Guest post: Of Kingfishers, Wasps and Turtles

Tony Coombes shares his thoughts on Round One of our Club League competition…


The creative skills of Overton Photographic Club were well in evidence in Round One of the internal club competition on Friday evening.

Natural history images scored particularly well in the advanced PDI section with yet another stunning kingfisher shot from Alan Willis. Brian Chivers’ in-your-face view of a wasp drinking had amazing colours and clarity. And the picture of a turtle at 24 metres under the Red Sea showed the beauty of the animal as well as Mark Davies’ technical skill.

Aside from the nature pictures there were some great landscape scenes in vivid colour, pastel and monochrome.

Monochrome urban landscapes were also well represented, including shots of Oxford, an intricate wrought iron stairway and architectural images of Kings Cross and Thames bridges.

The weird shapes and terrific colours of John Hodge’s Science Museum also found favour with the judge, unlike the crescent moon in his skyscraper shot, which the judge unjustly declared suspicious. John’s tailor (well, the photo of a tailor, I mean, I don’t know where he gets his suits made) scored well in the print section.

In the general class it looks like we are in for a domestic battle between Mr and Mrs Gibson. Advantage swung one way then another on Friday so the calculators will be out during aperitifs to see who holds the lead after Round One.

Jason Hyde’s latest comedy genre scored well with the audience as the poor judge studied it for several moments before declaring himself baffled. Those of us who had had the image of Jason limbo dancing at a remarkable angle beneath a flask of dubious liquid explained to us the previous week, smirked quietly to ourselves.

Bring on Round Two!

Check out a selection of images from Round One in our previous post.