Jay was a kind and constructive judge, giving her positive opinions first and following up with suggestions for improving the image where necessary. Marking fell between 15 and 20, with a clear exposition of each score. She explained that she was not hung up about sharpness or general rules, but would respond to whether she liked or didn’t like an image. She tended to not like cluttered pictures or fussy backgrounds and wanted to be sure the viewer is drawn towards the subject intended by the photographer. She emphasised that attention to possible distractions around the frame, or areas which are too bright, are just as important in DPIs as in prints, and need to be corrected in post-processing if not in camera.
As this was the last of our four competitions, there will be overall winners in print and DPI categories announced in due course, together with the scores from last night. There were enough 19 and 20 marks awarded to please more than a few members and they are all to be warmly congratulated. (Images awarded 20 in gallery below.) Many thanks to Jay Charnock for her light touch and encouraging words.