On Wednesday 12 May members contested the Howard Morris Trophy.
This is a biennial competition for monochrome images originally instigated and sponsored by Howard Morris, one of our now late members whose great love was black and white prints and who also donated the trophy. The Howard Morris Trophy alternates with our other biennial competition, the Landscape Trophy.
The competition is open to all club members (with no sections) who may submit two images that have not previously been entered in any league competition. Normally the images must be prints. But as print handling is impracticable in current circumstances, the competition this year instead required digital images.
The Programme notes clarify that the images must be black and white “without any toning, colour popping, etc”. The subject matter is “open”.
The competition was judged this year by Colin Westgate FRPS MPAGB FFIAP, Zooming in from Mersea Island in Essex. Colin has been taking photographs for over 60 years. He is a Member of the London Salon of Photography and has exhibited throughout the world, gaining many awards. He also lectures and judges at camera clubs throughout the UK.
49 Images were entered for the competition, well up on two years ago. They covered a variety of subjects including travel, city/architecture, seascapes, landscapes, street/candid, portraits, and still life.
After the competition, Colin re-showed a number of the entries with some suggestions for how different post-processing might – or might not, he accepted – have improved the final images. His “before” and “after” pictures initiated some interesting and spirited debate.
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