Firstly I would like to thank all those who sent photographs into the 2020 Virtual Photograph Competition. There were 84 photographs entered and it was lovely to see such a range of subjects and appreciate the care that has gone into creating these images. I hope you enjoyed their creation as much as I did in judging them.
Photography, like all art, is a form of communication. This can be a simple record of what can be seen or could be more and convey emotion, atmosphere and feeling to a scene. It was the later that scored the points. While a simple shot of a sheep is a perfect record, I needed more reason to select a photograph, and that is what elevated the winning pictures to be chosen.
In judging these photographs the first thing I considered was what was special about the photograph. I looked for was what I think of as ‘the grab’. What reaction did the photograph have on me when I looked at it? Did I go ‘wow’, or chuckle? Did I want to look more deeply into the photograph and see hidden detail? This gave me a selection of pictures. From this I needed to feel that the photograph related to the category. There should be a clear reflection of the class title in the content.
There was one slight ambiguity which I should explain. The category ‘black and white’ can be interpreted in both the medium ie monochrome, black and white photographs or the subject, ie black and white sheep. Thus I did have a few entries in the black and white section that were in fact colour photographs of black and white animals and things. I resolved to judge in the category in which they were placed straightforwardly, however black and white was interpreted.
Once again I would like to thank everyone who entered photographs and also to express my thanks for the privilege of judging them.
Shepherd and Flock
1st The Young Shepherdess Tamsin James
2nd Ewe finished the pages yet? Caitlin Carpenter
3rd Bella and me Arwel Jones
4th Been a long night Hayley Higgingson
5th Sheep Whisperer Gwenllian Evans
1st The Main Man Hayley Higginson
2nd Born at Sunset Tamsin James
3rd First Steps Kayleigh Rennie
4th Flossy and Daughter Emma Eustace
Black and White
1st Snowy Jacobs Gwellian Evans
2nd That’s my Rosette Melanie Harper
3rd My Girls Arwel Jones
4th Liam, King of the Flock Gwellian Evans