A head to head competition between Fraserburgh Photographic Society and Peterhead Camera Club was held recently.
Each club submitted 25 images with no member submitting more than three images. The photographs were then marked out of 20 by an external judge and the club with the highest overall total was declared the winner.
The judge for the evening was Bob Humphreys, Chairman of Donside Camera Club. Bob has had an interest in photography for over 50 years and wildlife photography for the last 20 years. He had particular success in the international nature photography competition organised by the Seabird Centre in North Berwick, being runner up in the Scottish Wildlife category with his image ‘Red Deer, Aberdeenshire’.
Bob said that his approach to the task of judging photographs was done in three stages. First, he looked at the immediate impact of the image; then he would examine the technical aspects, including sharpness, exposure etc; and finally he would look at how much an image still excited him after examining it for some time.
The final score in the competition was 376 points for Peterhead and 394 points for Fraserburgh.
The first four highest scoring images were all from Fraserburgh photographers.
Top with 20 points was Billy Watson’s ‘Young Turk’. Bob said that although portraits were not his favourite genre this image had immediate impact and technically was excellent. The more he looked at the picture the more he got drawn into the subject. He likened the eyes of the young Turk to those of Mona Lisa: there was a twinkle that said this person is up to something. Bob said that he enjoyed making up the story that lay behind those eyes.
The second highest mark of 19, was given to Stuart Fenty’s ‘All Aboard’.
Two images, ‘Piercing’ by Alister Henderson and ‘Pennan Sunset’ by Billy Watson, both scored 18 points.
A similar ‘head to head’ competition with the Deveron Camera Club and Fraserburgh Photographic Society will take place in Banff on April 8.
For more information about Bob Humphreys, visit his website at www.bobhumphreysphotography.co.uk