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Sand Fans Lois Wakeman
CREDIT: Lois Wakeman

Members competition June

Our thanks go to Dr Michael Pritchard for judging our competition, his comments are shown below and the winning image now becomes the header image.

"It’s hard to know where to start. The RPS’s South West region clearly has a very talented group of photographers. The entries for the monthly competition ranged across fine art, contemporary, landscape, natural history, and humour too from Bob Morgan,  although it was surprising that portraiture wasn’t represented. Perhaps we are all social distancing a little too much?  With an open call the selector’s own interests and prejudices come in to play once a few weaker images are taken out.  But even this didn’t help me much, as even those genres which are normally of less interest to me were very strong.

The flower pictures were all very beautiful with their authors’ different approaches from Jenny, Janet, Susannah, Diana and Lynn. Elsewhere the land and seascapes worked well and were a nice reminder of the world beyond lockdown. Rob and Ken’s insects were beautifully photographed. The subjects of the black and white images from Mike, Mick and Chris lent themselves well to monochrome which added atmosphere. It would be very easy to name-check everyone who submitted – so please accept my thanks for your submissions – which brings me to my winner.

As I said at the earlier this is very much choice and if I were selecting for a different type of competition or to a theme then a different winner would probably emerge. On this occasion my personal winner is Sand Fans from Lois Wakeman. We have all seen these pattern made by retreating water on the beach but Lois has captured a particularly distinctive pattern in which I can see a mountain range and forest. It is nicely observed and photographed it just worked for me on a wet Saturday afternoon.

But well done to all – on a different day it could easily have been someone else!"

Dr Michael Pritchard FRPS, Director, Education and Public Affairs at the Royal Photographic Society.

As last month, rules will be as before:

You must be a South West Region member, there is no theme, anything goes, phone photography, cameras or digital art, but it must have been made during the lockdown, ie after 23rd March. You may enter up to 2 images, emailed

They need to be no more than 1000pixels at the longest edge and each image should be titled please, author names will be shown.Please do not watermark your images but please include any distinctions letters in you email.

When received they will be shown on this page and the winner announced in early July.

The closing date will be 28th June, after which it will be judged and the best image, in the opinion of the judge, will be awarded a small prize.

Potential Copyright issues

I have today had confirmation today that it is not possible to show the images with the "credit to author" as shown on the header images. This is something over which we have no control. Therefore, for this months competition, there will be no "click to enlarge" option, the thumbnails as shown will be all that can be seen. Also. when the images are titled they will also show the authors name which will be available for all to see. The Judge will be given the option to view large size images when completing his judging assessment. 

I hope this does not discourage entries as it would be a pity to let this spoil what was an excellent entry in May.

Sweetpea Jenni Cheesman LRPS
CREDIT: Jenni Cheesman LRPS
Social Distancing Jenni Cheesman LRPS
CREDIT: Jenni Cheesman LRPS


Left:    Sweet pea, Jenni Cheesman LRPS

Right:  Social distancing, Jenni Cheesman LRPS

Ladock Wood, Rob Eschle
CREDIT: Rob Eschle
Silver Studded Blues Mating, Rob Eschle
CREDIT: Rob Esche












Left Ladock Wood, Rob Eschle

Right Silver Studded Blues mating, Rob Eschle

Columbine Janet Downes
CREDIT: Janet Downs
Lock Down, Easy Bob Morgan
CREDIT: Bob Morgan






Left Lock down, easy, Bob Morgan

Right Columbine, Janet Downes

Alstromeria Janet Downes
CREDIT: Janet Downs
Solar Reflection June 2020 N Dutt






Left Solar reflection June 2020 Nigel Dutt ARPS

Right Alstromeria Janet Downes

Jasmina Goodair LRPS Face Covering
Jasmina Goodair LRPS Hopeful!









Left Facecovering, Jasmina Goodair

Right Hopeful, Jasmina Goodair

Decay. Mike Bondartschuk Jpeg
Tracks Mike Bondartschuk







Left Decay Mike Bondartschuk

Right Tracks Mike Bondartschuk

Smallacombe Rocks Joy Medley
Haytor Joy Medley








Left Smallacombe Rocks, Dartmoor  Joy Medley LRPS




Right Haytor Rock, Dartmoor Joy Medley LRPS

Blue Damsel Flies Mating Ken Holland
Common Blue Damsel Fly Ken Holland







Left Blue Damsel flies mating, Ken Holland ARPS

Right Common Blue Damsel fly, Ken Holland ARPS

Dartmoor View, Mick Medley
Butterfly, Mick Medley








Left Butterfly, Mick Medley LRPS

Right Dartmoor view, Mick Medley LRPS

Lend A Hand Sue Searle
Five Potatoes Sue Searle






Left Lend a hand, Sue Searle

Right Five potatoes Sue Searle

Urban Lockdown. Amber Burton
Abandoned Amber Burton





Left Urban lockdown, Amber Burton

Right Abandonded, Amber Burton

Sand Fans Lois Wakeman
CREDIT: Lois Wakeman
Blue, Blue Lois Wakeman
CREDIT: Lois Wakeman






Left Sand Fans, Lois Wakeman






Right Blue, Blue, Lois Wakeman

No Trains At Bovey Today Chris Brown
CREDIT: Chris Brown








Right, No trains at Bovey today, Chris Brown

Locked In Colour Anna Stevenson
Sands Of Time. Anna Stevenson



Left, Locked in colour, Anna Stevenson

Right, Sands of time, Anna Stevenson

Sunset Nigelduttarps
Summer Waters George Collings











Left, Sunset, Nigel Dutt ARPS

Right, Summer waters, George Collings ARPS,ADPS,CPAGB

Cyclamen Fractal George Collings
Holywell Susannah Hoare LRPS








Left, Cyclamen Fractal, George Collings ARPS,ADPS,CPAGB

Right,Holywell, Susannah Hoare LRPS

Bottles Susannah Hoare LRPS
Mud Flats River Yealm At Low Tide Sue Brown








Left, Mud flats River Yealm, Sue Brown FRPS

Right, Bottles, Susannah Hoare LRPS


Tree Shadow On The Tennis Courts. Sue Brown Jpg
Dahlia Softly Diana Fifield
CREDIT: Diana Fifield ARPS








Left, Tree shadows on the tennis court, Sue Brown FRPS

Right, Dahlia softly Diana Fifield ARPS

Lobelliacropf46172 Copy
CREDIT: Diana Fifield ARPS
Pentire Poppies Lynn Pascoe
CREDIT: Lynn Pascoe
Covid Social Confusion Lynn Pascoe
CREDIT: Lynn Pascoe








Left, Campanula, Diana Fifield ARPS

Right, Pentire Poppies, Lynn Pascoe






Lower right, Covid social confusion Lynn Pascoe














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