Each year we hold a photographic competition which is judged by Gary Sandiland, the head of Photography at the South Cheshire College.


Prizes are awarded at the end of season dinner.


All photographic entries must have been taken on one of the official guided walks with the place and date identified.


For more information please contact John Leese (telephone 01606 74925).


Other general photographs that are taken on walks can be inserted onto the Gallery pages of the website.  These should be sent to Jean Pritchett by email to webmaster@davenhamramblers.co.uk 


Categories for the 2017 competition will be different than previously in order to stretch the skills of the photographers. 


Entries for the 2017 should be sent to John Leese before 4th November 2017 to be judged before the end of season dinner on 17th November.


This year's categories and the judge's comments are as follows:


Category 1.  Texture and Patterns.  


The structure of an object is its form and the material from which it is made constitutes its texture.  To simplify - the texture conveys what the subject feels like to touch.  Is it hard or soft, smooth or rough?  If you can convey these feelings then you are translating texture visually.  Contrasting a smooth object and a rough one allows you to see the different textures.  Getting in closer helps to achieve this feeling.


Patterns can be found everywhere - in nature and in man made constructions.  They are made up of repeated objects, shapes or colours and whether they are random or ordered can be very pleasing to the eye.  Entrants can use patterns as the main subject of the photograph with the focal point on the patterns.  Or you can use the patterns as a backdrop for something else.


Category 2.  The Found Still Life.


When most of us think of a still life photograph or picture, we generally think of a created still life where the entire composition is built or arranged by the artist.  This is often a skill used in portraying a bowl of fruit - for instance choosing the most photogenic bowl, which fruit to use, how to position and light all the different elements. 


But when you are walking down your favourite hill side and see a fallen leaf sitting on a particularly attractive rock, this also constitutes a still life.  If you photograph it as you see it, without making any adjustments this is known as a Found Still Life


Category 3.  Leading LInes.


These are lines within a image that lead the eye to another point in the image, or occasionally outside the image.  Anything with a definite line can be a leading line.  Fences, bridges, furrows in a field, and even a shoreline can lead the eye. 


If you can pair leading lines with a subject that is placed according to the rule of thirds, your image should be very strong.


Category 4.  Miscellaneous.


This fourth category includes everything else!!


All photogaphs should be recognisable as being taken on one of the listed walks in the 2017 programme and labelled accordingly with the date, place and perhaps a title as well as the photographer's name.



Winners 2016




Overall Winner:


Photographer:  Julie Farrow.

Walk:                Frodsham Marshes.

Date:                28th June 2016              





     Winner Landscape Section:


     Photographer:   Andy Ryder.

     Walk:                 Frodsham Marshes.

     Date:                 28th June 2016



Winner Animal and Birds Section


Photographer:  Ray Jones

Walk:                Daisy Nook 

Date:                11th September 2016








Winner Architectural Feature Section


Winner:        Julie Farrow

Walk:            Conway Coastal Walk

Date:            21st May 2016









Winner People Section


Photographer:     John Leese

Walk:                   Ironbridge

Date:                    5th June 2016

Photographic Judge's Comments on the 2016 entries.


As always it was a pleasure and a headache to judge the competition.  There were so many really good photographs.


The Overall Winner was a great direct shot of a cow which fills the frame and captures the beauty of the beast.   The grass in the foreground curls to form a natural frame taking the viewer to the mouth of the animal and is a great quirky bonus.  The shallow depth of field concentrates the gaze around the face of the animal.  If you do not take this type of shot quickly it is normally gone in a blink, but to improve would be for the photoraphaer to move slightly to the right (or to zoom out) to capture all of the animal's left ear.   


The Winner of the Landscape section showed excellent positioning of the wind turbine.  A great skyscape was captured with amazine light hitting the water to make a dramatic 21st century landscape.  Turner-esque in its composition!


The Winner of the Wildlife section has an amazing green colour and light that contrasts with the grey and brown of the birds.  The central framing of the birds works well and the photographer has zoomed in to allow the viewer to appreciate the beauty and texture of the wildlife and the natural habitat they they are in and this in its self is a great view.


The Winner of the Architectural Feature section is an unusual sculpture replicating nature after a nuclear fallout giving an oversizing of mussel shells.  Sculptures will always cause great debate and interest - for instance the Angel of the North was not well received by the natives when it was first built and I imagine this smaller scupture gives considerable pause for thought.  The sculpture is centrally positioned in the photograph and the dark grey and steel blue works well in the environment that they are situated in. 


The Winner of the People category is a candid image from behind of two ladies sitting and sharing a moment on a bench.  Good photographic composition positions the ladies in the bottom left hand side and this allows the viewer to share their view.  Beyond the water the green bank and the grand house look vast.  This is helped by the image being taken in portrait mode.