The votes are in on the public’s choice for favourite image in the Ilkley Camera Club Exhibition at Cliffe Castle Museum which has just ended. Top place went to Entering the Wave by Nick Hodgson.
“People often ask whether this is a fake,” said Nick, “but it’s not.” The Wave is a series of rock formations in South-Western USA. After walking over three miles of hot desert he reached a stunning scene of sandstone shaped by weather over millions of years.
“I took this with a wide angle lens to try to show the scale and beauty of this amazing place,” Nick explained.
Second favourite image was a charming shot of a Chiffchaff by Keith Allen, whilst Portrait of a Steampunker earned Neil Bland from Silsden third place.
Peter Wilson bagged both fourth and fifth places with a moody lake-side scene entitled Solitary and a skilfully photographed shot of powder being flicked off a brush.
Jessops of Leeds generously provided prizes of canvas prints for first, third and fourth places.
The second and fifth places won vouchers donated by PermaJet, the quality photographic paper suppliers.
There was also good news for Stephanie Chapman from East Yorkshire, a visitor to the Exhibition. Her voting slip was first drawn for the prize of a £20 voucher to spend at Annings Camera Shop in Ilkley.
On the last Saturday of the Exhibition the final public lecture proved a hit, with Larry James giving an engaging illustrated talk about composing photographs. He analysed the so-called rules of composition but balanced this with many examples where a skilled photographer can ‘break’ the rules to good effect.
Around 10,000 people visited Cliffe Castle while the Exhibition was on. Comments have been very favourable with visitors not only praising the quality of the images on show but also the excellent way the prints have been hung and lit.
We say a special thank you to Larry James who led the work on the exhibition, to the team of club volunteers who helped put the show on, and the staff at Cliffe Castle Museum.