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Competition: Food & Drink

Our penultimate Club competition of the season took place on Wednesday 17th February and was judged by Ken Ainscow of Lytham St Annes Photographic Society. Ken is a long standing friend of our Club and has judged for us many times over the years, with members all appreciating his skill and critique. Sadly for us this was to be his last judging as he is retiring from the circuit at the end of this season, however we do hope that he will visit us in other capacities in the future.

There were some cracking images and Ken stated more than once that he was impressed by the standard of the pictures on show. We began with the Club open colour section and our congratulations go to winner Kim Rigg with Fishy Encounter, while new member Cathy Cash was runner up with Pouring Pomegranates. Both Kim and Cathy are very new to photography, so it’s a joy to see their images doing so well.

Next to be judged was the Advanced open colour section, with several photographs scoring top marks. 19 points were awarded to Dylan Reynolds with Familiar Taste of Poison, Jeff Bagnall with Red Hot Chilli Pepper and Simon Raven with Fresh Apple. Once again Maureen Smith and Jo Knight battled it out for the top spot, with Maureen’s An Apple A Day and Jo’s two images Gravity and Repast all being awarded 20 points. Well done to Jo who’s light painted Gravity (not a composite she is at pains to add!) was announced as overall winner.

As there were so many images to get through we forewent our usual half time break, though I snuck off to raid the biscuit tin as all the pictures of delicious food had given me the raving munchies 😆.

The next section to be judged was Club monochrome where 19 points were awarded to Phil Drayton for Dissolving Skittles, while Kim Rigg’s Line Caught Mackeral was announced overall winner. Kim’s skills have come on in leaps and bounds this season and I’m sure all our members are delighted to see her hard work and dedication rewarded 🙂.

An administrative glitch meant that Ken hadn’t seen or pre-scored the Advanced mono images, so he was very much put on the spot to judge blind which is a big ask. However he did an admirable job and commented on the strength of all the images shown. 19 points were awarded to Dave Nelson for Eggs, Maureen Smith for Love a Coffee and Jo Knight for Coffee with Milk. The top spot was fought over by Dylan Reynolds with The Core Explosion, Gavin Lowe with What’s Cooking and Jeff Bagnall with Egg. Our congratulations to Dylan whose image The Core Explosion was announced as overall winner.

Next week is critique night, with club members sending in images they need help with which will be viewed by 3 of our more experienced photographers who will offer advice on how the image could potentially be improved. The aim is to help members who are struggling with particular pictures, but we also hope the evening will act as a learning experience for all club members.

Fun competition

Wednesday 3rd March was a fun competition night at the club. Three images were given to all members and their mission, if they chose to accept it, was to edit each image to improve it…we hoped!


As a club we are always looking at alternative ways to add something different to the programme and this challenge got individuals’ creative juices flowing, showing some great Photoshop & Lightroom skills. 

The only rule was that there were no rules and we saw red & laser eyes, flames, additional animals, tight crops and bright colours alongside some more traditional edits. There was unfortunately no Dinosaurs on the evening but some great works of art!

Members scored the images and congratulations go to Dylan who was the overall Winner, with Gavin a very close second. Below are Dylan’s Kelpies and barn edits, alongside Gavin’s cow. A big thank you to the authors who supplied the original photos, I hope you are still talking to us!


This week we are in for a treat, with club friend Dave Bibby visiting via Zoom from North Fylde PS to talk about the ‘A to Z of Photography’. Guests are welcome for a small fee – please see our membership page to book a place.

Member’s Achievements: WPOTY

Huge congratulations to club member Russell Millner who has had no less than 4 images shortlisted for the 57th Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

WPOTY is the Natural History Museum’s annual competition and exhibition highlighting the unique and beautiful relationship between photography, science and art. What began in 1965 as a magazine competition with just 361 entries has blossomed into one of the world’s most prestigious photography awards, with over 45,000 entries each year, worldwide press attention and a touring exhibition seen by millions around the globe.

Entries to Wildlife Photographer of the Year are judged anonymously, with professional work being considered alongside that of amateurs, giving budding photographers a chance to have their work exhibited among the greats. Many of today’s most distinguished conservationists, photographers and film-makers launched their careers though the competition, including television presenter and naturalist Chris Packham, so it is a feat to have any image shortlisted let alone 4 images!

The winners are due to be announced in October and we wish Russell all the very best.