Oracle Photographic Competition 2017 – The Winners and the Rest of the Best!

The response for this year’s photographic competition has been overwhelming. The standard of the entries was exceptional and Keith Hoskins and I found choosing the winners for each category extremely difficult. Take a look at the entries below and see just how many amazing photographers we have in the area! Some of these shots are sure to feature in future editions of Oracle, so keep your eyes peeled. Keith has kindly given his feedback on the winning snaps and will also be producing and exhibiting full-size prints of the winning shots at Picture Perfect, so be sure to head down to the Ridgeway, Chalkwell to take a look!

Congratulations to the winners and a big, BIG thank you to EVERYONE who took part. Remember to keep snapping for next year’s competition which promises to be bigger and better than ever!

WINNER - LOCAL ARCHITECTURE 'Goldie Oldie'  by Lennie Warwick  Love this, an almost surreal look at a very well known landmark. Great use of late afternoon sun producing some lovely golden tones topped off by a sky that takes me back to summer picnics on the downs. The lesson to learn from this image is that the world around you isn’t just the bit you see when standing and looking straight in front of you!

WINNER – LOCAL ARCHITECTURE
‘Goldie Oldie’ by Lennie Warwick
Love this, an almost surreal look at a very well known landmark. Great use of late afternoon sun producing some lovely golden tones topped off by a sky that takes me back to summer picnics on the downs. The lesson to learn from this image is that the world around you isn’t just the bit you see when standing and looking straight in front of you! KH


HIGHLY COMMENDED - ARCHITECTURE 'Winter Café' by Frances Beckerman From old to new, this photo gives us a look at the changing face of Southend seafront. Composition is good with everything falling on the ‘thirds’ and the eye is always drawn back to the main subject. I’d like to see the shots of the other colours of the water too.

HIGHLY COMMENDED – LOCAL ARCHITECTURE
‘Winter Café’ by Frances Beckerman
From old to new, this photo gives us a look at the changing face of Southend seafront. Composition is good with everything falling on the ‘thirds’ and the eye is always drawn back to the main subject. I’d like to see the shots of the other colours of the water too. KH


HIGHLY COMMENDED - LOCAL ARCHITECTURE 'Southend Conservation Area' by Hilary Painter ‘Genteel’ is the word that came to mind when first seeing this image. Showing something  of the conservation area in its surrounding environment.

HIGHLY COMMENDED – LOCAL ARCHITECTURE
‘Southend Conservation Area’ by Hilary Painter
‘Genteel’ is the word that came to mind when first seeing this image. Showing something
of the conservation area in its surrounding environment.


WINNER - LOCAL LANDSCAPE 'Cliffs' by Kim Tobin Wow! I just want to walk into the frame and sit down. So warm and welcoming with rich colours and lots to see, always bringing me back to ‘take a seat’. I’d love to have been there with a bride and groom to photograph too. KH

WINNER – LOCAL LANDSCAPE
‘Cliffs’ by Kim Tobin
Wow! I just want to walk into the frame and sit down. So warm and welcoming with rich colours and lots to see, always bringing me back to ‘take a seat’. I’d love to have been there with a bride and groom to photograph too. KH


HIGHLY COMMENDED - LOCAL LANDSCAPE 'Autumn Sunlight on Hadleigh Downs' by Terry O’Connor  One of the best renditions of this scene. Accomplished initial photography (including the cyclist, by the way) and great post-production to lighten shadows and enhance the whole photo. Good Job!

HIGHLY COMMENDED – LOCAL LANDSCAPE
‘Autumn Sunlight on Hadleigh Downs’ by Terry O’Connor
One of the best renditions of this scene. Accomplished initial photography (including the cyclist, by the way) and great post-production to lighten shadows and enhance the whole photo. Good Job! KH


UNDER 18s - LOCAL LANDSCAPE 'The Past and the Present' by Emily Rajah (age15) Another one where I knew what the photography was giving me as soon as I saw the photo. The framing? I love the Palace being on an angle and that the walkway is so dominant in the photo, a most overpowering presence and portent of things to come?

UNDER 18s – LOCAL LANDSCAPE
‘The Past and the Present’ by Emily Rajah (age15)
Another one where I knew what the photography was giving me as soon as I saw the photo. The framing? I love the Palace being on an angle and that the walkway is so dominant in the photo, a most overpowering presence and portent of things to come?


WINNER - LOCAL WILDLIFE ' The Race is On!' by Frances Beckerman ‘The race is on’ is just what I thought before seeing the title! Beautifully sharp and just the right amount of the image in focus. I’m liking the colours – all about summer this one. It shows us all what is under our noses every day. Always keep a camera to hand!

WINNER – LOCAL WILDLIFE
‘The Race is On!’ by Frances Beckerman
‘The race is on’ is just what I thought before seeing the title! Beautifully sharp and just the right amount of the image in focus. I’m liking the colours – all about summer this one. It shows us all what is under our noses every day. Always keep a camera to hand!


HIGHLY COMMENDED - LOCAL WILDLIFE 'Wildlife & Wild Life' by Mark Prior So well captured, and kind of the birds to be flying in a formation of three! Just a small bug bear of mine is that I do like to see the water horizon level.

HIGHLY COMMENDED – LOCAL WILDLIFE
‘Wildlife & Wild Life’ by Mark Prior
So well captured, and kind of the birds to be flying
in a formation of three! Just a small bug bear of
mine is that I do like to see the water horizon level.


UNDER 18s - LOCAL WILDLIFE 'Buddhist Frog' by Gemma Rogers (age 11) Well done, Gemma! Your photography gets better every year and this is very cute too. I particularly like your putting together of the textures of the frog on the stone statue. All nice and sharp. Did you take any other angles I wonder?

UNDER 18s – LOCAL WILDLIFE
‘Buddhist Frog’ by Gemma Rogers (age 11)
Well done, Gemma! Your photography gets better every year and this is very cute too. I particularly like your putting together of the textures of the frog on the stone statue. All nice and sharp. Did you take any other angles I wonder?

The Rest of the Best!