Agri Competition

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Agricultural Competition “The Agri” 2018

This years AGRI will be held on Wednesday 14th November with hand in deadline of 3 weeks prior i.e. Wednesday 24th October.

Please note that the rules are unchanged from last year however, we will be a bit stricter on General image category submissions. The rules clearly state that “General” applies to any image which DOES NOT fit into any of the other categories. General category is NOT an overflow for extra landscapes, nature, etc.

The results and gallery for 2018 will appear here after the competition.

Agricultural Competition “The Agri” 2017

The club’s 29th Agricultural Photographic Competition (The “AGRI”) was held in the main Hall at Langlee Community Centre on Wednesday 8th. The AGRI started as a small competition with a purely Agricultural theme and for Gala camera club members only however, this has now expanded to include six categories only two of which are specifically agricultural and is open to all photographers in the Scottish Borders region. Each entrant can submit up to two digital and two printed images per category. A first, second and third prize is awarded in each category for digital and printed images. A best overall digital and best overall printed image are chosen from which our guest farmer judge his or her favourite. The author of this image is then crowned Champion of the competition.

The event was well attended by over seventy members and guests who were treated to a magnificent show of the best Border Photographers have to offer. In total 362 images were submitted for the competition.

Digital images were judged by Linda Trickett who unfortunately couldn’t be with us on the night but did leave critique notes on the awarded images which, were read out by Ford Renton, the organiser of this year’s competition. Printed images were judged by Mike Reynolds who provided welcome and constructive critique on the awarded prints.

This year’s farmer judge was Stuart Runciman from Stow, whose difficult job it was to decide between the best digital image and the best print to determine who would be crowned 2017 Champion and Reserve Champion. Awards were present to our winners by Mrs Alison Runciman, Post master at Stow Post Office.

The club is most grateful to judges Linda and Mike, as well as Stuart and Alison, for all their hard efforts in making for a very successful evening. Thank you to the club’s secretary Jim Paxton for the catering organisation and providing a super spread for all to enjoy after the prize giving. A special thanks to John Davidson of Langlee Community Centre for all his help in setting up the hall.

Well done to all who entered as well as those awarded.

Awarded images

Digital Projected Image

Livestock: 1st – Highland Cow by Lynne Grant, Gala; 2nd – Blackface Lamb by Margaret Renstead, Duns; 3rd – The Stare Down by Phil McLean, Duns; Commended for Christine Swalwell, Gala, Lynne Grant, Gala and Fiona Kilgour, Gala.

Agricultural Machinery and Buildings: 1st – Harvest from Above by Adam Drummond, Earlston; 2nd – Misty Merse Ploughing by Charlie McAllan, Duns; 3rd – Time for a Rest by Charlie McAllan, Duns. Commended for John Smail, Selkirk, Curtis Welsh, Earlston and Dennis Laing, Hawick

People: 1st – Lifelong Friends by Ron Bell, Gala; 2nd – Family time by Neil McLean, Gala; 3rd – Looking Up by Adam Drummond, Earlston; Commended for Alistair Peacock, Gala; Bryan Johnstone, Selkirk and Linsey Drummond

Landscape: 1st – Black Rock Cottage in Infra-Red by Margaret Renstead, Duns; 2nd – Valley View by Linsey Drummond, Earlston; 3rd – North Sea Storm by Ronald Richardson, Duns: Commended for Adam Drummond, Earlston, Dennis Laing, Hawick and Charlie McAllan, Duns

General: 1st – Hairpin Trio by Adam Drummond, Earlston; 2nd – The Bridges by Phil McLean, Duns; 3rd – Hanging On by Ford Renton, Gala: Commended for Curtis Welsh, Earlston, Bryan Johnstone, Selkirk and Ron Bell, Gala

Nature: 1st – Kingfisher Rising by John Frater, Gala; 2nd – Little Egrets by Phil McLean, Duns; 3rd Roe Buck in Spring by Ronald Richardson, Duns: Commended for Johnathan Gaunt, Christine Swalwell, Gala and Ron Bell, Gala

Runner up, Best overall Digital image – Lifelong Friends by Ron Bell, Gala

Best overall Digital Image – Kingfisher Rising by John Frater, Gala

Printed Images:

Livestock: 1st – Sitting on the Fence by Dennis Laing, Hawick; 2nd – Firm Friends by Curtis Welsh, Earlston; 3rd – Chicken in a Cage by Christine Swalwell, Gala. No Commended as small section.

Agricultural Machinery and buildings: 1st – Rained Off by Dennis Laing, Hawick; 2nd – Polytunnel Patterns by Adam Drummond, Earlston; 3rd – Home Field by Dennis Laing, Hawick; Commended for Adam Drummond, Earlston

People: 1st – Ploughman’s Lunch by Alistair Peacock, Gala; 2nd – Widow by Don Lees, Gala; 3rd – Having a Break by John Smail, Selkirk: Commended for Dennis Laing, Hawick, Alistair Peacock, Gala, Ford Renton, Gala

Landscape: 1st – Passing Storm by Dennis Laing, Hawick; 2nd – Sunset over Jura by Curtis Welsh, Earlston; 3rd – Morning in Assynt by Bernie Gajos, Hawick: Commended for Jim Paxton, Gala and Bernie Gajos, Hawick

General: 1st – Gannets Galore by Curtis Welsh, Earlston; 2nd – Flying the Flags by Ron Bell, Gala; 3rd – Inside Line by Dennis Laing, Hawick: Commended for Don Lees, Gala, Ronald Richardson, Duns and Ford Renton, Gala

Nature: 1st – Walk in to my Parlour by Alistair Peacock, Gala; 2nd – Greenfinch by Ronald Richardson, Duns; 3rd – Roe buck at sunrise by Johnathan Gaunt: Commended for Curtis Welsh, Earlston, Bernie Gajos, Hawick and Phil McLean, Duns

Best Black and White Print (Elizabeth Cutter Cup): Passing Storm by Dennis Laing

Best Black and White Print – Passing Storm by Dennis Laing, Hawick CC

Runner up, Best Print: Walk in to my Parlour by Alistair Peacock

Best Print: Sitting on the Fence by Dennis Laing

Reserve Champion (Reed and Brown trophy): Sitting on the Fence by Dennis Laing

Reserve Champion – Sitting on the Fence – Dennis Laing, Hawick CC

(Best overall image) 2017 (NFU Cup): Kingfisher Rising by John Frater, Gala

Champion 2017 Kingfisher Rising by John Frater, Gala CC