Photo Competition 2020-1

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Lockdown, social distancing, wearing masks, taking a lateral rapid flow test were just some of the components that made holding this year’s annual photographic competition social at Morley College less straightforward. After having had to cancel the original date at the end of February we were eventually able to go ahead on Friday 11 June, albeit with various restrictions still in place. For example, we couldn’t have our usual buffet fare which is an important social part, alongside the viewing of the images and getting the judge’s comments on his chosen finalists and the overall winning picture.

Considering that most of 2020, the year during which the photos had to be taken, was beset with restrictions as to where and how far people could travel, thirteen entrants took part and submitted a total of 155 images across five categories. These were again judged by Steve Mepsted, Programme Manager – Digital Media and Photography at Morley College. On the day of the event out of the 20 members booked 16 managed to attend. Unfortunately, our judge had to pull out at short notice. Nonetheless, those who were there made the best of the situation and enjoyed viewing the images. We hope very much that we can return to our usual ways and time schedule for next year’s event.

The images below show all the winners and Highly Commended pictures in each of the five categories:  A, Landscape & Scenery; B, Flora & Fauna; C, People; D, Buildings & Art and E, Special Subject (this year, ‘Neighbourhood’). The winner of the ‘Maria Lee’ prize, for the best in all categories was Sue C for ‘Waiting Game Margate’, which also won the ‘Neighbourhood category.

The winning entries

A: Landscape and Scenery

1st prize – Iceberg, Largo Grey 2, Sandra H. 2nd prize – Lake District, Tony A. 3rd prize – A Prevailing Wind, Sandra H. Highly Commended – Foggy Morning by the River Debden, Christine R. Highly Commended – UFO, Terry H.

B: Flora and Fauna

1st prize – Deer in Bushey Park, Mike C. 2nd prize – Gourds at Wisley, Carole S. 3rd prize – Heavy Sky, Sigrid B. Highly Commended – Horniman Border, Sue C. Highly Commended – Camouflage, Terry H.

C: People

1st prize – Where have all the people gone? Sigrid B. 2nd prize – Reflections on 2022, Mary Jane A. 3rd prize – The Hamptons playground, Carole S. Highly Commended – Own Goal, Terry H. Highly Commended – The ferryman at Southwold, Christine R.

D: Buildings and Art

1st prize – Glow, Linda B. 2nd prize – Writ in Water, Runnymede, Sue C. 3rd prize – Maggi Hambling sculpture at Aldeburgh, Christine R. Highly Commended –Inspiring, Mary Jane A. Highly Commended – Making Marks, Sue C.

E: Special Subject – Neighbourhood

1st prize (and winner of Maria Lee prize) – Waiting game, Margate, Sue C. 2nd prize – Covid-aware chippy in Diss, Christine R. 3rd prize – Kneelers in Hinderclay Church, Christine R. Highly Commended – Albany Road, Carole S. Highly Commended – Community Gardens at Highbury Fields, Christine R.