Panel Competition judged by Phil Joyce

Last week’s meeting – Panel Competition judged by Phil Joyce


Phil began the evening by reminding everyone of the rules for the panel competition and emphasised the following:

3.2b Each panel of pictures should explore and represent a theme, as explained/referred to in the title.

3.2c Digital panels will be a single image made up of two to six individual images.

Note: this number includes any image used as a background; plain colour backgrounds do not count as an image.

He then went into Peter O’Sullevan horse racing parlance and started with the non-runners. These were excellent images, but they did not meet the criteria of a panel, mainly because the entries were not ‘two to six individual images’. Phil was very complimentary of each image but could not include them in the panel competition.

Phil then moved to the also rans, the runners and riders. There were lots of very good panels and Phil commented on how they worked and where the photographer may think how to further finesse the work.

We then were into the final furlong and again Phil made very interesting comments and compliments about the images before deciding on this final three.

“And coming up to the line to win like a fresh horse in great style, it’s hat off to a tremendous reception you’ve never heard like before. It’s the bookies’ favourite “My poor broken window” ridden by Peter Warrington to win this year’s Oxford Panel Challenge Cup. And a few lengths back, coming up towards the line, the tired now but game “Bunch of blooms” ridden by Ian Bray to take second, and a short head behind in third place “Throw away world” also ridden by Peter Warrington.” Apologies to the late great Peter O’Sullevan.

Back in the paddock Phil ran through all the entries asking each photographer about their entries and discussing whether the comments were useful, how the shots were taken and other aspects of the work.

The level of photography was very high and a great deal of creatively was on display. Many congratulations to Pete for winning.

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