Stunning images, including an unusual view of West Bay Pier taken with a drone, have won prizes in the Bridport Camera Club’s landscape competition.

Entries were judged by Malcolm McNaughton of nearby Dorchester Camera Club, who was looking for visual impact photographs that communicated something about the landscape as well as technical skill.

Her choice of winning images shows that the term “landscape” is not just long views with a horizon and sky, but can be quite intimate or abstract.

New member Chris Barker earned an impressive 1st and 2nd plus two highly commended prizes in Group B. ‘Pebbles’, his unusual view of West Bay’s West Pier, is taken from his Mavic Air drone (for which he has an A2 CoC rating) which he flew off East Beach in November last year. The overcast sky was ideal for capturing the colors and details of the rocks.

Paul Barrow’s ‘Mere Downs’, above, ranked 2nd in Group A, highlights the patterns and contours of the lands below in a semi-abstract form. Third place in Group A was taken by John Grindle’s ‘Gold’, below an intimate view of the Dorset forest.

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

A club spokesperson said: “The competition took place online due to the current Covid situation and only digital images could be entered.

“We hope that before too long we will be back at City Hall where we look forward to seeing the members’ photographic prints as well as meeting more socially face to face. Whether the meetings are online or in person , the club are always happy to welcome visitors at an additional charge of £3.”

The full results were: Group A: 1st. Carol Triton, 2nd. Paul Barrow, 3rd. John Grindle, with Highly Commended to Oran Balazs, John Grindle and Carol Tritton.

Group B: 1st & 2nd. Christopher Barker, 3rd. Jan Williams and highly commended for Chris Evans, Christopher Barker and Sandra Wayman.

More information about the club can be found at https://www.bridportcameraclub.co.uk/

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