Monday November 2nd

Woking Photographic Society has held its first competition for the new season – and showcased a fantastic range of talent!

In normal circumstances photo and print competitions are spread evenly across the season, but not this year. To allow time for prints to be sanitised and transported to a judge for viewing, competitions have been compressed and are currently running at one a month.

The first event was held online and nearly 50 nature, landscape and portrait photographs were appraised in the first competition by Judge Paul Graber, licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS), who awarded certificates for the winning images in the advanced and open classes.

In the Advanced Class, Mike Tibbotts was a double-winner. His ‘Juvenile Peregrine Falcon’ was an outstanding photograph that ticked all the boxes, according to Judge Graber, whereas his ‘Kingfisher with frog supper’ was the superb result from his lock-down project.

Steve Morris visited a well-known local memorial to take the stunning portrait photograph ‘Daydreaming’. Judge Graber was impressed by the authentic background, and model Lucy’s facial expression.

Two months of patient stalking paid off when Richard Sheldrake eventually captured the moment a bee quenched its thirst in his garden. He said: “Every morning around 6.30am the bee would visit and I repeatedly tried and failed to take his photo”. Richard had another success with his long exposure image ‘Eystrahorn Storm’, where the judge particularly liked the great range of tones on display in this stunning black and white photograph.

In the Open Class, Monica Hill was another double-winner. She headed to Woking Park one foggy morning, and her composition of misty backgrounds and reflections caught the eerie atmosphere. In her portrait picture of smiling child, Monica captured the facial expression and personality of ‘Neema’.

Cat Briggs was on a trip to the Red Sea when she spotted a two-banded red sea Anemone fish in its underwater home. The judge said this image with it’s with their deep rich colours had an immediate “wow” effect.

David Harrower’s ‘Heads in the Clouds’ was taken on the south coast. He said: “The receding tide had left large pools of still water where the reflections of people were very clear and bright. Using a tiltable screen I was able to hold the camera almost in the water to frame the photo. Back at home I inverted the image, and thought that it looked more interesting upside down.”

Sally Howard was keeping out of the hot sun at Clearwater Beach, Florida, when she spotted a flock of terns ‘Shade Bathing’. Sally said that the background of white sands, puffy clouds and beautiful blue sun umbrellas in the distance made it a fun picture waiting to be taken.

Club President Rob Bonfield said: “I am delighted with the quality of our first competition with a really strong set of images. It was good to see a number of newer members winning in the Open section, and with a few photographers moving very successfully up a level to the Advanced section the quality of photography at all levels bodes well for the future of the club.”

For more details on Woking Photographic Society’s monthly competitions, see the website:; or Facebook: WokingPS, or Instagram: Wokingps.


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