Potters Bar Photographic Society Contest Best Photos
1:30 p.m. July 31, 2022
Philip Jones sums up the latest news on the Potters Bar Photographic Society competitions.
Potters Bar and District Photographic Society (The Society) hold two types of competitions throughout the year.
One is a streak of up to six rounds spread over the season – one contest for printed images and one for projected images – with the winner being the person with the highest overall score with results announced each December.
The other is a series of stand-alone competitions with specific themes.
One of these events is the Douglas Best Trophy which rewards a triptych where all the photos are on a theme chosen by the photographer.
The idea is either to allow a story to be told or to let the photographer develop a theme by showing three related images.
A fourth image is submitted which must link the three individual images.
This year’s 2022 competition was won by Fiona Adamson with photos of European bee-eaters.
She said: “The images for my Douglas Best entry are from a week in May spent in Bulgaria near Bratsigovo, doing wildlife and macro [that is, close-up] photography.
“A flock of beautiful European bee-eater birds were nesting in a clay bank alongside a river (a small number were reported nesting in Norfolk this year).
“I spent a morning and an afternoon/evening in a hideout trying to capture these birds and their activities.
“My panel was taken in the late afternoon with the sun behind me and shows the wonderful colors of their plumage as well as their constant gathering of flying insects for food.”
Another well-received panel was submitted by Don Hart with his set called ‘The Colors of Amelia’.
Don explained: “This panel of studio images is titled ‘The colors of Amelia’ and depicts assertiveness, mystery, and beauty through color, style, and pose.
“A monochromatic frame with an assertive angular pose – based on triangles in “Assertive in Black”contrast with a softer strawberry candy ‘Pretty in pink’.
“As the peacock lighting and masked mystery are portrayed ‘Mysterious in Teal’.
“This 60s look designed by model Amelia-Mary was inspired by cartoons created by Frank Langford, a former resident of Potters Bar and Cuffley.
“The photographs were taken over three fashion and editorial studio sessions using portrait lighting and theatrical lighting filters for a colorful accent.”
Two other notable panels came from Sam Seager, who has been highly praised for his photos of gannets, and Graham Coldrick, who took a series of photos at Bath Abbey.
Sam said: “These were taken at the RSPB site at Bempton Cliffs in Yorkshire last year.
Gannets are Britain’s largest native seabirds and take five years to reach reproductive maturity.
“Around 40% of the world’s gannet population lives around the British Isles.
“They dive into schools of fish and are shaped like torpedoes in order to take the shock of their high-speed dive.
“Watching them soar atop a cliff was a delightful experience and these are just a few of the hundreds of photos I took on this visit.”
Of his photos, Graham said: “Bath Abbey was the inspiration for my triptych and in particular the fan-vaulted ceiling built in the 1500s by the King’s Master Masons.
“This is accompanied on each side by a hanging chandelier and a faded flag, both of which match the color detailing of the ceiling decoration.”
The Society is now on summer vacation and will resume meeting at the Wyllyotts Center on September 12, 2022 when there will be a series of lectures by Society members.
These regularly show the inspiring quality of the work undertaken by the members.
In the meantime, potential members can find more details at pottersbarphotosoc.org.uk or on Facebook.
During the summer, the Society will organize hands-on photography sessions for its members.