Stunning images at the Chelmsford panel competition

It was great to have seven of our club members to represent Halstead at the Chelmsford Panel Competition this afternoon. Fourteen clubs took part, with 28 panels, and I'm sure everyone there would agree that the work on show was of an extremely high standard, as well as being incredibly varied.

The judge was Barbie Lindsay who, as always, was fair, constructive and insightful in her comments.

The two panels representing Halstead were Cuban Colour by Gill Beckett and The Foxes of Zandvoort by Tori Andrews. Both received an excellent critique from Barbie with lots of positive comments but didn't quite make it to the final selection.

Barbie's top three were:

- in third place, a characterful panel of farm animal portraits from Chelmsford CC

- in second place, a beautiful panel of hummingbirds and flowers, constructed with a botanical painterly feel, again from Chelmsford

- and taking the top spot was Cambridge with a panel depicting wild animals in snow, shot in Yellowstone NP, USA.

It would be hard to argue with Barbie's choice. The Yellowstone natural history panel was simply breathtaking.

Four panels were highly commended:

- a simple but perfectly balanced study of architecture, from Maldon CC, called 'shadows and shapes'

- a fascinating collection of 'double exposure' type images showing architectural features overlaid with flowers, from Wayland CC

- a submission from Colchester CC of pin-sharp insect photography set on pastel soft backgrounds

- and a panel of dancers enhanced by a mix of flowing voile and smoke patterns, from Benfleet CC.

I believe Chelmsford CC usually put the winning panels on their website but this doesn't tend to happen overnight! In the meantime attached is a photo taken after the competition showing the first place Yellowstone panel.

A big thank you to Gill and Tori for allowing their work to represent us.

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Well the first round of the DPI was a bit bruising (for some of us) but hats off to the winners of all those 10s. Let me start with the novice group, we really must think about renaming this group. K