TWO amateur photographers who spent an entire year snapping away with their cameras have each clinched top gongs at the final competition of a Rustington-based photography club.
Stephen Rogers and Michael Palmer, of the Littlehampton and District Camera Club, were each praised for their pictures which were judged to be two of the best ones taken by any member at the group this year.
However, it was not an easy decision for the competition’s judge Bob Webzell, who had to decide between six pictures – all of which scored top marks.
John Raymond, spokesman for the camera club which meets at the Rustington Methodist Church Hall, in Claigmar Road, said: “There were a lot of great entries to round the year off.
“All of them were really varied and we had some really cracking shots coming through.
“All the top pictures scored 20 marks out of a possible 20 so it was a really difficult decision for the judge, Bob, to make.
“In the end he just picked his favourites.”
Stephen’s picture, Woodland Daybreak, was awarded the Jack Thompson’s Memorial Cup for the best print of the year.
The photo depicted a stunning black and white scene capturing the first rays of sunlight piercing through the treetops, bathing the autumnal woodland floor below in a warm glow.
Michael Palmer clinched the Ron Moore’s Cup for the best projected digital image (PDI) of the year for his stunning vista shot of London taken from the viewing platform of the capital’s iconic Shard building.
Other images in contention for the awards, but which narrowly missed out, included Lindsey Green’s image titled French Dawn; an evocative sepia toned picture of a misty morning over the farming countryside of France.
A complete contrast to Lindsey’s quiet image is Mike Constable’s Disco Dancing.
“The vibrant colours containing the silhouettes of dancers delighted judge Bob,” added John.
Wendy Eve’s entry of an emperor shrimp on a sea cucumber also impressed. The tiny shrimp, which is only one-and-a-half centimetres long, was taken deep underwater.
Chris Green continued the foreign and exotic theme with his picture taken at Dubai International Airport.
The impressive black and white image showed-off the 21st century architectural lines and sweeping curves of the airport.
The club’s next bout of competitions starts on September 10 and will be the group’s 70th season.