Martin Edge was our judge for the second of the Points Cup series.
A regular on the national and local judging circuit, he admitted to have been judging for nearly 30 years, having started in the 1990’s. Martin is an under-water photographer, but amongst our diverse range of images none were of that genre.
As usual we started with the prints, 30 forward for judging. Martin gave a good range of scores, separating out the images he particularly liked and 6 images were given the top score of 10, and another four just dropping 1/2 a point to be awarded 9.5. In the colour print section, 10 points were awarded to Graham Hutton’s ‘Cleaning the Scotsman’ and his landscape ‘Etive Mor’, Ian Ferris’s rose ‘After the Storm’, Colin Cross’s nature image ‘Splash & Grab’ and Colin Whitelock’s food shot ‘Summer Fruits’. The only monochrome achieving a top score was Marilyn Peddle’s infrared image ‘Stourhead Summer’.
As he critiqued the images, we learnt that cropping, looking for balance and checking the edge of the image are simple ways to boost your scores, although sometimes a technically good image just didn’t have that extra ‘something’ to make it a 9+ image.
The projected images had 31 entries, this time just one image scored 9.5 and eight images received 10 points; Jean Bartlett ‘Impaired Vision’ an impressive and somewhat muddy action shot, Howard Westlake with a candid/street image ‘Attitude’, Marilyn Peddle ‘Somerset Levels Sunrise’, Pat Catley with some delightful mice ‘Coming up’, another wildlife entry from Colin Cross ‘Gotcha!’, and Glynis Larter-Whitcher achieving three 10’s with a ‘Study of Athene Noctua (Little Owl), Southwold Pier and ‘Li River Raft’.
Martin’s words of encouragement and advice for the images that didn’t hit the top spots will hopefully make better photographers of us all, and his interactive judging style is quite refreshing if a little controversial.