Judge- Steve Boyle. Beginners: DINGLE: Jim Colourful formal gardens photographed from a high viewpoint gives a layered image with detail throughout. A bit over saturated and over sharpened giving an unreal look. SUNRISE, COSTA AUTIGUA : Lu Dunne I commend the fact that you are up early to catch the sunrise ! There’s a dynamic between the post and the sun. The white foam on the sea adds interest. The horizon is a little downhill. THE DINGLE SHREWSBURY: Jim Centrally placed water feature dominates the image, supported by the predominately green surround. Perhaps angle the camera down a little to eliminate the bright sky top mid frame and concentrate the eye on the dominant water feature. A little unsharp. MENI BRIDGE: Jim: Commended A good composition with the image split by the bridge and showing the buildings underneath demonstrating a well selected viewpoint. There is a hint of a mountain in the recession which adds interest. Unfortunately the image is unsharp. HERNE BAY Lu Dunne: 2nd Place Most sunset shots become all about the sky colour but this has interesting silhouetted shapes, almost symmetrical, together with the reflection which lift it. FAMILY CANVEY ISLAND: Lu Dunne: 1st Place An amusing composition, full of joy. A selfie with an obediently posed family group. The bookended, standing figures are essential to the composition and are slightly distorted due to the wide angle lens. That adds a dynamism to the image as they gently lean into the image.Intermediate: BELOW ESTALADA: Gwynn Good composition with a lead in from the left which takes the eye around the frame. Colour is a little too subdued, a bit flat. If the saturation is increased it would strengthen the image. OFF THE BEATEN TRACK: Keith Dawson The path leads the eye to the pylon and it takes time to notice the mountains on the right. The horizon is a little central in the frame although the clouds are nice. The over saturation means that the sky colour dominates. If you find something to act as foreground interest, angle the camera down a little it would raise the horizon line and give interest throughout. VALIBRON: Gwynn: The brightly coloured blooms draw the eye along the drive, which is good but we are only treated to a white garage door which is disappointing. Perhaps the better image would have been one side or the other simply giving blooms, palms and the wall. LANZAROTE : Gwynn Commended Interesting architecture decorated with items designed to draw you inside and part with your money. Despite the main interest being in a straight, horizontal line, the tower lends balance to this scene. ROCKY POINT: Keith Dawson: 2nd Place Another central horizon but the explosive sky and foreground textures deserve equal billing. Mountains and buildings break the horizon nicely BEST SEAT IN TOWN: Keith Dawson: 1st Place Great light. A layered image with foreground, mid ground and background interest. The boat on the left is perhaps a little over bright.Experienced: . BACTON WOODS WITH THE FAMILY:Ken Johnson. Well handled exposure as it’s tricky to hold detail in the predominately black spaniel. Pleasant family snap but possibly of more interest to family than to others. Sorry. CORRALEJO HARBOUR: John Verlander. A confused, muddled image but that’s the point, I guess. The blue and yellow boat, bottom left, is the main feature but the white painted concrete lock up really dominates and is distracting. Perhaps walk forward and make the red and yellow boat the main foreground interest, thus eliminating the concrete structure. EL COTILLO NEW HARBOUR: Wendy. Diffused sunlight adds to the atmosphere of the scene. Trees are well placed in the frame and their height breaks the horizon line, which again, is very central so splits interest. The muted colours are pleasing but perhaps the buildings are not required in this shot. The colours do not harmonise with the overall scene. HILLS AND DUNES A landscape that is cleverly reduced to a pattern picture. The base is pleasing with texture, light and shade. I feel the sky could be darkened a little to bring out detail in the clouds to compliment the shapes below. HOW HILL. NORFOLK BROADS: Ken Johnson Framed to emphasise the big skies of Norfolk. White fluffy clouds dotted around, breaking up the intense blue. The strong light has blocked up the dark shadows, especially around the greenery, removing detail. Not sure there is enough of the building on show as it nestles within the foliage. MEDIEVIL: John Verlander. Close, central, brightly lit suit of armour strongly dominates the image and gives impact. This is balanced by the armour in the background with it’s strong shadow. Somewhat spoiled by the large shadow of the photographer, this needed a few steps back and the use of a longer sense to eliminate the ‘selfie’. MONTREAL BELLAY, FRANCE: Ken Johnson. A tranquil image with pleasing reflections. A little bright, possibly over exposed but could be improved with post processing which would bring out the detail and texture of the brickwork in the bridge. Cropping out the sky would strengthen the image. STRATFORD ON AVON: Helen. A pleasing, timeless scene. Bright daylight renders bright colours and the figure in blue offers a contrast to the reds and greens. Having said that, I feel it’s a little over saturated. SUNSET AT LA SANTA: Wendy. Starburst sun draws the eye immediately and gives a trail of highlight on the water. Layers of texture add interest to the tonally subdued foreground. I feel the modern looking buildings to the left are not adding to the scene and the central horizon line isn’t adding visual interest to the composition. WANLOCK HEAD: Wendy. Whilst I understand the desire to give us the full wide scene, I feel the bottom quarter could be removed to strengthen the image. This would place the white building towards the bottom of the frame. As it stands, it’s that white building that first draws the eye, then the eye goes up to the hill and out of the picture space leaving the base largely unexplored by the viewer. NEWMARKET: John Verlander. Commended This is different. The juxtaposition between reality and the the screen is fascinating. The inclusion of the surrounding crowd sets the scene. Very original. EL COTILLO: Keith Vincent. Commended Well balanced scene, more interestedly placed horizon line this time. The fence on the left, appearing from the corner of the image leads the eye towards the lit lamp which is in colour harmony with the sky. White tide lifts the mid frame gloom and the white key line aids presentation. PEDN VOUNDER AND LOGAN ROCK : Keith Vincent. Commended Well exposed and composed landscape with tiny figures giving scale. The cliffs wrap themselves around the bay, extending into the sea, enclosing the beach where it’s sandbank adds visual interest to that area. The key line helps to project it forward. One minor niggle, the distracting twig in the foreground could be cloned out. PLAYA DE SOTOVENTO: Keith Vincent. Commended The small selective colour helps as without it, the boat would be insignificant in the frame. Good texture and detail throughout topped with a good sky. Tonally good. WIND ENERGY; Alan Hillman. Commended Texture, light and shade lift this striking image. The curl of the dunes top centre present a dark shaded area to contrast against the moody sky. WINTER QUARTERS: 3rd Place Helen. Bright, heavily saturated contrasting colours hit you instantly. The red flowers draw you in to the blue, centrally placed pool. The large palm tree to the right is very important as it’s height fills the sky. CALM : Alan Hillman 2nd Place The calm in the title is achieved with diffusion to the image which gives a dreamy, atmospheric feel. The photographer is inviting us to create our own story line. The anonymous, enigmatic figure is apparently staring out to sea. Why ? Make up your own story. TORBAY: Helen. 1st Place Great viewpoint, love the gulls giving impact to the foreground, backed by the line of beach huts stretching into the distance, standing out below the greenery. The small figures scattered throughout add humanity. I assume the photographer added the vignetting because she or he thought it enhanced the timeless seaside image.