Last Tuesday was our annual Iris Overton Cup competition where members enter black and white images to compete for the trophy bequeathed by one of our former members.
Traditionally, the competition was for black and white prints but this year we decided to extend the competition to black and white digital images. So we bought a new trophy to be awarded for the best b&w digital image and this will presented alongside the traditional print trophy.
Each member could submit up to three images in each category and members submitted a total of 21 prints and 25 black and white digital images for appriaisal by our judge Malcom McNaughton of Dorchester Camera Club.
Malcolm is an accomplished black and white photographer and his comments about our images were very revealing. He stated right at the beginning that he believed that the best black and white photographs should ‘say’ something. He was looking for that quality, not necessarily technical perfection. He also said at the outset that he was very impressed by the quality of our photos and that, at first glance, several had the ‘wow’ factor that would make him want to keep looking at them.
After a very informative and entertaining evening, Malcolm judged that Mike Bowles was the winner of the Iris Overton Cup and Paul Clarke the winner of the Best Black and White Digital Image trophy.
Mike and Paul are both relatively new members of the Camera Club and it’s always good to see prizes going into new hands. Many congratulations to them both!
And thanks to Malcolm for being such an excellent judge. Now we know what he’s after, we’ll be sure to have him back again !