Open Public Competition 2019 - Review

When Norwich & District Photographic Society decided last year to hold an Open Public Competition for the first time everyone involved was a little apprehensive because we had no idea what the response would be. Quickly it became clear that there was no reason for our concern as photographers throughout East Anglia and in some caes far beyond started to post images on our Facebook page. The outcome was so succesful and the quality of the images submitted so good we decided not only to make the competition an annual event but to add this year a junior category.

Again, we have been overwhelmed by the response not only from the photographers who entered so many images that were of such a high standard but also by the good natured and supportive comments that have been posted alongside by other people who have been following the progress of the competition.

Congraulations to the winners and a big thank you to everyone else who helped to make this competition so much fun and a special thank you to our judge Malcolm English ARPS who had the difficult task of selecting the winners.

Finally, if you have enjoyed taking part and you are looking for somewhere to share your photography come and see what Norwich & District Photographic Society has to offer.

The three photographers whose photographs will be displayed during the Society’s 103rd Annual Exhibition at Norwich Cathedral are Diana Knight, Ian Saunders and Richard Potter. Diana, Ian and Richard also receive two free tickets for David Noton’s Chasing the Light Road Show when it arrives in Norwich on Saturday 14th Septembe when they will be presented with their certificates by David during the show. Their winning entries are shown below:

...the final groups are excellent and it is almost unfair to choose only one from the ‘Junior’ section and three from the ‘Adults’...
— Malcolm English ARPS, Judge

Besides Diana (who had another two images selected), Ian and Richard’s images the final twenty images in this year’s competition included the work of another thirteen photographers; Angelica Page, Becky Louise Lee, Belinda Roll, Bradley Damms, Jon Winnan, Marco Omilett (2), Mark Landamore (2), Paul Reynolds, Ruth Grindrod, Stelaw Law, Steve Cooke, Sue Woodbridge and Toby Apperley. These photographers will all receive one free ticket for David Noton’s Chasing the Light Roadshow and their images will be shown on screeen during the exhibition.

The winner in the Junior category of this year’s Open Photography Competition was Jacob Lawes, (12) with ‘Sheringham Steam Train' which was described by the judge as 'creative, without losing the sense of the subject.'

Because the standard of work was so good we also decided to announce two runners-up, Elizabeth Rose Wooton (11) with 'Kestrel' and Eden Willimott (13) with 'Deer'.

Jacob's photograph will be printed and displayed during the exhibition at Norwich Cathedral and our two runners-up will also have their image displayed on a screen at the exhibition too.

All three photographers will receive tickets for David Noton’s Chasing the Light Roadshow where David will present them with their certificates. These are Jacob’ Elizabeth Rose and Eden’s photographs: