DIGITAL wizardry and technical brilliance have once again been on display by photographers across the Littlehampton area.
Dozens of amateur snappers from the Littlehampton and District Camera Club took part in some of the group’s final competitions of the year.
And the standard for the nature print, digital image competition and 1st merit open remained as high as ever, with more than 70 entries in each category.
Judge for the nature competitions was experienced photographer Steve Coward, who is an expert in the digital manipulation of images.
Competition in the nature print section was fierce but after a long debate, the winning print was given to Chris Kislingbury for his perfectly-timed shot of a hover fly resting on a leaf.
Second place was awarded to Ray Teuchert for his beautiful image of a meadow butterfly entitled Sharing Lunch, while Pat Lee was in third place for her picture of a black-headed gull guarding its nest.
The digital nature image was also a tough one to call with all the images in the section being projected onto a large screen.
The eventual champion was Michael Palmer for his evocative shot of an old tree on a winter’s day, called Common Beech.
Second place went to Kevin Barrett for his dramatic picture of a two cheetahs in the wild grasslands, while third place was presented to Marion Sweeney for her macro image of an unfolding fern frond.
The 1st digital image was judged by Brighton-based photographer Claude Lester, who has a passion for nature photography – particularly in taking images of brown ‘grizzly’ bears and polar bears.
However, it was Michael Palmer’s shot, Dodgy Dodgem which took first prize staving-off competition from Claude’s more-favoured topics revolving around nature.
The runner-up was Rod Armstong for his incredible landscape portrayal, entitled, Tranquillity over the sound of Jura, while Chris Kislingbury took third.