AXMINSTER Photography Club held its annual Thirkettle Cup competition this month, with a photo of Lyme Reach beach winning the top prize.
Usually a print competition, this year club chairman Ian Crawford organised a digital image content in light of social distancing measures due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The judge was John Tilsley, from Dorchester Camera Club, who in view of the current situation generously waived his fee so the club could donate the corresponding amount to the Axminster Food Bank.
John judged the 40 images at home and then gave his assessment of all the entries to the club by way of a near 50-minute audio presentation. Such was the high standard this year that John shortlisted 13 of the images before selecting first, second and third place.
The winner was ‘Figure on the Breakwater’, a black and white image of Lyme Regis beach by new member Paul Starck. The judge particularly highlighted the emotion and drama the image portrayed and its uniqueness to a scene with which most of us are very familiar.
Second place was ‘First Bend’ by Barrie Castle and in third place was ‘Inverted Aerobatics’ taken by Phil Hodges.