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Technology February

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Judges Writeup



This month we have a guest judge, Matthew van Gessel from the competition sponsor Davoom.
Here are Matthew's winners and comments: When I suggested ‘Technology’ as a theme for February’s competition I was aware that this is not an easy topic to bring to life in a 2D still image. However, I was impressed by our entrants’ creativity and the shear breadth of chosen subjects. A great big compliment to all who submitted their beautiful and sometimes very intriguing images. It is a strange but rewarding realisation that the products that Davoom ship to customers so ‘casually’ everyday, enable people to be involved in, and succeed in, what can only be described as Art.”

The winning photograph by Chris Clowe is a very strong, simple image that embodies the theme very well and turns it into a strong and very pleasing image. Great, clean, modern ambience.

Second place goes to Elliott More who shows that technology not only makes life more easy – it can also make it more beautiful. This is just such a lovely texture – I’d hang this on my wall.

Han Heeren takes third place and tells me that it was taken by someone that not only sees obvious compositions but also creates new ones from the sometimes hidden pleasures of rhythm, colour and texture.

It is always interesting how technology becomes ‘anti-technology’ as it ages. Things that were leading technology twenty, forty, eighty years ago are now seen as ‘low tech’. The whole softness and tone of fourth place, Andrew Fyfe's image brings about that realisation perfectly.

Congratulations to the winners and the shortlisted members commiserations to those who didn't make it this month, better luck next time.

Three runner up mages I felt deserved a mention:

I am a sucker for gloomy black and white images. The composition of this image by Martin Amis is also very clever in how the tyre leads your eye up to the horizon. If only we were giving away more prizes! Another one I’d happily hang up on my wall – but maybe not in the dining room or bedroom!

Apart from the lovely snow flakes, this image by Chris Warham manages to communicate the icy cold conditions under which technology is expected to function. A strong statement.

This image by Ian Andrews has a great sense of humour about it. It shows a great contrast. It’s not as strong composition-wise and therefore falls just outside the winning bracket - but it tells a lovely story!.


Web Browser1st - kidda
Web Browser
Space Age2nd - elliott_more
Space Age
wheels keep on rollin'3rd - jmh01
wheels keep on ...
Rack and Pinion4th - afyfe
Rack and Pinion

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