendy Jordan. The overall winner was Alan Walker with his image titled “Steeplechase”.


Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday 27th February. This will be a practical evening of still life photography led by Carmen Norman. Participants should bring their cameras along.