And the winner is

Stone circle in Belmullet, Mayo
Lorraine’s winning shot in the Senior B&W category

What a good night for the P&B’s in the camera club monthly competition. This months theme was Rural Landscape and neither of us felt too comfortable as we don’t normally shoot landscapes. We struggled to come up with suitable images from the archives and after much trawling and searching settled on a couple each.  This first shot Lorraine used as her B&W print entry and much to her surprise it came out on top in the Senior section – her second win in as many competitions (she also took the overall spot with last months image). This was taken on one of our photowalks up in the far reaches of Belmullet, Co. Mayo.

Hedgerow and fields from a balloon
Hedgerow from above

My shot was taken from a trip in a hot air balloon. No fancy lenses here, just my trusty nifty fifty looking straight down on typical hedgerow in between some newly sown fields. It was certainly different from all the other entries and the judge was impressed enough to give it top spot in the Senior colour print section and to give it the overall prize on the night.

So there my goes credibility! I’ve won a landscape competition (albeit a small one) and I don’t like landscapes. Well it’s not that I don’t like them, I just find them boring and lifeless. 90% of landscape shots are mediocre at best. Another 9% are pretty good and maybe 1% are stunning. However for me they just don’t float my boat and I know Lorraine feels the same. The other thing is I’m a lazy feicer and I couldn’t face getting up at some ungodly hour to be somewhere pretty for a sunrise.

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