Monthly Competition Results

The Bolton Camera Club meets weekly throughout most of the year and gives a very warm welcome to visitors and new members. We have been sharing a passion for photography since 1884 and are more than happy to share with you, whether your interest is in film or digital, audio visual or more technical aspects of photography. 

Our third projected image competition took place on Thursday 21 May with guest judge Gordon Bartley, ARPS, from Southport. This is the fourth time Gordon has visited this club as a judge, and he reminded us that he was formerly the chief Publicity and Marketing Manger for British Aerospace, taking most of their official photographs. He has also lectured in Photography for a University, and currently helps out conducting tours at Manchester Airport on the Concorde and Nimrod aircraft. 

With his engineering background, Gordon looks for the technical elements in an image, and strongly believes in the rule of thirds. He does not like to judge and score an image without having seen all the images in a competition beforehand; this is so he can make the correct comments and award the right score to each image. As a result we ran this competition as a knockout competition, eliminating images after viewing them. We viewed all the images first, and then Gordon either held each one back, or gave his constructive comments and then eliminated the image.

The score sheet attached to this report reflects the round the image was eliminated, apart from the top three, to which Gordon awarded 18, 19 and 20 points.

One image in this competition was taken by a member using an I-Phone. Such is the quality of this new technology that no-one noticed, and the score it achieved was not detrimental to the equipment used. Our Competition Rules say the image must be the work of the author, which this image was, and deliberately do not specify what equipment should or should not be used. The I-Phone has a camera function which was put to good use by the member concerned!

There were 29 images from 11 Authors, and after the eliminating rounds, third place went to “White Orchid” by Peter Maddock. Judge Gordon said this is “a super natural history image”, and had “superb detail in the petals.”

Second place and 19 points went to “Bird Ballet” by Heather Beckett. This was “a good image in a square format which works well.” It had “a lovely mood and atmosphere,” and the “slight softness added extra dimension to the image.”

First place and 20 points were awarded to Rob Wigley for “Bright Eyes”. Judge Gordon said this was “a brilliant natural history shot” with super catch light in the eye, helped by the eye contact with the creature. Judge Gordon said that this image has the “wow” factor.

Here are the results and judges comments of the top three Advanced Class images in the Projected Competition. The full statistics can be viewed by opening the attached PDF file below. Any member wanting to see all the scores should consult the competition binder on display at the Club.


"Bright Eyes"

 byRob Wigley


"A beautiful natural history image.Eye contact and great catch light. Has the "wow" factor"

20 points


 "Bird Ballet"

by Heather Beckett


"Moody and atmospheric. Lovely detail in the feathers, Slight softness adds extra dimension."

19 points


"Wild Orchid"

 by Peter Maddock


"A superb natural history work. superb details in the petals."

18 points

Download this file (May 2011 PDI Advanced.pdf)Scores and Judge\\\'s Comments[ ]21 kB

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