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The competition for August involved our three-legged friend, the tripod, courtesy of Manfrotto, a one day workshop with Tom Mackie and a bucketload of film from Fuji. The theme was of course, long exposures and you responded manfully, and er womanfully, to the challenge. There were prizes for the top three, but there were so many very good entries that positions 4-6 have been selected as well for no other reason than to give credit to the photographers who took them. So, no prizes to John Longcroft-Neil and his firework man, Claire Morgan for her moving nude and Paul Sutton for his interior car shot, but they can take due credit for their splendid images.
So, to the winner then, and Gary McParland's The Lost Buoy picture, bagging first prize of a Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod and 804RC2 head, a Manfrotto 679B Monopod, the one day workshop with Tom Mackie and 10 rolls of Velvia on the format of his choice. A combination of classical seascape photography, with brooding clouds, misty sea and the red, abandoned buoy in the foreground clinching the win.
Second place went to Steve Sharp with his abandoned receiver dish, masterfully painted with flash while the stars whirled in the background and colour cascaded through the sky. Steve wins a Manfrotto 190XPROB tripod and 390RC2 head plus 10 rolls of the black stuff.
And in the third prize spot, taking home the Manfrotto Digi Tripod which includes a head and another 10 rolls of Velvia, was Darren Athersmith's beautiful shot of Askam beach. Picture postcard stuff.
Congratulations to everyone who was shortlisted, there were some cracking shots this month.