Top marks for Fraserburgh Photographic Society

'Stranded' by Lewis Duthie.
'Stranded' by Lewis Duthie.

The Fraserburgh Photographic Society met on December 6 for this season’s third monthly competition.

The judge was Doctor Neil Scott FRPS, EFIAP, DPAGB, who has been taking photographs for over 60 years, seriously since 2006, when he joined Edinburgh Photographic Society.

Dr Scott has had many images exhibited in international exhibitions and salons. He became a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in May this year. His images can be seen at

If an image was OK, it scored 14. If the photographer had ‘thought outside the box’, it scored 15 or 16.

If there were technical problems with the image, or it was just a snap or record shot it scored below 14. Of the 36 images submitted into the competition only nine fell into this category.

In judging the images, Dr Scott said that he had looked through them quickly and then, one by one, made a detailed examination of each.

With a couple of entries he even did some internet research into the subject matter.

The top three were:

1st – ‘Subway Train’ by Norman Robertson. Dr Scott said that the saxophonist on the otherwise deserted platform made the picture, and he particularly liked the motion blur of the train. This image was given full marks.

2nd - ‘Stranded’ by Lewis Duthie, an image of a guillemot on a beach scored 19 out of 20

3rd - ‘Finished’ by Jim Gray, a photograph of an artist. This scored 18 out of 20.

The meeting on December 13 will receive the Natural History competition results. There are no meetings on December 20, 27 nor January 3. The meeting on January 10 is a social night where images of old Fraserburgh a distinct possibility from president Andrew West.