The Barbara Shurety Trophy used to be awarded to the winner of a Slide Competition for Table-Top pictures in recognition of the type of photography which Barbara particularly enjoyed. Many of her pictures were of amusing scenes which she created from everyday objects. These days, digital techniques give us more freedom to produce imaginative pictures in other ways and the set subject for this year’s PDI Competition was simply defined as “Creative”.
Our Judge, Robert Good, firstly talked about the general pictorial qualities of each entry and then considered how much creativity was being shown before deciding which ones should receive the awards. The winner of the trophy was Eileen Bennett ARPS DPAGB for "Masks", second was Terry Stoten’s "Three Fold" and third was "Who is Next?” by Rita Giblin.
Rita’s picture is very reminiscent of Barbara’s work and the other winners are good examples of the way in which digital techniques can be used creatively.