The second internal club competition of the 2021-22 season took place on Wednesday 20 October on Zoom. As print handling remains impracticable in current circumstances, entries were confined to digital images.

The set subject was “Intimate Landscape”.  This was further described in the Programme as follows.

“An intimate landscape is one in which you’re selecting and isolating one small part of a scene that captures your interest and presents an ‘intimate feel’.  It might be a smaller part of a wider scape, it might also be a smaller composition that focuses on shapes, lines, colours, textures or patterns.  It is a view of a scene in which any object of focus, is surrounded by its context.  We encourage the celebration of the beauty of the natural world.  Thus, the scape can be land, sea, water or city but, whatever the content, it must be an ‘intimate’ scene.  The challenge encourages creative submissions – close up and macro; black and white or colour; multiple exposures and other creative techniques.”

And, no coincidence, this is also the brief for the forthcoming (March 2022) Tring Interclub Intimate LandScapes Competition.

As usual, entries displayed a wide variety of approaches, styles, and subjects.  There were plenty of close-ups (fungi, ivy, flowers, reeds, pebbles, barnacles, coral, and the like), as well as woodland scenes (perhaps the epitome of intimate landscape), waterfalls, and other water features (including reflections).

As a definition of the genre, though, the description of “Intimate Landscape” above leaves plenty of room for debate.  Unfortunately, several entries were considered by our judge not to meet the brief and these were not marked.

Our independent judge for the competition was Colin Southgate LRPS DPAGB, a very experienced photographer (over 40 years) and judge, with a self-confessed fondness for monochrome.  (See  He is also a member of the Harpenden Photographic Society.

Colin had been sent the images in advance.  He was therefore able to base his judging on the original digital files as submitted rather than how the images appeared on Zoom.

Each entry was marked out of twenty.

Marks for this competition count towards the season’s Projected Digital Image (PDI) League Championship (Sections One and Two) – see the Internal competitions, Rules for Entry 2020-21, page of the website for details.

Each entry was marked out of 20.  The top performers were as follows:

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PDI Section 1 Competition (46 entries)

  • 1st place – “MUSSELS AND BARNACLES” by Jon Cruise – 20 marks

  • 1st place – “PASSAGE OF TIME” by David Manning – 20 marks

  • 1st place – “ADRIFT ON THE GRAND UNION” by Patrick Linford – 20 marks

  • 1st place – “REEDS” by Carol Curd – 20 marks

  • 1st place – “IN SEARCH OF AMMONITES” by David Manning – 20 marks

  • 2nd place – “WHAT LIES BENEATH” by Tim Gould – 19 marks

  • 2nd place – “BROADWAY” by Tim Gould – 19 marks

  • 2nd place – “BLUE PEBBLE” by Jon Cruise – 19 marks

  • 2nd place – “SMOO CAVE” by Malcolm Guy – 19 marks

  • 3rd place – “FUNGUS” by Sandra Eve – 18 marks

  • 3rd place – “FUNGI” by Stuart Brook – 18 marks

  • 3rd place – “PETALS” by Carol Curd – 18 marks

  • 3rd place – “LAKELAND FARM” by Roger Gage – 18 marks

  • 3rd place – “NATURES AMAZING” by Terry Godber – 18 marks

  • 3rd place – “NORTH DEVON COAST” by Barbara Fleming – 18 marks

  • 3rd place – “THE FACE IN THE MIDDLE” by Chris Warby – 18 marks

  • 3rd place – “FUNGI” by Nigel Harding – 18 marks

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

All PDI Section 1 Entries (click image for full size)

PDI Section 2 Competition (10 entries)

  • 1st place – “RUSHING THROUGH” by Rob Delahunty – 18 marks

  • 2nd place – “TULIP PRICKLY PEAR” by Paul Kirkham – 17 marks

  • 2nd place – “THE OLD GATEPOST” by David Saunders – 17 marks

  • 3rd place – “IMPERFECT AND ALONE” by Rob Delahunty – 16 marks

  • 3rd place – “INSPIRED BY JAPAN” by John Booth – 16 marks

  • 3rd place – “LONDON PLANE TREE” by Roger Turner – 16 marks

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

All PDI Section 2 Entries (click image for full size)