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Canon Online 2019 Round 5 – Results

Welcome to the results of the penultimate round of PSNZ Canon Online 2019. We had a superb number of entries in this round (105 in total) giving our judge a great array to select from. Our judge for this round was Irene Callaghan APSNZ. She had an early indoctrination into photography through her parents, who were founding members of the Buller Camera Club, and she is wow a member of the Nelson Camera Club;

“I now find myself using more abstract and impressionistic styles which remind me of my painting days.  My camera is a Canon 6D, and I love macro, landscape, portraiture, nature, sports and events photography.”

Irene commented that there were some lovely images she wanted to include but found many contained minor technical distractions that detracted from the emotive content, often relating to critical sharpness or lack of appropriate lighting/contrast.

Four images were disqualified from the competition this round – three were outside the competition dimensions and one image contained an embedded watermark – please, check your images carefully before submitting.

Irene’s comments:

I have very much enjoyed evaluating the images from round 5 of Canon Online. I found it easy to choose the first twenty, but then it was considerably harder to pick the top ten. I value the story and the emotional connection I feel from an image, together with an original presentation. Congratulations to the top ten.


1 – Clear Cut Concentration – Jo Curtis LPSNZ
The silhouetted forms are connected by the use of their electronic devices. Strong individual images combine as a triptych to show me how disconnected we have become as a society and how little spontaneous communication now occurs between us. Congratulations.

2 – You’ll Never Walk Alone – Dianna Hambleton LPSNZ
The strong composition and choice of monotone help to reinforce my appreciation of this image. The reflections that accompany her on this journey perhaps represent the self belief and strength she finds within herself, while the unopened door may represent the unknown future she will face.

3 – Kaimanawa Horses – Janice Chen LPSNZ
The two horses are silhouetted against the majesty of the snowy backdrop of Mt Ruapehu and the mist that drapes the valley. The strong dynamic line of the foreground creates a feeling of separation and isolation which highlights their resilience in this tough environment. I feel a sense of companionship between the horses.

4 – Art Deco Style – Richard Laing
A classic portrait, the model is impeccably, but erotically dressed and posed. To me her gaze suggests we may approach her if we dare, however look but don’t touch.

5 – Vintage – Julia De Cleene LPSNZ
The luscious old fashioned floribunda roses have been carefully enhanced by well chosen textured layers and framing to present a soft painterly image. The monarch is a nice touch that is quietly added and does not intrude.

6 – Malaysian grasshoppers – Liz Hardley FPSNZ EFIAP/b LRPS
The mating grasshoppers are presented well against a plain dark background and the detail is sharply defined throughout the image.

7 – At the Reading Room – State Library Victoria – Roger Ball
The view is dominated by the impressive and sheer scale of the architecture which I feel has reduced the human presence to a supportive role by comparison. The image feels well proportioned as it is very symmetrical with good exposure.

8 – Rhapsody in Blue – Annette Johnston APSNZ
This beautifully caught water droplet is a work of art with its shaped top hat and smaller droplets flung wide as though patiently arranged in the perfect place. The background is subtle and well exposed.

9 – Monnie – Charlotte Johnson APSNZ
I feel the vulnerability radiating from this soft portrait of a young woman. The expression from her eyes and position of her hand as she clutches her shoulder shows her insecurity as she gazes directly towards me.

10 – Piwakawaka moment – Jeanette Nee APSNZ
A composition based on triangles and the power of three. This quirky little fantail and his two cohorts made me smile.

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