Recently, the CHCH Photo Society asked if I would assist judging the annual Laurie Thomas Landscape Salon. This is an long standing photo competition hosted by various camera clubs about NZ, with annual judging alternating between the South and North Island.
Bringing in John Foster MNZIPP and Janyne Fletcher GMNZIPP, we managed to look through 498 images to select a range of finalists. The top medalists are noted below.
Congratulations to all who managed a distinction, especially the medalists noted below. (I can reassure readers, that despite knowing some finalists once winners were matched with scoring, that the judging process was completely anonymous and unanimous by all judges!).
Seeing so many people out and about in our beautiful country is extremely inspiring. There were images from all over the land, from a range of entrants, showing a range of techniques.
I’m excited to have had this as a ‘warm up’ to our annual professional awards coming up next month.
Roger Wandlass’s winning image, Oreti, Laurie Thomas Landscape Salon 2023.
As judges we all felt there was a simplicity of subject represented here, yet with greater inspection, was actually quite complex. The flow of the wave action provided direction, yet was not symmetrical. There was a tension between the top and bottom,and again between left and right, each with a different flow. Given the angle of view, judges felt this was a novel perspective on a rather anonymous subject. It was felt this captured equally – beauty and harshness. I visual statement if you like, representative of the wider NZ landscape in general. The waves have magical brush like strokes, each one like chapters with various smaller paragraphs of details, that viewed together read like a book! The allegorial reference to NZ painters (Hammond, Hotere…) was not lost, as was the transcendence of photography by way of visual allusion to a Maori korowai (cloak). It was this depth, and move from showcasing simply a literal landscape, that we felt made this the worthy winner.