Photography winners announced at latest meeting of Broch club

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The latest meeting of Fraserburgh Photographic Society saw members receive the results of the second of the season’s monthly competitions.

The judge was Rod Wheelans FRPS, FIPF, MFIAP, MPAGB. Rod started taking photographs when he was seven years old, but didn’t become a serious photographer until he was 12!

He started as a professional wedding photographer when he was 17 but gave it up to pursue another successful business career.

He continued with serious amateur photography and became one of the best known and most successful exhibition photographers in Britain.

He is the immediate past President of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain, and in 1995 he founded Creative Photography which is now known as Creative Camera, one of the busiest wedding and portrait studios in S.W. Scotland.

Rod submitted short written comments about each of the competition entries

The top three were as follows:

First - ‘Wobbly Bridge’ by Paul Woodburn. This is an image of the millennium bridge in London. Rod Wheelan’s comments were ‘Interesting viewpoint, surreal, no distractions’. This image was given full marks 20 out of 20.

Joint Second - ‘The Smile That Says It All’ by Eric Watt, an image of a horse and rider having just won a rosette. The judge’s comments were ‘Good smile, good action, horses head a little lost’.

‘Tied Up In Knots’ by Mike Chandler is of pelagic fishing vessel ‘Forever Grateful’ in Fraserburgh on Open Doors day. Rod’s remarks were ‘Good lead in, crisp, colourful.’

Both these images scored 19 out of 20

Third - ‘How Cold is That’ by Lewis Duthie, a photograph of a blackbird on the edge of a bird bath.

The comments were ‘Well caught, shouldn’t have sharpened the background, good colour’ This image was awarded 18 out of 20.

These images and the winners of past competitions can be seen on the web site at

The meeting on November 8 is ‘Champions Night’ when 2011/12 ‘Photographer of the Year’ Stanley Partridge will present a program of his own choosing.

The meeting on November 15 is Print Competition No 1 results night.