I recently visited The Isle of Man to judge The Isle of Man Photographic Societies Annual Photography competition 2016, and not having visited the island for some time, I took the opportunity to do some sight seeing and catch up with old friends whilst there.
So two days of judging, with day one spent judging prints, and day two spent judging the projected images.
The competition was split into the three classes (standard, intermediate and advanced) and a further 5 categories within each class.
The mornings were spent looking through the images and sorting and awarding the ones with the highest quality, and the afternoon spent sight seeing the island, accompanied by different members of The Society.
In the evening I presented the awarded images and gave a critique of each image to the audience, following the critique I gave a presentation of my own work, each evening.
The overall standard of the work I judged in The Isle of Man, I considered to be of a high standard, and there was some exceptional photography seen over the two days.
One example was Sue Blythe's photography, who won The Mistral Trophy for Best Digital Image in Competition, as well as The Spiers Trophy for Best Natural History Image with her picture of a Polar Bear and Cub stepping across ice cubes in The Arctic..
On completion of the two days, I was awarded as a thank you with a clock, which was housed in a piece of Beech wood, from one of the original Isle of Man water wheel Paddles. A generous token of appreciation from The Isle of Man Photographic Society.
The trip was really enjoyable, as well as seeing the fantastic photographic work, it was a chance to spend time with existing friends, and also an opportunity to make new friends. And as eer always time to get out and about with the camera.
My sincere thanks go to The Isle of Man Photographic Society, and in particular the members that spent time arranging my trip, and to all that went to the trouble to drive me around the island.