Buderim Garden Club

Buderim Garden Club

May Photo Competition: Ferns

Our Photo Judge, Paul Lucas has again had a hard job of picking winners in this month's competition.  He comments:
The ferns should have instant impact and want viewers to explore further.  It is important that there are minimal distractions taking the viewer's eye from the scene.  This is often best achieved with a balanced simple uncluttered image - but not always!!
The display of the ferns should be sharp, dominant, nicely composed and preferably highlight their beauty.
The ferns should be in peak condition.   Good lighting and exposure are important.

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There were 14 awards from 44 entries. Paul commented:
Unfortunately, some of the loevly images, that should a=have been considered for an award, were very small file size resulting in the visual image being small, with often poor sharpness and the colour rendition to be poor, which obviously affected their rating.  A pity for those members.

The winning entry was from Elizabeth Hales.   Second was Steve Wikman.  Third place-getter was John Sargaison
Highly Commended Awards:  Joy Fixter (no. 3), Joy Goulding (no.9), Nev Douglas (no. 12) Patricia James (no. 16) Steve Wikman (no. 19) Julie Bidwell (nos. 33,  34, 35) and Helen Forbes (nos. 37, 39 and 43).  He also did a special complimentary note for Dianne Read (for no. 6) and Joy fixter (for no. 1)






First Place: Elizabeth Hales (no. 28 in list)





Second Place: Steve Wikman (no. 18 in list)





Third Place: John Sargaison (no. 36 in list)

Monthly topics:

June: Autumn Colours.
July: Visitors to the garden.
August
: Art in the garden.
Sept
: Productive gardens and/or edibles.

Oct: Festival schedule

April: Garden scene- public or private Photos

Judge Paul Lucas has given some very detailed inspiring comments for the April competition of a "Garden Scene"
His general Critique for this topic is:
"The garden scene should have instant impact and want viewers to explore it further. It is important there are minimal annoying distractions that take the viewer's eye from the scene. This is often best achieved with a balanced simple uncluttered image - but not always!!. The display of the garden scene should be sharp, dominant, nicely composed and preferably highlight the beauty of the garden content. Plants and flowers should always be in peak condition. Good lighting and exposure are important."

Entries for May - Ferns  must be received at buderimphotos@gmail.com by 30th April 2020.

Nev Douglas has come first in April's competition with this photo.

The judge Paul had this to say about his photo:

This scene instantly grabs the viewers' attention to spend more time viewing it in more detail.  It has excellent sharpness, appropriate lighting angle and suitable exposure. The rambling garden scene nicely fills the frame.  The colour gives the image a mood that is pleasing to the viewer.  There is appropriate depth of field that suits the scene.  There are no distractions.  


Second Place is this photo entry from Steve Wikman

The judge Paul commented about his photo:

This scene instantly grabs the viewers' attention to spend more time viewing it in more detail.  It has excellent sharpness, appropriate lighting angle and suitable exposure. It is a colourful scene and has lovely composition.  There is appropriate depth of field that suits the scene.  The scene nicely fills the frame and there are no distractions.  

Steve, like Nev, received a Highly Commended for his other two entries!!!  ❤
Third position is John Sargaison's photograph.

The judge Paul had this feedback:
This scene instantly grabs the viewers' attention to spend more time viewing it in more detail.  It has excellent sharpness, appropriate lighting angle and suitable exposure. The diagonal slant adds softness to the image rather than a static straight across or upright view. There is appropriate depth of field that suits the scene.  The colourful garden scene nicely fills the frame.  There are no distractions.  

John Sargaison got a Highly Commended for one other of his photograph entries!

April's "Really Highly Commended": Joy Goulding, and Patricia Moses for 2 of her photos.


Highly commended:

Joy Goulding

Nev Douglas (2)

Patricia James 

Paul Moses

Shaun Longdon

Steve Wikman (2)

Athol Lubbe

John Lyon (3)

John Sargaison

Elizabeth Hales

March competition (Hanging Basket)  was won by John Sargaison,
2nd was Steve Wikman and third was Joy Fixter.
Co-ordinator Merryn was unable to attend the meeting, but reported that our Judge, Paul Lucas was home from overseas travel, was pleased with the entries, and gave 11 Highly Commended awards.






First Prize:  John Sargaison.


Wow! What a basket!







Second Prize:  Steve Wikman









Third Prize:  Joy Fixter

Check out the 'official' place-getters for February below.

March :  Hanging basket category 
Paul Lucas's Critique:
it is important that there are minimal distractions that take the viewer's eye from the subject This is best achieved with a balanced simple uncluttered image  The display of the hanging basket (and its content) should be sharp, dominant, nicely  composed and preferably highlight the beauty of the feature in its garden setting.  Good lighting and exposure are important.
1st Prize Critique:  John Sargaison
Impact, sharp, good lighting & exposure, "fills the frame", lovely composition with interesting "hanging" features I have stretched the definition of a "hanging basket" in this judging
2nd Prize Critique: Steve Wikman
Impact, sharp, basket colourful, off-centred and fits in with the surrounds
3rd Prize Critique: Joy Fixter
Good lighting & exposure, radiating lines of foliage that is in perfect condition that adds impact to the image

Highly Commended prizes to:  Patricia James (2) Steve Wikman, Chris Ryan, Diane Grady, Elizabeth Hales. John Sargaison, John Lyon, Lesley Doyle, Rpbert Wilson, and Merryn Jooste.

There were 14 awards from 47 entries = 30% awards.  An excellent result.

2020 Photo competition  February.
"Topic : "Close-up of flower, foliage and/or fungi". 

Co-ordinator Merry Jooste was very creative with a "People's Choice"  activity:  She states:

"Just for this month we have a “Peoples’ choice “ activity in the foyer. This is for you to choose who wins this month’s photographic competition as Paul, our judge, is on holiday with no internet connection.  All the entries have been printed and will be pinned on display boards. They will be numbered, 1-60  You will be asked to choose the 3 best photos, in your opinion. You'll be given 3 buttons, and asked to place each in the numbered cup ( on a nearby table)  matching  the number of the photos of your choice.

Our judge will formally choose the winner on his return and his decision will go towards the  person’s points towards the overall tally for the end of the year total win. There will be a one off prize for this activity this month.
Many thanks to Merryn and John Lyon for setting up all the photos in the hall foyer.

The "People's Choice" award : 1st - Julie Bidwell,   2nd  - Elizabeth Hales. 3rd equal - Elizabeth Hales and John Lyon
A special encouragement award was given to Helen Thorpe.





People's Choice Winner: Julie Bidwell







People's Choice: 2nd Prize Elizabeth Hales







People's Choice Equal Third Prize:
Elizabeth Hales







People's Choice Equal 3rd Prize:  John Lyon
BUT................... The February results are back, as judged by Paul Lucas.

So .... compared to our People's Choice awards!!!
We gave Julie Bidwell's photo First Place! Paul gave her third place
We gave Elizabeth Hales' photos 2nd and a tie in third place.  Those photos did not feature in Paul's awards!!
But Elizabeth did get an HC for another photograph.
We gave John Lyon's photo a tie third place and Paul gave him a HC!
Make of that as you will! It just shows how individual the judging process is!

First: Barbara Eberhart     Second: Nev Douglas  Third: Julie Bidwell
21 awards from 66 entries - 32%awards

Highly Commended
Christine Rule
John Sargaison    (3)
Patricia James    
Julie Bidwell    
John Lyon (2)
Tom Crerar 
Monika Stinton (2)
Carole Willis
Jenni Campbell (2)
Steve Wikman
Joy Fixter

Below are the photos of the official place-getters: 1st Barbara Eberhart , 2nd Nev Douglas,  and 3rd Julie Bidwell.

MONTHLY PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION ENTRY DETAILS for 2020

1.  Competition months are February to September.

2.  Entries to be photos taken anywhere in the world, by member competitor.

4.  Three entries per member for each monthly competition.

5.  Entries will be digital, emailed to buderimphotos@gmail.com  to be received by the  end of each calendar month i.e. Jan 31st for February competition.

6.  Rules are provide upon request, displayed on the noticeboard and on the website,

7.  Points are awarded: 3 for First, 2 for Second, 1 for Third.Judges’ decision is final.  Highest aggregate points will be awarded the Buderim Garden Club Perpetual Photography Trophy, at the AGM, with a photo frame presented to second.


Monthly topics:

Feb: Close-up of flower, foliage and/or fungi.
March
: Hanging Basket.
April
: Garden scene- public or private.
May
: Ferns.
June: Autumn Colours.
July: Visitors to the garden.
August
: Art in the garden.
Sept
: Productive gardens and/or edibles.

Oct: Festival schedule

The results of the monthly photo competition were announced at the November AGM.

Photo show Co-ordinator Merryn Jooste and winner
Elizabeth Hales (6 points)

Second prize: Noel Williams and Joy Fixter (5 points)

Third prize: Patricia James, Steve Wikman, Chris Ryan, Sharon Bell
and Joy Goulding (3 points)

Fourth prize: Anne Tucker and Carole Willis (2 points)

Fifth prize: John Lyon (1 point)

BUDERIM GARDEN FESTIVAL PHOTO COMPETITION AND DISPLAY 2019

Co-ordinator Merryn Jooste went to a lot of trouble to present the entries on display partitions in the Buderim Memorial Hall foyer
Merryn Jooste is the Co-Ordinator of the monthly Photo Competition and the Festival Photo competition. She will look after the White Board (for members to list plants and sundry items to swap), and also go on the Management Committee.