The fourth internal club competition of the 2021-22 season took place on Wednesday 19 January on Zoom. As print handling remains impracticable in current circumstances, entries were confined to digital images.

The set subject was “Something Weird”.  This was further described in the Programme as follows – “For this competition, we are looking for something that’s unique, strange, crazy, out of the ordinary or out of context”.

Not surprisingly, there were all sorts of wondrous entries ranging from the natural (orchids, praying mantis), through strange goings on in the human world (fancy dress and other odd behaviour), to supernatural composite images (dinosaurs, cyborgs).

Our independent judge for the competition, Zooming in from Ipswich, was Russell (Rusty) Lindsay FBPE EFIAP MPAGB AWPF.  He is a professional photographer and photo artist specialising in digital manipulation.  He judges and lectures on all aspects of photography across the country and is a very successful international exhibitions exhibitor.  He has been a PAGB judge since 2006.

Rusty 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 over Zoom.  He remarked that the set subject was “very subjective”.  And he indicated that he aimed to award a “big spread” of marks.

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

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PDI Section 1 Competition (41 entries)

  • 1st place – “ODD” by Terry Godber – 20 marks

  • 1st place – “DO YOU EVER GET THE FEELING” by David Manning – 20 marks

  • 2nd place – “FLYING DUCK ORCHIDS” by John Curd – 19 marks

  • 2nd place – “THE OTHER DAY AT THE SALON” by Wendy Taylor – 19 marks

  • 3rd place – “THE UNWELCOME VISITOR” by Martin Wood – 18 marks

  • 3rd place – “CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE CYBORG KIND” by David Manning – 18 marks

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

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

PDI Section 2 Competition (8 entries)

  • 1st place – “MOOD MUSIC” by John Booth – 20 marks

  • 2nd place – “STAG COSTUME” by Roger Turner – 19 marks

  • 3rd place – “A400” by Paul Kirkham – 16 marks

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

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